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Renewable Energy in Commercial Real Estate: Overcoming Common Barriers

With Google data centers and their offices right on track to be 100% powered by renewable energy by the end of 2017, corporations stand to be one of the most powerful advocates for clean energy throughout the United States. But, since not all businesses have the lucrative resources at their fingertips as Google does, property owners tend to face a number of barriers when pursing their efficiency goals, both financial and non-financial.As a resource... Read More

Corporate HVAC System Design: 4 Strategies to Improve Energy Usage in Modern Office Spaces

Office spaces are transforming at a rapid pace. From what used to look like a perimeter of private offices surrounding cubical farms in the middle, today businesses are moving to more open-office plans. These modern office spaces require different considerations for corporate HVAC system design.To keep up with the modern employee, many perimeter offices are disappearing to allow for more natural light, cubicles are being replaced with other collaborative... Read More

Commercial Energy Efficiency In The News

Catch up on all the latest events commercial energy efficiency, sustainability and solar design and engineering happening in the news from KMB Design Group. Our goal is to provide information, knowledge and resources in the exciting and constantly evolving sustainable design engineering industry.Trending News in Commercial Energy EfficiencyNew York Offers Commercial Buildings $36M To Cut Energy CostsIn New York, energy use in commercial buildings... Read More

Improve ROI with Green Building Retrofits

Improving energy performance in the United States has never been more important than it is today. In fact, it’s now a must in California. Most businesses are constantly looking for ways to differentiate themselves from their competition and at the same time, save on energy costs by becoming eco-conscious. Therefore, green building retrofits are one way to not only represent an environmentally friendly label, but also utilize technology that has... Read More

Sustainable Commercial Design: Increasing Energy Efficiency

Many of the working population spends most of their day in an office. Thus, energy usage at the workplace can be extremely high resorting in exorbitant bills for the business owner. Daily consumption through heating, air conditioning, lights, and devices like computers can make energy efficiency efforts a challenge. Whether you own or lease your building, you can still incorporate some simple heating, cooling, lighting and power tips right away.... Read More

Understanding Energy Efficiency in Solar Panels

Energy efficiency in solar panels is the measure of the percentage of sunlight that hits a panel and turns it into usable electricity. The higher the efficiency rating of your solar panels, the less surface area you’ll need to cover your business’ energy needs.Solar Cell EfficiencyA common question business ask when considering to install commercial solar panels is which are the most efficient. Understandably, companies need to consider their... Read More

Energy Efficiency in Hotels

Guests have certain expectations when they check into a hotel. They expect a clean, quiet room, good customer service and the ultimate level of comfort. Because a hotel is a 24/7 operation, energy efficiency in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is one important way to get started on developing a sustainable, high-performance building while at the same time maintain guest comfort in any hospitality facility.Higher Energy Efficiency... Read More

Importance of Sustainable Building Design

Sustainable building design plays a key role in helping business owners reduce resources while maintaining a higher quality indoor environment for their employees or tenants. Many of the factors that lead to unnecessary energy and water usage (resulting in waste) can affect our health and comfort. Buildings are one of the easiest way to address climate change and the least costly way to lower greenhouse gas emissions.Sustainable Buildings DefinedThe... Read More

Energy and Resource Efficiency Tips for the New Year

According to, the most common New Year’s Resolutions include to lose weight, quit smoking, get a better job, and save money. But it’s never too late to make your own resolution that can save you money (and the earth) by embracing some simple energy and resource efficiency tips (like “going green”). Try these tips and tricks from KMB to create a money-saving, waste-reducing, eco-friendly company that makes you, and the earth, proud.... Read More