IBM’s ‘building whisperer’ bullish on energy retrofits
Dave Bartlett, who leads IBM’s smarter building initiative, is known as the "building whisperer" because he views buildings as living organisms, an approach that can help identify problems and suggest cost-effective ways of making buildings healthier and more energy-efficient. With the success of the high-profile Empire State Building deep energy retrofit that is reportedly saving more on energy than projected, Bartlett sees a hot market for building retrofits over the next several years.
The cost of leased assets like buildings is increasingly the concern of finance chiefs, especially under accounting rules that make such assets more visible on the balance sheet—providing additional retrofit momentum. Those CFOs will push for smarter use of space, while more tenants demand greener work spaces, Bartlett says.