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01/26/2012

Green and Sustainable Trends | 2012

 
Green and Sustainable Trends | 2012

As facility managers and building owners plunge into the New Year, green and sustainable trends can be analyzed to help lay out an effective plan for 2012.  Even if you’re not planning sustainable redesigns or developments for your properties this year, it can be valuable to keep up with the green world.  Stephen Ashkin, CEO of Sustainable Dashboard Tools, LLC, and President of The Ashkin Group, brings his top ten green and sustainable trends to the table:

1.      It’s the economy.  The economy will continue to be the focus, but many organizations will slowly start hiring and expanding.  While conditions won’t return to pre-recession levels, it will be a good year for jansan companies.

2.       LEED shakes up the market.  The new LEED revisions will be introduced in early 2012 and the improvements will accelerate its adoption.  As facilities seek help understanding the changes, many jansan companies will find this as a competitive opportunity and grow customers.

3.       Energy is king.  The cost of energy will increase in 2012.  Jansan distributors and service providers will develop strategies to help facilities reduce energy consumption.

4.       Water conservation.  Water will emerge as a critical issue that we must address and take seriously.

5.       Green as a given.  Facility managers/cleaning professionals will select green cleaning products first and conventional cleaning products only if green ones are not available.

6.      Measuring sustainability.  As facilities and businesses increasingly operate in a more sustainable manner, they will turn to “dashboard” systems to help measure, manage, and report progress.

7.      Proof of sustainability. Purchasing departments requiring vendors to document how they address sustainability issues within their own businesses will become more commonplace.

8.      Ingredient disclosure.  Chemical manufacturers will provide more information on the ingredients used to manufacture their products as more purchasers and consumers demand this information.

9.      Collaboration. Instead of doing it alone more jansan distributors and service providers will collaborate, creating solutions for environmental issues that will eventually help the entire industry.

10.      Showing how.  More facilities and businesses will establish Green and sustainability policies, but will have trouble putting them into practice. Jansan distributors and service providers will play a key role in showing them how.

 

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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

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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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