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.

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)

Innovations in Smart Window Coverings

Innovations in Smart Window Coverings

Prior to the fourth century A.D., windows were typically holes in walls, usually covered with animal hides, cloth, wood, or shutters. In some places, translucent animal horns, thin slices of marble, or even paper were set in frameworks of wood, iron, or lead.

Glass: A Clear Solution

Glass: A Clear Solution

Prior to the fourth century A.D., windows were typically holes in walls, usually covered with animal hides, cloth, wood, or shutters. In some places, translucent animal horns, thin slices of marble, or even paper were set in frameworks of wood, iron, or lead.

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CULTEC’s Contactor and Recharger chambers may be installed in a trench configuration along roadsides as an alternative to swales. Not only is an underground stormwater solution easier to maintain, it is also aesthetically more pleasing than traditional swales. The subsurface installation eliminates a potential trash collection site and exposed ponding—which

Variables for Energy-Efficient Roofs

Variables for Energy-Efficient Roofs

Roof material choice is one area of building envelope design where significant efficiency can be found. Energy-efficient roofs have come a long way in recent years. Cost savings can be realized, and service life can be greatly extended with careful selection of a modern energy efficient roof.

Considerations for Planning an LED Lighting Retrofit

Considerations for Planning an LED Lighting Retrofit

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

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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