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The energy and LEED benefits of reflective roof coatings

April 19, 2017


A facility in coastal Texas had a major problem. The roof of its 1,000,000 square foot facility had multiple, persistent leaks caused by high heat, humidity, UV degradation, and tropical storm damage. The leaks were so bad they caused work …

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What is your score ?

Quantify your facility’s energy efficiency

January 18, 2017


The Department of Energy (DOE) has a wealth of resources on its website for facility managers to improve their energy efficiency. One of the best tools available is the Commercial Building Energy Asset Score, which is a voluntary national scoring …

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Does Your Facility Need a Deep Energy Retrofit?

Does Your Facility Need a Deep Energy Retrofit?

January 15, 2016


True energy savings is a complicated process. Thanks to the New Buildings Institute’s free tool, you can save it in negawatts to justify the savings involved with an energy retrofit. To make their tool work for you, feeding it specific, …

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CHP Systems Provide Resilience, Savings

CHP Systems Provide Resilience, Savings

December 14, 2015


The essence of any facility’s energy master plans must go beyond fixing and replacing broken systems one plug load at a time, and focus on what’s best and most economical for the future of your infrastructure. With weather becoming less …

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Keep Parking Lots Secure and Well Lighted

Keep Parking Lots Secure and Well Lighted

October 28, 2015


An important part of a facility’s integrated security measures — parking lot lighting — doesn’t get discussed as much as it should be. Nevertheless, it deserves a facilities manager’s attention on three fronts: Security, energy savings and uniformity (more consistency …

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Your Facility Needs an Energy Master Plan

Your Facility Needs an Energy Master Plan

August 20, 2015


So, you’ve taken important steps to protect your facility’s connection to electricity by installing an emergency power source, a very sensible choice in light of extreme weather events that can happen anytime over the course of a year. However, an …

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Save Negawatts With NBI's Retrofit Savings Estimator

Save Negawatts With NBI’s Retrofit Savings Estimator

June 12, 2015


A megawatt is a unit of power equal to 1 million watts, and, as a facilities manager, you’re constantly working on reducing them. However, you may not be aware of the negawatt, a term created by physicist Amory Lovins in …

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Could LEED Be an Energy-Saving Solution For Your Facility

Could LEED Be an Energy-Saving Solution For Your Facility?

April 21, 2015


With the return on investment for energy efficiency spurring a “go green” movement, tools like Smart Grid technology and BIRDS have become vitally important for facilities managers always looking to trim costs and improve efficiencies. If the goal is improving …

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Fault Detection and Diagnostics: How Does Your Facility Talk to You?

Fault Detection and Diagnostics: How Does Your Facility Talk to You?

December 22, 2014


You may recall our recent blog post featuring the advantages of Smart Grid technology, tools that bring 21st century interconnectivity and better management to electrical delivery systems in real time. Very soon, more facilities managers may have access to even …

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Using BIRDS to Save on Energy Costs at Your Facility

Using BIRDS to Save on Energy Costs at Your Facility

November 18, 2014


Over the past year, we’ve featured a number of posts that offer new ways for facilities managers to lower energy costs at their buildings, from ASHRAE’s bEQ program to using Smart Grid technology. Saving energy remains vitally important. The U.S. …

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