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  • 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...

  • Life Cycle Approach

    Materials and resources all have environmental, social and economic impacts beyond just their "use" phase in a project. Analyzing these environmenta...
  • Overview

    Individual sustainability projects should support strategic long-term goals. Here you can explore practical approaches to strategic long-term planni...
  • Occupant Comfort

    Comfortable workers are more likely to be productive and engaged with their work than those who struggle to work in spaces that create barr...

  • Net Zero Energy

    Net Zero Energy means that a building balances its energy needs with energy produced from renewable, zero-emission sources.  While Net Zero Ene...
  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...
  • Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

    EO 13834 was issued on May 17, 2018.

Source Reduction

Source reduction reduces the volume or toxicity of waste generated. Source reduction occurs before materials have been identified as “waste”. For example, building management can designate reuse centers for office supplies and other reusable goods. Another example of source reduction is implementing a paper reduction campaign through double sided and electronic printing.

Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Case9

    Finding: 5.4% reduction in water consumption and 70 billion reduction in Btu, equaling $2.7 million in savings.Scope: DoD Exchange Facilities &ndash...

  • Lighting - Finding: One lighting upgrade led to a 6% increase in worker output and a reduction in sorting errors

    Finding: One lighting upgrade at a postal sorting facility in Reno, Nevada led to a 6% increase in worker output and a reduction in sorting errors.S...

  • HVAC - Case Studies

    Finding: A 30 percent reduction in energy consumption can lower operating costs by $25,000 per year for every 50,000 square feet of office space.Sou...

  • Water - Case11

    Finding: 18% reduction in total potable water consumption, resulting in $160,000 savings annually.Scope: Sandia National Laboratories – BMP 13...

  • Water - Case12

    Finding: 16% reduction in water use, or $35,000 through use of an air handler condensate recovery system.Scope: EPA Science and Ecosystem Support D...

  • Water - Water and Energy Consumption

    Water and energy go hand-in-hand in a relationship often referred to as the "water-energy nexus." Financial cost savings are achieved through not on...

  • Lighting - DYK 2

    An upgrade that results in a 35% increase in lighting efficiency could save over $0.18/sf/yr.Courtesy: E Source; data from Right Light Consortium ...

  • Water - LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors (v4)

    LEED for Interior Design & Construction (ID+C): Commercial Interiors employs a number of sustainable water system best practices in its certific...

  • IEQ - DYK2

    The estimated benefits of a 30% reduction of dampness and mold in offices include 1.5 million days of avoided absence per year, worth $0.5 billion...

  • Planted Roof - Energy Use Reduction

    Planted roofs reduce building energy use by cooling roofs and providing shading, thermal mass and insulation. Building-Level Energy Reduction The ...

  • Planted Roof - Roof Duarability

    Reduced temperature fluctuations reduce thermal stress.  Benefits of a planted roof are realized through the extended life of the roof membrane...

  • Planted Roof - Ocean Acidification and Sea Level Rise

    If all of the ice located at the poles were to melt today, global sea levels would rise by 220 feet. Although this is unlikely to occur soon, scient...

  • IEQ - Owner

    The owner wants to maximize the project’s return on investment as well as the overall building’s market value. As a result, the building...

  • Submetering - Human Behavior on System

    People’s behavior is a critical factor in a building’s energy use and can often account for significant changes in the amount of energy ...

  • Lighting - Energy Use

    By consuming 17% of the building’s total electricity consumption and further influencing overall energy demand by the waste heat it emits, lig...

  • Solid Waste - Financial

    When employing waste reduction strategies, financial benefits can be realized from several sources including recycling due to behavioral change and ...

  • HVAC - System Overview

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are responsible for providing thermal comfort and fresh air to building occupants. This is...

  • Solid Waste - System Overview

    Cost Savings The national average landfill tipping fee was $45 per ton in 2012. Diverting waste from landfills can lower total waste disposal cos...

  • Solid Waste - Resources

    By instituting an effective building recycling program, recyclable material replaces virgin material through multiple product lives. Recycling avoid...

  • Submetering - O&M

    One of the best ways to save energy is to measure and manage it. There are two basic methods for managing resource use: through improved resou...

Materials

  • Electronic Waste

    Small electronics and batteries should be collected and diverted from the waste stream because of their high concentrations of acids and heavy metal...
  • Compost

    Composting is the collection of organic food waste that can be used for fertilizer or soil enrichment once the food items biodegrade. Many types of...
  • Oven and Grill Cleaners

    Over cleaners often use strong chemicals to break down accumulated grease and food residue. These cleansers can contribute to po...
  • Dish Washing Products

    Soaps and other cleansing agents are required for washing and sanitizing food service items. Select products that are plant-base...
  • Systems Furniture

    Systems furniture is frequently used in open office areas because of its flexibility in being reconfigured and rearranged. It is generally comprised...
  • Task Seating

    Task seating is exceptionally important in open offices because of the amount of time employees spend here. It should hold a third party certificati...
  • Occupancy-Control Device

    Occupancy control can save a great deal of energy as it energizes outlets only when users are present and de-energizes them when the space is vacan...