Here in North America, energy use represents approximately 30% of operating costs for commercial buildings, and HVAC comprises 30-80% of that energy cost. It’s not rocket science to recognize that implementing simple, energy efficient measures can dramatically reduce consumption; accordingly, business owners and commercial property managers are actively seeking ways to leverage these efficiencies without the costs and complications associated with complex burden of major structural improvements. Continue reading
In today’s over-saturated real estate market, sellers looking for ways to distinguish their properties are touting environmentally friendly and energy-saving features. A recent article from Bloomberg described the measures green builders are taking to attempt to capture this market advantage. While home sales remain flat or in decline, the ability to claim certification from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, the National Association of Home Builders, or the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program adds some credibility to green status and translates to increased marketability….or does it?