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Got RECs?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

We do! Or, more precisely we did until we sold them this week. Back in 2010 Spiezle installed a roof full of little crystalline generators (AKA solar panels) that work all day to generate electricity with renewable energy attributes. These attributes take the form of Renewable Energy Credits (RECS, get it?). In our case they are SRECs. Continue Reading

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Getting Personal about Climate Change

Posted by: Scott Downie

Planning for the future is hard work. Let’s face it, the demands of today can make even the day after today a challenge but we plow through. We persevere because as humans we possess a fierce natural drive, an innate need to create our future, not just experience it. We are not lemmings. On the whole, we are creative, driven and inspired to make things happen. Or so I like to think. Continue Reading

Let there be (the right) light

Posted by: Paul Gibeault

What type of lighting is ‘right’ for a senior living space? Answering that question involves understanding many variables affecting the quality of light including but not limited to brightness, contrast, glare and color temperature. Keeping up with technology advancements and building code changes adds yet another layer of complexity. Overlay these variables with the continual desire to recreate home-like environments for senior living while also delivering regulated health care services at times and you have a complex and nuanced formula to calculate in trying to answer the question. Continue Reading

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Dangers in the Darkness

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Severe Weather Can Disrupt Your Operations. Will You Be Ready? 715,000 customers lost power this winter in the Philadelphia region, caused by the latest in a string of severe weather events that have disrupted service. Prolonged power outages are more than an annoyance, they can be life threatening. Continue Reading

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Constructing Schools that Inspire

Posted by: Scott Downie

Learning is a lifelong pursuit that can happen anywhere and anytime. We interact with our environments and the people around us and in return, those environments have the potential to inspire us to think and explore. Our schools serve as environments focused on learning. Continue Reading