Tag: LEED

LEED stands for green building leadership. LEED is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe.

Reader Profile: Ian L. LaHiff

Reader Profile: Ian L. LaHiff

Several years ago, the city of Orlando, FL, received a small funding opportunity from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), enabling the city to invest in the first centralized building automation system for city facilities and institute HVAC replacements. The result surpassed expectations, with the city realizing savings averaging 25% and in

Retrofitting for Efficiency

Retrofitting for Efficiency

Lighting can be an easy route to cost and energy savings. Reducing the amount of wattage used correspondingly reduces your utility bill. Maintenance costs can also be decreased with the installation of efficient lighting.

“Retrofits come and go with the cost of energy,” observes Bill O’Connell, technical sales manager for Ledvance

Energy Management Systems

To exemplify the evolving nature of energy management systems, Greg Turner, vice president for Honeywell Business Solutions, recalls a recent conversation in which a hospital facilities manager spoke of how he’d have to come up with budget figures once a year that would either be accepted or rejected.

“Now I get calls almost

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PAVEDRAIN
The PaveDrain system is a patented, permeable paving surface designed with the joints between the blocks left open for an unprecedented infiltration rate (i.e., no rocks). Maintenance is accomplished with conventional street vacuuming equipment or the PaveDrain Vac Head. PaveDrain is ADA compliant, HS-25 load rated, manufactured throughout the US,

Noise Attenuation in Distributed Energy Systems

Noise Attenuation in Distributed Energy Systems

The commercial building sector has seen a steady rise in the use of distributed energy. Whether the need is for energy security, participation in a demand-response program, or as a strategy for sustainability, distributed energy projects are playing a role. But the noise of a generator makes special demands upon

The Science of Seeds

The Science of Seeds

Remember how 10 blindfolded people in a room each describe the elephant from their own perspective? The same might be said of soil—the stuff we interchangeably refer to as ground, dirt, or surface covering. Eric C. Brevik, a professor of soil science at Dickinson State University in North Dakota, illustrates

Permeable Pavers for Erosion Control Projects

Permeable Pavers for Erosion Control Projects

The next RSF installation of permeable pavers, in the summer of 2011, included 1,400 linear feet on the campus road and 3,000 square feet at the plaza. The third RSF installation, during summer 2012, involved 350 linear feet on the campus road and 9,000 square feet on the plaza.

Reader Profile: Lance Rock

Reader Profile: Lance Rock

In a speech after his first term election, President Barack Obama referenced the need to find a solution to buildings’ energy waste, indicating it would most likely be an entrepreneur working out of a garage who would produce the solution. Lance Rock and his wife Wendy gave each other a

HVAC Innovations

HVAC Innovations

Efficiency is the buzzword for innovations in HVAC technologies. “Government mandates are requiring higher efficiencies overall from the building, which includes everything from the HVAC all the way to the glass in the door,” points out Steve Ulm, spokesperson for SEMCO. “Efficiency is driving the construction industry as a whole.”

Cogen Case Study: Ronald McDonald House, New York City

Cogen Case Study: Ronald McDonald House, New York City

What began in 1974 as a Shamrock Shake-driven fundraiser to help families with sick children is today a network of 322 Ronald McDonald Houses in 57 countries. The first Ronald McDonald House (RMH), in Philadelphia, PA, was meant to serve as a “home away from home” for families spending time

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