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12/08/2011

10 Tips for Greening Your Building

 
Take a step back to prepare and look at the big picture for projects such as greening your building.

Environmental sustainability.  Green building.  LEED.  The facility management and building ownership landscape is filled with new ways to create energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings.  KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFSSIONAL* offers ten tips and takeaways used for their headquarters building, Building 100 in Roswell, GA to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

        1.      Form a project team – When we began working toward LEED certification for our 30-year-old, 80,000-square foot facility, the first thing we did was establish a project team. The team included a third-party consultant with expertise in standards interpretation and policy development, a project administrator, a group of facility operations subject matter experts and outside vendors. Vendors included the facility’s landscape management firm, cleaning contractor and building services contractor.

        2.      Identify goals – After assessing the current state of your building, prioritize your goals. In our case, we were pursuing LEED green building certification and knew that our overall goal was to use less energy, water and natural resources. Consider tackling objectives with easy-to-implement modifications first, to gather momentum for the overall project.

        3.      Develop a building operating plan - By reviewing the operations, monitoring and maintenance of all heating, ventilating, air conditioning equipment and lighting, improvements can be made to daily operation practices to conserve energy, reduce maintenance and increase the life of equipment.

        4.      Practice sustainable purchasing – Start by examining the whole lifecycle of products that are purchased for use in the maintenance and operation of your building, from source to disposal. Look for new ways to reduce the amount of natural resources utilized in the building and remember that focusing on the recycled content of a product alone doesn’t look at the whole picture.

        5.      Maximize water efficiency - Replace old plumbing fixtures and materials with those that meet water-efficient, high-performance plumbing standards and install irrigation systems that utilize storm water for landscape watering.

        6.      Steward the natural environment – Use minimum quantities of the least toxic pesticides available, with preferences for non-chemical methods of pest control such as using adapted plant material to provide pest resistance. Choose native and adaptive plants, trees and shrubs that require no fertilizer.

        7.      Commit to green cleaning - Create a Green Cleaning Program to address the use of chemical concentrates and sustainable cleaning products and materials. Make sure staff is trained on green cleaning practices and policies.

        8.      Conduct an audit of the consumable waste stream – Use the results to identify opportunities for increased recycling and waste diversion.

        9.      Challenge employees and tenants to meet green goals - Sustainability programs have been shown to motivate existing employees and generate greater interest from prospective tenants. Communicate your green goals to employees and tenants and encourage participation in sustainability programs throughout your organization.

        10. Measure the impact and celebrate – The results of “greening up” your building may vary depending on your goals, but we exceeded our own goals and expectations when our facility became LEED Certified under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance program. We take pride in our building and in our commitment to future generations.

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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