Construction & Retrofits

Retrofit strategies often involve modifications to existing commercial buildings to improve energy efficiency, optimize performance, decrease energy demand and solve sustainability issues. Facility Executive magazine covers all aspects of construction projects, modernization and ongoing operations for commercial buildings & facilities.



Public Schools

Nearly One-Third Of U.S. Public Schools Use Portable Buildings

At the end of 2023, major repair, renovation, or modernization work was being performed in 21 percent of all public schools, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
New Construction

UL Solutions Adds UL Verified Healthy Building Mark For New Construction

New program advances indoor environmental quality in new building construction projects. 
Laminam, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada

New Laminam Facilities Reflect Commitment To Sustainability

Philip Eeles, President, Laminam North America discusses the company's current corporate expansion and its five new facilities across Canada and the U.S.
Energy Savings Performance Contract, ESPC, Public Schools

Michigan School District Launches Transformative Sustainability Infrastructure Project

Sustainability improvements from the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Ameresco will save Warren Woods Public Schools an estimated $8.7 million over 25 years.
Top States for Green Building

New York Leads 2023 Top 10 States For Green Building

New York also landed among top states for LEED Professionals, between California at number one and Texas in third, in USGBC annual ranking.
Mars Chicago

Mars Opens $42M Snacking R&D Hub In Chicago

Mars' new 44,000-square-foot facility in Chicago is the largest of its global Snacking R&D sites, will be powered 100% by renewable electricity.
Legrand Distribution Facility

Legrand Creates A State-Of-The-Art Distribution Facility

Legrand’s Senior Director of Logistics and Facility Manager share how the company’s new distribution facility came to Dayton, Ohio.
stage technology

Theater Case Study: Innovation Takes Center Stage

In Cincinnati, a facility manager unwraps a new $50 million theater that includes the latest and greatest in stage technology.
low embodied carbon

January’s Free USGBC Course: Decarbonizing Materials

Each month in 2024, USGBC will offer one or two free green building education courses. For January, the free course focuses on using materials with low embodied carbon in LEED v5.
Jefferson Hotel Gingerbread Display

Feast Your Eyes On These Gingerbread Displays!

Craving a bit of holiday cheer? Check out the Historic Hotels of America's picks for the Top 25 Magnificent Gingerbread Displays of 2023.
Aloft Denver Downtown Hotel Renovation

Aloft Denver Downtown Reopens After $3M Makeover

After serving as a community resource during the pandemic, this hip Mile High City hotel reopened with a brand new look.
Retrofitting Commercial Buildings, ACEEE

What’s The Biggest Barrier To Retrofitting Commercial Buildings?

ACEEE examines how conflicting interests in the commercial real estate industry prevent more significant energy efficiency investment, and identifies strategies for utilities to drive energy savings.
Electrification And Green Building

Free This Month! Electrification And Green Building

Each month in 2023, USGBC offers one free green building education course. For December, the free course provides an overview of the benefits of electrification for green builders.
Prince Harry, Navy SEAL Foundation

Navy SEAL Foundation Unveils Warrior Fitness Program West Coast Facility

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, joined the Navy SEAL Foundation to commemorate its Warrior Fitness Program West Coast Facility grand opening.
Safety Management

Can The Construction Industry Do More To Address Safety, Health Issues?

A safety management study reveals an increase in the implementation of safety and health strategies, but those measures could have greater adoption across the industry
USGBC headquarters

USGBC HQ Earns Triple Platinum Certification: LEED, TRUE, WELL

The U.S. Green Building Council’s new Washington, DC headquarters focuses on decarbonization, indoor environmental quality, and resource efficiency.
waste management

3 Ways Digitalization Can Reduce Construction Waste In 2024

Digital tools are driving better practices and supporting overall waste management and sustainability goals.
REI Co-op

New Distribution Center Prioritizes Employee Experience, Climate Crisis

REI Co-op's new distribution facility in Tennessee serves 5.6 million members and more than 60 stores in Midwest and Southeast.
LEED v5

USGBC Launches Draft LEED v5 For Operations And Maintenance

LEED v5 O+M focuses on setting existing buildings on decarbonization path and addresses equity, health, ecosystems, and resilience
thermal energy storage

New Commercial Buildings Must Incorporate Sustainability-Minded Approach 

Thermal energy storage provides practical benefits in terms of load management and cost reduction, contributes to sustainability goals, and enhances a facility’s overall prestige.
Fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) webinar

Did You Miss Our “Building Analytics, Skilled Labor Shortages & Decarbonization” Webinar?

View this free video webinar to learn how fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) has become a critical part of the resilient facility team’s tech stack.
Optimizing operations, Hybrid Office

View Our Free “Optimizing Operations In The Hybrid Office” Webinar

In this free video webinar, learn how optimizing operations in an office building has taken on newfound significance in the era of hybrid work.

[VIDEO] Capital Planning Advice for Facilities

Creating a sustainable and adaptable capital plan will take a coordinated effort among decision-makers and a tactical plan of attack. Learn more.