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LEED

The Importance of LEED Lighting

LEED-certified buildings are required to reduce their energy consumption and waste. While the LEED standards are designed to minimize a building’s overall carbon footprint, certification also has broader financial benefits.

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Smoke

Smoke Detector Alternative Promises Earlier Detection

For decades, traditional smoke detectors have been used to protect patients and personnel at healthcare facilities from the danger of smoke and fire – protection that is mandated by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Now, however, a new approach using more sophisticated, established smoke detection technology is contributing substantial benefits for healthcare facilities.

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Emergency

Designing More Aesthetic Emergency Lighting Systems

Emergency lighting is mandated by the NFPA and IBC to ensure sufficient light along the path of egress in the event of a power outage or other emergency. Although this is typically the domain of electrical engineers, many lighting designers and architects prefer to meet these requirements with aesthetic solutions that fit into the building’s overall design.

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Plumbing

Plumbing System Updates – Using the Right Valves for Your Application

When it comes to shutting off, limiting, or controlling flow in a plumbing system, PVC valves are the go-to product to make it happen. Although valves play a vital part in plumbing systems, selecting the correct PVC valve for the job can be incredibly frustrating.

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Housekeepers

Housekeepers to the Rescue

Astute hospital administrators know they must leave no stone unturned when it comes to reducing or at least slowing the rising costs to operate a medical facility. When it comes to the cost of housekeeping, managers typically focus on how many housekeepers work in the facility and the cost to employ these people.

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Building

A BEMS Solution Can Help Ensure Optimized Building Environments

Building owners and facility managers are constantly monitoring building conditions while balancing performance and occupant comfort with the cost associated with running a building efficiently. Even more is at stake for hospitals and schools because building conditions also have a significant impact on the productivity and health of the students, teachers, patients and doctors.

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Restroom

The Great Debate: Paper Towels vs. Air Dryers

Walking into a public restroom with sparkling floors, streak-free mirrors and fresh aromas is what every guest hopes for. However, even the cleanest restrooms can be a germ danger zone due to an often-overlooked restroom process: hand drying.

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Energy

New Technologies Cut Building Energy Use

Lab research facilities are energy intense building types due to the vast amounts of 100% outside air required. With today’s concerns over high-energy expenses, reducing carbon footprints, plus efforts to make facilities green and provide a better indoor environment, reducing both new and existing lab and vivarium facility energy expenses has become a critical challenge.

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Buildings

Exponential Change – The Evolution of Reconfigurable, Relocatable Buildings

In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that computing power would increase exponentially – doubling every two years. This rule, known as Moore’s Law, has held true for several decades and translates into a breathtaking pace of change. Moore wasn’t thinking of buildings or construction projects when he came up with this insight, but such rapid advances in technology have wide-ranging impacts.

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Lighting

Setting the Natural Lighting “Gold Standard”

Artificial lighting cannot compare with the aesthetics and sustainable design of bright natural daylight in indoor gyms, sports arenas, and recreational spaces. Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes, and spectators, but also makes viewing clearer and colors truer.

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