Building Smoke Evacuation Systems

building-smoke-evacuation-systemsIf a fire broke out in your building, would your tenants be in grave danger? Many commercial building owners believe the fire alarm and sprinkler systems installed in their facilities will be sufficient to protect their property and tenants from harm in the event of a fire. While these safety precautions will help evacuate a facility and mitigate structure damage from heat and flames, they provide no protection from the deadliest hazard of building fires: the smoke produced by the flames. The inhalation of fire smoke, which contains deadly carbon monoxide and other toxic gases, is responsible for the majority of fire-related fatalities. A building smoke evacuation system, which seamlessly integrates with your building automation system to channel smoke from affected areas in your facility, will provide effective smoke control and ensure the well being of your building’s occupants. Continue reading “Building Smoke Evacuation Systems” »

Green Buildings and ENERGY STAR

green-building-and-energy-starMany businesses today claim their buildings are “green,” but are these facilities truly green? Over the past few years, interest in green construction has grown to the point that it is now one of the dominant trends in the building industry. While many new buildings today are designed and built to be green, they are not all energy efficient. A building cannot be considered truly green unless it is energy efficient, however, since the energy used by buildings comes primarily from the burning of fossil fuels, which releases greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the environment and contribute to climate change. Energy Star identifies energy-efficient buildings, using proven methods to ensure that buildings are designed to maximize energy efficiency and verifying that the building systems are actually performing as intended. Continue reading “Green Buildings and ENERGY STAR” »

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Buildings

energy-efficiency-and-sustainability-in-buildingsAre you looking for ways to improve the sustainability of your building? Sustainability has become the goal of many building owners, prompted by growing environmental and financial concerns to make their facilities more resource-efficient. Improving the energy efficiency of your building is the first step in achieving sustainability, as the decreased energy usage helps to reduce environmental impact and preserve valuable resources. In addition to combating rising operational costs, an improvement in building sustainability creates a more beneficial working environment, increasing the value of commercial buildings in today’s competitive market. Advanced Control Corporation can create an energy management solution for your building that will improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of your facility for years to come. Continue reading “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Buildings” »

Sustainable Design Trends

sustainable-design-trendsIn recent years, growing awareness of the need to preserve non-renewable natural resources and reduce negative impacts on the environment have shifted the focus of building designers, causing them to create more sustainable, environmentally friendly designs. The main goals of sustainable building design are to reduce the depletion of critical resources, such as water, energy, and raw materials; prevent the environmental damage caused by facilities throughout their life cycle; and to create built environments that are comfortable, safe, and healthy. Current sustainable design trends include an increased focus on energy efficiency, the development of zero net energy buildings, the use of naturally sourced, sustainable building supplies, and the retrofitting and greening of existing buildings as opposed to building new facilities. Continue reading “Sustainable Design Trends” »

Energy Management Systems

intelligent-building-solutionsAre the energy bills for your commercial building 30% higher than they should be? If your building lacks an energy management system, the answer is yes! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that almost a third of the energy used by commercial buildings is wasted, primarily by the unnecessary heating, cooling, and lighting of unoccupied areas. Since commercial buildings account for nearly 20% of all the energy this country consumes, that means a tremendous amount of energy – and money – is being needlessly wasted. Fortunately, there is a simple, cost-effective solution. Installing an energy management system that monitors, controls, and adjusts energy usage according to occupancy can lower your energy costs to a more reasonable level by significantly reducing the amount of energy your building uses. Continue reading “Energy Management Systems” »

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