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Evaluating the ROI in Going ‘Green’

When the environmental movement of this century began to really gain steam a few years ago, many companies decided to “go green” in a variety of ways. While some companies implemented recycling programs to reduce waste, others installed energy saving appliances and re-designed offices to include more environmentally-friendly materials as … Read more »

Building Energy Ratings Policy Would Save $18bn, Create 59,000 Jobs by 2020, Report Finds

A national building energy rating and disclosure policy would cut energy costs by over $18 billion through 2020, and create more than 59,000 net new jobs in that time, a study from the Institute for Market Transformation finds. According to IMT’s Analysis of Job Creation and Energy Cost Savings from … Read more »

DataGryd Green Data Center Includes 9MW CHP Plant, Low-Voltage Cables

DataGryd has opened an energy-efficient data center, complete with combined heating, cooling and power plant, in the original Western Union Building in New York City. The 80-year old building has undergone a comprehensive infrastructure retrofit to meet the demands of an urban green data center, DataGryd said. The company expects … Read more »

Compliance & Standards Briefing: Carbon Bonds, EcoLogo, ISO Considers Buildings Tool

The ISO is considering a tool developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to gauge energy consumption and CO2 emissions in homes and offices across the world. The Common Carbon Metric (CCM) – developed by UNEP’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative – could form the basis for a new … 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 »

ASHRAE, DOE Update Green Building Guides, Software

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released the third edition of its GreenGuide for sustainable buildings, while the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made available updated versions of its energy efficiency modeling software programs The “ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable … Read more »

Greenbuild Roundup: Day 3 Showcases Energy, Water Efficient Products

It wouldn’t be the GreenBuild Conference without a host of new energy-efficient and water-saving products showcased at many of the building supplier booths. As an example, ThinkEco has started to accept orders from business clients for its flagship product, the modlet, short for modern outlet. This device is touted as … Read more »

Greenbuild Roundup Day 2: Green Buildings Yield Substantial Financial Benefits

Greenbuild Roundup Day 2: Green Buildings Yield Substantial Financial Benefits

Owners of sustainably managed buildings expect a four percent higher return on investment (ROI), five percent increases in building value and occupancy, eight percent lower operating costs, and a one percent rise in rental income, according to a new report released at the Greenbuild conference by McGraw-Hill Construction, CB Richard … Read more »

The Case for Green Building in a Maturing Market

The Case for Green Building in a Maturing Market

The motivations and factors leading to the implementation of green building practices can be quite diverse relative to a client’s overall facility and organization objectives. In the recently completed Opening the Door to Green Building study (a market perception study conducted by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC and … Read more »

Making a Difference in Green Building

As an indisputable “nation of shoppers” we all like to check out the latest item. And anyone in the press knows that this is the surest way to bring eyeballs to your magazine, newspaper, web site or other media. So it comes as no surprise that the very latest green/sustainable … Read more »

REI Stewardship Report: GHG Emissions Down 10%

REI Stewardship Report: GHG Emissions Down 10%

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has reduced its absolute climate impact by 10 percent from 111,000 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or C02e, to less than 100,000 tons C02e from 2008 levels, according to the company’s 2009 Stewardship Report. REI’s 2009 stewardship report is divided into three sections: Community, Environment … Read more »

Green Buildings Drive BIM Adoption

Green Buildings Drive BIM Adoption

The green building sector will drive the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) software, according to a new SmartMarket Report from McGraw-Hill Construction. The report, “Green BIM: How Building Information Modeling is Contributing to Green Design and Construction“, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Mechanical … Read more »

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