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Jul 28th 2014

The Solar Advantage – Solar Power in a Mall or Shopping Center

5 Reasons Retail Shopping Centers Should Invest In Solar Investing in solar photovoltaic systems can be a wise investment for a retail shopping center owner. In many states and situations, installing solar power in a mall or other retail shopping centers can provide a serious competitive advantage over competitors that do not invest in solar. Gain a competitive edge: As utility electricity rate hikes continue to drive monthly electricity bills higher and higher, building owners can ensure a competitive edge by installing […] Read More »

Jul 17th 2014

Turnkey Wireless Telecommunication: An Overview

Telecommunication technology has grown rapidly over the past century to become an important part of the world we live in today. As the demand for turnkey wireless telecommunication capacity continues to grow, the complexity of managing the expansion of networks in multiple regions has also grown significantly. Telecommunications is the communication at a distance, particularly through electronic signals and electromagnetic waves for the transmission of messages for communication purposes. The global telecommunications marketplace has changed dramatically over the last five […] Read More »

Jul 10th 2014

Backup Generator Power Solutions

Don’t Get Caught In the Dark: Backup Generator Power Solutions In today’s world, uncertain weather patterns are becoming more common — a trend that is only expected to continue. Scientists predict that storms will last longer, delivering heavier winds and causing more property damage, power outages and flooding than ever. Selecting the right power backup solutions and determining your standby backup generator requirements are important. KMB can help you through this process to aid you in making an informed decision. […] Read More »

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 »