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Case Study: Sterling Bay Sets the Standard for Building Performance and Tenant Health with Kaiterra and DLR Group

Joe Di Noto

We helped real-estate development firm, Sterling Bay, achieve RESET Air Standard certification and inspire tenant trust and confidence.

Sterling Bay's Chicago Office

Customer: Sterling Bay

Location: Chicago, USA

Industry: Real estate; architecture and planning

Project type: Office building

Products used: Kaiterra Sensedge Mini air quality monitor, sonrai IAQ by DLR Group

Certification achieved: RESET



Sterling Bay is a Chicago-based real estate investment and development company, best known for creating world-class urban campuses for companies such as Google, McDonald's, Glassdoor, Pinterest, Dyson, and Tyson Foods. The Sterling Bay team is responsible for a portfolio exceeding $5 billion, and a development pipeline in excess of $10 billion. It focuses on prioritizing the tenant experience and implementing smart, healthy, and high-performing building systems to provide exceptional occupant environments.Kaiterra Dashboard Kiosk View for Office Air Quality Monitoring

The Challenge

When COVID-19 arrived in Chicago, Sterling Bay knew internally that their buildings were performing at a high level. But the challenge, and opportunity, was to share building performance data in a transparent and meaningful way with building occupants and visitors. They also felt it was important to have an independent 3rd party review and verify their building performance data to provide an added layer of health-related assurance to tenants.

The Solution

After an exhaustive review of both RESET-accredited Indoor Air Quality Monitors and RESET accredited data providers, Sterling Bay selected the Kaiterra Sensedge Mini as their preferred commercial air quality monitors and sonrai IAQ by the DLR Group as the preferred data provider. 

With Kaiterra’s devices collecting the data and broadcasting it to sonrai IAQ for further analysis and visualization, building performance data became much more readily available to building occupants.

The Result

With the robust IAQ monitoring solution provided by Kaiterra and DLR Group, Sterling Bay was able to:

  • Increase trust from commercial tenants and facilitate their return to offices
  • Achieve RESET certification (and become the largest certified commercial building in the world)
  • Find new ways to optimize the indoor environment
  • Improve investor relations and ESG reporting

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