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  1. Improving Energy Efficiency through Human Building Interaction

    August 4, 2015 | 1 comment

    Today’s green buildings go beyond environmentally friendly products and practices, taking human health into consideration as well. You may start to hear more about the idea of human-building interaction (HBI) as this connection between green buildings and occupant health/wellness continues to grow.
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  2. Educating Tomorrow’s Energy-Efficiency Leaders

    June 2, 2015 | 1 comment

    To keep the nation’s energy-efficiency momentum going, the energy leaders of tomorrow will need to understand how to create energy savings, increase awareness about why energy management is important, and put plans into action to generate energy-efficiency results. (more…)


  3. 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…)


  4. Famous Landmarks Make Green Building a Priority

    March 31, 2015 | 0 comments

    Commercial buildings of all sizes are making big strides in energy efficiency and environmental impact reduction. We found five well-known landmarks that have recently implemented some remarkable green building strategies to reduce energy and water use. Check out what these famous buildings around the world are doing to improve building performance. (more…)


  5. 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…)


  6. Improve HVAC Energy Efficiency Year-Round

    December 16, 2014 | 4 comments

    HVAC systems are used continuously in commercial buildings. In fact, HVAC systems account for roughly 41% of total commercial building electrical usage – almost double that of any other building system – according to Alliant Energy. (Air conditioning alone represents 45% of the total peak energy use.) This obviously increases monthly utility bills, but also presents a big opportunity for regular energy savings. (more…)


  7. Learn About New Advances in Window Film

    December 2, 2014 | 9 comments

    Understanding how high-performance window film works and what it can offer to commercial buildings is the first step in deciding whether it will be an effective energy-efficiency option for your organization. But even after you learn about window film’s benefits, it can still be challenging to know what type will address your building’s unique requirements. (more…)


  8. 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…)


  9. 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…)


  10. Saving Energy with Office Equipment

    September 30, 2014 | 0 comments

    With so much attention paid to lighting, HVAC, and other major building systems when it comes to energy-saving projects, it can be easy to overlook the small changes to everyday processes and equipment that can add up to major energy savings.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, office equipment consumes nearly 7% of commercial electricity, costing commercial buildings across the country approximately $1.8 billion total each year. (more…)