People performance: Building's next goal? By Michael J. Berens Back in the 1990s, management gurus talked a lot about high-performance teams. Today, the talk is all about high-performance buildings. What if high-performing buildings also needed to meet requirements of high-performing individuals? The day may not be far off when clients will demand both. Long before LEED and the quest to improve building performance and sustainability, organizational specialists documented the impact that the work environment has on worker productivity and well-being.
Renewable energy: Combined heat and power Today's Facility Manager The National Archives and Records Administration preserves and provides public access to U.S. government and historical records. The National Archives Building houses the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. In response to Executive Order 13514, which was signed by President Barack Obama in October 2009, NARA established a goal of reducing its energy use by 30 percent at Archives I as well as its Archives II facility in College Park, Md.
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Survey: Commercial building efficiency retrofits driven by voluntary certification, regulations FMLink Residential and commercial buildings are known to account for 35 to 40 percent of total energy consumption worldwide, and commercial buildings, in particular, consume large amounts of energy related to heating/ventilation/air-conditioning, lighting, water heating, and other building systems. Efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have led to increasing deployments of energy efficiency retrofits for commercial and public buildings. According to a new report from Navigant Research, the worldwide market for energy efficiency-motivated retrofits in commercial and public buildings will grow from $68.2 billion in 2014 to $127.5 billion by 2023.
Channel spotlight: Building automation by KMC controls Today's Facility Manager With rising energy costs, increased security concerns, and the needed productivity of more comfortable work environments, the installations of building automation systems have become more the norm rather than the exception.
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Do green workspaces benefit workers? By Michael J. Berens One of the early assumptions about green buildings was that by improving environmental quality, they would offer occupants a healthier workplace, which would result in a more satisfied and productive workforce. While the verdict is still out on green building performance, recent assessments of green workspaces suggest some issues need to be resolved before they achieve their full potential. Individual studies have demonstrated the benefits of some elements of green design. Yet, more comprehensive studies tell a somewhat different story.