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The benefits of electric submetering

September 19, 2018


More and more facility managers (FM) want to know how and where electricity is being used within their facility, and they are turning to electric submetering. Submetering can help facility professionals better understand their energy profiles, optimize performance, increase reliability, …

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Human-centric lighting delivers improved productivity

June 20, 2018


In 2001, scientists identified a third photoreceptor—in addition to rods and cones—in the human eye. These photoreceptors are linked to our 24-hour body clocks (i.e., circadian rhythms, which affect our daily mental, physical, and biological changes). Thanks to their discovery, …

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Tubular LEDs: Are they worth it?

June 13, 2018


Designed to replace fluorescent lamps, tubular LEDs, or TLEDs, are becoming a popular choice for facility managers around the country. But are they a better solution than fluorescent light bulbs?   Today’s fluorescent lighting technology is very efficient. If you …

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How’s your IAQ? New tech lets you optimize

March 9, 2018


In 2015, HEALTHfx did a study comparing employees’ cognitive function in offices that had good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)—meaning offices with high ventilation, low CO2, and low volatile organic compounds—and employees who worked in a conventional office environment. The study …

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The problems of scale

February 28, 2018


Facility managers (FM) in charge of maintaining chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, cooling towers, compressors or condensers know it’s not a matter of if they’ll have to deal with scale buildup, but when. Scale is the buildup of minerals (calcium, iron, …

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Get your felt on

November 8, 2017


For fantastic acoustics, a vibrant look, and improved LEED scores, it’s hard to beat the feeling of felt.   Felt isn’t just the stuff of arts and crafts and Sunday school flannel boards. Whether it’s made from wool or polyester, …

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Green Products, Part One: The Wool-Based “Smart Wall”

October 18, 2017


Walls have lagged behind in terms of efficiency and technology. According to Lucas Johnson, a Seattle-based consultant for 475 High Performance Building Supply:   Most walls are built with toxic materials and end up being vapor retarded or, in many …

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Saint-Hyacinthe, Сanada - October 24, 2016: SYNERGIA COMPLEX Built at the corner of Casavant Boulevard and East Johnson Street, Saint-Hyacinthe. The tower at prestigious offices will be built according to strict standards of sustainable development and seeks LEED certification. The building with modern architecture present an apparent wood structure as well as imposing fenestration, allowing access to natural light and great views.

Earn LEED credits with Cradle to Cradle certified products

September 27, 2017


In 2002, German chemist Michael Braungart and U.S. architect William McDonough wrote a book called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. The book was a manifesto, suggesting that we rethink the existing industrial “cradle to grave” strategy …

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Daylighting can save you 33%

August 9, 2017


Daylighting is the practice of allowing a controlled amount of natural light into a building to reduce electric lighting costs. A daylighting system includes skylights and windows along with a daylight-responsive lighting control system. Such a system can reduce energy …

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Green Retrofitting, Part Two: Cool Metal Roofing

July 12, 2017


This is part two in an ongoing series that will explore ways in which facilities can affordably retrofit to recoup energy costs and help the environment. This month we are focusing on cool metal roofing.   Metal roofs have been …

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