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Resilience in the Spotlight

Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 03:29 / by Jim Newman posted in energy efficiency, Sustainable Design, resiliency

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With the increasing number of catastrophic weather events over the past few years, the concept of Resilience should be top-of-mind for anyone involved in the building industry.

First it was rebuilding. Now it’s resilience. We need to be thinking about, and acting upon, what we can do now to prevent having to start over from scratch after the next 100-year flood that happens only a few years after the last one.

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Three Ways to Make Strategic Energy Management Successful

Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 02:12 / by Jim Newman posted in energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Building Energy, BEMIS, Energy Star, energy conservation, Energy

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There’s a new phrase gaining popularity in the energy efficiency and cost saving arena. It’s really a new name for something we’ve been advocating for all along.

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What Does Green Actually Mean to HVAC?

Thu, Apr 11, 2019 @ 01:08 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Green, Energy Savings, High Performance Buildings, Energy

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Why are green buildings better? According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), a green building can have the following impact:Savings of green building

  • 15 - 40% reduction in energy use over non-green buildings
  • 20 - 40% reduction in carbon emissions over non-green buildings
  • 30 - 50% reduction in water use

One of the best ways to achieve optimal environmental and financial results from greening your building is “Greening the HVAC.” There are basically three things to consider when looking to improve the efficiency of your building’s HVAC. 

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Best Practices for Achieving High-Performance HVAC Systems

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 02:26 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, indoor air quality, High Performance Buildings, Energy Management Strategies, energy conservation

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Jim Newman recently contributed an article highlighting keys to designing and maintaining a higher performing HVAC system for maximum profitability.

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No Matter Your Title, Everyone is in Sales

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 02:26 / by Jim Newman posted in Green Building, continuing education

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For engineers like me and the facility managers with whom we regularly interact, we don’t often think of ourselves as salespeople. But in reality, we are always selling.

We may not be selling a product or service for exchange of money profit, yet we are always “selling” something in the more nuanced sense of persuading or causing to be accepted.

What are we selling? Selling in this sense can be selling a product, selling an idea, or selling yourself.

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