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  1. Tracking Energy Usage in a New Way

    July 7, 2015 | 2 comments

    Energy audits are a great way to assess building performance, identify potential areas of waste, and improve energy efficiency. But this process can take time, as well as require the involvement of energy-efficiency experts. (more…)


  2. 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…)


  3. GSA Puts Green Building Materials to the Test

    September 9, 2014 | 0 comments

    To meet sustainability goals and move toward net zero energy buildings, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) implemented its Green Proving Ground program in 2012 to test new green building technology during its pre- or early-commercial stage.

    Because working with unproven commercial products can be risky for commercial building owners and managers, the Green Proving Ground program tests new technologies first in its own U.S. GSA buildings to help commercial facilities professionals gauge which new solutions might work well in their own buildings. (more…)


  4. Audits Can Improve HVAC System Performance

    July 29, 2014 | 0 comments

    Just like any building system or piece of equipment, HVAC system performance decreases over time – for a variety of reasons.

    Occupancy changes, regular wear and tear, weather and seasonal temperature fluctuations, other building system upgrades, routine HVAC maintenance, outdated technology, and building operators who don’t fully understand the system can all affect the performance of your commercial building’s HVAC system. (more…)


  5. HVAC Systems: Repair or Replace?

    June 10, 2014 | 1 comment

    High energy bills, occupant discomfort, productivity loss, sick tenants – these can all be symptoms of possible HVAC system trouble. But once you determine that your commercial building’s HVAC system needs help, how do you solve the problem? Invest in HVAC repair or incur the costs of a new HVAC system? (more…)


  6. Think About Window Film First

    April 15, 2014 | 4 comments

    Because of the benefits it offers to commercial buildings, energy-efficient window film is one of the first green investments you may want to consider – before HVAC upgrades, lighting retrofits, or new windows. The right window film can help your building save energy and reduce demand, but it may also extend the life of your facility’s furniture and furnishings, lengthen HVAC system lifecycle, reduce heating and cooling loads, improve interior comfort, and reduce the amount of artificial light needed. (more…)


  7. Get Your Commercial Building Ready for Winter

    November 13, 2013 | 0 comments

    Taking the necessary time and investment to winterize your commercial building can be well worth your effort. Severe U.S. winter weather has caused more than $250 million in industrial and commercial property damage in the last decade. But that number could’ve been reduced significantly if building owners and facilities professionals had performed proper winter protection measures in their facilities, according to FMGlobal.
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  8. HVAC Energy-Efficiency Tips

    July 12, 2012 | 0 comments

    HVAC EfficiencyMaking sure your building’s HVAC system runs efficiently goes a long way toward reducing energy costs, but upgrading or enhancing it can be expensive. The good news? HVAC efficiency is affected by almost every other system in your facility, so there are ways to increase HVAC effectiveness without touching the HVAC system at all. (more…)