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…)
September 16, 2014 | 0 comments
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…)
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…)
August 26, 2014 | 0 comments
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…)
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…)
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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…)
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…)
July 29, 2014 | 0 comments
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…)
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.
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…)