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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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Is it time to repair or replace your HVAC?

January 3, 2018


According to the EPA, HVAC systems make up approximately 38 percent of facilities’ energy use. Another statistic states replacing an HVAC system that is more than 10 years old can save a facility as much as 20 percent or more …

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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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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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Green Retrofitting, Part One: Window Film

June 28, 2017


Get ready to have your mind blown. According to a study by the Electric Power Research Institute, energy-related expenditures costs companies $800 billion annually in the US. And what’s more, nearly 42% of heating and cooling energy is wasted. The …

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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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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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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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