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and tear, weather and seasonal temperature fluctuations, other building system upgrades, routine HVAC maintenance, outdated technology, and building operators who don’t fully understand the system can all affect the performance of your commercial building’s HVAC system.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


  2. 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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  3. 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…)


  4. 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…)


  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Big Data Analytics & Green Buildings

    June 17, 2014 | 0 comments

    You’ve probably heard the term “big data,” or been involved in conversations about big data analytics. These phrases are becoming popular ways to describe the growth and accessibility of structured (easily searchable, highly organized) and unstructured (text-heavy, not easily searchable) data. (more…)


  8. HVAC Systems: Repair or Replace?

    June 10, 2014 | 0 comments

    High energy bills, occupant discomfort, productivity loss, sick tenants – these can all be symptoms of possible HVAC system trouble. But once you determine that your commercial building’s HVAC system needs help, how do you solve the problem? Invest in HVAC repair or incur the costs of a new HVAC system? (more…)


  9. The Impacts of Weather on Energy Efficiency

    June 3, 2014 | 0 comments

    The issues of climate change and global warming as they relate to energy efficiency have long been topics of debate. But according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather report, changes in weather and climate are already impacting the energy sector across the country. This interactive map, put together by the U.S. Department of Energy, shows the affects of increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, and increasing intensity and frequency of storms and flooding in the last decade.
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  10. Ways to Save Energy by Saving Water

    May 27, 2014 | 0 comments

    Did you know that water and energy usage in commercial buildings go hand in hand? It may not seem obvious, but you actually can save money on your energy bills by reducing how much municipally supplied water your commercial building uses. (more…)