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The Growth of LEED Consulting Services

Over the past 20+ years since the U.S. Green Building Council first developed its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the demand for LEED consulting services has increased. In fact, LEED-certified construction has grown to comprise about 40% of green construction’s contribution to the economy in the United States and projections for LEED consulting services and certified construction is only expected to grow- to nearly... Read More

5 Benefits of Solar Power for Businesses

Whether you’re a property owner looking to boost the value of your real estate or an organization looking to cut costs, solar power for businesses is not only an environmentally conscious energy choice, but will also increase your bottom line.From reducing operating costs to going green, the advantages of solar begin immediately. Here are a few of the advantages that commercial solar energy can provide.Why Should Your Business Choose Solar Power?1.... Read More

Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities: Personalizing Comfort and Saving Energy in the Office

It’s no surprise that the U.S. spends 13 percent of its energy heating and cooling buildings. But, unfortunately, much of the energy goes to changing temperatures in areas where people aren’t located. Like an empty room…or the ceiling. Many office buildings focus on the structure rather than the occupants inside. Therefore, saving energy in the office and occupant comfort levels are often sacrificed.In response, the Department of Energy established... Read More

Stay In the LEED: Upping Your Hospitality Energy Efficiency Game

Across the nation, many hotels are accepting the demand to go green as the advantages of eco-friendly features become clearer. Embracing hospitality energy efficiency not only decreases building operating costs, but also has the opportunity to boost revenue, as well.Plus, along with “boutique hotels,” “luxury hotels,” and “budget-friendly hotels,” travelers today are searching for “green” hotels. No doubt sustainability and heightened... Read More

Measure Green Building Performance: Pursuing A LEED Certification

Gathering data for greening the building industry just got a little easier. Earlier this month at the Greenbuild Expo in Los Angeles, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) introduced a new technology called arc. Arc is meant to serve as an online platform for projects such as those buildings already exceeding Platinum LEED certification levels to those not yet meeting basic green prerequisites.Arc Platform... Read More

Watch Out for These Top Green Building Trends [Part 1]

Throughout the past decade, green building trends and developments have certainly gained momentum. In the past, “going green” was more of a novelty rather than a here-to-stay necessity. The question is no longer whether or not to jump on the green bandwagon, but more of a question of “how” to get involved. How to decrease construction waste and how to maximize energy savings, water conservation and how to enhance workplace productivity.Green... 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

Sustainable Engineering: Benefits of a Living Wall

Eco-friendly architectural designs are both beneficial to the community and the environment as well as socially responsible. If you are looking to incorporate an eco-friendly design into your office, consider a living green wall, which has numerous benefits. As we run out of green space in cities across the nation, living green walls can transform an urban space into something beautifully natural.What is a Living Wall?A living wall, more commonly... Read More