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Green Buildings Marketplace
40% of U.S. architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and building consultants report that the majority of building work was green in 2012. It is expected that 53% of these U.S. firms will be engaged in mostly green building work by 2015. 44% of all nonresidential building project starts were green in 2012 as well, up from 2% in 2005. Green buildings hold strong appeal for both commercial and institutional (including government) owners.
Source: McGraw Hill Construction (2013). 2013 World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report.Continue reading: Green Buildings Marketplace
People in the U.S. spend about 90% of their time indoors.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (1987). The Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study.Continue reading: Time Indoors
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Buildings' Water Use
Indoor Air Quality
IEQ and Asthma
Indoor contaminants such as dust mites, molds, cockroaches, pet dander, secondhand smoke and some chemicals can trigger asthma attacks. One in 11 children and one in 12 adults suffer from asthma.Improve IEQ with SFTool Continue reading: IEQ and Asthma
Between 1950 and 2000, the U.S. population nearly doubled. However, in that same period, public demand for water more than tripled. Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day—enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses. Source: EPA WaterSenseReduce water use with SFTool Continue reading: Water Consumption
U.S. Waste and Recycling
The U.S. generated approximately 251 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2012. Almost 87 million tons were recycled and composted, which represents a 34.5% recycling rate. Solid waste generated per capita is the lowest since the 1980s. This is a 3 percent increase in the tons recycled.Reduce facility waste with SFTool Continue reading: U.S. Waste and Recycling
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Building Plug Loads
Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs)
Buildings' Energy Use
When You Pass FEDSAT, You Also Earn One Hour of Continuing Education
You can get one free hour’s worth of continuing education / professional development by passing the Federal Facilities Skills Assessment Tool (FEDSAT)!Take the Assessment Continue reading: When You Pass FEDSAT, You Also Earn One Hour of Continuing Education
LED Price Drop
LED prices have dropped rapidly in recent years. They are now more lifecycle cost effective than fluorescents in every lighting application.
Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Sept 2017, SSL 2017 Suggested Research Topics Supplement, Technology and Market ContextLearn more about lighting on SFTool Continue reading: LED Price Drop
Comfortable workers are more likely to be productive and engaged with their work than those who struggle to work in spaces that create barriers and stresses. With an ever increasing number of environmental issues to be mindful of when designing spaces, GSA is developing practices that support both sustainability and worker comfort.
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