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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 »

Apr 9th 2013

Greater Opportunities Exist for Solar in Building Construction

While the solar industry continues to grow rapidly in the US and abroad, only a small percentage of non-residential projects include PV installations. However, the potential for commercial, municipal and industrial  building construction to incorporate renewable energy systems has never been greater. To date, the approach has been for the architect /engineer on the design team to provide an allowance for the solar only, with an intent to follow the normal design-build approach using the same perspective, approach and financial […] Read More »

Jan 21st 2013

Solar Engineering PV Lessons Learned And Improved Opportunities

In the drive towards achieving grid parity for solar power, soft costs will continue to trend downward, but often they can add value and yield reduced costs and improved performance. Typically soft costs such as engineering, can equate to pennies per Watt and equate to a very small percentage of construction. Subsequently, a design that fails to be efficient, or a process that does not incorporate engineering input at the onset, or causes construction change orders, can negatively impact the […] Read More »