From proactive water recycling to innovative energy management solutions, Irvine Company’s visionary conservation programs set a new standard for environmental stewardship.
As California suffers through one of the most severe droughts in its history, all of us are being called upon to do our part to conserve water.
Well before the drastic measures made necessary by the California drought, the Irvine Company has had a long history of environmental stewardship. We are proud to serve as an industry leader and pioneer in the efficient use and reuse of this precious resource since our founding as an agricultural company more than 150 years ago.
Irvine Company’s proactive approach to water conservation saves more than 209 million gallons of water each year in our office properties. Of that total, we use or are converting to state-of-the-art, high-efficiency irrigation systems that reduces water consumption by 122 million gallons of water annually in our landscaping efforts.
Our water treatment system upgrades have resulted in an annual water savings of 10 million gallons, earning the 2015 Nalco Water Saver Award (Platinum Level).
Irvine Company Office Properties is ranked first nationwide by the Environmental Protection Agency for energy-efficient buildings.
We proactively implement innovative energy conservation solutions in our office properties and buildings. This includes HVAC system modifications like retro commissioning, VFDs and optimized sequence of operations, and lighting retrofits via high efficiency lamps, ballasts and LEDs. Enhanced metering and tracking with alerts for abnormal consumption are also in place.
The national symbol for superior energy efficiency, the ENERGY STAR has long been a reflection of good stewardship of environmental resources. Irvine Company is routinely the top long-term building owner of ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the nation by square footage.
Irvine Company is the first major real estate company in the world to plan portfolio-wide use of energy storage. Current initiatives reduce peak energy demand by 25% and provide enough reserve capacity to power 10,000 homes.
Our fleet of hybrid-electric buildings powered by state-of-the-art energy storage systems from Tesla are part of a ground-breaking environmental initiative with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS). The hybrid-electric office buildings reduce peak-energy consumption from local utilities, ease the need for additional power plants, reduce electricity costs and provide back-up power during grid outages.
Large battery systems at each building, which take up the equivalent of about five parking spaces, are charged during nonpeak hours. When needed, the battery packs provide power during peak daytime use or in the event of a power failure. Stored energy initiatives such as this one are part of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) grid modernization plan.
As the demand for alternative energy vehicles increases, Irvine Company Office Properties is proud to offer electric vehicle charging stations at a growing number of our properties. The stations are available for use by both our building customers and visitors for a nominal charge.
EV charging stations are available at properties in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Chicago.
Traveling by electrical vehicle produces fewer tailpipe emissions per mile than conventional vehicles, even considering power-plant emissions. Electric vehicles contribute to a cleaner commute and reduce the carbon footprint on the earth.