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  1. 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…)

  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. Green Investments with Fast ROI

    February 19, 2013 | 1 comment

    Making the case for a green investment is easier if you know money will come back to your building in terms of energy or water savings. Green upgrades offering a quick return on investment can be a better sell to management, too.

    Here are four green investments that have the potential to offer a full ROI in three years or less (more…)