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  1. Cool Roofs vs. Garden Roofs

    August 26, 2014 | 0 comments

    Garden roofs and cool roof systems both offer energy-saving advantages over traditional black roofs, which may absorb heat and contribute to high HVAC loads and energy use.

    Installing a cool roof or garden roof may decrease roof temperature and building cooling loads. As a result, the lifecycle of your building’s rooftop and HVAC equipment may be prolonged. Both roof types offer points toward LEED certification as well. (more…)


  2. New Financing Options for Energy-Efficiency Projects

    August 19, 2014 | 0 comments

    Energy conservation retrofits in small commercial buildings can present challenges – upfront capital may not be available, and energy savings might not accrue as quickly to offer a fast return on investment. As a result, investors may hesitate to invest in energy-efficiency projects for smaller retrofit projects. (more…)


  3. What Window Film Can’t Do

    August 12, 2014 | 0 comments

    The right window film can improve the insulating capacity of existing commercial windows by up to 92% – an impressive and impactful number. Installing newer low-e films can offer single-pane windows the same insulating performance as double-pane windows, and provide double-pane windows the same insulating performance as triple-pane windows.

    Despite what high-performance window film can do – reduce solar heat gain during warmer months, keep heat indoors during cooler months, decrease HVAC loads, reduce glare, eliminate hot/cold spots, lessen reliance on electric lighting, and maintain outdoor views – there are some window problems that window film isn’t meant to solve. (more…)


  4. Involve Tenants & Occupants in LEED Certification

    August 5, 2014 | 0 comments

    As you focus on green buildings and LEED certification, don’t let tenant and occupant engagement fall by the wayside. It’s sometimes hard to remember that the people inside your buildings can make as much of an impact as low-flow plumbing, energy-efficient lighting, or reflective roof investments. (more…)


  5. Audits Can Improve HVAC System Performance

    July 29, 2014 | 0 comments

    Just like any building system or piece of equipment, HVAC system performance decreases over time – for a variety of reasons.

    Occupancy changes, regular wear and tear, weather and seasonal temperature fluctuations, other building system upgrades, routine HVAC maintenance, outdated technology, and building operators who don’t fully understand the system can all affect the performance of your commercial building’s HVAC system. (more…)


  6. Green Certification for Parking Garages

    July 22, 2014 | 0 comments

    With the introduction of a green certification program for parking garages, these types of structures can now earn recognition for sustainable practices just like any school, hospital, office facility, hotel, or government building.
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  7. Window Film Improves Energy Efficiency in All-Glass Buildings

    July 15, 2014 | 0 comments

    All-glass buildings and façades can be seen in skylines across almost every major U.S. city. They offer tenants and occupants breathtaking views, and provide a connection with nature that may help improve productivity and satisfaction.

    The popularity of all-glass buildings is partially due to the fact that most tenants and occupants enjoy windows with a visual connection to outdoor scenery. Another reason for their prevalence? Many building owners indicate that, the bigger the windows, the easier it is to rent or sell building space.

    But when it comes to paying the utility bills, glass buildings may not make as much financial sense as other types of buildings. (more…)


  8. Net Zero Water is Coming

    July 8, 2014 | 2 comments

    Net zero energy is being discussed in green building circles more than ever before, with 18 buildings now claiming the title (and several more working toward it). But the newest net-zero buzz? Net zero water. Buildings using net zero water use only the water they are able to generate or capture onsite.

    As the International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge becomes more popular, so does the concept of net zero water (to achieve the Living Building Challenge standard, a building needs to be net zero water). (more…)


  9. Green Leases Reduce Energy and Water Use

    July 2, 2014 | 0 comments

    The industry has several green certification programs to choose from when recognizing commercial buildings for energy efficiency, water savings, and high performance. Facilities managers also have access to several designations that honor professionals who understand sustainability and energy efficiency.

    A new type of green recognition is now on the scene: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation launched a designation program that acknowledges outstanding efforts in green lease agreements. Green Lease Leaders™ sets standards for green lease definitions, and recognizes companies or brokerage teams that successfully incorporate green lease language into new or existing leases.
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  10. Window Film: DIY & Professional Installation

    June 24, 2014 | 2 comments

    While do-it-yourself (DIY) window film might be a good option for residential applications if a homeowner is particularly handy and patient, it’s best to let the pros install window film on commercial buildings.
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