Green building technology as you’ve never experienced it before

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Energy and Sustainability Services

Imagine this, you get to the office and the elevator is waiting for you to take you straight to your floor without having to press a button. You get to your desk and your computer is turned on, ready for use, the lights are on and the temperature at your work space is just as you like it.

This might sound like something from the distant future, but it’s happening today. Smart and green building technology is changing how we work, live and interact with our environment.

Read the full article here in Tech Crunch

A Renewable Way to Reach 2020 Green Goals

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As organizations look for ways to reach aggressive 2020 sustainability goals, like GHG emission reductions from the uses of renewable energy, a new way to confidently tap into renewable energy services is emerging.

Called “matchmaking,” the concept facilitates a process that introduces companies seeking to meet their GHG objectives with qualified renewable energy developers looking for offtakers for the energy they produce (both on and offsite). The Matchmaker’s experience in renewable technologies, qualifying developers and vetting deal structuring bridges the expertise and investment gap needed to procure renewable energy from solar, wind and/or biomass.

Here’s how it works …

A company simply discusses its green goals with a renewable energy services expert (the “Matchmaker”).  The Matchmaker can then craft a plan that incorporates the appropriate technologies, vendors and deal structures. By knowing the market, the Matchmaker facilitates a bidding process that leads to the vendor’s selection and supports the procurement negotiations to secure favorable terms including financing structures, like Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), that can be utilized to make the installations and Matchmaking service “cost-free.”

If needed, the Matchmaker can also manage the on-going relationships to ensure the renewable energy solutions perform over time and continue to meet the GHG objectives that were initially targeted.

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Save Energy By Sharing

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Bob Best
Energy and Sustainability Services

Want to reduce energy consumption in your workplace?

Start by just sharing information. It’s incredibly effective and very inexpensive. But, it works.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) claims that up to 12% energy savings can be achieved by way of real-time energy feedback devices that tell people how much energy is being consumed.

Even where there is no sub-metering in an office, new devices make it simple to monitor energy use at individual work stations, including “vampire load” from devices that continue to use energy even when they are “off.”

We find time and time again that when people can see the results of what they are doing, they will change behaviors.

They say that information is power. In this case, information means less power. And, that’s a good thing.

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Moving the Green Needle as Private Citizens

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Wayne Alldredge
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Let’s face it, money talks. Most people look for the ‘Lowest’ price for everything, rather than the ‘Best’ price. But what is ‘Best’? It is my opinion, that Best is when the value received is the greatest. For those of us who live green and breathe sustainability, that means buying things that benefit not just ourselves, but our environment as well. Finding the most sustainable companies to support with our hard-earned money is a noble goal. By casting our financial votes, we show the marketplace that the only way to earn our trust and our money is for businesses to increase their sustainability from activities like buying Green Power.

What is Green Power? Well, it’s a segment of Renewable Energy (as opposed to Conventional Power) and includes solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources (large hydroelectric and nuclear doesn’t count due to their secondary environmental impacts). Green power is available either though buying it directly, self-generating the power or through buying select Renewable Energy Certificates to offset consumption from locations where the first two options don’t exist.

Let’s say sustainability means something to you and you need clothes; try shopping at Kohl’s. They buy the equivalent of 105% of their 1.5 billion Kilowatt hour consumption in qualified Green Power. Now, 105% may sound odd, but we could consider the extra 5% as Kohl’s way of “giving back” to Mother Earth. Here are some other notable companies:

  • Need office supplies? Staples buys the equivalent of 106% of their power.
  • Like the outdoors? Outdoor retailer REI buys the equivalent of 100%.
  • Wear Make-Up? Estee Lauder Companies buys the equivalent of a staggering 140%.
  • Need a computer? How about buying an Acer laptop with Intel chips inside? Both companies buy the equivalent of 100% and in the case of Intel, that’s over 3 billion Kilowatt hours. (By the way, this post was written on exactly that.)

When ‘less sustainable’ companies see their more sustainable competitors gaining business, they are forced to become more ecologically conscious corporate citizens. Greater demand for Green Power will create domestic job growth building and installing the required infrastructure as well as providing us with a cleaner environment for generations to come. I can’t think of a greater value than that. Let’s start putting our money where our heart is.

For a full list of Green Power Partner Companies, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/ .

 

Green and Productive Space Really Does Pay Out

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What happens when we set out to make a building greener and more productive at the same time?

Something amazing.

The Federal Building in San Diego decided to make a number of changes … with pretty impressive results.

First, they changed their fluorescent lighting from T12s with flickering magnetic ballasts to more energy-efficiency T8s with electronic ballasts. Second, the brought in more daylight and improved acoustics.

What happened?

Productivity went up 3% in office areas and improved 15% in courthouses, correctional areas and post office spaces.  The financial impact from improved productivity … $1.3 million per year.

Oh, and they achieve $275,000 in lower energy costs.

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