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  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside the building. It includes air quality, but also access to da...

  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • What is Sustainability

    Sustainability is best thought of as a process, rather than an end state. Sustainability means to create and maintain conditions that balance the ec...
  • Materials & Resources

    In the construction and day-to-day operations of buildings, many materials and resources are used and a great deal of waste is generated. The m...

ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke) Control

ETS is another term for secondhand smoke. It consists of cancer-causing airborne particles emitted from the burning end of cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, and is exhaled by smokers. Good indoor air quality is assured by not allowing ETS to enter the air breathed by non-smokers. This is often achieved by banning smoking within the facility and within a certain distance from openings in the building envelope (often 20-25 feet). Buildings can also install separate HVAC systems to isolate areas within a facility where smoking is allowed.

Whole Building Systems

Materials

  • Lighting Control Software

    Lighting can be controlled using comprehensive software that offers some of the following tools. Load shedding controls will turn off nonessential...
  • Manual Control

    Most plug-loads can be manually powered down with built-in power buttons, shutdown procedures, or a control device that energizes and de-energizes e...
  • Schedule Timer Control Device

    Certain plug-loads have predictable load profiles. These devices are used during the same times each day or at regular intervals. A scheduling-contr...