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How To Make Buildings Sustainable

Written by Ryan Noble

May 11, 2017 at 10:41 AM

Sustainability is the topic of the century for professionals of the built environment. The big question is, how are we going to sustain our way of living when we increasingly consume, pollute, and destroy natural resources? As a Facility Manager, you can take an active role in the effort to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources. You might have heard the term "Net Zero Energy Buildings" or NZEB's. This term means that a building uses as much energy from the grid as it produces onsite through renewables. A net zero energy building is the golden ticket to sustainability. Here are the ways to get there.

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Topics: Increase Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability

How to Detect Air Leaks In Your Facility

Written by Ryan Noble

November 23, 2016 at 12:56 PM

It's that time of year again, at least for us up north. An easy way to minimize heating costs during the winter season is to conduct an air leak audit on your facilities. As much as 40% savings (https://www.airbarrier.org) can be seen by sealing up those elusive leaks. The question is how do you go about locating them? Well, there are a few different methods that will allow you to visualize the air currents from leaks. Air pressure manipulation, Infrared technology, smoke, and using your hands to feel around the facility envelope are all methods being used today for leak detection.

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Topics: Tips n' Tricks, HVAC, Energy Efficiency