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  1. Learn from the U.S. DOE’s Sustainability Plan

    March 11, 2014 | 1 comment

    With more than 500,000 buildings across the country, the U.S. Federal Government has a big opportunity to improve sustainability and green building performance. All federal departments released 2013 sustainability plans that outline steps being taken to reduce carbon emissions and save energy.

    Here, we take a closer look at the sustainability plan from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and offer a summary of how they’re achieving green building goals. Who better to learn from when it comes to reducing environmental impact and implementing energy conservation measures? (more…)

  2. WELL Building Standard® Measures Health of Indoors

    February 18, 2014 | 2 comments

    Green building certification programs have one thing in common: They focus on the exterior and interior design and operation of the facility itself.

    Based on several findings which conclude that buildings have a strong influence on the health, well-being, and performance of tenants and occupants, Delos Living has developed the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

  3. 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…)

  4. 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…)