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Aviation Authority achieves three LEED certifications in 2018-19

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has earned its third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED certifications are awarded by the US Green Building Council after a comprehensive review. Detailed environmental and human health criteria for building design, construction, maintenance, and operation must be achieved. The Westfield Fire Rescue Station and the […]

A strategic approach to sustainable purchasing

When an organization buys sustainable products and services, it has a positive impact on human health and the environment. Better buying can and should also be cost effective. These five best practices make sustainable purchasing possible without compromising price, performance, or quality:[1] 1) Look beyond the first cost Items with the lowest purchase price may […]
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Five functions for smart tags and beacons

The right technology in the right place finds misplaced assets, helps with navigation, assists customers, improves facilities use, and monitors equipment. Costs can be as low as 7 cents for a passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. If a range beyond 25 meters is required, active RFID tags with five-year battery-power often cost $25 or […]
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Four new paths open to Net Zero

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) developed Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings. LEED certification verifies building design, construction, operations and maintenance to ensure they are resource-efficient, healthy, and cost-effective. Worldwide, 1.85 million square feet of construction space are certified every day.[1] This month, a four-faceted LEED […]
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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 […]

Workplace sensors help to get the job done

Healthy workplaces with optimal temperature and air quality can boost productivity. A 2014 study published by the National Center for Biotechnical Information measured a 38.56% impact on job performance as a result of temperature extremes. In commercial and office buildings, sensors help ensure comfort and safety within the environment. Here is how they boost workplace […]
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Bringing TCO to the TBL!

First, let’s get the acronyms out of the way. TCO is Total Cost of Ownership. Gartner defines TCO as “a comprehensive assessment of information technology (IT) or other costs across enterprise boundaries over time.” TBL is the Triple Bottom Line, often expressed as Profit, Planet, and People. In this article, you will see similar terms: […]

Seven Deadly Sins of Facility Management

Facilities Management (FM) brings together people, systems, and processes to optimize the building environment. As costly challenges arise throughout the asset lifecycle, the¬†seven deadly sins can impact operating costs, materials management, workplace wellness, and human performance for the asset. HVAC Sin: Neglecting the manufacturer’s recommendations for preventive maintenance will shorten the asset lifecycle. The frequency […]