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  1. What Can We Learn from Walgreens About Net Zero?

    November 25, 2014 | 5 comments

    To see how well the concept of net zero energy worked – and to test green technologies and initiatives for its 8,100+ stores – Walgreens invested in a net zero energy retail store. (more…)


  2. What LEED Dynamic Plaques Can Really Do

    November 18, 2014 | 0 comments

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a dynamic, interactive way to display the performance results of green, LEED-certified buildings: the LEED Dynamic Plaque.

    This electronic display unit lets you control who can “see” how the building is performing, whether it’s through the dynamic plaque on the wall that guests may view, or via occupant-accessible software. (more…)


  3. Using Competitions to Improve Energy Efficiency

    November 11, 2014 | 2 comments

    As a facilities manager, you help establish the framework for energy-efficient, green building operations. But it can be a challenge to find effective tactics that motivate tenants and occupants to change their behavior and help your team achieve energy-efficiency and conservation goals.

    You’ve probably heard about competitions among cities or across the nation, such as ENERGY STAR’s Battle of the Buildings. But you can also develop an internal energy-efficiency competition to channel the competitive spirits within your own organization – whether it’s a competition among departments or floors in a single facility, or a campus-wide challenge between buildings. (more…)


  4. Find Out How Your Building Uses Energy at Night

    November 4, 2014 | 9 comments

    Looking for a good way to see whether your energy-efficiency projects and building equipment are working like they should be? Try taking a walk through your building at night.

    A commercial building is typically only occupied for eight or nine hours each workday, leaving 15-16 hours unoccupied. Although remote monitoring is helpful when it comes to keeping tabs on after-hours operations, it can be difficult for facilities managers to know how buildings are truly operating during the hours when no one is inside. (more…)