Sustainability

Resources to help facility and property management professionals run more efficient buildings and facilities. The archive for Sustainability articles.


Motorized Shades Reflect Well On LEED Gold HQ

Intelligent motor controls and best-in-class RB 500 motorized roller shades helped shape the look of the Hub Group’s new headquarters, located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, IL.

Chicago’s Merchandise Mart To Install Distributed Energy Storage Technology

Chicago's iconic Merchandise Mart, one of the world's largest commercial buildings and wholesale design centers, will install Johnson Controls' distributed energy storage technology.

Facility Executive | September/October 2015 Issue

This issue takes a comprehensive look at sustainable facilities, including green cleaning, water management, LEED certification, and energy efficiency. Plus, wireless technology and security.

LEED v4 Impact On Painting Decisions

The launch of LEED v4 has led applicators and specifiers to look for paints and coatings that meet updated requirements and provide top-notch performance.

LEED Case Study: 100 Years Young

Energy and water upgrades at San Francisco City Hall are cornerstones of its recent LEED Platinum certification.

Efficiency Award For Colorado Brewery

Energy engineer at the MillerCoors facility recognized for successful initiatives shares five keys to improve energy efficiency.

Teamwork Towards Energy Reductions

With the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Fellows Program, facility leaders execute operational improvements as part of Retrofit Chicago.

Look, Listen, And Learn To Find Leaks

Establishing an ongoing maintenance program to detect and address leaks in facilities is an important part of water management.

Facility Retrofit: Light It Up!

Several facilities in UCLA’s athletics department were part of beta testing for a new wireless lighting controls system.

Is Greener Cleaning Just A Tap Away?

Professionals in the cleaning industry are taking a closer look at “engineered water,” regular tap water that has been transformed into an effective cleaning solution.

Considerations For Green Cleaning

Specific facility factors are important, and pilot programs can help evaluate green cleaning options.

Energy Storage At Alcatraz

In place since 2012, a microgrid system on this island operated by the National Park Service provides reliable power 24/7.

Infographic: Cooling Tower Water Treatments Save Resources

An infographic from Dow Water & Process Solutions shows how advanced treatment technologies can help save costs and reduce water usage in cooling towers.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Announces Awards of Excellence Winners

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities has announced the eight winners of its 2015 Awards of Excellence.

LEED Updates Impact This Winter’s De-icers

As of January 2015, LEED has redefined the requirements for LEED-compliant de-icers.

Energy Efficient Solutions Help Carnegie Hall Secure LEED Silver Certification

Carnegie Hall is one of a limited but distinguished number of century-old buildings to achieve LEED certification.

Smart Window Materials Can Control Light and Energy

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin are one step closer to delivering smart windows with a new level of energy efficiency, engineering materials that allow windows to let in light without transferring heat and, conversely, to block light while allowing heat transmission.

Big Office Buildings Tops In Adopting Green Practices

There is a significant gap between large and small office buildings in achieving sustainability certification, according to the newest Green Building Adoption Index by CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University.

Beverly Hills Pays Businesses $500 for Every Waterless Urinal

In a rush to find ways to reduce consumption, the city of Beverly Hills, CA is paying $500 to any business that purchases and installs a waterless urinal.

Question Of The Week: Parking Garage Solutions?

Concerns around security, sustainability, ADA, and technology impact management decisions.

New Service Spotlight: Second-Look Recycled Wallcovering Program

Reaching a recent milestone, the program is a resource for facility professionals during sustainable renovations.

2015 Seven “Best Places to Park” Announced

International Parking Institute Awards of Excellence winners reflect friendlier, more sustainable approaches to parking; winners hail from Las Vegas; Lexington, Ky.; Oklahoma City; Philadelphia; Sacramento, Ca.; Toronto; and Washington, D.C.

Urban Green Council Announces Winners of 2015 EBie Awards

Urban Green Council has announced the winners of its 5th annual EBie Awards™, a juried competition that celebrates the innovators behind significant improvements to building efficiency.

Tips For Sustainable Landscaping

A new approach to landscaping suburban office developments that integrates natural areas and provides more open, collaborative spaces can meet the demands of this next generation of office workers.

Six Considerations For A Green (Vegetative) Roof

Structural factors and upkeep are among the leading items for facility decision-makers to evaluate.

BASICs Of Green Building Certification

Focus on five tasks to help simplify a potentially complex process.

Question Of The Week: Health And Wellness Strategies

This aspect of sustainable facilities is moving to the forefront.

Q&A: LEED Platinum Recertification Project

Jim Baker, facilities management director for Armstrong World Industries, shares insight into the recent recertification of his company's headquarters.

Green Guarding: A Dual Perspective

Facilities can benefit from hiring security guards trained in areas related to sustainability.

New Performance-Based Design Guide Now Available

National Institute of Building Sciences makes free tool available to the public via the WBDG.

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