Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado has a new photovoltaic system, and students are on-hand to document the proceedings. The video covers both financing and physics, with Unico’s Adam Knoff, Senior Manager, Sustainable Real Estate & Renewable Energy, tackling the former and Namaste Solar the latter, and was produced by students Jorge Paredes ’18 and […]

Unico Sustainability recently partnered with Rising Sun Solar, Hawaii’s top solar energy provider, to bring a solar installation to The Whaler on Maui’s Kaanapali Beach. The 430 kW project will generate an estimated 12.8 million kW of clean energy over the next 20 years, avoiding the energy equivalent of burning nearly 1 million gallons of gasoline. The Whaler […]

The Unico Sustainability team recently returned from Los Angeles where they joined thousands of fellow sustainability professionals at Greenbuild 2016.  From the expo floor to a wide range of education sessions, the annual event provided opportunities to learn about innovative new technology, share experiences with colleagues, and reflect on the many team successes achieved in the last year. One of the […]

Unico Sustainability has successfully completed the City of Seattle’s Deep Green Pilot Program for Stone34, a Unico-owned and managed- building in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, surpassing the Deep Green Pilot Program’s (DGPP) rigorous sustainability benchmarks to become one of Seattle’s most energy and water-efficient buildings. “Congratulations to all who helped make the Stone34 project a […]

When Unico Sustainability teamed with Henbart to bring long-term energy efficiency to their 90,000 square foot Lake Union Building office, part of the building’s transformation included deploying smart electrochromic glass on all four sides of the lakefront building – making it one of the largest, if not the largest installations in the area. In this video, Unico Sustainability’s Brett Phillips talks about how the […]

Find out what we’ve been working on over the last year to make this Earth Day the greenest yet.

We’re excited to officially announce that our redevelopment of 1738 Pearl has achieved LEED-Platinum Core & Shell, making it Boulder’s first privately owned LEED-Platinum building. 1738 Pearl is 26 percent more energy efficient than a similarly-sized building–accomplished with the help of the city’s first installation of a SolarWall (an air collector that uses solar energy to preheat air), and […]

Congratulations to the International Living Future Institute (IFLI) and Ecotone Publishing on the release of their new book, The Greenest Building: How the Bullitt Center Changes the Urban Landscape. With projects around the world trying to replicate the lessons from the Bullitt Center, The Greenest Building offers invaluable insight into what it took to make the building […]

  Brett Phillips, our Director of Sustainability, co-authored an op-ed in today’s edition of the Seattle Times. He and Larry Phillips (former chairman of the Metropolitan King County Council) discuss climate change solutions in the wake of COP21, and foresee an unprecedented opportunity for governments, NGOs, and the private sector to collaboratively invest in a clean energy future.

As COP21 comes to a close, Brett Phillips, our Director of Sustainability, reports from Paris, where he took part in the climate negotiations with a presentation on carbon neutrality in the built environment: History and Future Being Made Spirits are high here for a historic climate pact as negotiators work feverishly through details in the final […]

Our Director of Sustainability, Brett Phillips, is on his way to Paris for COP21, the U.N.-led climate talks, to participate in the panel Transforming the Urban Core: private/public partnerships. As the first week of climate negotiations have come to a close, two meaningful announcements were made that could have significant impact on the built environment. On Sunday, Bill […]

Unico’s Edmée Knight and Adam Knoff outside the USGBC reception for Gold members. We’re back from Greenbuild 2015, and feeling galvanized with our goals and contemporaries. Greenbiz has a nice recap of the conference, and our Senior Sustainability Manager Adam Knoff fired off a few quick takeaways below: Environmental sustainability is the new business. Profit and environmental responsibility are not […]

Jodie Clarke

Though Unico Sustainability Project Manager Jodie Clarke has worked on the cutting edge of green building, it’s her mentors and peers that define the job for her. “I was definitely drawn to want to do good in my career,” said Clarke, who is a LEED-AP and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications from […]

The USGBC Colorado chapter kindly invited us to write a guest post for their blog this week. Click over to their site to read thoughts from our Senior Sustainability Manager Adam Knoff on the myth of the Platinum Premium, and a case study for how we debunked it with our development at 1738 Pearl Street. Spoiler alert: The […]

Self-tinting, electrochromic glass is being installed at Unico Properties’ 1738 Pearl Street development in Boulder, Colo., and it’s hard to contain our enthusiasm. This is an exciting moment for us, and the broader green building movement for that matter, as this game-changing technology will improve how we design and construct new buildings. Highly insulated and […]

Building energy disclosure ordinances have been popping up around the country lately as a way to entice property owners to benchmark their consumption and improve their efficiency, and now Portland, Ore., is the latest U.S. city to require energy disclosure from its building stock. You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and disclosure is one […]

Exciting news over at the Bullitt Center: the property has earned Living Building certification, becoming the first office building to do so. Unico Sustainability has been honored to manage the property for the last year, and we’re thrilled and proud to be a partner to the greenest commercial building in the world. “The Bullitt Center is the […]

Governor John Hickenlooper tours the central plant at 1660 Lincoln

Unico Sustainability’s Adam Knoff had the opportunity to sit down with the Denver Business Journal’s energy reporter, Cathy Proctor, for a follow-up on our role as host to February’s Energy Efficiency Business Coalition roundtable, where Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper celebrated the upgrades Unico implemented at the 1660 Lincoln Building in downtown Denver. In the resulting article, […]

The Washington Post reports on an announcement from the International Energy Agency of the “decoupling” of economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions in 2014. We’re thrilled at the implications: business development and growth are not dependent on increasing emissions. In other words, sustainability is sustainable, even profitable! But we knew that already. Click over to the Washington Post to […]

  The Colorado chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) honored Unico Sustainability with the 2014 Green Dealmakers Award, an accolade the national sustainability advocate bestows upon their greenest real estate company of the year. To qualify, companies must demonstrate consistent, high impact sustainability-related work. In addition to the award, Unico was recognized as a “Green Achiever in Commercial Real […]

The lush, tropical islands of Hawaii are now even greener, thanks to Unico Sustainability. In September 2014, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa was awarded LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the category of Existing Building Operations and Maintenance — becoming the first LEED-EBOM certified resort in the state. “The Hawaiian Islands […]