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High-Performance Roofing Systems at No or Little Additional Cost

High-Performance Roofing Systems at No or Little Additional Cost

Innovations make roofing tiles more affordable and cost-efficient than ever, even when adding solar to the mix. Here’s how.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: 3 IN 1 ROOF


Using, Heating, and Saving Water

Using, Heating, and Saving Water

This guide looks at some of the latest and best strategies in heating, conserving and reclaiming water in the residential setting, both single and multifamily situations.

Type: Guide

Sponsors: ProudGreenBuilding.com , ProudGreenHome.com


Using, Heating, and Saving Water

Using, Heating, and Saving Water

This guide looks at some of the latest and best strategies in heating, conserving and reclaiming water in the residential setting, both single and multifamily situations.

Type: Guide

Sponsors: ProudGreenBuilding.com , ProudGreenHome.com


A Close Look at Radiant Heating Options

A Close Look at Radiant Heating Options

Radiant floor heating is not new, but recent advances in technology and efficiencies have resulted in homeowners and heating contractors taking a close look at these systems. This white paper looks at a few radiant heating options and identifies one that is leading the way in efficiency.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Below-Grade Insulation: Basements, Slabs and Crawl Spaces

Below-Grade Insulation: Basements, Slabs and Crawl Spaces

Insulation is a must when combating air, moisture and other potential hazards that can befall an unprotected foundation. This white paper takes a look at some methods for insulating the three most common types of foundations – basements, slabs and crawl spaces.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: ProudGreenHome.com


STEP Warmfloor’s Headquarters Reflects Their Heating Conservation Efforts

STEP Warmfloor’s Headquarters Reflects Their Heating Conservation Efforts

The owners of STEP Warmfloor were involved in the design of their company-owned building which is now LEED registered.  This 35,000 square feet building is a “living laboratory” as proof of the comfort properties and energy efficiency of STEP Warmfloor.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Mitsubishi Electric VRF Provides Energy-Efficiency, Year-Round Comfort for Fairmont State University

Mitsubishi Electric VRF Provides Energy-Efficiency, Year-Round Comfort for Fairmont State University

When it came to selecting efficient mechanical systems for a new apartment living complex, Fairmont State University looked at a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


Commercial Food Preparation Finds a Boost for Hot Water Needs

Commercial Food Preparation Finds a Boost for Hot Water Needs

A meal prep company based out of Indiana was preparing over 40,000 healthy meals every year for the community and needed to find a facility, and the equipment, to meet their needs.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: EcoSmart Green Energy Products


VRF is an Integral Component in Reaching Community College’s Sustainability Goals

VRF is an Integral Component in Reaching Community College’s Sustainability Goals

The new Galileo’s Pavilion at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas is a true showcase of sustainability and earned LEED® Platinum certification. See how our VRF contributed.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


VRF and Building Integrations: Options and How to Choose Among Them

VRF and Building Integrations: Options and How to Choose Among Them

Buildings today are more sophisticated than ever — and the same is true for the mechanical equipment that supports building operations. This sophistication has made possible the world of advanced integration, or having a single point of control for many systems. This paper discusses commercial integration and how VRF systems should be used in them.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

DC Power: Tomorrow's Energy Demands Will Require More Attention

While DC power operates many modern products in business applications, it powers far fewer products for consumer use. However, some associations are developing standards that will lead to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution. This white paper takes a look at DC power and how some experts believe it is the answer for future energy needs.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: STEP Warmfloor


Colorado Town Uses VRF System to Build Efficient Office Building, Keep Local Businesses From Moving

Colorado Town Uses VRF System to Build Efficient Office Building, Keep Local Businesses From Moving

Castle Rock, Colorado built a new office building called The Move – a name that symbolized how businesses wouldn’t have to move outside of city limits to expand. The building uses a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems with Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) technology from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


Chicago Architecture and Urbanism Practice Installs VRF System to Heat and Cool New Space

Chicago Architecture and Urbanism Practice Installs VRF System to Heat and Cool New Space

The new 21,000-square-foot Chicago office for Studio Gang is now cooled and heated by a Hyper-Heating INVERTER® (H2i®) Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating (Mitsubishi Electric).

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


High Performance Homes, No More Cost

High Performance Homes, No More Cost

Energy-efficient and healthy don’t have to mean expensive. Our editors have compiled these top real-world strategies to live the way you want to at a price you can afford.

Type: Guide

Sponsor: EEBA


Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Today’s leading decentralized wastewater systems have closed that gap between the capabilities and performance of conventional wastewater treatment systems. Decentralized wastewater systems are pre-designed for collection, treatment, and dispersal/reuse of wastewater at or near the point of waste generation.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency with Next Generation Engineered Wood Panels

Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency with Next Generation Engineered Wood Panels

This white paper takes a look at the next generation of sheathing and roof products that are creating a visual sea of green in neighborhoods across the country.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Huber Engineered Woods


Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities

Variable Refrigerant Flow: A Versatile HVAC Solution for K-12 Educational Facilities

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF), an HVAC technology, is a great solution for almost any K-12 educational facility. It responds to each of this application’s specific challenges, offering industry-leading efficiencies, integration with ventilation systems, advanced filtration systems, whisper-quiet operation and more.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


The Largest Living Building Challenge Certified School in the Country

The Largest Living Building Challenge Certified School in the Country

Sustainability drives both the curriculum and building design for The Willow School, so when the school was designing its fourth building – the Health, Wellness and Nutrition Center – the project team selected a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system from Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating.

Type: Case Study

Sponsor: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating


Five Options for Your Eco-Pavement

Five Options for Your Eco-Pavement

A 2008 report from the National Research Council discovered that in urban areas runoff from roads carries more pollutants than plazas, courtyards, and similar hardscapes. This white paper identifies five options for an eco-friendly driveway, all of which can satisfy pervious surface requirements where they exist.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Bio-Microbics


How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

How to Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor air quality in homes, buildings, and schools is a silent-yet-critical component in the overall health and well-being of the individuals who inhabit them. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that poor indoor air quality is among the top global environmental health risks.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Zehnder America


Infographic | Wood and environmental benefits

Infographic | Wood and environmental benefits

As design and construction techniques to advance sustainability become increasingly important, wood continues to present itself as one of the most environmentally beneficial materials.

Type: Infographic




A Guide to Choosing a Tankless Water Heater for a Home or Commercial Building

A Guide to Choosing a Tankless Water Heater for a Home or Commercial Building

Tankless water heaters are an affordable, high performance alternative to other options such as traditional tank water heaters or boilers. This guide will help you understand the world of tankless water heaters and the advantages that they provide to homes and buildings.

Type: Guide




Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

Solar water heating helping Mass. multifamily buildings save energy

The Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings has worked with builders to assess the most practical cost-effective means to reduce home energy consumption and approach zero energy. Especially in multifamily applications, CARB has seen more developers explore solar domestic hot-water systems as part of the least-cost pathway.

Type: Case Study




Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

Multifamily buildings balance hydronic systems

Most older multifamily buildings in Chicago are heated by centrally metered steam or hot water systems. These buildings cannot operate effciently when these systems become imbalanced. The buildings become under­ and over­ heated, which causes tenant discomfort and higher energy use intensity.

Type: Case Study




Rehabilitation of multifamily homes boosts efficiency

Rehabilitation of multifamily homes boosts efficiency

Rea Ventures Group partnered with Southface Energy Institute, a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Partnership for Home Innovation Building America research team, to develop a prescriptive approach for rehabilitating a portfolio of rural multifamily rental properties in Georgia.

Type: Case Study




Chicago project illustrates financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

Chicago project illustrates financial benefits of multifamily retrofits

Research showed the average net income increased by 1.6 percent.

Type: Case Study




Beyond benchmarking: Unlocking value for utilities

Beyond benchmarking: Unlocking value for utilities

This document helps utilities identify new, untapped datasets that are emerging related to the energy performance of buildings, and how this information can be applied to expand market intelligence and create business value.

Type: White Paper




A look at the future of air conditioning

A look at the future of air conditioning

This report characterizes the landscape and trends in the global air conditioning market, including discussion of direct and indirect climate impacts and potential global warming impacts from global A/C usage. It also documents solutions that can help achieve international goals for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Type: White Paper




Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Geothermal Retrofit

Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Geothermal Retrofit

Opened in 2008, the $13 million Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is an 18,000 sq. ft. facility that processes 911 and other emergency calls and links police, fire and country-state agencies. The county decided to go with an ingenious pump to injection thermal exchange well system for a geothermal solution.

Type: Case Study




Wildlife Refuge Upgrades to FHP Geothermal HVAC System

Wildlife Refuge Upgrades to FHP Geothermal HVAC System

The Pennsylvania Game Commission installed a new Bosch FHP geothermal HVAC system at the Middle Creek Visitors Center to replace two aging rooftop units and provide a more comfortable, energy-efficient environment for visitors and staff.

Type: Case Study




Georgia Hotel Saves $1M Annually By Maximizing Mechanical System

Georgia Hotel Saves $1M Annually By Maximizing Mechanical System

Project Summary With water and sewer costs in Atlanta, Georgia, increasing by more than $20 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) of water between 2000 and 2013

Type: Case Study




California Golf Resort Hits Hole in One With Outdoor Water Efficiency Efforts

California Golf Resort Hits Hole in One With Outdoor Water Efficiency Efforts

Project Summary With preserved land accounting for more than 99 percent of The Resort at Pelican Hill’s total irrigable acres and an ocean view attracting visitors, water conservation goes hand in hand with the resort’s land stewardship efforts and its stake in protecting the area’s most valuable asset—the Pacific Ocean.

Type: Case Study




Hotel Installs Water-Efficient Sanitary Fixtures

Hotel Installs Water-Efficient Sanitary Fixtures

Project Summary As San Antonio continues to grow, water conservation has become an important part of the city’s water management planning. Recognizing that conservation is more cost-effective than securing new water sources, in 2007, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) developed its WaterSaver Hotel program

Type: Case Study




Global Entertainment Company Gets Wise About Water

Global Entertainment Company Gets Wise About Water

Project Summary Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, is a 340-bed, 750,000-square-foot patient care facility. The hospital logs approximately 95,000 patient days per year and employs 2,300 staff.

Type: Case Study




Restaurants Install Water-Efficient Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Restaurants Install Water-Efficient Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Project Summary The water efficiency best management practices implemented at each of three restaurants—Uncommon Ground, The Grey Plume, and Founding Farmers—are described in this case study.

Type: Case Study




University Makes Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources

University Makes Most of Onsite Alternative Water Sources

Project Summary Once the largest water-using entity in the city of Austin, the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) has been implementing programs to reduce its water use for three decades.

Type: Case Study




California Campus Cooks Up Kitchen Water Savings

California Campus Cooks Up Kitchen Water Savings

Project Summary In 2014, California entered its third consecutive year of statewide drought conditions, with water and sewer costs in Los Angeles expected to increase by 8 percent annually over the next five years.

Type: Case Study




Olympic National Park Hotel Reaches Out and Saves

Olympic National Park Hotel Reaches Out and Saves

Project Summary On a coastal strip of Olympic National Park in Forks, Washington, Kalaloch Lodge has worked to protect the surrounding ecosystem and reduce water and sewer costs by giving guests and employees a direct role in its water conservation efforts.

Type: Case Study




Buderus Gas Condensing Boiler for Moody’s Diner

Buderus Gas Condensing Boiler for Moody’s Diner

Background Opened in 1927, family-owned and managed Moody’s has served over a million travelers in its seasonal vacation cabins, tourist gift shop and year-round diner located along a busy stretch of U.S. Coastal Route 1 in Waldoboro, Maine.

Type: Case Study




Therm Gas Condensing Tankless Water Heaters The Caroline Residential Building in New York

Therm Gas Condensing Tankless Water Heaters The Caroline Residential Building in New York

Background The Caroline is one of the most prestigious residential apartment buildings in New York City, located in The Flatiron district on 23rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. The 20-story building features 433 apartments with premium kitchen and bath amenities, 50-foot sky-lit swimming pool, on-site laundry,

Type: Case Study




Poquito Mas Restaurant

Poquito Mas Restaurant

Los Angeles, California Founded in 1984, Poquito Mas Baja Taco Stand restaurants have become a staple of California cuisine – catering to a legion of followers and Hollywood celebrities. With 11 locations throughout the Los Angeles area, the restaurant chain consumes large quantities of hot water for both food preparation,

Type: Case Study




 MOISTURE PERFORMANCE STUDY OF TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL WALL ASSEMBLlIES

MOISTURE PERFORMANCE STUDY OF TYPICAL RESIDENTIAL WALL ASSEMBLlIES

Study Summary Over the course of a one-year period, a moisture performance comparison study was conducted at an independent test facility. In the study, brick veneer wall assemblies were compared to seven wall assemblies constructed of popular siding materials.

Type: Case Study




Buderus SB Commercial Condensing Boilers Installation

Buderus SB Commercial Condensing Boilers Installation

Background The owners of the proposed Russia Wharf project in Boston knew they wanted to create a world-class high-rise with stateof- the-art sustainable technologies and advanced building techniques.

Type: Case Study




The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve

The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve

The Preserve is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and animals. The core of The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve is comprised of what was once an 8,500- acre cattle ranch situated at the head of the Greater Everglades watershed.

Type: Case Study




Energy-Efficient Apartments Choose Geothermal System

Energy-Efficient Apartments Choose Geothermal System

Background The Solaire apartments, located in Brighton, Colorado, just 20 minutes outside Denver, offer residents a variety of lifestyle choices. Incorporating renewable geothermal energy to heat and cool their apartments delivers energy cost savings while reducing demand on the city’s power grid.

Type: Case Study




.Wildlife Refuge Upgrades to FHP Geothermal HVAC System

.Wildlife Refuge Upgrades to FHP Geothermal HVAC System

Background Wildlife has always been an important part of Pennsylvania’s cultural heritage. For over a century, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has managed the Commonwealth’s wildlife resources.

Type: Case Study




Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Geothermal Upgrade/Retrofit

Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Geothermal Upgrade/Retrofit

Background Opened in 2008, the $13 million Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is an 18,000 sq. ft. facility that processes 911 and other emergency calls and links police, fire and country-state agencies. Built to withstand hurricane force winds, it contains about $4 million worth of electronics equipment.

Type: Case Study




Lady Bird Johnson NetZero Middle School, Irving Texas

Lady Bird Johnson NetZero Middle School, Irving Texas

Background Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, Texas utilizes a variety of sustainable technologies, including FHP geothermal heat pump systems, to significantly reduce energy consumption.

Type: Case Study




Kentlands Community Center Geothermal Upgrade

Kentlands Community Center Geothermal Upgrade

Background The Kentlands Community Center is a 9,000 sq ft, two-story building with a high glass ratio. The building’s 15-yearold air source cooling system with gas furnace heating had reached the end of its useful life.

Type: Case Study




SCHEELS Sporting Goods, Rochester MN

SCHEELS Sporting Goods, Rochester MN

Background In 1902, German immigrant Frederick A. Scheel used $300 he earned from his first potato harvest as the down payment on the first SCHEELS, a small hardware and general merchandise store in Sabin, Minnesota.

Type: Case Study




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