Transcend Equity Announces Commitment to the Better Buildings Challenge


CHICAGO, IL (June 30, 2011) Transcend Equity, a leader in developing energy efficiency projects in commercial real estate, private higher education, and healthcare, commits to partnering with industry and investors to accelerate the usage of its Managed Energy Services Agreement (“MESA”) structure to facilitate energy efficiency in privately owned buildings.

Transcend expects to invest a minimum of $75 million in energy efficiency improvements over the next 18 months nationwide, projects which will save 25% or more in energy usage.

“We are delighted that the Better Buildings Challenge has focused the nation’s attention on the inefficiency of its aging building stock and challenged the private sector to provide a solution,” said Transcend’s President Steve Gossett Sr. “We are pleased to respond to that challenge.”

Transcend brings to bear a recently signed a joint venture investment with Mitsui USA, the US subsidiary of one of the world’s largest trading companies, as well as a track record of successful development and execution of energy efficiency improvements in more than thirty buildings. In addition, Transcend secured $9 MM in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to provide credit enhancement for lenders funding Transcend sponsored efficiency projects in the Chicago region.

The Clinton Climate Initiative,, a partner of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), has played a significant role in raising awareness of the innovative approaches to energy efficiency, such as MESA.

"Transcend's approach will bring investment to energy efficiency projects across commercial buildings and private higher education and health care facilities,” said Scott Henderson, Director of Building Energy Efficiency Finance, Clinton Climate Initiative. “It will help overcome one of the biggest and longstanding barriers to energy efficiency – finance - and enable projects that otherwise would simply not get done."

Transcend commits itself to attracting debt providers to leverage its equity commitments while aggressively marketing and financing projects identified by Better Buildings Challenge partners and showcasing projects under the Better Building Challenge to help stimulate additional demand.


Mitsui USA and Transcend Equity Development Agree to Form Innovative Joint Venture in Energy Efficiency

NEW YORK, NY (June 14, 2011) – Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (“Mitsui USA”), a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., finalized terms of an equity investment in a joint venture with Dallas-based Transcend Equity Development Corp. (“Transcend”). Transcend utilizes a proprietary investment platform that allows the firm to invest in comprehensive energy-saving retrofits in commercial buildings, private universities, hospitals, and other privately owned buildings without violating the terms of existing financing or adding debt to their balance sheets. 

Initial investments by the joint venture are expected to target several private energy efficiency retrofit projects across the United States, which are currently being developed by Transcend. These projects are expected to save 30% or more of the energy use in the retrofitted buildings and represent a growing pipeline that Transcend and Mitsui USA have identified in the largely untapped sector of energy efficiency in privately owned real estate, which is estimated at well over $100 billion in the United States.
“Mitsui USA assessed many qualified firms in the energy efficiency sector before selecting Transcend for an investment,” remarked Shigeyuki Toya, General Manager of Mitsui USA’s New Business Development Department. “We believe that Transcend has the ability to make a major impact on energy use across the aging building stock in the U.S. and abroad. This joint venture reflects Mitsui USA’s ongoing commitment to innovation, energy efficiency and forward integration.”
Mitsui USA’s decision to invest in a new joint venture is in line with the Company’s strategy to create and operate platform group companies in specific industries in order to expand its existing core businesses.

About Transcend Equity Development
Transcend Equity Development Corp. was founded in 2002 specifically to address the lack of options for retrofit investment in privately owned real estate, where split incentives inherent in commercial leases and restrictive mortgage provisions prevent conventional lease-purchase structures from playing a role. The company incubated its Managed Energy Services Agreement approach working closely on two dozen buildings owned by a Maryland-based REIT. It is the only firm of its kind with a track record of proven energy saving projects funded through a services contract that does not place debt on the balance sheet of the host asset. More information about the company may be found at
About Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Mitsui USA was incorporated in 1966 in New York as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, a leading international trade and investment company operating with an extensive global network. Beyond traditional trading, the Company’s newer emphasis is on project development and management, business investment, capital goods leasing and technology transfer. With its comprehensive services capabilities, Mitsui USA aspires to meet the needs of its customers as “Your Global Business Partner®,” while committed to sustainable growth and good corporate citizenship. More information on Mitsui USA may be found at


This Man Will Pay Your Utility Bill

Michael Kanellos with Greentechgrid wrote an article about us on April 25th. Check it out. 

"Transcend Equity takes the pain and mystery out of efficiency retrofits for commercial buildings."

On average, Transcend can lower utility costs by around 30 percent. In some cases, like the 1025 Elm Street building in Dallas, utility bills dropped by 40 percent with about $10 million in capital improvements. If you are in New York, go check out 125 Maiden Lane, where Transcend will replace the building controls system, ancient electric motors and other equipment.


Wall Street Journal Article on the MESA Structure

We were honored to be part of this WSJ article and working with Liam Pleven. We'll let the article do all the talking about Liam's subject matter. Thanks Liam for the opportunity to work with you.

Read the full WSJ article here. 


Cycle-7 and Transcend Fund Retrofit of Lower Manhattan Office Building

Cycle-7 and Transcend Fund Retrofit of Lower Manhattan Office Building

Cycle-7 is pleased to announce the retrofit of the core systems of 125 Maiden Lane, a 310,000 square foot office building two blocks from Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. The project, funded through a Managed Energy Services Agreement with Transcend Equity Development, will include the replacement of inoperable pneumatic controls with full direct digital controls, original motors from 1958 with new high efficiency motors and variable frequency drives, and a series of new valves and dampers for automated management of flows of air and water. This retrofit will save more than 30% of the energy use in the building. A condominium office building sponsored by Time Equities, 125 Maiden Lane is home to several important non-profits including the US Fund for Unicef, the Guttmacher Institute and the Jewish Forward. It is the first MESA agreement in New York City.