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Financial Model Makes LED Upgrade ‘No Brainer’
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Financial Model Makes LED Upgrade ‘No Brainer’

NATIONAL REPORT—At a time of low occupancies caused by COVID-19, spending money on upgrades other than those related to cleaning and maintenance is likely not a priority. At least one company, however, is offering a “pay as you save” program that makes investing in LED lighting upgrades very enticing. “Through our ‘pay as you save’...

Features to Look for in Eco-Friendly Commercial Design
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Features to Look for in Eco-Friendly Commercial Design

There is tremendous demand for eco-friendly design features and elements not only in residential development but also in commercial development. Image by ejaugsburg from Pixabay There are plenty of reasons for business owners to seek out green commercial spaces. In terms of overhead and operating expenses, with an eco-friendly space, there are opportunities to save...

Red Sea Project Seeks Dark Skies International Accreditation
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Red Sea Project Seeks Dark Skies International Accreditation

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives, has announced plans to become the largest certified Dark Sky Reserve in the world, and is seeking an accreditation that recognizes areas with an exceptional quality of starry nights and a commitment to protecting the nocturnal...

The Environmental Impact of Fuel Cell Candle Use
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The Environmental Impact of Fuel Cell Candle Use

NATIONAL REPORT—Humans strive to make life easy. It’s this desire to do less labor that, over our existence, has driven our imagination to invent more efficient ways of completing various tasks ranging from eating to traveling to communicating. Yet our advancement is a double-edged sword. As of recently, especially within the last 100 years, we’ve...

Waterpark Giant Great Wolf Resorts Getting Greener One Phase at a Time
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Waterpark Giant Great Wolf Resorts Getting Greener One Phase at a Time

CHICAGO—A year and a half ago, Great Wolf Resorts announced it would replace plastic straws at all 17 of its indoor water park resorts with more environmentally friendly paper straws. That step completed by the end of 2018 stopped more than 5 million plastic straws from entering local landfills annually. Bob Holesko, Corporate Director of...

Consumer Reports Says Rolling Back Lightbulb Efficiency Rules is a Costly Mistake
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Consumer Reports Says Rolling Back Lightbulb Efficiency Rules is a Costly Mistake

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Energy announced a decision to roll back rules that would have required lightbulbs to be more efficient, a decision that could cost consumers up to $100/year per household starting in 2025, according to estimates by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). David Friedman, Vice President of Advocacy for Consumer Reports, and...

Tintable Glass & Electricity-Generating Windows: Two Technologies Whose Time Has Come
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Tintable Glass & Electricity-Generating Windows: Two Technologies Whose Time Has Come

SPD-SmartGlass NATIONAL REPORT—Critical to the energy efficiency of any building is the quality of the window itself—its ability to insulate from infrared heat, potentially harmful UV rays, visible light, and cold air. Joseph Harary, President and CEO, Director, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary for Research Frontiers, says 18 to 20 percent of a building’s energy footprint...

University of Oregon Publishes White Paper on Light, Views, & the Workplace Experience
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University of Oregon Publishes White Paper on Light, Views, & the Workplace Experience

EUGENE, ORE.—The University of Oregon (UO) published a new white paper, “The Impact of Lighting and Views in the Workplace of the Future.”* The paper concludes that daylit spaces with controlled lighting and views can improve occupant well-being, workplace productivity, and satisfaction by positively influencing various physiological and psychological processes. Lighting and views also impact...

Inn at Moonlight Beach Becomes First in World Awarded Well Certification
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Inn at Moonlight Beach Becomes First in World Awarded Well Certification

ENCINITAS, CALIF.—The Inn at Moonlight Beach announced that it has been awarded WELL Certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute’s (IWBI) collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Going a step further than LEED certification, the prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), which is the premier building standard...

Parisian Macao Achieves LEED Silver Certification for Its Environmental Sustainability
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Parisian Macao Achieves LEED Silver Certification for Its Environmental Sustainability

MACAO—The Parisian Macao has earned a LEED Silver certification for the entirety of its operation, in the building design and construction (BD+C) category for new construction projects—making it the first integrated resort in Macao to do so. LEED is an industry-leading environmental sustainability rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Its stringent...