Green Roofs Add Color to Cities Nationwide

By Jacqueline Tortorello
In urban areas, green space can be hard to find. That’s why designers are creating green roofs on top of commercial buildings. These living roofs have been used on top of hospitals, schools, restaurants and office spaces to add beauty while reducing energy-related costs.

Forward-thinking Strategies to Increase Energy Efficiency in Facilities

By Michael Byrd
According to the Department of Energy, every year much of the energy the U.S. consumes is wasted through transmission, heat loss and inefficient technology, costing American families and businesses money, and leading to increased carbon pollution. So the question remains, what can facility managers do to reduce their own building’s energy consumption and utility expenses?

Health & Wellness Tool Tracks Building Efficiency and Operations

By Colin Rohlfing
Data capture technology has had a major impact on many industries in the past few years, and it is starting to shift the way we design and operate buildings. These shifts have some apparent benefits for improved energy performance, occupant health and overall building operational efficiencies. However, privacy concerns loom like a shadowy Internet cloud over the terabytes of useful data that can be collected and analyzed from these buildings and their occupants. The question then becomes: How can we gather and analyze this data without compromising the privacy of those we are trying to help?

Marin General Hospital Starts Construction on New Wing

A hospital replacement project began at Marin General Hospital on July 28. The $535 million revamp will be complete in 2020 and will meet LEED Silver standards. State law requires that Marin General make its facilities earthquake safe by 2030. Currently, the facilities are outdated as the west wing was finished in 1989, the east wing was finished in 1961 and the central wing was built in 1952.

Starting Small with Energy Projects Yields Big Results

By Jeff Light
Improving energy efficiency in your building doesn’t require a huge investment. Even small building energy management projects can yield big results. This idea can be especially helpful for facilities that face shifting expectations and challenges, like the health care industry. Ever-changing regulations, budget constraints and competition for capital are key considerations for health care institutions. As a result, there is increasing pressure to make sure sustainable facility investments are made.

Energy Storage: The Facility Manager’s Newest Tool

By Janice Lin
Energy storage, often called the “holy grail” of energy, is regularly touted as a solution to fixing the aging power grid; a critical tool in increasing the spread of renewable energy; and a bridge between the needs of utilities and their customers.

C.W. Driver Completes Net-Zero Construction of Alpine Library

C.W. Driver Companies, based in Pasadena, Calif., has completed construction on one of San Diego County’s first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings, the Alpine Library in Alpine. C.W. Driver, San Diego-based Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects, and architect Manuel Oncina designed the building.

USGBC Releases New Report for Industrial Facilities

The USGBC has released a new report, LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities. The full report includes examples of how and why industrial facilities can and should use LEED. In 2012, USGBC began collaborating with the manufacturing sector with the launch the LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities.

2016 Architizer A+Awards Winners Named

The Architizer A+Awards, based in New York, is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. The awards, now in its fourth year, have announced the 2016 winners and included categories ranging from offices, hotels and resorts, higher education and research facilities, libraries, products and more. A full list of the winners can be found here.

Three Maui Resorts Prioritize Sustainable Practices

When a state relies on tourism as its main source of revenue, it can be difficult to prioritize environmental sustainability over the comfort of guests, but Maui resorts are finding a balance in going green. Three standout resorts are reducing water waste, using and recycling local products, and focusing on alternative energy.