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Simplification for Sustainability: Power over Ethernet (PoE)

by Bob Eastman This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. A term heard more and more in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) system world is “Power over Ethernet,” or PoE. PoE is a network technology that uses a single network cable from a PoE network switch to deliver both power and network […]

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Mechanical Systems that Deliver More with Less

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM and Paul Greenwalt, EIT. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Mechanical design is going through a shake-up as energy efficiency and multi-use, flexible spaces become higher priorities in many building types. The latest Washington State Energy Code (WSEC 2015) is also driving major change.

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The Road Less Traveled: the Monitoring-Based Commissioning Option

by Jacob Odell This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. LEED v4 launched in late 2013 with substantial changes to the LEED Green Building Design and Construction certification system, including many that affected commissioning program requirements needed to achieve certification. 2017 is really the first year we’re starting to see LEED v4 in […]

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The Path to Enlightenment: Energy Metering and Management

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Energy management is a hot topic in today’s business climate, and also a growing interest of mine. I spent last year studying to become a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and am proud to say that as of May 2017, I am […]

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Knowledge is Power: How Data Can Improve Space Efficiency

by Bob Eastman This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Space planning and building system design involve a cycle of questions, answers, and new questions based on those answers. The ultimate question: How is this space to be used and will that use change over time? We design based on studied evidence, but […]

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Flexible Technology to Spike Workplace Sustainability

by Bob Eastman This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Workplace environments in many industries are moving toward more open formats and densely populated spaces as well as more mobile and remote workflows for staff. Rising costs (for rent and energy) are, of course, a motivating factor for these trends. Other motivations include […]

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Tidal Energy: The New Sustainable Resource

by Matthew J. Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Identifying and implementing wide–scale, alternative-energy sources may be the greatest global imperative of our time. Why? We are in danger of damaging our earth’s atmosphere and water from global air pollution caused by carbon dioxide emissions and […]

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The Next Frontier: Energy Storage

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. We have made great strides toward reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency in building equipment and systems. Revisions to energy codes and building standards, metrics like LEED, and the economic incentive of energy costs savings have helped forge this path. At […]

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The Goldilocks Effect: Getting Sustainable Systems “Just Right”

by Matt Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. A sustainable or green building designation means that the structure and the systems within it are designed to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s entire life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. […]

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