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February 24, 2017

Incorporating energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable design features into all building designs has become a top priority for building owners, facilities managers, architects, designers and others in new buildings.  As states and local jurisdictions increasingly move toward more efficient building codes in regards to energy use, how can you guarantee that the design of your project will be a high performance building design?  Is it the building energy model developed in design?  Why doesn’t my expensive Building Management System (BMS) do it for me?  

October 25, 2016

This article discusses some of the key technology trends and emerging technology products that are facilitating life sciences education and research activities.  While new technologies and approaches are constantly marketed as “must-have” solutions by manufacturers and integrators, prudent selection of educational and business technologies should be made with a clear and focused understanding of how they support and/or enhance business and educational goals. 

July 26, 2016

Exterior Shading, when used correctly, can be extremely effective in optimizing the use of natural daylight, mitigating potential heat gain, and increasing occupant comfort. The usefulness of exterior shading depends on several factors; such as building size and orientation, function, location, and site conditions. Even in conditions that appeal to occupants’ comfort at points during the year, it is important to understand how energy is used to condition the thermal load brought in through glazing, and how at times it can cause more energy to be used to operate the building.

June 28, 2016

The building you work in, manage, and / or own could currently be unhealthy. With occupant production levels staggering, unnecessary personnel turnover, and general discomfort in the indoor environment.

Hope your building gets WELL soon!

June 1, 2016

With green rating systems such as LEED®, challenges such as the AIA 2030 Commitment and by extension, the Target 100 program, as well as advances in energy codes, new buildings are being built with a focus on better use of resources

June 1, 2016

Healthcare energy consumption is at all all-time high. The average hospital uses three times the energy of typical commercial building. A study in 2013 demonstrated that healthcare facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy consumption.