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  1. 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…)


  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. What Can We Learn from Walgreens About Net Zero?

    November 25, 2014 | 5 comments

    To see how well the concept of net zero energy worked – and to test green technologies and initiatives for its 8,100+ stores – Walgreens invested in a net zero energy retail store. (more…)


  5. What LEED Dynamic Plaques Can Really Do

    November 18, 2014 | 0 comments

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Green Building Council announced a dynamic, interactive way to display the performance results of green, LEED-certified buildings: the LEED Dynamic Plaque.

    This electronic display unit lets you control who can “see” how the building is performing, whether it’s through the dynamic plaque on the wall that guests may view, or via occupant-accessible software. (more…)


  6. Signage Communicates Green Building Features

    October 28, 2014 | 0 comments

    Building signage, digital displays, and electronic kiosks can help spread the word about your green building’s features, the benefits they offer, and ways tenants and occupants can contribute to overall sustainability goals. In the right situations, educational signage can also help a building project earn LEED certification points. (more…)


  7. Green Power: Onsite or Offsite?

    September 23, 2014 | 0 comments

    If you’re considering alternative energy sources for your commercial building, it’s important to realize that you have two options: you can choose to generate green power onsite or purchase it from a third party. Here is some information that may help you decide … (more…)


  8. Involve Tenants & Occupants in LEED Certification

    August 5, 2014 | 0 comments

    As you focus on green buildings and LEED certification, don’t let tenant and occupant engagement fall by the wayside. It’s sometimes hard to remember that the people inside your buildings can make as much of an impact as low-flow plumbing, energy-efficient lighting, or reflective roof investments. (more…)


  9. Green Certification for Parking Garages

    July 22, 2014 | 0 comments

    With the introduction of a green certification program for parking garages, these types of structures can now earn recognition for sustainable practices just like any school, hospital, office facility, hotel, or government building.
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  10. Free Energy Management Education

    April 22, 2014 | 0 comments

    Even if you don’t have a certification or designation to maintain, professional development and education can help any building owner or manager learn better, faster, and more efficient ways to implement energy management programs and green building practices.
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