Growth Expected For Smart Building Measures

Despite the gains facility executives have seen from implementing smart building measures, less than half say that their organizations have developed an overall smart building strategy. (See Figure 5.) By comparison, most organizations have overall strategies in place for energy efficiency and sustainability. Figure 5. Does your organization have an overall: R=826 Smart building strategy (R=878): 45% Energy efficiency strategy …

Experience Shows Value Of Smart Building Measures, But Obstacles Remain

Facility executives say that money often is the biggest obstacle to smart building strategies. Tom Walsh, chief engineer for Transwestern Commercial Services, stresses this includes not just first cost, but also return on investment (ROI). “We prefer ROIs in two to three years,” Walsh explains. He also looks for energy improvements that will increase the value of the building. The …

U.S. Green Building Council sponsors ‘Battle of the Buildings’ in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan is sponsoring its first “Battle of the Buildings,” a competition aimed at reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. The year-long contest will track energy use and encourage energy-efficient practices across the region in a spirit of friendly competition, according to its sponsors. More than 1 million square feet …