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  1. Top 6 Blogs of 2013

    December 31, 2013 | 0 comments

    What better way to wrap up 2013 then to recap the six most-read blog posts from 2013? We investigated which of our posts resonated most strongly with you based on web traffic; below is a recap, along with links so you can catch up on any you might have missed. (more…)

  2. Free Energy Management Resources

    December 24, 2013 | 1 comment

    As we head into 2014, there’s no doubt that saving energy will be at the forefront for all facilities managers and building owners. But improving energy efficiency doesn’t have to consume all of your time; there are thousands of suggestions and ideas readily available (if you know where to look).

    To close out 2013, here are some free online resources you can bookmark and use in 2014 to keep your energy savings in check, and set some new green goals … (more…)

  3. Factors that Affect Tenant & Occupant Satisfaction

    December 18, 2013 | 2 comments

    Facility systems and design can go a long way toward improving productivity, increasing satisfaction, and ensuring the health and comfort of tenants and occupants. But commercial building factors that hinder performance, cause distractions, or make tasks more difficult can do just the opposite – they negatively impact tenants’ and occupants’ well-being, happiness, and efficiency. (more…)

  4. Eastman Wins Best in Biz Gold Award

    December 10, 2013 | 0 comments

    Our organization works hard to educate building owners and facilities professionals about ways to meet green goals, strengthen building performance, and invest in sustainability and energy-efficiency initiatives (including Eastman Chemical Company’s own low-e window film). But we don’t often stop to recognize the green efforts of our company as a whole. (more…)

  5. Comparing Your Plug Load

    December 4, 2013 | 0 comments

    It comes as no surprise that plug loads (also known as “miscellaneous energy loads”) are one of the fastest-growing sources of energy use in commercial and institutional buildings. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 15% to 20% of total energy use is dedicated to supporting plug load: computers, monitors, printers, phones, task lights, coffeemakers, rechargeable tools, space heaters, fans, copiers, cell phone chargers, or anything that is plugged in.

    Buildings that have invested in energy-efficient HVAC or lighting upgrades can sometimes see plug loads as high as 50% of total energy use. (Because these efficient building systems are using less energy, plug load becomes a bigger part of the equation.) In 2011, the EIA estimated that plug load levels would grow by another 60% by 2030. (more…)