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  1. Improving Energy Efficiency through Human Building Interaction

    August 4, 2015 | 1 comment

    Today’s green buildings go beyond environmentally friendly products and practices, taking human health into consideration as well. You may start to hear more about the idea of human-building interaction (HBI) as this connection between green buildings and occupant health/wellness continues to grow.

  2. Tracking Energy Usage in a New Way

    July 7, 2015 | 2 comments

    Energy audits are a great way to assess building performance, identify potential areas of waste, and improve energy efficiency. But this process can take time, as well as require the involvement of energy-efficiency experts. (more…)

  3. Educating Tomorrow’s Energy-Efficiency Leaders

    June 2, 2015 | 1 comment

    To keep the nation’s energy-efficiency momentum going, the energy leaders of tomorrow will need to understand how to create energy savings, increase awareness about why energy management is important, and put plans into action to generate energy-efficiency results. (more…)

  4. Over-Lighting: A Barrier to Energy Efficiency

    May 5, 2015 | 2 comments

    With computers and tablets impacting the way we work, recommended indoor lighting levels have changed. As a result, lighting intensity levels in some commercial buildings are now higher than what’s necessary or appropriate for specific work-related tasks. (more…)

  5. The Most Awarded ENERGY STAR Building in the U.S.

    April 7, 2015 | 0 comments

    Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the only building in the United States to achieve a remarkable 15 consecutive ENERGY STAR certification labels: the U.S. Airways/American Airlines headquarters building in Tempe, AZ. Since the ENERGY STAR certification for buildings began in 1999, the building has met strict energy-efficiency standards set forth by the EPA. (more…)

  6. Famous Landmarks Make Green Building a Priority

    March 31, 2015 | 0 comments

    Commercial buildings of all sizes are making big strides in energy efficiency and environmental impact reduction. We found five well-known landmarks that have recently implemented some remarkable green building strategies to reduce energy and water use. Check out what these famous buildings around the world are doing to improve building performance. (more…)

  7. Developing Occupant Thermal Comfort Surveys

    March 17, 2015 | 0 comments

    What’s the best way to know whether your building is fulfilling tenant and occupant needs, helping them be their most productive? By asking them questions. A web-based survey that collects information about your facility’s indoor environmental quality can provide valuable feedback about workplace effectiveness. (more…)

  8. Energy-Efficient Products with the ENERGY STAR Label

    March 3, 2015 | 0 comments

    ENERGY STAR is a helpful resource when you’re looking for energy-efficient commercial building systems such as HVAC and lighting. The program outlines points to consider when investing in fixtures, water heaters, boilers, etc. All systems and products with the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy without forfeiting functionality.

    But did you know that ENERGY STAR also now certifies smaller types of products that are likely being used inside your building? (more…)

  9. A Look at Two LEED Platinum v4 Buildings

    February 17, 2015 | 0 comments

    Only two buildings in the world have achieved LEED Platinum v4 certification since it was announced in July 2013. (Through Oct. 31, 2016, commercial buildings can still apply for LEED 2009 instead of LEED v4.) The first LEED v4 building, Haworth Showroom in Beijing, was awarded LEED CI Platinum in October 2013 after earning 71 out of 110 possible LEED points. (more…)

  10. Find Inspiration for Your Next Green Building Project

    February 3, 2015 | 0 comments

    When it comes to implementing new green building initiatives, it can be overwhelming to decide which sustainability projects to tackle. But there’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you’re having problems coming up with your next green idea. Make it a team effort by asking coworkers, tenants, and occupants for their thoughts – and also take time to learn what other organizations have done to save energy and reduce their environmental footprints. (more…)