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  1. 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…)


  2. GSA Puts Green Building Materials to the Test

    September 9, 2014 | 0 comments

    To meet sustainability goals and move toward net zero energy buildings, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) implemented its Green Proving Ground program in 2012 to test new green building technology during its pre- or early-commercial stage.

    Because working with unproven commercial products can be risky for commercial building owners and managers, the Green Proving Ground program tests new technologies first in its own U.S. GSA buildings to help commercial facilities professionals gauge which new solutions might work well in their own buildings. (more…)


  3. Success Stories: Battle of the Buildings

    September 2, 2014 | 0 comments

    Earlier this year, the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition – Battle of the Buildings – encouraged teams from more than 3,000 commercial buildings across all 50 states to compete for the greatest increase in energy efficiency.

    All in all, National Building Competition participants saved more than $20 million in utility bills by reducing total energy usage by more than 900 million kBtus. Nearly 50 buildings demonstrated energy-use reductions of 20% or greater in one year. Here are a few of their success stories … (more…)


  4. 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…)


  5. 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…)


  6. 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…)


  7. 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…)


  8. 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…)


  9. 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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  10. 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…)