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Cut the cost of water waste

The costs of wasted water are easily overlooked. A single faucet that drips once per second will send over 2,000 gallons of water down the pipes within a year. The potential expense faced by office, commercial, and industrial facilities is significantly multiplied. Fortunately, planning and awareness will shut off the dollar drain. Water waste can […]

Who cares about a building’s environmental excellence?

Apparently, building owners and facility managers in over 175 countries care. More than 105,000 buildings they own and manage have earned LEED® certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is awarded for a building’s energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable materials, waste reduction, and indoor air quality. Now, a streamlined process also enables the achievement […]

Seven roads to climate-change readiness

This century’s rise in global average temperatures — about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit — is small, but the human and economic impact is powerful. Looking ahead, the 50-year cost of unchecked climate change could exceed $175 trillion. PERILS REPORTED TODAY The reasons for climate change costs are no less varied than the regions where they occur. […]
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Keeping lights on and costs controlled with Vehicle-to-Grid power

The storms, fires, droughts, and floods of climate change are turning off lights and jamming the wheels of progress. In 2022, we see this happen in more places, more often. Power failures have increased by 60 percent over the past seven years. Today’s greater uncertainty advances a business case for backup power. Where once that […]

Getting ‘round to circularity
in Construction and Demolition (C&D)

The built environment uses roughly half of all materials mined or otherwise taken from the crust of this planet. Each year, construction (including highway construction) extracts tonnage that is equivalent to two-thirds of Mount Everest. Construction creates an estimated third of the world’s overall waste, causing no less than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions.[1] A […]

Any building can be a better building

Better buildings aren’t limited to downtown zip codes or trendy street address. They are not marked on maps. GPS devices will not locate them. There’s no need. Chances are, a better building is literally within your reach. Here is what sets them apart: Greater energy efficiency Are energy costs a concern in your building? The […]
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A sustainable future grows amid daily airport operations

Last year was an exceptional year for Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). The 23rd busiest airport in the United States saw approximately 370 daily scheduled commercial departures[1]. While supporting those flights,  SLC began construction on a new Central Utility Plant, Gateway Center, Parking Garage, Terminal, and the west side of the north and south […]

10 ways to know if a building should be commissioned

Commissioning will benefit most building construction or renovation projects. Still, by considering specific factors and conditions you can determine when a commissioning, re-commissioning, or building tune-up will begin to return the most value. Building performance considerations What is the total mechanical cooling capacity for the building? If the capacity is greater than 40 tons, and […]

500 Town Park project achieves LEED Silver Certification

Lake Mary’s 500 Town Park building recently earned LEED Silver Certification. What is LEED? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). It evaluates a building’s environmental performance. Why certify a building? Environmental performance brings a substantial potential for savings. Among the ongoing, measurable benefits for […]