Reaching ambitious energy requirements in commercial building

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Brandon Tinianov, PhD, PE, LEED AP

In the United States, buildings account for nearly 40 percent of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions—more than the transportation or industrial sectors—and commercial and residential buildings comprise more than 70 percent of electricity use.

Increasingly, sustainability regulations and energy codes are shaping the development of...

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Hidden risks with employee file-sharing practices

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Mika Javanainen

In today’s workplace, collaboration is no longer an option, but rather a requirement—particularly for the construction industry, where project information needs to be shared among internal colleagues and team members, contractors, and subcontractors. Information security is another must-have, with nearly every company having at least minimal safeguards...

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Understanding the importance of LEED signage

Green certifications deserve to be shown off

By Sam Wainer
When a building is certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) rating program, the owners want to tell the world. Communicating the certification not only promotes the organization’s commitment to...

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Head in the Cloud: Surveying the digital age

by Umar Sani Bello
Technology has permeated every aspect of people’s lives, simplifying complex tasks and accelerating the turnaround process. Cloud computing offers quicker and real-time approaches, which is an advantage individuals in the construction industry are embracing. Thus, it is important to understand the new tools available, how...

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As lighting evolves, interoperability becomes paramount

by Audwin Cash
Lighting systems are becoming more sophisticated to meet the requirements of building owners. Through innovative and advanced capability, lighting and controls provide code-compliant energy savings while also reducing maintenance and increasing adaptability for future needs. As the industry evolves from a world of devices to an...

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Understanding the value of janitorial services

by Alan France

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is seen by many across the globe as the premier benchmark of achievement in green building. Savvy building owners and developers recognize the importance of the janitorial function when it comes to LEED certification in existing buildings,...

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Examining builders hardware past, present, and future

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Michael Tierney

Locks, latches, deadbolts, and hinges are nothing new to those in the building construction industry. However, in the United States, recent legislation and rapid advances in technology have led to major innovations for the hardware industry, especially over the last 30 years.

In fact, it was not until...

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