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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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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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New approaches to controlling infections

May 17, 2017


Drug resistant bacteria are a consistent concern in hospitals and healthcare facilities. No matter how well your cleaning crew cleans, there are still going to be bacteria and spores left behind. Studies show that less than half of surfaces are …

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Fitwel, the new GSA program

March 22, 2017


We have already discussed the WELL building standard, which aims to improve the physical health, mental health, and productivity of employees by encouraging healthy lifestyles and reducing occupant exposure to harmful pollutants. This month, we will discuss the General Services …

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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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How to start green cleaning

December 21, 2016


One of the jobs of a facilities manager is to ensure a clean and healthy work environment. Unfortunately, many of the traditional products used for cleaning can cause tremendous harm to the environment, as well as to vulnerable employees. Pregnant …

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Measure The Safety of Your Chemical Footprint With CFP Tool

Measure The Safety of Your Chemical Footprint With CFP Tool

July 29, 2015


Once upon a time, you considered starting a green cleaning program to protect the health of your facility, tenants, patients and team members. Shifting from cleaners made with harsh chemicals to those containing greener, more environmentally friendly ingredients just seemed …

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