Category: Green Building

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Water Recycling: The Future of Conservation

Water conservation technology of today goes far beyond low-flow appliances and fixtures. Many buildings are now being constructed with onsite non-potable water reuse systems (ONWS). These systems allow wastewater from the building or water collected on property from precipitation to be stored, treated, and reused for purposes like toilet flushing and irrigation.

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Are We Entering a New Era of Green Buildings?

You may have heard that New York City (NYC), the most populous city in the United States, has passed a groundbreaking law limiting building GHG emissions in an effort to meet its ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target—80 percent by 2050. The new regulation is having a major impact on building owners and facilities managers […]

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Water Conservation: A Business Case

We have all witnessed water waste in public places—sprinklers running during a rainstorm, restroom faucets that won’t stop dripping and toilets that just keep running—and think, “Boy, I’d hate to have to pay that water bill.” But as a facilities management professional, you may have to worry about that water bill at your organization. More […]

Tips for Small Manufacturers Looking to Go Green

Small manufacturers do not have the staff or resources that larger manufacturers do when it comes to bowing to pressure to make products and processes greener. We are always on the lookout for tips and suggestions to help small manufacturers and their facility management professionals make their operations more environmentally friendly. Here are tips, some […]

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Greenbuild 2018 Wraps Up with New Initiatives and LEED Updates

Each year the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) teams up with Informa to put on the largest green building conference in the world, with the goal of fostering a broader interest in sustainable built environments. This year, they landed in Chicago, where thousands of attendees gathered to be inspired, and learn about the developments […]

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Should You Test Your Building Materials for PCBs?

During a recent panel discussion, “Managing PCBs in Buildings: Renovations, Transactions, Demolition, and More” at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) Energy & Environment Conference on May 18, 2018, in Farmington, Connecticut, the discussants tackled the question of whether to test or not to test for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The panel, comprised of three attorneys […]

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Do Not Put Off Assessing Your PFAS Risk

Are you procrastinating on assessing the risk of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at your facility? Don’t hold off until a regulator (or worse, legal action) forces your hand! A “wait and see” approach could result in potential damages to your brand and investor relations.