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  1. 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…)


  2. 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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  3. 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…)


  4. 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…)


  5. 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…)


  6. 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…)


  7. 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…)


  8. 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…)


  9. 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…)


  10. 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…)