Palm Beach State College has gone green, really green. The new technical education center at Glades campus is their first building constructed entirely to the Gold LEED standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. The two story, 33,982 square foot building includes classroom areas for automotive learning, criminal justice corrections, construction trades specialists, and cosmetology. Advanced Control Corporation is proud to be a partner with Palm Beach State College and green building in South Florida. Continue reading “Building Automation Design” »
Green practices, including energy management, are becoming a growing trend among many companies today, according to the fifth annual “Energy Efficiency Indicator: Global Results” survey. They have shown increased interest in energy efficiency, which is most likely due to increased incentives for adopting these more efficient practices, as well as a desire to improve the company’s public image. Continue reading “Companies Stepping Up Energy Efficiency Measures” »
As of this week, the U.S. Green Building Council has certified one billion square feet of commercial building area. In a tough economy, green building is remarkable strong, particularly in the commercial sector. A third of all new non-residential construction is green, representing a $54 billion market opportunity. The U.S. green building market is up 50% from two years ago, and is expected to reach $135 billion by 2015, according to McGraw-Hill.
As of September 2010, green building initiatives were present in 33 states and are rapidly growing at an impressive pace. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has registered another six billion square feet of projects. “This traction demonstrates the transformation of the way we design, build and operate buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, “Not only does green building contribute to saving energy, water and money, it also creates green jobs that will grow and energize our economy.”
Since the LEED rating system was introduced in 2000, more than 36,000 commercial projects have registered for certification. Advanced Control Corporation in South Florida is one company that has helped thousands of buildings to reduce their carbon footprint. Advanced Control is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and continues to demonstrate leadership in protecting our environment through energy conservation. Founded in 1987, Advanced Control Corporation has set a standard for designing, installing and servicing innovative building automation and cost-effective energy management systems to commercial buildings throughout Florida.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program is constantly evolving, and a desirable LEED certification doesn’t necessarily mean a structure and its operations is the same green project the LEED organization endorses.
LEED-Certified buildings are expected not only to gain certification for their building automation projects, but to continue maintaining their low environmental impact once the building is occupied and used for its intended purposes.
The U.S. Green Building Council sponsors the LEED certification, but realized a significant number of buildings certified by LEED for Earth-friendly design and construction have turned out to have a higher carbon footprint than intended once they’re up and running.
As a result, USGBC is launching an initiative to ensure the LEED certified buildings are performing up to the expectations and regulations of LEED standards. Ongoing LEED building energy performance audits will be performed, and standards will be adjusted while the program assists LEED-certified structures to stay within limits.
Interest in how a building automation system performs once it’s functioning instead of a focus on how it is expected to perform based on construction and design is an important investment. Results from a 2008 study funded by Green Building Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection agency and performed by New Buildings Institute found that a quarter of LEED buildings surveyed were consuming more energy than similar non-LEED-certified buildings.
A sharper focus on optimizing energy performance and keeping an eye on building performance came about for the Green Building Council when it announced in June that it would require regular submissions of energy and water consumption information from building management representatives of LEED certified structures.
To help the initiative, GBC is providing complimentary analytical services of the information they receive from building managers to help building owners increase the building energy optimization.
Advanced Control Corporation offers an array of environmentally sound solutions for building automation, energy management, access control and CCTV Solutions. Our experience and continuing work in building automation solutions and security automation solutions give us the skill set necessary to produce optimal results every time for our clientele.
President Obama intends to get the White House to become certified LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. The effort includes energy and water systems as well as waste disposal and management. The White House representatives find it vital to take toxicity and life-cycle into consideration when making purchases for facilities.
The Council on Environmental Quality plans to reduce the White House’s carbon footprint by utilizing building automation solutions and cost-effective building energy management systems. One example of building automation includes the use of electronic sensors toturn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and will also shut off low-flow water valves when not in use.
The only paints and cleaning supplies that will be used by White House engineers and groundskeepers will be low or no volatile organic compounds. Biodegradable cleaners and recycled equipment will be utilized rather than harsh chemicals and new equipment.
For further energy management, windows will be tinted to lower UV rays, which in turn saves energy on air conditioning. Local reuse organizations will receive donations of any leftover materials and supplies from the White House renovations and demolitions.
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