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Water Efficiency Makes a Difference

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Water efficiency has been a focus category in LEED since its introduction in 2000. More specifically, LEED has advocated for reduction in potable water use in the operation of buildings and the maintenance of building landscape. With the introduction of LEED V4 the rating system has increased its emphasis on indoor water use efficiency. Continue Reading

Is the USGBC Heading Down the Wrong Road?

Posted by: Frank Sherman

In what may prove to be a public relations nightmare for the Council, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced four days after the close of its annual Greenbuild Conference that it has extended the date for registering projects under the older LEED 2009 rating system until October 31st 2016. Continue Reading

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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

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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