Smart Buildings: Using Smart Technology to Save Energy in Existing Buildings

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Smart buildings use information and communication technologies to integrate building systems and to automate operations and control. They consume less energy than conventional buildings while enhancing occupants’ comfort and productivity. This report provides an in-depth look at various smart technologies for commercial building end uses including HVAC, lighting, and plug loads. We evaluate the benefits and challenges involved in installing smart technology in existing buildings, and we document energy savings from the component to the whole building level. A key section of the report analyzes current energy efficiency programs that encourage the use of smart technology in commercial building retrofits.

Webinar: Working With Commercial Landscapes to Manage Irrigation

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
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This webinar is co-sponsored by EPA’s WaterSense program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE). Speaker Markus Hogue, University of Texas (UT) Austin’s irrigation and water conservation program coordinator, will introduce UT Austin’s approach to water management through live dashboard monitoring. AWE will also discuss its Outdoor Water Savings Research Initiative and resources for large commercial landscapes, and EPA will highlight irrigation best practices for commercial and institutional buildings.


Why Build Green? Lowered Operational Costs, Increased Staff Productivity and Higher Asset Values

Read the full story at Environmental Leader.

Green building continues to play a growing role in the construction industry, with building industry professionals forecasting that more than 60 percent of their projects will be “green” by 2018.

This, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, by Dodge Data & Analytics and United Technologies Corporation, shows the rising global demand for green building, which the report says continues to double every three years.

The Denver Green Roof Initiative would require gardens in the sky

Read the full story at Denverite.

A small group of environmentally minded Denver residents want to place an initiative on the November ballot to require buildings above a certain size to turn a portion of their rooftops into gardens.

It’s modeled after a similar requirement in Toronto that’s been in place since 2010 and has been expanded to include more building types.

Lessons In Green Building From Africa’s First LEED-Certified Hospital

Read the full story in Fast Company.

When Ghana commissioned a new hospital for its capital city Accra, the West African nation hoped to earn LEED certification, a prestigious rating of environmentally minded buildings. But “they believed there was very little hope for us to achieve it,” says Pat Bosch, design director of Perkins + Will’s Miami office and the project’s lead architect. Much of the infrastructure that supports green building in the U.S. and Canada, where LEED is most common, doesn’t exist in Ghana. But by rethinking the parameters of what a building should be, the architects were able to complete Africa’s first LEED for Health Care–certified hospital.

France bans pesticides in public green spaces

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

French children will soon be able to frolic in the grass without risk of intoxication.

Pesticides will be banned in all public green spaces from Sunday while non-professional gardeners will no longer be able to buy pesticides over the counter.


Webinar: Sustainability with Trees: Community Canopy Project

Thu, Jan 19, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
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In this webinar we will explore how distributing trees through a community canopy project can fit with your sustainability efforts, help maximize energy efficiency and engage homeowners within your community.

Kristen Bousquet, from the Arbor Day Foundation, and program partner Ian Jurgensen with the city of Orlando, will discuss how a tree distribution to homeowners offers the ability to positively interact with your community, educate on strategic tree planting, and promote green infrastructure leading to measured environmental benefits (such as air quality, storm water management, carbon sequestration, and energy efficiency).

These benefits are all quantified through meaningful data using a turnkey program that offers technology to assist with automated tree reservations, education, tree tracking, continued communication to the participants, and data/metrics showing the impact of trees planted.