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New Service Offering – WET

New Service Offering - WET Most of our clients know Healthy Buildings as their ‘go-to’ firm for Indoor Air Quality, Energy, and Sustainability services. We have added another area of technical expertise: Water Efficiency. Water is a precious resource that is often, unknowingly, wasted in office buildings.  Thirty Six states are anticipating local, regional, and

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:10+00:00 May 1st, 2013|Blog, Commercial Real Estate, Sustainability|2 Comments

Handling E-Waste: Battery Recycling Programs

Americans buy nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power cell phones, radios, toys, remotes, watches, laptops, and portable power tools. Batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals and the dumping of batteries has raised concern over the risks of soil contamination and water pollution. The battery of the future will have

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:10+00:00 April 17th, 2013|Blog, Environmental Quality, Sustainability|2 Comments

The British (thermal units) are Coming!

In fact, they are already here and being used widely in Energy Star Portfolio Manager and by cities requiring energy reporting. I’ve recently had many conversations with colleagues and clients about Btus. Btu = British thermal unit, and is the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. But

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:11+00:00 March 6th, 2013|Blog, Commercial Real Estate|1 Comment

Energy Benchmarking in Washington, DC

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Finally, cities across the nation are realizing the importance of this message and are mandating building energy tracking and benchmarking. Washington, DC has been on board now for a few years by requiring District building owners and operators to benchmark and report both private and public building energy

By | 2016-11-07T18:31:30+00:00 February 6th, 2013|Blog, Commercial Real Estate, Sustainability|1 Comment

To B or not to “B Corp”

A large component to sustainability is supported by profits. If it doesn't make money, then it probably doesn't make sense. The balance of profit, people, and the planet poses interesting conversations, collaborative efforts, and intuitive innovations within the corporate community - especially the green building industry. What supports each of the three pillars to sustainability

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:18+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Blog, Sustainability|1 Comment

Presidential Opinion: Prop 13

From Orange County Register, in response to Getting around Prop 13 Editorial: TUSTIN, Simon Turner, director, government affairs, Building Managers and Owners Association Orange County: The editorial “Getting around Prop. 13” [Jan. 7] aptly describes the creative legislative measures our rulers are devising to ratchet up taxes on Californians while they have the opportunity. In polls, taxes that appear

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:18+00:00 January 16th, 2013|Blog, Commercial Real Estate|Comments Off on Presidential Opinion: Prop 13

Is Your Building Exposed to Asbestos Liability?

Most property owners and managers are not aware of the current regulatory standards regarding asbestos in their buildings. Even in newer buildings these standards create substantial liability and can have large impacts on building renovation project deadlines and costs. Building owners are required to identify asbestos in buildings constructed prior to 1981 under federal law.

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:18+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Blog, Commercial Real Estate, Environmental Quality|Comments Off on Is Your Building Exposed to Asbestos Liability?

A Sustainable Move

Anyone who has ever moved knows well that it is less than enjoyable. The wrapping, packing, tapping, and hauling; it’s a daunting process and one where you can’t help but feel wasteful. I’m currently in the process of moving from my apartment in Brooklyn, NY to a studio in Washington, DC. I want to make

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:18+00:00 December 5th, 2012|Blog, Sustainability|Comments Off on A Sustainable Move

ENERGY DISCLOSURE – A Growing Trend

Over the past several years, energy disclosure has been spreading across the country as private sector commercial property listings are enhanced, green building certifications gain popularity, and government mandates are implemented. Healthy Buildings’ Energy Team consistently helps owners and managers quantify and understand energy consumption while complying with the newest government mandates. Washington D.C. In

By | 2017-08-08T18:36:18+00:00 March 14th, 2012|News & Announcements|Comments Off on ENERGY DISCLOSURE – A Growing Trend
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