Commercial buildings of all sizes are making big strides in energy efficiency and environmental impact reduction. We found five well-known landmarks that have recently implemented some remarkable green building strategies to reduce energy and water use. Check out what these famous buildings around the world are doing to improve building performance. (more…)
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What’s the best way to know whether your building is fulfilling tenant and occupant needs, helping them be their most productive? By asking them questions. A web-based survey that collects information about your facility’s indoor environmental quality can provide valuable information about workplace effectiveness. (more…)
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March 3, 2015 | 0 comments
ENERGY STAR is a helpful resource when you’re looking for energy-efficient commercial building systems such as HVAC and lighting. The program outlines points to consider when investing in fixtures, water heaters, boilers, etc. All systems and products with the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy without forfeiting functionality.
But did you know that ENERGY STAR also now certifies smaller types of products that are likely being used inside your building? (more…)
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February 17, 2015 | 0 comments
Only two buildings in the world have achieved LEED Platinum v4 certification since it was announced in July 2013. (Through Oct. 31, 2016, commercial buildings can still apply for LEED 2009 instead of LEED v4.) The first LEED v4 building, Haworth Showroom in Beijing, was awarded LEED CI Platinum in October 2013 after earning 71 out of 110 possible LEED points. (more…)
February 3, 2015 | 0 comments
When it comes to implementing new green building initiatives, it can be overwhelming to decide which sustainability projects to tackle. But there’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you’re having problems coming up with your next green idea. Make it a team effort by asking coworkers, tenants, and occupants for their thoughts – and also take time to learn what other organizations have done to save energy and reduce their environmental footprints. (more…)
January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
It’s often a given that most new commercial buildings incorporate at least some energy and water efficiency initiatives into design, construction, and operation. But since the majority of commercial office facilities in the United States are existing buildings, greening “old” office buildings is just as important. (According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, 72% of U.S. commercial buildings are more than 20 years old.) (more…)
January 13, 2015 | 2 comments
As a facility and its systems age – or as usage changes – it’s not uncommon for building performance and energy conservation to slip. Thermostats become out of calibration, occupancy sensors may not work correctly, and heating and cooling may be occurring at the same time. (more…)
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In late 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that existing multifamily facilities now qualify for ENERGY STAR certification. (Previously, only new multifamily facilities could apply for certification.) As of November 2014, ENERGY STAR has officially certified the first 17 existing multifamily properties in the country.
So why did the U.S. EPA decide to offer ENERGY STAR certification to existing multifamily housing facilities? Research indicates that multifamily properties can become up to 30% more efficient by 2020 simply by reducing the amount of energy they consume. (more…)
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These posts resonated most strongly with you based on website traffic; below is a recap of each blog, starting with the most popular article of 2014. We’ve also included links so you can revisit the posts.
December 23, 2014 | 2 comments
Demand response programs reward commercial building owners for reducing energy usage during times when electrical grid demand is highest. Instead of generating more power to keep up with peak loads, utilities ask participating buildings to make immediate reductions to energy use when needed – whether the adjustments are automated or done manually.
Schneider Electric says that demand response programs in commercial buildings can earn back anywhere from 5% to 25% of annual electricity costs. But not only does a demand response program prevent strain on the electrical grid and reduce utility bills from electricity companies, it may also avoid brownouts and blackouts. (more…)