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Indoor Air Quality
High-Performance 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: High-Performance Buildings Marketplace
Buildings' Energy Use
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
Buildings' Water Use
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
Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for up to 6 hours.Source: Bureau of International Recycling Continue reading: Recycling Bottles
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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
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
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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
Building Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Building Plug Loads
Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs)
Good health has both physical and psychological components. Being healthy means the absence of disease and illness, as well as feeling positive about life and work. The workplace can play a role in the health of workers by eliminating risks and creating conditions that support cognitive, emotional, and social well-being.