Energy

Jun
21
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Four Steps to Getting Started on Your Smart Building Approach

One of the challenges in developing a ‘smart building’ is that most owners have a different idea of what a smart building really is. One common thread in many smart building projects is that the building typically harvests information and utilizes this data to make decisions on how the building systems are operating and interacting. 

Apr
27
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Part 2: ILPD at UHS Henderson Hospital

The UHS Henderson project is a  142 bed medical facility that spans more than 250,000 square feet. The hospital is built for future expansions and features  four operating rooms, with two shelled OR rooms for future expansion, women’s center, including  labor, delivery, recovery,  post-partum, C-Section, and NICU, cath lab, GI bronchial, and radiology services with a target value design of $170 million.

Feb
03
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Capturing VirginiaSAVES Dollars for Capital Maintenance Needs

On September 2, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a $20 million program to improve energy efficiency in Virginia. The VirginiaSAVES program is designed to reduce the cost of qualified energy efficiency projects through repurposing of unused Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds assigned to the commonwealth in 2009.

Apr
30
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Green Globes Versus LEED

As a principal engineer for Southland, I am responsible for the design and modeling of energy efficient buildings. Working on LEED certified projects across the country for Southland, I have been exposed to a variety of facilities with different energy goals over the years and have been invited to speak at many national industry events regarding the design and modeling of energy efficient building systems. 

Jul
31
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The New Rating System: LEED v4

Over the past few years, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has worked to improve the requirements and procedures associated with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, more commonly known as LEED. This next version of the program has been dubbed LEED v4. As the next evolution to the popular LEED rating system, LEED v4 involves several significant changes and updates when compared to the previous LEED 2009 rating system.

Jun
26
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Adopting ASHRAE 90.1-2010 for Better Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy projects that by the end of 2015, 23 states (many of which are concentrated on the East and West Coast) will adopt the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) in which ASHRAE 90.1-2010 is heavily referenced.  As published in the Federal Register last year, ASHRAE 90.1-2010 will also apply to all federal buildings beginning on July 9, 2014.

Mar
10
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Maximizing Prop 39 Funding for Community Colleges in California

Within the state of California, many community college districts are currently taking advantage of Prop 39 funding by developing first year projects.