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Green Buildings Cost 25% Less to Operate

Green buildings cost less to operate and have a smaller carbon footprint, according to the US General Services Administration. Buildings.com reports on a post-occupancy evaluation study of 22 green federal buildings conducted by GSA and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The study compared one year of operating data and surveys … Read more »

commercial buildings

How Commercial Buildings Can Curb Emissions

Office buildings — which account for some 20 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions, according to Building Owners and Managers Association International — can curb their GHGs by implementing seven sustainability strategies, Buildings.com reports. Look into demand response and other energy efficiency incentive programs offered by your local utility company. … Read more »

ASHRAE

ASHRAE Updates Indoor Air Quality Standard

The newly published 2013 version of ASHRAE’s indoor air quality standard sets minimum ventilation rates and contains other revisions that apply to institutional and commercial buildings. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, combines the 2010 standard and 10 published addenda to that edition. ASHRAE says this consolidated … Read more »

Hubbell commercial building LED trial

Hubbell Lets Commercial Buildings ‘Trial’ LED Lighting

Hubbell Lighting has created a program for commercial building owners to trial energy efficiency lighting before purchase. Hubbell’s createchange program for commercial buildings provides a suite of audit tools implemented with Hubbell Lighting consultants. This allows building owners to precisely forecast the economic impact of various lighting retrofit strategies and … Read more »

AT&T, EDF Toolkit Promises 28bn Gallons in Commercial Building Water Savings

AT&T, EDF Toolkit Promises 28bn Gallons in Commercial Building Water Savings

US commercial buildings can collectively save up to 28 billion gallons of water annually by using a suit of tools produced by AT&T and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the organizations say. For example, buildings with cooling towers typically use 28 percent of their daily water for cooling. AT&T and EDF … Read more »

Mandatory Benchmarking Not Worth the Cost, Study Says

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino wants large commercial buildings in the city to benchmark their energy usage, but a report studying the effects of benchmarking finds that the costs outweigh the benefits. The report, commissioned by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and authored by Robert Stavins, an environmental economist at … Read more »

LA Tops Energy Star Building Rankings, Joined by Detroit, Sacramento; Denver Drops

LA Tops Energy Star Building Rankings, Joined by Detroit, Sacramento; Denver Drops

Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco top an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranking of the cities with the most Energy Star-rated buildings. The EPA’s rankings show two new cities, Detroit and Sacramento, have joined the top ten this year, up from 15th and 16th place respectively. Denver drops from … Read more »

Walmart, Target Help Devise Efficient Air Con

Industry and government have jointly developed specifications for commercial air conditioners that can reduce energy use by up to 60 percent, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced. The DOE worked with companies including Target and Walmart to develop performance criteria for 10-ton capacity commercial air conditioners, also known … Read more »

Obama Launches ‘Better Buildings Initiative’

Tax breaks, grants and loan guarantees will be among the initiatives in a plan President Obama will outline today, to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 20 percent in the next ten years. The Better Building Initiative, to be outlined by President Obama today in a visit to Penn … Read more »

IBM Unveils Software, Services to Monitor Building’s Environmental Data

IBM has added new software and service offerings to help owners and managers of commercial buildings leverage the latest energy-efficiency technologies and compliance systems. IBM also announced that Autodesk has joined its industry alliance, Green Sigma Coalition, which is expected to help the group improve buildings’ sustainability from blueprints to … Read more »

DOE, NREL Show How to Cut Energy Use 50% in Commercial Buildings, Hospitals

DOE, NREL Show How to Cut Energy Use 50% in Commercial Buildings, Hospitals

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released two technical reports that provide recommendations on how to achieve 50 percent energy savings in new and existing large office buildings and large hospitals. The studies were conducted by NREL’s Commercial Buildings Group, under the … Read more »

EPA Helps States, Utilities Reap Greater Energy Savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new pilot program to further improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings across several states and utilities. The goal of the Building Performance with Energy Star program is to help utilities and state energy-efficiency programs achieve greater energy savings and reduce greenhouse … Read more »