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  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Green Cleaning Made Easy

    It is undeniable that "Green" is an idea whose time has come. Whether it is driven by concerns over climate change, global population growth, the economy and the opportunity to reduce energy costs or other drivers - green is happening. And as building owners, facility managers and even legislators accelerate...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    Green Building And The Economic Recovery

    Green buildings have the potential to help employers as well by helping companies cut costs and manage operating expenses. Rising energy costs are causing building owners and managers to tighten their belts, and the buildings they use day in and day out cost them millions in unnecessary operational costs. By...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Polished Concrete Floors Lighten Environmental Footprint For LEED Projects

    More sustainable concrete coatings are being specified on building projects as the LEED Green Building Rating System has gained acceptance, a trend that is expected to continue as greener schools and workplaces become the rule rather than the exception. The polished concrete floor system provides especially good opportunities for increasing...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Improve Your VAV Control Strategy To Improve Your Bottom Line

    With all of the new, high-efficiency, or "Green" technologies for HVAC systems in the marketplace today, it is tempting to want to scrap an existing system all together or at the very least replace it piece by piece. The truth is, equipment is only part of the puzzle. The other...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    The Next Generation Of LEED

    With its introduction in 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System helped to spark a revolution, articulating a new set of integrated, measurable goals that changed how the building industry approaches the design, construction and operation of our offices, schools, hospitals and homes. Over the...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Improving Water Efficiency In Your Building

    Water is one of our most precious natural resources. We are accustomed to having clean, reliable drinking water provided by our municipalities to our buildings and our homes. We depend on it. For many regions across the United States, water is in short supply. So what can a facility manager...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Counting Carbon: Understanding Carbon Footprints Of Buildings

    Emissions from energy used in building operations are the obvious place to start in measuring a building's carbon footprint, but stopping there leaves many emission sources off the table, such as emissions from transportation to and from the building, providing water to the building, and creating the building itself. Energy...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Floorcoverings: Maintenance And Informed Choice

    The ease of keeping use of floorcoverings within sustainable limits is growing as the industry becomes more environmentally aware and competitive. It is offering more options designed to meet the needs of green builders, as well as better tools for evaluating carpet, including life-cycle assessment software, and broad-based certification programs....

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Energy Efficiency: A Smart Way To Save - The Right HVAC Filter Can Help Reduce Energy Costs

    HVAC systems account for approximately 40 percent of the energy used in U.S. commercial and residential buildings. This creates a prime target for cost reductions as building designers, owners and operators look to energy-efficient building designs and technologies as methods of cutting costs and saving on the annual operating budget....

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Achieving Effective Office Acoustics: Understanding Acoustics Leads To The Inclusion Of Sound Masking

    Studies show that acoustics are an essential consideration in meeting what is arguably the primary goal of the office: to provide a setting conducive to optimal work performance. Basically, a sound masking system consists of a series of speakers that distribute an electronically generated background sound within a facility. Because...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    The New LEED In An Evolving Market

    Since its inception in 2000, the LEED green building rating system has been helping revolutionize the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated. Like any useful tool, LEED needs to be continuously improved and updated with the latest information, technologies and processes. LEED 2009 - the long-awaited update to...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Creating A High-Efficiency, Low-Mercury Light Bulb Purchasing Plan

    There are two aspects to the environmentally safe use of fluorescent bulbs. The first is to use fluorescent bulbs that produce the most light over their lifetimes relative to the amount of mercury contained in the bulbs. In recent years bulb manufacturers have significantly reduced the amount of mercury in...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Beyond Green Products: Systems And Strategies That Reduce Energy, Water And Resource Conception

    Today, more and more facility managers are familiar with Green Cleaning as it is quickly being thought of as the "Low hanging fruit" when it comes to greening a building. Converting to green and certified products is a very good thing in our efforts to reduce the health and environmental...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Thermal Comfort And Building Management

    Thermal comfort is hard to define and even harder to achieve. The most common complaint about workplace environments is that they are too cold. This would be a fairly simple problem to fix if the second most common complaint weren't that the same spaces are too hot. Adaptive thermal comfort...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Mercury-Containing Lamps Provide Opportunity For Facility Managers

    Although mercury is a naturally occurring element and is commonly found in most energy-efficient lamps, if not handled and disposed of properly it can pose serious environmental and human health problems. Fortunately, for facility managers there are two simple strategies to reduce the amount of mercury from entering their building...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Reducing Airborne Particulates - A Four Season Concern And A Four Season Opportunity

    As Americans, we spend 90% of our time indoors thus the indoor environment of buildings plays a critical role in human health of everybody. While indoor environmental quality is a broad discipline, there are some relatively simple things that facility managers can and should consider to improve the health and...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Energy Measurement And Verification - The Key To Quantifying Real Savings

    Saving energy to lower utilities costs has been an effective facilities management strategy for decades, and has clear benefits for the environment as well. Rising energy prices are now inspiring building operators to dust off their energy management plans and take a fresh look to see if they can be...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Thermal Comfort - A Key To Occupant Satisfaction And Productivity

    Comfortable building occupants are happy, healthy, and productive occupants. Thermal comfort, cleverly and robustly provided, can also lower your operating energy costs. Though improved operations practices can clearly help, major renovations offer a true golden opportunity to specify a building shell and mechanical systems designed to optimize comfort and allow...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Ventilation - Keeping Occupants Healthy

    Providing optimized ventilation to building occupants is a win-win strategy for facilities managers: it reduces trouble calls by keeping occupants happier and healthier, it keeps the code officials satisfied, and demonstrates leadership in sustainable operations. If you suspect you have a sick building, or if major mechanical system renovations are...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Localized Space Controls - Offering Occupants Individual Flexibility

    One of facilities managers' greatest operational challenges is dealing with service calls from building occupants. Legitimate calls must be responded to and resolved in a timely way-if the mechanical system is down, a technician should be dispatched quickly to investigate. On the other hand, illegitimate calls should be discovered quickly,...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    What LEED-EB Is And Why To Use It

    Facility managers are increasingly being exposed to phrases like "High performance building operations" and "Green building operations". Those who explore further are likely to encounter "LEED" and "LEED-EB" as well. What are these terms all about, and why are they worthy of attention from building operators? LEED stands for "Leadership...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Energy Audits Finding The Best Ways To Save Energy and Money In Your Building

    If you're serious about saving as much energy cost as possible with the quickest payback time and least hassle, take the time to plan your energy projects right. Perform a good energy audit, and assess its results carefully based on the needs of your facility, whether based on annual savings,...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Efficient Plumbing Fixtures - Saving Water At A Profit

    With energy prices in the headlines lately, it's all too easy to lose sight of a completely separate way for facilities managers to conserve resources and money: more efficient plumbing fixtures. For a long time potable water was considered almost too cheap to meter, or at least too cheap to...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Greening Your Refrigerants - Saving The Ozone Layer And Saving Money

    Changes in building equipment refrigerant have already happened because of environmental concerns, and more are coming. It's really not a question of whether facilities managers will upgrade their HVAC equipment, but when and in what way. Fully evaluating the benefits of using new refrigerant technology before it's absolutely required can...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Are Your Air Filters Up-To-Date?

    Panel filters were originally developed in the 1930s, and were primarily designed to protect HVAC system equipment rather than building occupants. However, with tighter building shells and more potential sources of indoor pollutants, filtration technology from the 1930s is no longer adequate for today's needs. By replacing panel filters with...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Starting And Managing Your LEED-EB Project

    This paper provides general approach for exploring LEED for Existing Buildings certification for your facility and for managing the process of preparing your building for certification. Attention to detail is a must, and taking a whole-building view throughout the process will help you find synergistic effects among your various greening...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    How The Mercury Issue Affects Lighting Choices

    The LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Rating System is fundamentally different from LEED applications for new construction or commercial interiors. LEED for existing buildings is focused on the operation and maintenance of buildings that in some cases were constructed more than 100 years ago. Various existing structures built in the...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Lighting And Energy Efficiency For LEED-EB

    LEED puts a significant effort into energy efficiency. Its point total will often be the deciding factor in the level of achievement. With a possible ten points at stake, it is one of the most lucrative areas for harvesting points. Lighting efficiency plays a major role in this quest. The...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Landscape Architects Add Ecology And Economy To Projects

    Landscape architects are a valuable professional to have on any development or building project seeking LEED certification. In fact, up to 18 LEED points are centered around the landscape. Most people immediately think of heat island reduction and water efficient landscaping, but those areas are a small part of a...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Green Building And Indoor Air Quality

    The topic of green building has expanded outside the environmental community and has become a hot issue among mainstream building industry professionals. One of the most common discussions continues to be in regards to the costs and benefits associated with green building. Critics charge that the costs of green building...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Understanding Water-Chiller Efficiency Ratings Evaluating Capital Cost And Energy Efficiency

    A clear understanding of two measures of chiller efficiency - the design-efficiency rating and the Non-standard Part Load Value (NPLV) rating - can help organizations obtain the best capital cost and energy efficiency when acquiring new chillers. It also may help facility managers understand why they may not be getting...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    LEED For Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

    The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has something for everyone - from facility managers to operations contractors. An often-overlooked detail in the green building discussion is the enormous size of the existing building market - some 80 times larger than the new construction market. Most...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Commercial Green Buildings - A Cost /Value Approach

    The topic of building commercial land development projects 'Green' can be found in almost any trade journal, magazine, construction website or internet discussion group forum today. Most commercial developers realize that building green commercial buildings is not just a trend, but rather a very real part of the future. Many...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Roofing: Thinking Green

    By now, we've all heard about green roofs. Sustainability is a growing concern and roofs can potentially make buildings more environmentally friendly. Although numerous types of roof systems advertise environmental benefits, not all can be considered sustainable or green. Evaluating various roof options in terms of sustainability first requires consideration...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    LEED-EB Project Management: Implementing Operation Changes And Upgrades

    LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) is a new benchmark from the USGBC for sustainable actions in existing buildings. Once your organization is committed to LEED-EB Certification, you need to develop a strategy for implementing changes to your facility and operation procedures. Although there is not a prescribed method for managing...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Making The Most Of An Increasingly Scarce Resource - Outdoor Water

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, roughly 9.6 billion gallons, or 37 percent, are due to commercial consumption. Estimates of outdoor water use typically fall in the 30 percent range. With commercial water consumption on the rise...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Benchmarking - A First Step Toward Optimizing Your Building's Energy Use

    Often referred to as benchmarking, assessing the energy performance of your building is an effective tool for facility managers and is an excellent first step toward optimizing energy use. Typically, annual energy intensity - annual energy consumption per square foot - is used to assess energy performance. This simple "Normalization"...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    "ECO-Gardens": Improving Indoor Environmental Quality With Interior Plants

    As building and material technologies advance for greater energy efficiency, residential, office and commercial buildings are designed and built to allow little unwanted ventilation. As a result, indoor air pollutants are unable to escape and are typically 5-10% more concentrated. Moreover, insufficient ventilation can often lead to 'Sick building syndrome'...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    LEED For Existing Buildings: The Economics of Green

    As more organizations adopt green building practices, speculations about the positive financial impact of going green are becoming increasingly substantiated. The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) family of LEED Rating Systems recognizes building practices that are environmentally responsible, healthy for building occupants, as well as profitable. The new LEED for...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    HVAC Systems And LEED-EB

    The LEED-EB Rating System includes a large number of points related to HVAC systems. When HVAC equipment needs upgrading in your facility, LEED-EB standards can help guide your decisions in purchasing and operating new equipment that is efficient and environmentally friendly. The costs associated with conventional energy production and consumption...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Polished Concrete Floors Lighten Environmental Footprint For LEED Projects

    More sustainable concrete coatings are being specified on building projects as the LEED Green Building Rating System has gained acceptance, a trend that is expected to continue as greener schools and workplaces become the rule rather than the exception. The polished concrete floor system provides especially good opportunities for increasing...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Improve Your VAV Control Strategy To Improve Your Bottom Line

    With all of the new, high-efficiency, or "Green" technologies for HVAC systems in the marketplace today, it is tempting to want to scrap an existing system all together or at the very least replace it piece by piece. The truth is, equipment is only part of the puzzle. The other...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    The Next Generation Of LEED

    With its introduction in 2000, the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System helped to spark a revolution, articulating a new set of integrated, measurable goals that changed how the building industry approaches the design, construction and operation of our offices, schools, hospitals and homes. Over the...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Improving Water Efficiency In Your Building

    Water is one of our most precious natural resources. We are accustomed to having clean, reliable drinking water provided by our municipalities to our buildings and our homes. We depend on it. For many regions across the United States, water is in short supply. So what can a facility manager...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Counting Carbon: Understanding Carbon Footprints Of Buildings

    Emissions from energy used in building operations are the obvious place to start in measuring a building's carbon footprint, but stopping there leaves many emission sources off the table, such as emissions from transportation to and from the building, providing water to the building, and creating the building itself. Energy...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Floorcoverings: Maintenance And Informed Choice

    The ease of keeping use of floorcoverings within sustainable limits is growing as the industry becomes more environmentally aware and competitive. It is offering more options designed to meet the needs of green builders, as well as better tools for evaluating carpet, including life-cycle assessment software, and broad-based certification programs....

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Feb 2009

    Green Building And The Economic Recovery

    Green buildings have the potential to help employers as well by helping companies cut costs and manage operating expenses. Rising energy costs are causing building owners and managers to tighten their belts, and the buildings they use day in and day out cost them millions in unnecessary operational costs. By...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Green Cleaning Made Easy

    It is undeniable that "Green" is an idea whose time has come. Whether it is driven by concerns over climate change, global population growth, the economy and the opportunity to reduce energy costs or other drivers - green is happening. And as building owners, facility managers and even legislators accelerate...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Energy Efficiency: A Smart Way To Save - The Right HVAC Filter Can Help Reduce Energy Costs

    HVAC systems account for approximately 40 percent of the energy used in U.S. commercial and residential buildings. This creates a prime target for cost reductions as building designers, owners and operators look to energy-efficient building designs and technologies as methods of cutting costs and saving on the annual operating budget....

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Achieving Effective Office Acoustics: Understanding Acoustics Leads To The Inclusion Of Sound Masking

    Studies show that acoustics are an essential consideration in meeting what is arguably the primary goal of the office: to provide a setting conducive to optimal work performance. Basically, a sound masking system consists of a series of speakers that distribute an electronically generated background sound within a facility. Because...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    The New LEED In An Evolving Market

    Since its inception in 2000, the LEED green building rating system has been helping revolutionize the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated. Like any useful tool, LEED needs to be continuously improved and updated with the latest information, technologies and processes. LEED 2009 - the long-awaited update to...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Creating A High-Efficiency, Low-Mercury Light Bulb Purchasing Plan

    There are two aspects to the environmentally safe use of fluorescent bulbs. The first is to use fluorescent bulbs that produce the most light over their lifetimes relative to the amount of mercury contained in the bulbs. In recent years bulb manufacturers have significantly reduced the amount of mercury in...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Beyond Green Products: Systems And Strategies That Reduce Energy, Water And Resource Conception

    Today, more and more facility managers are familiar with Green Cleaning as it is quickly being thought of as the "Low hanging fruit" when it comes to greening a building. Converting to green and certified products is a very good thing in our efforts to reduce the health and environmental...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Thermal Comfort And Building Management

    Thermal comfort is hard to define and even harder to achieve. The most common complaint about workplace environments is that they are too cold. This would be a fairly simple problem to fix if the second most common complaint weren't that the same spaces are too hot. Adaptive thermal comfort...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Mercury-Containing Lamps Provide Opportunity For Facility Managers

    Although mercury is a naturally occurring element and is commonly found in most energy-efficient lamps, if not handled and disposed of properly it can pose serious environmental and human health problems. Fortunately, for facility managers there are two simple strategies to reduce the amount of mercury from entering their building...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Reducing Airborne Particulates - A Four Season Concern And A Four Season Opportunity

    As Americans, we spend 90% of our time indoors thus the indoor environment of buildings plays a critical role in human health of everybody. While indoor environmental quality is a broad discipline, there are some relatively simple things that facility managers can and should consider to improve the health and...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Energy Measurement And Verification - The Key To Quantifying Real Savings

    Saving energy to lower utilities costs has been an effective facilities management strategy for decades, and has clear benefits for the environment as well. Rising energy prices are now inspiring building operators to dust off their energy management plans and take a fresh look to see if they can be...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Thermal Comfort - A Key To Occupant Satisfaction And Productivity

    Comfortable building occupants are happy, healthy, and productive occupants. Thermal comfort, cleverly and robustly provided, can also lower your operating energy costs. Though improved operations practices can clearly help, major renovations offer a true golden opportunity to specify a building shell and mechanical systems designed to optimize comfort and allow...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Ventilation - Keeping Occupants Healthy

    Providing optimized ventilation to building occupants is a win-win strategy for facilities managers: it reduces trouble calls by keeping occupants happier and healthier, it keeps the code officials satisfied, and demonstrates leadership in sustainable operations. If you suspect you have a sick building, or if major mechanical system renovations are...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Localized Space Controls - Offering Occupants Individual Flexibility

    One of facilities managers' greatest operational challenges is dealing with service calls from building occupants. Legitimate calls must be responded to and resolved in a timely way-if the mechanical system is down, a technician should be dispatched quickly to investigate. On the other hand, illegitimate calls should be discovered quickly,...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    What LEED-EB Is And Why To Use It

    Facility managers are increasingly being exposed to phrases like "High performance building operations" and "Green building operations". Those who explore further are likely to encounter "LEED" and "LEED-EB" as well. What are these terms all about, and why are they worthy of attention from building operators? LEED stands for "Leadership...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Energy Audits Finding The Best Ways To Save Energy and Money In Your Building

    If you're serious about saving as much energy cost as possible with the quickest payback time and least hassle, take the time to plan your energy projects right. Perform a good energy audit, and assess its results carefully based on the needs of your facility, whether based on annual savings,...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Efficient Plumbing Fixtures - Saving Water At A Profit

    With energy prices in the headlines lately, it's all too easy to lose sight of a completely separate way for facilities managers to conserve resources and money: more efficient plumbing fixtures. For a long time potable water was considered almost too cheap to meter, or at least too cheap to...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Greening Your Refrigerants - Saving The Ozone Layer And Saving Money

    Changes in building equipment refrigerant have already happened because of environmental concerns, and more are coming. It's really not a question of whether facilities managers will upgrade their HVAC equipment, but when and in what way. Fully evaluating the benefits of using new refrigerant technology before it's absolutely required can...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Are Your Air Filters Up-To-Date?

    Panel filters were originally developed in the 1930s, and were primarily designed to protect HVAC system equipment rather than building occupants. However, with tighter building shells and more potential sources of indoor pollutants, filtration technology from the 1930s is no longer adequate for today's needs. By replacing panel filters with...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Starting And Managing Your LEED-EB Project

    This paper provides general approach for exploring LEED for Existing Buildings certification for your facility and for managing the process of preparing your building for certification. Attention to detail is a must, and taking a whole-building view throughout the process will help you find synergistic effects among your various greening...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    How The Mercury Issue Affects Lighting Choices

    The LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Rating System is fundamentally different from LEED applications for new construction or commercial interiors. LEED for existing buildings is focused on the operation and maintenance of buildings that in some cases were constructed more than 100 years ago. Various existing structures built in the...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Lighting And Energy Efficiency For LEED-EB

    LEED puts a significant effort into energy efficiency. Its point total will often be the deciding factor in the level of achievement. With a possible ten points at stake, it is one of the most lucrative areas for harvesting points. Lighting efficiency plays a major role in this quest. The...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Landscape Architects Add Ecology And Economy To Projects

    Landscape architects are a valuable professional to have on any development or building project seeking LEED certification. In fact, up to 18 LEED points are centered around the landscape. Most people immediately think of heat island reduction and water efficient landscaping, but those areas are a small part of a...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Green Building And Indoor Air Quality

    The topic of green building has expanded outside the environmental community and has become a hot issue among mainstream building industry professionals. One of the most common discussions continues to be in regards to the costs and benefits associated with green building. Critics charge that the costs of green building...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Understanding Water-Chiller Efficiency Ratings Evaluating Capital Cost And Energy Efficiency

    A clear understanding of two measures of chiller efficiency - the design-efficiency rating and the Non-standard Part Load Value (NPLV) rating - can help organizations obtain the best capital cost and energy efficiency when acquiring new chillers. It also may help facility managers understand why they may not be getting...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    LEED For Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

    The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has something for everyone - from facility managers to operations contractors. An often-overlooked detail in the green building discussion is the enormous size of the existing building market - some 80 times larger than the new construction market. Most...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Commercial Green Buildings - A Cost /Value Approach

    The topic of building commercial land development projects 'Green' can be found in almost any trade journal, magazine, construction website or internet discussion group forum today. Most commercial developers realize that building green commercial buildings is not just a trend, but rather a very real part of the future. Many...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Roofing: Thinking Green

    By now, we've all heard about green roofs. Sustainability is a growing concern and roofs can potentially make buildings more environmentally friendly. Although numerous types of roof systems advertise environmental benefits, not all can be considered sustainable or green. Evaluating various roof options in terms of sustainability first requires consideration...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    LEED-EB Project Management: Implementing Operation Changes And Upgrades

    LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) is a new benchmark from the USGBC for sustainable actions in existing buildings. Once your organization is committed to LEED-EB Certification, you need to develop a strategy for implementing changes to your facility and operation procedures. Although there is not a prescribed method for managing...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Making The Most Of An Increasingly Scarce Resource - Outdoor Water

    According to the U.S. Geological Survey, of the 26 billion gallons of water consumed daily in the United States, roughly 9.6 billion gallons, or 37 percent, are due to commercial consumption. Estimates of outdoor water use typically fall in the 30 percent range. With commercial water consumption on the rise...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    Benchmarking - A First Step Toward Optimizing Your Building's Energy Use

    Often referred to as benchmarking, assessing the energy performance of your building is an effective tool for facility managers and is an excellent first step toward optimizing energy use. Typically, annual energy intensity - annual energy consumption per square foot - is used to assess energy performance. This simple "Normalization"...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    "ECO-Gardens": Improving Indoor Environmental Quality With Interior Plants

    As building and material technologies advance for greater energy efficiency, residential, office and commercial buildings are designed and built to allow little unwanted ventilation. As a result, indoor air pollutants are unable to escape and are typically 5-10% more concentrated. Moreover, insufficient ventilation can often lead to 'Sick building syndrome'...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    LEED For Existing Buildings: The Economics of Green

    As more organizations adopt green building practices, speculations about the positive financial impact of going green are becoming increasingly substantiated. The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) family of LEED Rating Systems recognizes building practices that are environmentally responsible, healthy for building occupants, as well as profitable. The new LEED for...

    Provided By FMLink Group

  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    HVAC Systems And LEED-EB

    The LEED-EB Rating System includes a large number of points related to HVAC systems. When HVAC equipment needs upgrading in your facility, LEED-EB standards can help guide your decisions in purchasing and operating new equipment that is efficient and environmentally friendly. The costs associated with conventional energy production and consumption...

    Provided By FMLink Group