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  1. Putting a Solar Power Purchase Agreement to Work

    November 27, 2013 | 0 comments

    If solar is being considered as a green power option for your commercial building, don’t assume you have to install rooftop photovoltaics or invest in other solar power infrastructure.

    By participating in a solar power purchase agreement (SPPA), you can reap the benefits of solar power while saving on upfront capital costs and avoiding concerns about system performance or maintenance. Here’s how an SPPA works … (more…)

  2. Is it Time for a Water Audit?

    November 20, 2013 | 2 comments

    Just like commercial energy audits, water audits can uncover savings and reduction opportunities in commercial and institutional buildings.

    According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, water audits are often performed for free. Some utilities will conduct complimentary water audits for customers. But facilities professionals can also conduct water audits by using the American Water Works Association’s free water audit software or South Florida Water Management District’s new Water Efficiency and Self-Conducted Water Audits at Commercial and Institutional Facilities guide, which is applicable in all 50 states. (more…)

  3. Get Your Commercial Building Ready for Winter

    November 13, 2013 | 0 comments

    Taking the necessary time and investment to winterize your commercial building can be well worth your effort. Severe U.S. winter weather has caused more than $250 million in industrial and commercial property damage in the last decade. But that number could’ve been reduced significantly if building owners and facilities professionals had performed proper winter protection measures in their facilities, according to FMGlobal.

  4. LEED v4 Brings Big Changes to Building Certification

    November 7, 2013 | 0 comments

    USGBC’s LEED v4 is set to unveil in just a few weeks … at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. It’s bringing the biggest changes to LEED’s core requirements since the certification’s inception in 2000.

    For thorough information on LEED v4, check out these guidelines from the USGBC. Here are just a few of the LEED v4 changes, and how they might affect your facilities: (more…)