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August 18, 2015, 2:19 pm

Top 10 Countries for LEED® Green Building

August 18_Top 10 Countries for LEED ImageThe U.S. Green Building Council released its annual ranking of the Top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the U.S.

The countries are ranked by the gross square meters (GSM) and number of LEED projects in their respective nations. Canada takes the lead with over 26 million GSM of LEED space. Canada also boasts over 4,814 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects.

The list also includes several developing countries, such as China and India, which are projected to be the largest contributors to climate change in the coming years. Their inclusion on the list shows the growth of green building and the importance of LEED in controlling emissions and staving off global warming.

Although the list focuses on countries outside of the U.S., the U.S. remains the largest market for sustainable building and construction.

Here are the other countries leading the world in green building:

  1. Canada
  2. China
  3. India
  4. Brazil
  5. Republic of Korea
  6. Germany
  7. Taiwan
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Turkey
  10. Sweden

Check out the full ranking.

June 11, 2015, 10:18 am

The Grass Is Always Greener on the Greener Side

Educational facilities across the country are going green. Recycling clubs, organic gardens, green roofs and sustainable dining programs are becoming campus staples. More and more institutions are adopting environmentally conscious practices and technologies for a simple reason: to minimize operational costs in order to maximize the educational experience.

Here are some of the ways that sustainable HVAC solutions benefit educational facilities:

  1. Cost Savings. When school is in session, cooling and heating systems provide a comfortable learning environment. When school is not in session, the systems safeguard the building from the damaging effects from extreme heat, freezing temperatures and excessive humidity. With an energy-efficient HVAC system, all of this is done at a reduced cost. When Falmouth Elementary School, Stafford, Virginia, installed our VRF zoning systems, their operating costs decreased by 40 percent and their energy costs fell by 25 percent – a savings of $70,000 per year.

  2. Utility Rebates. Many utility companies offer financial incentives for purchasing qualified energy-efficient systems. Our VRF solutions have contributed to astounding utility rebates for a number of commercial projects – Towson City Center got back $421,999; Union Mill, $164,258; 909 Kapiolani, $70,000; Residence Inn® by Marriott®, $27,000.

  3. Tax Incentives. The Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (Section 179D) is a deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for companies designing or renovating energy-efficient buildings for the government. Participating schools have received free energy assessments and been able to offer designers and contractors a potential tax deduction for their sustainable design solutions.

The Hollis Montessori School, Hollis, New Hampshire, is a good model for how an educational facility can improve energy efficiency with an environmentally friendly HVAC solution and, in turn, improve its students’ educational experience. Our H2i® system creates not only a healthy environment in which the students can learn but an unparalleled academic experience. Teachers incorporate the building’s energy usage into lessons and students are encouraged to interact with the system’s monitoring equipment. As far as the savings go, Hollis Montessori School’s annual electricity bill is just $4,500 – an 85 percent energy savings, says the school’s energy consultant. The school has an even bigger achievement to tout – it’s the first independent school in the country to earn Passive House certification.

March 19, 2015, 11:12 am

The Landscape Is Green…But It’s Shifting

Source: Asia Green Buildings

Source: Asia Green Buildings

The past decade has seen countless studies reaffirm the bright future of green. The number of passive and net-zero projects rises each year and LEED® plaques now adorn building after building. It’s safe to say that the market’s desire for green is here to stay– but recent industry studies have revealed a more nuanced mindset.

A key component to this nuance is the idea that people no longer just want green products, they now want green companies. The Shelton Group’s latest Eco Pulse study found that “corporate commitments to sustainability are becoming a baseline criterion for product consideration.” A label on a product doesn’t cut it anymore; people want proof that companies are authentically dedicated to sustainability. For companies like us that already embody this dedication, these Eco Pulse findings are good news.

They’re not all good news, though: “Respondents reported fewer sustainable activities on average last year, and only 27 percent reported high activity levels (down from 34 percent last year).” In short, green purchases are down.

These contrasting trends represent a conflicted mindset among consumers: an emerging interest in supporting green companies but a hesitation to put money down. Perhaps people are re-evaluating how they define a sustainable purchase and investment. Perhaps the country’s emergence from a multi-year recession has changed purchasing habits. It’s unclear what has caused this shift.

What we do know is what this shift means going forward. It means companies will have to practice what they preach. It means the leaders in the industry will be the ones offering green products and implementing green practices in their corporate environments. It means the building landscape is changing.

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March 4, 2015, 9:53 am

Top 10 States for LEED®

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED®. The list ranks the states based on the per-capita square footage of LEED-certified commercial and institutional projects. Illinois topped the list for the second year in a row.

Here are the states that are leading the nation in green building today:
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  1. Illinois
  2. Colorado
  3. Maryland
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  10. Arizona, New York (tie)

Click here for the full ranking and here to learn about USGBC’s rating system, LEED v4.

January 15, 2015, 3:51 pm

Join Us at the 2015 International Builders’ Show!

January 15The world’s largest residential and light construction building event is right around the corner – and one you won’t want to miss! More than 75,000 building enthusiasts and 2,000 exhibitors are expected to be in Las Vegas next week, January 20-22, for the 2015 International Builders’ Show (IBS).

IBS is known for having the most in-depth and up-to-date education programs in the industry each year – and 2015 is no exception. More than 100 educational sessions, presented by renowned building professionals from across the country, will be available, covering everything from high performance building techniques and materials to effective sales and financing strategies. The National Association of Home Builders’ annual idea house, The New American Home (TNAH), will be open to showcase the latest design and technology in the home building industry. Unlike previous TNAHs that focused on creating a one-of-a-kind custom home, this year’s home will demonstrate how cutting-edge products and technology can be integrated into a state-of-the-art community.

We’ll be on the exhibition floor (booth #C8910), where we’ll unveil our latest controls program. Booth visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about two of our newest product offerings that have raised the industry bar for ductless technology:

  • The Hyper-Heating INVERTER™ (H2i®) MXZ multi-zone outdoor unit is the first residential multi-zone heat pump technology for use in extreme cold climates. This system is ideal for whole-home cooling and heating in areas of the country where ductless was previously considered ineffective. The H2i MXZ has received industry recognition already after taking the top spot in the Heating category of the 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.

  • The H2i MSZ-FH single-zone outdoor unit is the most energy-efficient ductless system on the market at 30.5 SEER. The H2i MSZ-FH operates at 100 percent heating capacity at 5 degrees Fahrenheit and continues providing efficient heating down to minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit, giving it the lowest ambient performance at the highest SEER rating in the industry. While it was previously thought that cold climates and heat pump performance couldn’t go hand-in-hand, this system offers year-round comfort anywhere in the country.

With so much in store, be sure to stop by booth #C8910!

January 13, 2015, 12:29 pm

Green Building Helped Save Cities in Louisiana Post Hurricane Katrina

January 14_Rebuilding After Hurricane Katrina_Image 1It’s been almost a decade since Hurricane Katrina flooded Louisiana, tore homes off their foundations, and left thousands fatally injured or homeless.

Just weeks after the storm, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) met with New Orleans stakeholders and created “The New Orleans Principles,” containing guidelines on how to rebuild and create a more sustainable future.

“They are a great, succinct compilation of all of the best thinking about the way to build back sustainably and resiliency,” says Z. Smith, chairman of the board of directors for USGBC’s Louisiana chapter.

Before the storm, there was only one LEED certified building in all of Louisiana. Today, there are nearly a thousand. Sustainability proved to be particularly valuable in rebuilding low-income areas, since green building practices help lower the cost of home ownership.

January 14_Rebuilding After Hurricane Katrina_Image 2The city of Broadmoor rebuilt its elementary school transforming it into a LEED Gold building that features solar panels, rain gardens, a reflective white roof, and windows that facilitate natural light.

Make It Right, a nonprofit founded in 2007 by Brad Pitt, worked with a team of world-renowned architects with the goal of building 150 affordable LEED Platinum certified homes in the Lower Ninth Ward. Today, around 100 of the homes have been built and are currently occupied.

We are proud supporters of green initiatives that use progressive and innovative ideas. Our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems were recently selected as the winner in the Best Product for HVAC/Indoor Air Quality/Building Controls category of U.S. Green Building Council’s Best of Building Award. We are pleased to support important projects like the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. These initiatives help expand green building throughout the country, while providing people with better living and work spaces.

To read more about the importance of green building in the redevelopment process of Louisiana, click here.

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January 9, 2015, 12:07 pm

Sports Stadiums Go Green

Reducing costs, enhancing the fan experience, attracting environmentally minded sponsors – these are just some of the reasons why sports stadiums around the country are focusing on sustainable practices and operations. Greening sports facilities is uniquely challenging, however. “They get a massive influx of people in a short period of time, and then they sit vacant for days,” explains Steve D’Iorio, senior vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle in Washington, D.C.

BUILDINGS recently highlighted stadiums that successfully made the leap to the greener side. See below for some of the changes at these landmark facilities:

  • M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore: The Baltimore Ravens’ stadium reduced energy usage by 5 million kWh between 2005 and 2012 using ENERGY STAR® The stadium was the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the U.S. to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

  • Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California: The home to the San Francisco 49ers generates its energy via three solar-paneled pedestrian bridges and one solar-paneled roof deck. The stadium installed controllable and programmable lighting and thermal comfort control systems for improved energy efficiency.

  • Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines allow the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium to generate almost all of its electricity on-site. Energy programs and management systems have reduced consumption by more than 33 percent.

  • Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington: The Seattle Mariners ballpark reduced natural gas use by 60 percent, electricity by 30 percent and water by 25 percent by upgrading the stadium’s lighting and mechanical systems. Side note: The MLB team also co-founded the Green Sports Alliance.

  • AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami: A building automation system monitors and controls the facility’s HVAC operations for strategic energy usage. Energy efficiency initiatives enable the Miami Heat’s arena to consume 53 percent less energy than comparable facilities.

  • STAPLES Center, Los Angeles: The home to the LA Lakers features a 1,727-panel solar array that provides up to 20 percent of the energy used, contributing $55,000 in savings per year. A variable-speed HVAC system increases the arena’s energy efficiency.

A building’s sustainability can be improved easily with “better discipline about turning things off when they’re not being used,” says Scott Jenkins, general manager of the Atlanta Falcons stadium and chairman of the Green Sports Alliance.

We agree. Controlling the facility’s mechanical systems can significantly reduce costs and conserve energy, benefitting both stadium owners and the environment. Innovative cooling and heating technology, like our Variable Refrigerant Flow zoning systems, allow facility managers to monitor and control exactly where and when energy is being used. Management can turn off units in unoccupied areas of the stadium during the week and easily turn them back on for game days to minimize energy use. VRF systems also maximize comfort. The three-level press box at the University of Notre Dame’s football stadium used to soar over 90 degrees Fahrenheit during early season games. Now, with our Y-Series VRF zoning system, the space maintains a cool and comfortable temperature.

To read more on how stadiums are reducing their environmental footprints, click here.

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December 10, 2014, 11:54 am

Report Finds Positive Correlation Between Green Building and Workplace Environments

Source: World Green Building Council

Source: World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) recently released the report, “The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants,” that explores the costs and benefits of greening the workplace.

WGBC analyzed hundreds of academic and industry studies to complete the report, investigating thermal comfort, lighting, acoustics and interior layout among other factors in a workplace environment.

The report identifies how green, environmentally conscious practices can have a profound and widespread effect on employees’ health and productivity. Here’s how green buildings help employees, and companies, succeed:

  • Decreases design and construction costs. As sustainable building becomes the norm, it also becomes more affordable.
  • Increases value and marketability.
  • Reduces operating costs.
  • Boosts worker productivity. Better occupant health and wellbeing leads to better work quality and efficiency.
  • Contributes to large-scale environmental efforts, including climate change mitigation and resource conservation.
  • Contributes to large-scale quality-of-life efforts, including job creation.

The report includes a tool kit for owners and facility managers to convert sustainability efforts into financial gain. The kit helps users measure their building’s impact on workers and how they can integrate the results into financial decision-making.

Click here to download the report.

October 23, 2014, 9:20 am

Join Us at Greenbuild 2014 While You Still Can!

October 23_Greenbuild 2014

The popularity of the green movement is undeniable, which is why you don’t want to miss out on the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Greenbuild), the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building.


USGBC President Roger Platt presents
the USGBC Best of Building Award to
our Senior Director of Commercial Sales,
Dennis Cobb.

Thousands of building enthusiasts attended the first day of this year’s conference, which takes place this week (October 22-24) in New Orleans. The annual event invites attendees to participate in LEED® workshops, listen to inspiring speakers, network with other professionals and check out new green building products and technologies.

Day 1 was certainly a success for our team. We had the pleasure of visiting with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President Roger Platt, who stopped by our booth on the exhibition floor (booth #2947) to congratulate us on our recent USGBC Best of Building Award win. Many attendees stopped by to learn about our unique, state-of-the-art HVAC systems and solutions as well, including our most recent advancement in intelligent zone control. The SmartME Zone Controller is an innovative single-source integrated controls solution that offers easier, more convenient, system-wide HVAC control and monitoring.

Today’s the last day of the exhibition so stop by our booth while you still can and say hello!

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September 24, 2014, 4:46 pm

Giving it the Old College Try: College Campuses Go Green

As green home building continues to climb, it comes as no surprise that college campuses are beginning to catch up. Universities are going far beyond recycling – starting their own organic gardens, installing green roofs and solar panels, and even joining in large-scale movements to measure sustainable dining on campus.

In an effort to name the greenest college in the nation, College Prowler ranked the greenest college in each state, using a scale of one to 10. While the company chose not to release its exact criteria, it reportedly looked at schools’ eco-friendly tendencies, sustainability initiatives and number of LEED®-certified facilities. Only one school received a perfect 10 at the end of the study – Pitzer College, Claremont, California, known for its LEED-certified residential halls and low-water landscaping.

Other schools making headlines in the green movement are:

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, is well on its way to becoming the first Catholic college in the nation to completely rid itself from coal and fossil fuels.
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, is the first college to become carbon neutral, complete with its own personal organic farm. In addition, the school uses only recycled paper and composts all of its food waste.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, has a plan set in place to generate 100 percent renewable energy as well as use 100 percent local water by 2050.
  • George Washington University and American University, located in the nation’s capitol, together made the largest non-utility solar energy purchase in the U.S. as part of their 20-year plan to reduce the carbon footprint of the two universities and George Washington University Hospital. The move to solar power is said to generate more than half the universities’ electricity needs and more than one-third of the hospital’s needs.

Click here to see if your alma mater made the cut.

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