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  1. What LEED Dynamic Plaques Can Really Do

    November 18, 2014 | 0 comments

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a dynamic, interactive way to display the performance results of green, LEED-certified buildings: the LEED Dynamic Plaque.

    This electronic display unit lets you control who can “see” how the building is performing, whether it’s through the dynamic plaque on the wall that guests may view, or via occupant-accessible software. (more…)


  2. Using Competitions to Improve Energy Efficiency

    November 11, 2014 | 0 comments

    As a facilities manager, you help establish the framework for energy-efficient, green building operations. But it can be a challenge to find effective tactics that motivate tenants and occupants to change their behavior and help your team achieve energy-efficiency and conservation goals.

    You’ve probably heard about competitions among cities or across the nation, such as ENERGY STAR’s Battle of the Buildings. But you can also develop an internal energy-efficiency competition to channel the competitive spirits within your own organization – whether it’s a competition among departments or floors in a single facility, or a campus-wide challenge between buildings. (more…)


  3. Find Out How Your Building Uses Energy at Night

    November 4, 2014 | 3 comments

    Looking for a good way to see whether your energy-efficiency projects and building equipment are working like they should be? Try taking a walk through your building at night.

    A commercial building is typically only occupied for eight or nine hours each workday, leaving 15-16 hours unoccupied. Although remote monitoring is helpful when it comes to keeping tabs on after-hours operations, it can be difficult for facilities managers to know how buildings are truly operating during the hours when no one is inside. (more…)


  4. Signage Communicates Green Building Features

    October 28, 2014 | 0 comments

    Building signage, digital displays, and electronic kiosks can help spread the word about your green building’s features, the benefits they offer, and ways tenants and occupants can contribute to overall sustainability goals. In the right situations, educational signage can also help a building project earn LEED certification points. (more…)


  5. Window Film Offers Benefits Beyond Energy Savings

    October 21, 2014 | 0 comments

    Energy savings is often front-and-center in conversations about commercial window film. As an effective way to control solar heat gain and reduce monthly energy bills, low-e window film can help commercial building owners and managers save money and improve thermal comfort. But window film can also address several other issues within a commercial facility.
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  6. Data Center Energy Consumption is Growing

    October 14, 2014 | 0 comments

    Going paperless has long been touted as a way to help the environment by saving trees, reducing paper manufacturing, etc. But when paperwork disappears, the activities that replace it (email, internet use, social media, etc.) may actually contribute to increased energy usage.

    There are close to 3 million data centers (and 12 million servers) across the country, and a new study shows that most small, mid-sized, and corporate data centers are wasting energy by continuing to draw power while doing little or no work. (more…)


  7. Does LEED Certification Improve Hotel Revenue?

    October 7, 2014 | 5 comments

    A new study from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration – The Impact of LEED Certification on Hotel Performance – supports what some sustainability professionals have been saying for years about LEED’s effect on commercial buildings (including increased revenue). (more…)


  8. Saving Energy with Office Equipment

    September 30, 2014 | 0 comments

    With so much attention paid to lighting, HVAC, and other major building systems when it comes to energy-saving projects, it can be easy to overlook the small changes to everyday processes and equipment that can add up to major energy savings.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, office equipment consumes nearly 7% of commercial electricity, costing commercial buildings across the country approximately $1.8 billion total each year. (more…)


  9. Green Power: Onsite or Offsite?

    September 23, 2014 | 0 comments

    If you’re considering alternative energy sources for your commercial building, it’s important to realize that you have two options: you can choose to generate green power onsite or purchase it from a third party. Here is some information that may help you decide … (more…)


  10. ENERGY STAR Recognizes Eastman for Energy Efficiency

    September 16, 2014 | 0 comments

    For the third year in a row, Eastman Chemical Company (Vista Window Film’s parent company) has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. (more…)