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  1. 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…)


  2. 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…)


  3. Old Buildings Can Be Green Buildings

    January 20, 2015 | 0 comments

    It’s often a given that most new commercial buildings incorporate at least some energy and water efficiency initiatives into design, construction, and operation. But since the majority of commercial office facilities in the United States are existing buildings, greening “old” office buildings is just as important. (According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, 72% of U.S. commercial buildings are more than 20 years old.) (more…)


  4. Top 6 Green Blogs of 2014

    December 30, 2014 | 0 comments

    We’re celebrating the end of a successful year by revealing our six most-read blog posts from 2014.

    These posts resonated most strongly with you based on website traffic; below is a recap of each blog, starting with the most popular article of 2014. We’ve also included links so you can revisit the posts.

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  5. First Building Achieves WELL Platinum Certification

    December 9, 2014 | 2 comments

    The first building to achieve the WELL Platinum Pilot Certification from the International WELL Building Institute has been identified: the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.

    This facility was also the first to meet the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge, achieving Net Zero Energy Certification. (Not to mention its LEED Platinum and Four-Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative certification.)

    How did they do it? The Center for Sustainable Landscapes focused on an integrated design process that involved evaluation of end-users’ needs, along with charrettes between the project team and staff throughout the process. (more…)


  6. Net Zero Water is Coming

    July 8, 2014 | 7 comments

    Net zero energy is being discussed in green building circles more than ever before, with 18 buildings now claiming the title (and several more working toward it). But the newest net-zero buzz? Net zero water. Buildings using net zero water use only the water they are able to generate or capture onsite.

    As the International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge becomes more popular, so does the concept of net zero water (to achieve the Living Building Challenge standard, a building needs to be net zero water). (more…)


  7. Green Leases Reduce Energy and Water Use

    July 2, 2014 | 0 comments

    The industry has several green certification programs to choose from when recognizing commercial buildings for energy efficiency, water savings, and high performance. Facilities managers also have access to several designations that honor professionals who understand sustainability and energy efficiency.

    A new type of green recognition is now on the scene: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation launched a designation program that acknowledges outstanding efforts in green lease agreements. Green Lease Leaders™ sets standards for green lease definitions, and recognizes companies or brokerage teams that successfully incorporate green lease language into new or existing leases.
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  8. The Impacts of Weather on Energy Efficiency

    June 3, 2014 | 0 comments

    The issues of climate change and global warming as they relate to energy efficiency have long been topics of debate. But according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather report, changes in weather and climate are already impacting the energy sector across the country. This interactive map, put together by the U.S. Department of Energy, shows the affects of increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, and increasing intensity and frequency of storms and flooding in the last decade.
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  9. Ways to Save Energy by Saving Water

    May 27, 2014 | 2 comments

    Did you know that water and energy usage in commercial buildings go hand in hand? It may not seem obvious, but you actually can save money on your energy bills by reducing how much municipally supplied water your commercial building uses. (more…)


  10. Green Revolving Loan Funds Finance Energy Projects

    April 1, 2014 | 0 comments

    Lack of capital dollars can prevent some organizations from investing in green building and energy conservation measures. A few universities and nonprofits around the country have found a way around this problem, however – and even for-profit corporations can learn a thing or two by understanding what they do. (more…)