Demand for LEED Certified buildings continues to grow, as building owners and tenants seek to experience the financial and environmental benefits that green buildings offer. For those seeking LEED certification for their building, the first step is choosing which LEED Green Building Rating Systems’ qualifications you will be meeting. The U.S. Green Building Council, which administers LEED Certification, has designated nine separate LEED rating systems, each focusing on a different aspect of the built environment: Continue reading “LEED Green Building Rating Systems” »
Everyone seems to be discussing LEED Certification these days. You probably have some familiarity with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification and the benefits it offers: higher rental asking prices, reduced health and security risks, lower operating costs, decreased environmental impact, and the cachet of “green magic,” that sets buildings apart and makes them more desirable to tenants. What is a mystery to most people, though, is how to LEED certify a building project: how many steps are involved and what does each entail? Continue reading “How to LEED Certify a Building Project” »
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification to developer Foram Group for their building at Brickell World Plaza, making 600 Brickell the First LEED Platinum-Certified Building in South Florida. The 600,000-square-foot 40-story building sets a new international standard for sustainability and connectivity in office development. Designed by the global architecture group RTKL, the mixed-use commercial tower in the heart of Miami’s financial district was awarded LEED Platinum designation in the core and shell category, specific to new construction. Continue reading “600 Brickell First LEED Platinum-Certified Building in South Florida” »
A new industry report predicts the global building automation and controls market will grow at a double-digit compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018, ultimately reaching $49.5 billion by 2018. The report, revealing the results of market research company Markets and Markets’ exhaustive study of the entire market of building automation and controls around the world, cites several factors contributing to the industry’s burgeoning expansion. Consumer demand was found to be the major driver of the building automation controls market: demand for energy efficient buildings, more convenient devices, and enhanced security via building automation and controls. Continue reading “Building Automation & Controls Market Expected to Reach $49.5 Billion by 2018” »
A new caucus in the House is striving to make the federal government more energy efficient. Reps. Gardner and Welch head up the recently launched Bipartisan Energy Savings Performance Caucus, which will focus on “pushing for policies that reduce energy costs, cut pollution, and create jobs,” according to a joint statement from the Congressmen. The ten-member caucus will promote the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) by holding agencies accountable for meeting specific energy reduction targets.
In 2011, President Obama authorized up to $2 billion for federal agencies to use on Energy Savings Performance Contracts with the goal of cutting federal energy costs. The contracts pair a private-sector energy savings company with a federal facility; the company purchases and installs the necessary equipment, such as automated controls and updated heating, ventilation, and AC equipment. The facility reimburses the company over time, with a share of the savings resulting from the energy efficiency improvements. Energy and industry officials have said the total opportunities for these contracts could amount to around $20 billion, but few agencies have availed themselves of the funds to date. Gardner and Welch are hopeful that they will be able to build bi-partisan support for the contracts, touting them as a no-cost solution to achieving efficient energy management.
Are you performing an energy efficiency upgrade of your own? To achieve substantial energy efficiency, it is essential to employ an effective building energy management system that includes HVAC and lighting controls. Building automation technology from Advanced Control Corporation provides industry leading HVAC technology. Temperature control through the proper building automation system is an ideal way to reduce energy costs by maintaining the specified set points and insuring that each area is accurately monitored. The smart building automation software that is used by Advanced Control Corporation analyzes energy use to provide energy savings and still maintain the comfort of the inhabitants.
The lighting control Advanced Control’s building automation control systems provides increases your building’s electricity efficiency and lowers your costs. The range of control can be from a basic control system for lighting and equipment switching applications, ideal for use in facilities where time-of-day control is being managed from a time clock or centralized building management system, to a fully automatic lighting control for all of your facilities’ lighting circuits. You can incorporate these lighting control systems as part of a new construction project or retrofit them to your facilities’ existing lighting circuits.
Call today and let one of Advanced Control Corporation’s energy experts customize a building automation solution to help your company achieve greater energy efficiency. Advanced Control is a leader in energy management and building automation in South Florida, providing access control, CCTV solutions, and more since 1987. For more information, contact Advanced Control Corporation today at 954-491-6660.