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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.



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.



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.



Focusing In On Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

School administrators have known for years that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a negative impact on the health and performance of students, teachers and all other staff. And, according to the Asthma Initiative of Michigan (AIM), one of the many triggers of asthma, especially for children, is the cleaning solutions normally used to maintain schools.



Today’s Leading Building Automation Systems (BAS)

For today’s building operators, a well-designed BAS works the way they do – quickly and remotely. In many organizations, the facility department is staffed with fewer people than the departments of 10 years ago, and it is not unusual for those who work in the department to come to their positions with less experience in building systems, so building operators are expected to do more with less.



Entrance Flooring – ROI and Safety

Facilities managers continue to struggle with budget limitations, and attempting a quick fix can often overshadow return on investment strategies. The rental of throw down mats for building entrances may seem like it would save money, but may not do so in the long run.



A Proven Approach to Optimizing HVAC Systems

The goal of optimization is to make mechanical systems work at peak effectiveness all the time. Healthcare and campus facility directors can optimize even the most demanding environments, outfitted with new or existing equipment, with a combination of energy engineering, relational control software, and a technical support platform that keeps systems at commissioned levels.



Preventive Cleaning and Maintenance

Planned preventive maintenance or PPM is performed while a piece of equipment is performing well. The goal is to keep it operating well by checking, lubricating, and/or replacing any components that may cause more serious problems down the road.



Tear Out or Replace: Replacing Aging Induction Units

Many facilities built in the 70s and 80s continue to operate and maintain aging induction-based air conditioning units originally installed in each room or space. Not to be confused with fan-driven systems, these quieter, more efficient alternatives have no fans, blowers or moving parts and so can continue to operate for decades.



Reducing Costs While Meeting Code-Required Continuous Insulation

Since 2007, ASHRAE 90.1 has required continuous insulation (CI) in most U.S. climate zones. Sixteen states have mandatory statewide commercial energy codes that meet or exceed that standard. California has gone even farther with its Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards. As a result, architects and contractors have had to pay additional attention to creating well-insulated building envelopes.