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Landlords Focus on Improving Indoor Air Quality

There is nothing like an airborne virus to put a focus on indoor air quality. 

Since COVID-19, landlords and property managers are looking at everything from HVAC systems to particle monitoring technology as they try to improve indoor air quality to attract and retain tenants, according to JLL. 

For sustainability advocates, this push is nothing new. They have been arguing for these changes long before COVID.

“Whether your building is giving you better air or not matters to your health,” Dr. Aaron Bernstein, USGBC board chair and also the co-director of Harvard’s Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) told GlobeSt.com earlier this year. “Ventilation is critical, and indoor air quality is critical. Many of the volatile organic compounds that come out of building materials are bad.” 

In many buildings, the air moves from one room to another, which can increase the risk of transferring airborne

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Landlords are keeping SF’s restaurant industry from going under

For restaurant and bar owners, opening their own place is usually a dream come true. But before the COVID-19 pandemic, many underestimated the power of an often overlooked partner in their success — their landlord.

Many restaurants lucky enough to survive this long, while adapting their business model to fit new ways of doing business like takeout and outdoor dining, now have to navigate restructuring leases or asking for temporary rent deferment or abatement in order to survive.

“We’re extremely busy renegotiating leases,” said Louis Cornejo, president of commercial real estate company Urban Group. “The problem is it would be easy to say, ‘OK  this will work for four, five or six months,’ but no one knows what’s going to happen. It has us all trying to reinvent how we do business.”

He said for the most part, it’s been nice to see agents, landlords and restaurateurs working together to

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