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That Smarts: A Bumpy Beginning for Smart Meters in NYC

Submetering and smart meters are very good ideas, and ones whose potential takes the implicit promise of much that we write about here at gbNYC and make it explicit. That is, the idea of arming people with valuable information and incentives for smarter behavior could condition positive change in both our built environment and how we live in it. In time, submetered energy will probably replace old-style flat-rate pricing just as thoroughly and just as deservingly as broadband internet is replacing dial-up. The problem is that no one has successfully explained this stuff to consumers, and that it’s work — making changes in one’s behavior, reading a complicated energy bill, actually turning on one’s brain and responding to market incentives — and that humans by their nature kind of abhor that sort of thing.

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Finding the Green to Go Green: Is This Green Leasing’s Moment?

It’s hardly controversial, given what the “g” in gbNYC stands for, to advocate the idea that green retrofits are a good idea for buildings in New York and elsewhere. But as the consensus grows that this is, in fact, what’s going to happen — at least in the sense that a greener built environment is so clearly wise, responsible and cost-effective that it kind of has to happen — let’s take a break from popping Cristal over the coming retrofit boom and fretting over the imperfections of our current capacities. During that break, we’d encourage you to take a walk (but bring mittens, it’s cold) and maybe give some thought to just how we’re going to pay for all those awesome retrofits that are surely coming down the pike. While we all broadly agree on what should happen when it comes to retrofits, it will be easier to believe that all those good things will happen when we have some idea how they will happen. Which brings us to… green leasing?

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