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Report shows potential $4 billion annual savings with LED lighting switch
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GREENandSAVE, a sustainable living education and resource organization for individuals and businesses, issued a new report this month: 2010 G-ROI Report for U.S. Office Buildings, that shows office building owners and managers could save more than $4 billion annually by switching from legacy lighting to new LED lighting. The report, based on data from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), ENERGY STAR, and private sector sources, states there are around 736,000 office buildings in the U.S., with approximately 12 billion square feet of space. The 2010 G-ROI Report estimates switching from traditional blended incandescent and fluorescent lighting to LED lighting in those buildings can save $4.3 billion per annum, and $78.8 billion over the life of the building. More

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Georgetown University reduces maintenance and operating costs while keeping commitment to sustainability
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Even in the best of times, maintaining a large urban university is no easy task. In the case of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., there are more than 12,000 students to feed, house and educate. The university is located in a city that has only recently started to make strides in reducing crime and making its local bureaucracy more efficient. Aside from classroom buildings and residence halls, Georgetown’s facilities include 70 off-campus student resident townhouses, priceless oil paintings in various buildings on campus, and a recycling center that processes 60-70 tons of material each month. In this Facilities Engineering Journal article, author Richard Bennett shows how Georgetown University uses maintenance planning, staff training and other tools to keep the university—and its extensive recycling and environmental initiatives—operating normally in the face of operations and maintenance budget cuts. More

Roof management helps prioritize capital for energy efficiency
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Reading through the recent press releases of building owners announcing commitments to green design practices and roof top alternative power generation, there is a sense of momentum to adopt new roof top technologies. Even in tough economic times, the number of green roofing systems which can cost $15.00 per square foot are being completed at a record pace, backed by a growing list of advocates and successful installations. Likewise the demand for photo voltaic (PV) power generation, many installed over commercial roofing systems, is fueling a growing market with strong suppliers, willing buyers, and is backed by our Federal, State and local communities. With the market buzz to adopt these technologies building owners may want to take a moment to renew their commitment to the basic principles of roof management to assist them in a balanced approach to weighting capital allocation. More

Take Our Guided Tour - Sound Masking

The LogiSon Acoustic Network is a networked sound masking system that increases speech privacy and reduces disruptions due to noise. It’s been installed in hundreds of millions of square feet for clients ranging in size from small business to Fortune 500 companies. Take our Guided Tour to learn more.
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3-D helps to create a multidimensional building
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Three-dimensional computer modeling is leading Sydney into a curvaceous new architectural era of complex shapes and fluid geometrics that should spell an end to the box-like apartments of the past. Spearheading the design revolution is a 17-story building in the heart of the central business district called eliza, where every floor is a different shape. The façade is contoured, sculptured and asymmetrical. More

White House, NASA go solar
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The White House announced plans to install solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House Residence. These two solar installations will be part of a U.S. Department of Energy demonstration project that shows that American solar technologies are available and reliable for installation in homes throughout the country, according to the DOE. More

Green buildings to tackle global warming
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As the overwhelming evidence of accelerating climate change builds up, governments across the world see in the "built up environment" an opportunity to bring down greenhouse gas emission to address the crisis, says Tony Arnel, Chairman, World Green Building Council. Compared to conventional buildings, green buildings use energy and water efficiently, generate less waste, conserve natural resources and, in the process, provide healthy living and working spaces. But this concept has to be adopted widely to make a significant impact. Governments should lead by example and authority, says Arnel. More

Top Ten Questions: Sound Masking

Why do I need sound masking? How is it installed? Will I hear the sound? Can’t I just use music or airflow to cover conversations and noise? Does sound masking cancel noise? Is it the same thing as white noise? Is this technology difficult to install in existing spaces? MORE


Turning waste heat into power
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What do a car engine, a power plant, a factory and a solar panel have in common? They all generate heat—a lot of which is wasted. University of Arizona physicists have discovered a new way of harvesting waste heat and turning it into electrical power. Using a theoretical model of a so-called molecular thermoelectric device, the technology holds great promise for making cars, power plants, factories and solar panels more efficient, to name a few possible applications. In addition, more efficient thermoelectric materials would make ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons obsolete. More

LEED® and the future of green building
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The first decade of this century saw the resurgence of the green building movement and the emergence of rating systems, such as LEED, BREEAM, GreenStar, etc., across the world. Many national, state, and local governments have embraced green buildings and are providing several incentives for their widespread development. As a result, green buildings have gained acceptance among public agencies, private sector developers, and institutional owners. More
 

 
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