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  1. Making the Most of a Demand Response Event

    December 23, 2014 | 2 comments

    Demand response programs reward commercial building owners for reducing energy usage during times when electrical grid demand is highest. Instead of generating more power to keep up with peak loads, utilities ask participating buildings to make immediate reductions to energy use when needed – whether the adjustments are automated or done manually.

    Schneider Electric says that demand response programs in commercial buildings can earn back anywhere from 5% to 25% of annual electricity costs. But not only does a demand response program prevent strain on the electrical grid and reduce utility bills from electricity companies, it may also avoid brownouts and blackouts. (more…)


  2. Selling Your Energy-Efficiency Project

    February 4, 2014 | 0 comments

    No matter how excellent your sustainability proposal might be, it can be tough to convince the right people to invest in an energy-efficiency upgrade if it requires any upfront capital.

    “Selling” energy efficiency often requires more of an educational approach than, for example, trying to convince the C-suite to invest in a new printer that will improve employee productivity. It may seem like a team approach is best when discussing possible energy-efficiency improvements, but some experts say the right move is to have a face-to-face discussion with the person who writes your company’s checks. (more…)


  3. First Hospital Receives LEED-HC Rating from USGBC

    May 16, 2013 | 0 comments

    Courtesy of Group Health

    To address the unique design requirements of green healthcare facilities, the U.S. Green Building Council established its LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) rating system in 2011.

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  4. NY Data Benchmarking Leads to Energy Conservation

    November 27, 2012 | 0 comments

    This year, New York City became the first in the nation to publicize energy use for every one of its large private-sector commercial/multi-family buildings. Gathered through a mandatory benchmarking process, details on 2,065 buildings offer a better handle on how much energy these buildings are using, and how (more…)


  5. The Greenest Buildings in the World

    September 12, 2012 | 0 comments

    It’s hard to pinpoint the greenest building ever built, but there are a few that stand out for being extremely effective with energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives.

    While the number of green buildings worldwide keeps growing, there are a few vying for the title of “greenest building in the world.”  They strive to reach the (more…)