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Jul 2nd 2014

Architectural Daylighting

Sustainable building design is officially defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.” Architectural daylighting is an important element of sustainable design; rather than relying solely on electric lighting during the day, daylighting brings […] Read More »

Jun 30th 2014

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Solar?

When asked the question if solar panels work when it’s cloudy, the average person may guess the answer is no – how could they work when the sun’s blocked or even at night when the sun’s not even out? That answer is only partially true (thankfully). True, Solar panels work best during the seasons where sun is more available with longer hours, such as the summer. But ultraviolet light still reaches the earth’s surface in abundance during cloudy days (if […] Read More »

Jun 26th 2014

Types of Solar Panel Installation

Making the decision to invest in solar energy technology yields many benefits. Understanding which type of solar panel installation is right for you and your company is important. Here are three distinctive mounting options to consider for solar panel installation: Rooftop Installations – Rooftop solar energy systems are one of the most popular and affordable solar energy solutions on the market today. From small peak, roof-mount systems for municipal facilities to large ballasted rooftop systems for commercial and educational facilities, […] Read More »

Jun 23rd 2014

Energy Efficient Hospitality

Today, hospitality facilities, such as airports, travel plazas, university dining halls, fitness centers and hotels are focused on creating highly attractive environments while achieving guest satisfaction and operational efficiency. At the same time, these facilities present a unique and specific set of engineering challenges. These challenges are not limited to the maintenance of plant and machinery, but go way beyond that, to energy efficient hospitality and an exponential expansion in new design features and innovations. As a business, it is crucial […] Read More »

Jun 10th 2014

Time For a Network Upgrade

Our appetite for high-speed mobile devices and services shows no sign of slowing. Smart phones and tablet computers are flying off shelves, promising consumers high-speed data services. In fact, The International Telecommunications Union reports that mobile broadband subscriptions reached 1.2 billion in 2011, and millions of new customers continue to sign up each week. As the world begins to access the Internet at these higher speeds offered, there will be no turning back. Now, operators are faced with the need […] Read More »

May 28th 2014

What is LEED Certified?

LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a third party green building certification program that nationally recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices including the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000 through a consensus based process, LEED serves as a tool for buildings of all types and sizes. WHY DO I WANT TO BECOME LEED CERTIFIED? LEED certified projects blend environmental, economic, and occupant-oriented performance. They cost less […] Read More »

May 22nd 2014

Environmental & Economic Benefits of Sustainable Design

Buildings consume a large amount of our natural resources and have a wide range of environmental effects. These environmental concerns are a key driver behind the choice to use sustainable design. Buildings use resources (energy, water, raw materials, and etc.), generate waste (occupant, construction and demolition), and emit potentially harmful atmospheric emissions contributing significantly to environmental pollutant levels in the United States and abroad. So, it’s not a surprising to hear that as a whole, U.S. buildings use 36% of […] Read More »

May 18th 2014

Understanding Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and Small Cells

What are Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS)? Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) is a system of managed hubs and remote antennas that distribute a wireless signal to a series of connected indoor or outdoor multi-band, multi-technology radio heads. By focusing a basestation’s signal on a specific area through remote antennas, the DAS delivers higher capacity and consistent coverage over the area it serves. They are best suited for large venues with diverse customer base (100 square feet and more) and can extend […] Read More »

May 14th 2014

Should You Invest In Solar Energy Technology?

Deciding whether or not you should invest in renewable energy technologies for your business can be challenging and overwhelming. Solar design and solar energy technology have proven their efficiency; the benefits for your business and the environment are numerous. Here are just five ways that solar energy  technology can benefit your business. 5 WAYS SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY BENEFITS YOUR BUSINESS Lower electricity bills – Once your photovoltaic (PV) system is installed, it immediately reduces the amount of energy you pull […] Read More »

Jun 12th 2013

Advances in Wireless Technology, Enhance Site Design & Deployment

The Need for Speed – In recent years, national wireless carriers have been racing to keep up with the public’s voracious appetite for data consumption. Despite every advancement in technology that provides the public with more bandwidth and increased data transfer speeds, the ensuing consumption quickly exhausts this increased capacity.   As users, we have a seemingly insatiable hunger for streaming media and ubiquitous, reliable high-speed wireless data networks. This has resulted in the carriers responding with colossal nationwide projects to […] Read More »