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  1. Reducing Energy in Operating Rooms

    October 30, 2012 | 0 comments

    Is it possible to save energy in a room dedicated to saving lives? Despite sensitive, expensive medical equipment, and operating room codes and standards, some of the nation’s operating rooms are doing what they can to reduce energy consumption.

    The University of Chicago says the healthcare sector is the largest contributor to carbon emissions in the United States. And the operating room is one of the most energy-intensive spaces (more…)

  2. Window Film vs. Solar Screens

    October 23, 2012 | 4 comments

    Solar heat gain through windows accounts for up to one-third of the cooling costs in a building, according to an annual publication from the U.S. Department of Energy. Window film and solar screens are two options that are often used when it comes to controlling solar heat gain to reduce electric bills and save energy.

    Solar screens are fixed, framed panels made of dense mesh (more…)

  3. Saving Energy through Demand Response Programs

    October 16, 2012 | 1 comment

    By temporarily reducing your building’s electricity use through a demand response program (also known as load response), you can help keep infrastructure systems reliable, reduce emissions, and control costly energy infrastructure investments.

    Demand response programs offered by utilities encourage facilities professionals to lower facility energy use during tight power supply, when wholesale power supply rates are high, or when local distribution equipment approaches capacity limits. These events may occur (more…)

  4. Meet Steve DeBusk: Vista Film’s Energy-Efficiency Expert

    October 9, 2012 | 1 comment

    Through this blog, Twitter®, and LinkedIn®, Vista™ Window Films has been working hard for the past year to offer valuable information to professionals who own or manage commercial buildings.

    Under the pseudonym “Chris H,” I’ve been creating content to help you make important energy-efficiency decisions about your facilities.  I originally used this persona for privacy reasons; however, as I interact with more and more of you through social media, I’ve decided that I can’t truly connect with industry professionals as “Chris H.” Moving forward, I will be abandoning my “Chris H” pseudonym and (more…)

  5. Calculating Your Building’s Carbon Footprint

    October 2, 2012 | 0 comments

    As more organizations are making carbon reduction goals, with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality, facilities professionals are being tasked with measuring the impact of their buildings.

    Commercial office buildings are the single largest consumers of energy in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So while it may seem like figuring out your building’s carbon footprint is (more…)