Building Operations

Why Green Buildings Are Rarely As Efficient As Promised

One of the most consistent, most frustrating problems in the building operations world is just how infrequently buildings in the real world live up to the operational efficiency promised on the drawing board. In real estate, this is so common that we’ve given the discrepancy a name: We call it the “efficiency gap”. Nailing down …

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Why the G20 failure on climate change is bad for CRE

Photo Credit: Presidencia de la República Mexicana Over the weekend, President Trump met with the leaders of 19 other leading countries to discuss issues of global governance. On many of those issues, leaders were able to come to agreements that will help the world to better work together going forward. Climate change, a hot-button issue since …

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4 Tips To Keep Your Building Happy This July 4th

Our nation’s birthday is tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited to get out of the office and fire up the grill! If your tenants are anything like us, they’re already checking their shopping lists and planning to swing by the liquor store for a borderline-irresponsible amount of beer after work. (Fun fact: Americans buy …

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How the WELL certification is pushing buildings to care for their people

Most building certifications focus on things that are pretty easy to quantify. They measure things like water use, energy efficiency, and access to public transit options. By contrast, the International WELL Building Institute aims to measure something a little more elusive: How well are the people who live, work, and play in a building being …

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Data storage companies use a lot of energy; Where it comes from matters

The internet is far and away the biggest thing that we have ever built as a species. That isn’t to say that it’s the most important of the things we’ve built, though it’s up there. Rather, taken as one massive, interconnected machine, the internet simply dwarfs any other single thing mankind has ever created in …

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5 Reasons to do Energy Benchmarking with Energy Star

Energy Star is the most well-known and well-used standard for benchmarking building energy performance in the world. Since the program’s American debut in 1992, it has been adopted in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the European Union. Reporting energy efficiency through Energy Star is generally voluntary for commercial buildings, but many choose to …

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Indoor CO2 Levels May Be Putting Your Tenants To Sleep

Think back to high school, during that last class of the day when heads start to drop. Everyone knows that feeling: You catch yourself falling asleep for an instant and waking up just before your head hits the desk. Whether it’s down to more reasonable sleep schedules or the vast quantities of coffee drunk in …

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What is Measurement and Verification?

Measurement and Verification, frequently abbreviated M&V, is a process for quantifying the precise impact on energy use of a conservation measure. It is an essential process for buildings investing in efficiency because it puts numbers to a difficult-to-quantify process and makes it easy to calculate the economic impact of an investment. One important thing to …

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Are HVAC Setbacks Right For Your Building?

On their surface, HVAC setbacks are fairly straightforward: By setting temperatures lower when a building is unoccupied in the winter (or the reverse in the summer), building teams can cut expenditures. In reality, the technique is slightly more complicated. The usually dry world of HVAC efficiency isn’t usually divided, but there are experts who argue …

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