Tuesday, January 1, 2019

CLEAN EARTH: Start Green From Go

Designing a green workspace begins with effective management, taking a whole-of-building approach that accounts for the interaction between structure, systems, and external environment. 

Simple measures, when integrated in a comprehensive plan, can contribute to significant energy savings. A sensor system to control lighting, for instance, also reduces heat generation and the need for air conditioning.

The potential of this holistic approach is shown in buildings such as the City of Chicago’s Center for Green Technology, one of the nation’s first buildings certified platinum, the highest achievable level, by the U.S. Green Building Council. Along with comprehensive greenhouse and waste management plans, green features of the building include rooftop solar energy panels, rainwater collection for irrigation, recycled building materials, sensors to control lighting, and a vegetable roof.