Houston data center city's first to achieve coveted green certification

Houston data center city's first to achieve coveted green certification

The Houston Skybox One Data Center has been awarded LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a release. The 96,129-square-foot purpose-built facility is the only data center in Houston and one of a handful in...

10 ways to advance campus carbon neutrality

The movement toward carbon neutrality has picked up steam as university leaders recognize the importance of campus sustainability as a major factor in student recruitment. Across industries and across the globe, facility management executives have been rising to the challenge...

Idaho hotel owner betting on water-saving laundry machine using polymer beads

Idaho hotel owner betting on water-saving laundry machine using polymer beads

Revolutions are few and far between in the realm of hotel laundry. But a new washing technology that uses beads and saves water, created by a British company called Xeros, might be one. Jerame Petry, owner of three Idaho hotels, is the first in Idaho to adopt Xeros’ water-saving laundry machine, reports Idaho Business Review.

3 ways Hawaii is becoming more energy efficient

3 ways Hawaii is becoming more energy efficient

Hawaii is known for its pristine beaches, active volcanoes and world-class surfing. It is also known for its extraordinary commitment to clean energy. Roughly 26 percent of the state’s electricity generation comes from renewable sources, and Hawaii is aiming to make that 100 percent by 2045, according to the U.S.

Closed landfill now home to solar farm

Closed landfill now home to solar farm

Waste Management, in partnership with project owner Captona Partners, recently completed construction on a 2.5 megawatt (MW DC) solar farm at the closed MT Sullivan Landfill, according to a press release. Closed since 1998, the landfill now contains 7,938 solar...

Light rail station achieves LEED gold

Light rail station achieves LEED gold

Sound Transit's Angle Lake light-rail station has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The designation results from Sound Transit's use of sustainable practices in the construction and design of the...

Net Zero Zone returning to Greenbuild 2017

Net Zero Zone returning to Greenbuild 2017

The popular Net Zero Zone, a first-of-its-kind in a major trade show, will return this fall to the world’s largest green building conference. Greenbuild 2017 is set for Nov. 8-10 in Boston. “With microgrid market growth significantly outpacing forecasts made...

Rooftop photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing

Rooftop photovoltaics win big over silicon in outdoor testing

A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce more than 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two...

Partnership aims to advance resource-efficient building in emerging markets

Covestro, a leading materials supplier, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, are partnering to share knowledge and promote IFC's EDGE, a green building software, standard and certification system for emerging markets. Covestro and...

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

Reconstructed facility achieves highest LEED status

What once was a medical building in Independence, Mo., is now a sustainability standout. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the new Independence Utilities Center with a highly coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification, according to a press release.

Siemens to open Singapore digitalization hub in IoT push

Global industrial technology supplier Siemens is opening a digitalization hub in Singapore to develop internet of things (IoT) applications that cater to the needs of diverse industries in Southeast Asia. Located in Macpherson in the central region of Singapore, the...

Hotels worldwide going green with LEED

Hotels worldwide going green with LEED

As environmental awareness continues to increase and environmental responsibility becomes increasingly important for businesses, hotels around the world are getting in on the green trend. More and more hotels are promoting themselves as being certified green by the Leadership in...

Study: Managers want to adopt IoT to improve building performance

Study: Managers want to adopt IoT to improve building performance

Facility managers are increasingly looking to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) by implementing new digital technologies like intelligent analytics to improve maintenance decisions and operations, according to a new study. Some 89 percent of respondents indicate that they expect...

Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength

Fla. Planet Fitness builds solar strength

Planet Fitness’ St. Petersburg, Fla., club has partnered with Solar Energy Management to become the first 24/7 Planet Fitness to be a net-zero energy building, the company announced. The updated, energy efficient Planet Fitness is now 99.5 percent reliant on...

DOE invests millions to improve commercial building efficiency

DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) is investing more than $3 million in five projects to improve the efficiency of the nation’s commercial buildings. The investment is designed to drive innovation in multisystem technology packages while also fostering the collaboration of...

Innovative businesses help communities capitalize on solar

Innovative businesses help communities capitalize on solar

With recent innovations like Tesla’s solar shingles, the future of solar-powered living is looking bright. Still, supplying homes and businesses with affordable solar power is a complex undertaking. “There’s a lot of moving parts to community solar,” according to Eric...

A look at how wind turbines work

When driving by a wind turbine farm, it's impossible not to marvel at the sheer size and power of these machines. While the science may seem modern day, the concept has been around for millenniums. Its predecessor, the simple windmill, can be traced as far back as 200 B.C.

Tips for saving money on energy bills in multifamily structures

Tips for saving money on energy bills in multifamily structures

With summer here, now is time most multifamily property owners and managers look to reduce their energy bill

Johnson Controls’ Asia Pacific headquarters LEED, EDGE certified

Johnson Controls’ Asia Pacific headquarters LEED, EDGE certified

Johnson Controls’ new Asia Pacific headquarters has achieved both LEED platinum and EDGE green building certifications, according to Green Business Certification Inc. Johnson Controls is among a select group of projects to receive both LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

South Africa’s first Green Star museum eco-friendly literary treasure

South Africa’s first Green Star museum eco-friendly literary treasure

One of South Africa’s literary treasures has transformed into an eco-friendly gem. Designed by Intsika Architects, the National English Literary Museum is the first five-star Green Star-certified Public & Education building in the country, reports Inhabitat. Located in the university...

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