Commercial and residential real estate

In the commercial real estate (CRE) markets, Ecosystem projects focus on meeting clients’ specific goals –

  • raising net operating income (NOI) via reduced operating costs
  • increasing tenant retention and leasing
  • upgrading aging mechanical infrastructure
  • implementing resiliency measures
  • improving occupant comfort
  • achieving LEED, EnergyStar, and green certification
  • and raising asset value in the process.

Our results-driven design-build model achieves streamlined schedules and reduced costs, eliminating the usual challenges as a project moves from design to construction and then measurement and verification. Ecosystem establishes performance targets with our CRE clients, including construction costs, energy savings, incentives, and systems performance – and then contractually guarantees those results.

The result is a project – free of the usual risks – that turns a capital expenditure into an investment and creates a competitive advantage in the market.

Reduced operating costs

Asset renewal and energy-efficient upgrades have a direct positive impact on the bottom line. Savings in energy bills are just the start – owners and managers also gain from operational and maintenance savings.

And the benefits go even deeper. Increased energy efficiency helps to realize higher net operating income (NOI) – and buildings that experience increased NOI thanks to consistent energy cost reductions benefit from higher valuations under all market conditions. Efficient buildings see faster leasing and higher rents, greater tenant retention rates, and ultimately higher values.

Owners can turn a capital expense into an investment by taking advantage of necessary upgrades and replacements to evaluate building systems and make improvements with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.

Alignment of interests

Ecosystem’s business model is founded on alignment of interests. We are ultimately compensated based on the value and savings that we are able to generate for our clients. If a project does not meet mutually agreed targets, we implement corrective measures at our own expense or we reimburse the difference. Our guarantees eliminate project risk for our clients, and our interests are aligned – we benefit only when you do.

Our dedication to guaranteed results has been the cornerstone of our company since day one. Ecosystem’s commitment to achieving performance is underscored by lean and agile management practices, ensuring that losses are minimized, value is maximized, and each project is adapted to meet the needs of each client.

Occupant comfort

Today’s tenants are looking for certain key characteristics – an open feel, abundant natural light, and good ventilation to promote a healthful and comfortable environment. Combine this with increasing densification – smaller spaces and more bodies per square foot than ever before – and real estate owners face a real challenge to provide the functional and healthy environment that tenants demand.

Denser use creates greater stress on building systems and an increase in operating expenses, issues that Ecosystem addresses with smart and efficient design. Tenants can get the indoor environmental quality and energy savings they want – without adding stress to a building owner’s bottom line.

Green leadership

Building owners who want to attract and retain quality tenants need to be green to succeed in competitive leasing markets. Many tenants are attracted to buildings that align with their own sustainability initiatives and are even willing to pay a premium to locate in them. But as standards evolve, it is becoming harder to qualify for LEED or Energy Star certifications.

Ecosystem takes a whole-building approach to each project, implementing asset renewal or energy savings measures that have multiple benefits. And with Ecosystem’s integrated delivery method, uniting design and construction under one roof, waste is minimized and sustainability is maximized. This approach makes it easier to meet LEED or Energy Star requirements.

Institutional investors are also looking to GRESB and other sustainability rankings as environmental stewardship has become a potent driver for investment decision making. Energy efficiency and water conservation measures are increasingly important differentiators.