Bryan Lauer Joins RMC Ross Realty

Posted by Bryan Lauer in GoGreen on 06-03-2014

Bryan Bruce Lauer recently joined RMC Ross Realty Group!

Bryan Lauer joined CLW Real Estate Services Group – now Cassidy Turley – in January 2007 –  June 2010.  In July 2010, Bryan founded 2B Green World – a LEED Consulting Company – also continuing representing Tenants in Commercial Real Estate.

“I called Elliott Ross to discuss holding my Sales Associate RE (Real Estate) License with Ross Realty.  When meeting with Elliott, I immediately had a natural liking towards his lively personality, and the next week I started working with them (RMC Ross Realty)” – said Bryan Lauer on March 5, 2014.

Elliott Ross, CCIM, is the Managing Director of Investment Sales for RMC Ross Realty.  Ross founded The Ross Realty Group in 1989, with over 35 years Commercial Real Estate experience representing financial institutions, owners associations and individual owners in all types of commercial management and transactions.

For more information on Elliott Ross or RMC Ross Realty, please visit their website by clicking this link – RMC Ross Realty Group

LEED V4 – Overview and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) – Existing Buildings (EB)

Posted by Bryan Lauer in GoGreen on 17-12-2013

The USGBC has come out with its 4th version of their “LEED Reference Guides” for all types of LEED Certification:  Building Design & Construction (BD + C), Interior Design & Construction (ID + C), Operations & Maintenance (O&M), Neighborhood Development (ND), and LEED for Homes.

The USGBC has come a long way from when they first started in 1996.  The old LEED Certification for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBOM), is now simply O&M (Operations & Maintenance).  LEED V4 O&M breaks down Existing Buildings into these categories:

  • LEED O+M:  Existing Buildings
  • LEED O+M:  Schools
  • LEED O+M:  Retail
  • LEED O+M:  Data Centers
  • LEED O+M:  Hospitality
  • LEED O+M:  Warehouse and Distribution Centers

As you can see, the USGBC has spent a lot of time perfecting “Best Management Practices” for Existing Buildings (EB).

Sustainability in the Existing Building World is essential in preserving resources like energy & water, recycling and also SAVING LOTS MONEY by implementing sustainable practices.

Building owners don’t have to obtain LEED Certification to save money through reducing energy & water usage, but they do have to implement sustainable practices.  How?  Typically by hiring a consultant who specializes in sustainability for Existing Buildings (EB).

2B Green World is a consulting company that specializes in Sustainability and LEED Certification for Existing Buildings:  Operations & Maintenance (O+M), Building Design & Construction (BD+C), and all types of LEED Certification and Sustainability efforts.

Here is a list of LEED (O+M) Projects completed by 2B Green World:  LEED Existing Building:  Operations & Maintenance (O+M) Projects.

For more information on how your company can SAVE MONEY by implementing SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES contact Bryan Lauer, LEED AP, at Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com or 813.281.8423.

 

Health Effects of Asbestos Exposure in Florida

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 30-04-2012

When most people think of asbestos, chances are they don’t think of Florida. Asbestos is fibrous, strong, heat-resistant and naturally occurring mineral that is most often found in mountainous and rocky regions of the United States, such as North Carolina and California. It is also a known carcinogen and swallowing or breathing in asbestos fibers can cause serious diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.

While asbestos wasn’t mined in Florida, there were several factories in the state that processed asbestos shipped from other parts of the country. Many of the people that worked in these processing facilities were put at risk for developing asbestos-related illness.

Asbestos Exposure in Tampa Bay

In the Tampa Bay area, workers at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding were exposed to asbestos while working on vessels that were constructed prior to the 1970s when regulations were placed on asbestos-containing materials.

The W.R. Grace & Company Exfoliation Facility in Tampa was also investigated by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Florida Department of Health (DOH) because the plant processed asbestos-contaminated vermiculite insulation materials from the 1950s to 1991. Those who worked in the plant and lived near it prior to 1991 were most likely exposed to asbestos.

In addition to the plant and shipyard, many older buildings and homes in Tampa built prior to 1980 most likely contain asbestos. The State of Florida and several local authorities have begun removing asbestos in public buildings across the state.

Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure

As a general rule, asbestos is not usually dangerous unless it is disturbed or broken, allowing the fibers to float in the air and enter the body through the nose or mouth. When fibers are inhaled, they can become lodged in the tissues of the lung or the lining of the lungs called the pleura. This can cause asbestosis, an incurable disease that scars the lung tissue. The scarred tissue does not expand and contract like normal lung tissue and asbestosis sufferers develop breathing problems, chest pains and cough.

When fibers lodge in the lining of the lungs, small tumors form in the lining, causing pleural mesothelioma. This type of cancer is rare and difficult to treat. Many people live for less than a year after being diagnosed. Symptoms can include excessive fluid in the lungs, chest pain, unexplained weight loss and fever.

Lung cancer is also a serious risk of people exposed to asbestos. It has also been shown that smoking greatly increases the risk of asbestos-related lung cancer.

Because asbestos is considered dangerous if disturbed, suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) should only be handled by licensed professionals. If you are considering renovating an older home, you should have it inspected by a professional for possible ACMs.

Bio: Michelle Llamas is a writer for the Mesothelioma Center. She is committed to generating awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and providing information regarding breakthroughs in mesothelioma treatment.

Celebrating Earth Day & Saving Energy/Water (Money)!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 18-04-2012

Earth Day – Originated around 1970 to raise awareness for the environment and “Mother Nature”.  April 22 has been designated Earth Day in the USA.

Currently, our Planet is UNSUSTAINABLE – too much Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from fuel/gas, is devastating the World’s ecosystem – melting glaciers! changing history and the environments we live in. 

GREEN FACTS

(click me for all “Green Facts”)

100 Gallons/DayAverage Amount of Water used Daily by every American person!


What YOU Can Do On Earth Day – April 22, 2012:

  • SustainabilitySpread the word to friends, family, co-workers, or that cute girl or guy you wanted to talk to!  Great “Ice Breaker” :)
  • Save Energy & Water following written steps, below;
  • Encourage your company to create and follow their – Top 10 “Green” Ideas to save energy & water, recycle, reduce resource use (i.e.- use less paper), improve air quality, etc.
  • Attend 2012 “Earth DayEventsclick for list of events

How To Save Energy?

NO COST (FREE) ENERGY & MONEY SAVING IDEAS

  • Turn Everything OFF – Air Conditioning (A/C), Heating, Lights, Computers, etc…
  • Unplug ALL Items – even when “off”, items still could constantly draw energy – Energy “Phantom”
  • Turn A/C Up/Down – whatever is going to save energy by staying “off” longer than normal; we reccommend shutting the A/C off for a few hours and open windows for air flow.
  • Open Windows to cool your home/condo/apartment

LOW COST ENERGY & MONEY SAVING IDEAS

  • Buy Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs – Research and ask people you buy the bulbs from about alternative bulbs that:  1) Use Less Energy; 2) Last Longer; 3) Cost Less; “Energy Saving Light Bulbs”:  LED (Light-Emitting Diode) and CFL
  • Light Sensors – Using “Sensors” that automatically turn certain lights off once it meets setpoints
  • Consider purchasing solar-powered household items that will save energy.  i.e. – solar-powered outdoor night-time lights.
  • Repair any “Air Leaks” in your home/building’s envelope.  You may use a Sealant (environmentally friendly product) or have to repair or replace a portion of your home’s exterior allowing air to flow inside and outside.

HIGH COST ENERGY & MONEY SAVING IDEAS*

  • Insulation – Replacing a home’s insulation usually saves energy by the insulation blocking the heat/cold from entering/leaving the home;
  • Green Roof – Repair, Replace or Build a “Green” Roof that either:  1) Reflects the sun, reducing heat island affect; or 2) Install plants on the roof to reduce heat island affect
  • Renewable Energy – Investing in Solar Panels, Wind Turbines, GeoThermal, are all ways to harness “Mother Nature’s” power/energy and becoming more affordable and economical

*When considering a “High Cost” energy efficient improvement, please consider all options specific to your situation and goals

How To Save Water?

  • Turn water “OFF” when brushing your teeth.  You can save about 5 Gallons of water every time.
  • Only run dishwasher when it’s full
  • Install “Low Flow” Shower-headsUse 1.5 – 2 GPM (Gallons Per Minute)
  • Install “low flow”Aerators – Purchase aerators for your faucets.  Aerators are very cheap ($3-$5) and easy to install, as typically you screw it into the faucet.  Use 0.5 GPM (Gallon Per Minute), low flow aerator for bathroom faucets and 1 or 1.5 GPM aerators for kitchen faucets.
  • Reduce Irrigation Usage-  Cutting back irrigation to the required amounts will likely save about 25-50% of current irrigation amounts!  Water the lawn is essential for plants to live but understanding the amount the plants need and what’s actually being used are normally far between.
  • Replace Older Toilets 3.6 GPFInstall “low flow” toilets that use 1.6 Gallons Per Flush (GPF) or even less.

 

Earth Day Website Links

 

9 Best Warehouse Retrofits to Reduce Energy Usage

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 14-03-2012

Written By:  Michael Koploy

Retrofitting a commercial warehouse has a number of benefits, including:

  • reducing the facility’s carbon footprint;
  • increasing the property’s value; and
  • lowering the facility’s energy bills.

But how can this be done affordably? Michael Koploy, manager of the Warehouse Management Systems Guide (click here) interviewed architect Sean Canning, supply chain consultant Shawn Casemore, energy consultant Dan Gould, and commercial roofing expert Dave Homerding to find how just how this could be done. Here are their nine suggestions.

Source: Jan-Erik Finnberg


1. Use solar tubes to increase natural lighting
– Solar light tubes, or light pipes, can often be installed without compromising the structural integrity of the warehouse. These tubes can increase the natural lighting of the warehouse without electricity.

2. Apply a “cool roof” — Many warehouses have older roofs that absorb ample heat from the sun. To repel this energy, consider deploying a cool roof – a white, reflective paint applied to the roof.

3. Upgrade batt insulation — Insulation in warehouses that utilize batt insulation can be improved by upgrading to either sprayed-foam or loose-fill insulation. These types offer better thermal resistance than older batt insulation.

4. Replace metal halide lights with fluorescent or induction lighting — Older metal halide lighting is much less efficient than fluorescent or induction lighting fixtures. For those with deeper pockets and want even more efficient lights, LEDs are an option that more warehouses are deploying.

5. Shift lighting scheme to focus on natural light, task lighting — If intense light isn’t essential to operations in a warehouse, then focus on using natural lighting to brighten the warehouse and using local, “task” lighting in the areas that need the most visibility.

6. Program thermostats appropriately — Making sure that thermostats are properly programmed will decrease the heating and cooling cycles, reducing their energy usage. Additionally, monitoring systems can be deployed for deeper analysis and energy reduction.

7. Utilize motion and daylight sensors — Combining motion sensors with fluorescent, induction or LED lights can quickly reduce their energy usage. Additionally, dimmers and daylight sensors can be deployed to keep electrical lights dim when natural lighting is high.

8. Deploy destratification fans — Large industrial-grade fans can be deployed to destratify the air within the warehouse. This is especially important in colder climates, where warehouse heating uses a lot of energy.

9. Participate in a demand-response energy program — Finally, demand-response energy programs are an interesting option for warehouses looking to cut their energy spend without investing in new hardware or technology. Users receive income for participating in the program and when asked to reduce energy consumption.

For more on these retrofits, check out: 9 Warehouse Retrofits to Go Green and Reduce Energy Consumption.

Go Green to Save Green

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-12-2011

2B Green World

2B or Not 2B? Going Green is the Answer

Existing Commercial Buildings – Saving Money, Energy & Water

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 20-11-2011

Is the building you own or manage sustainable?
Do you set goals/baselines for energy and water  reductions and savings?

2B Green World, a sustainable consulting company specializing in Existing Commercial Buildings (EB), improves clients assets (commercial buildings) through implementing sustainable operations & maintenance (O&M) practices which raises Net Operating Income (NOI) through reducing operating expenditures, adding building value and/or savings to the tenants.  Building value is created by taking the projects realized savings over a 12 month time period (starting directly after implementing sustainable practices) and dividing the Annual Savings by the Capitalization (“Cap”) Rate (Annual Dollar Savings / Cap Rate).

Marketing your building improves becasuse of implementing “Green”/Sustainable practices and demonstrating factual evidence on “Green” changes and explaining their realized benefits.

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification for Existing Buildings (EB):  Operations & Maintenance (O&M), is the most popular “Green”/Sustainable certification program in the World.  The US Government mandates all their New Construction (NC) projects be LEED Certified and any buildings the Government leases/rents – the building must be LEED Certified or they will vacate their space to find a building that is LEED Certified!

Building Owner’s who have a Government Agency leasing space from you be careful and get your building LEED Certified before they leave when their lease is up!  Getting your building LEED Certified to save your Government tenants is a small cost compared to the amount of rent that Government Agency is paying you to rent space!

Call 2B Green World to find out how to get your building LEED Certified
(813) 964-7336

“Going Green” has many benefits and will create savings for building owners:

  1. Reduces Energy & Water usage/expense
  2. Lowers Operating Expenses,
  3. Improves Marketing ability
  4. Improves Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for building occupants
  5. Increases Recycling Program
  6. Track & Document Sustainable Operations

 

Be Smart, Do Your Part – Go Green Today!

2B Green World – (813) 964 – 7336

LEED Certification for Existing Buildings (EB) – 2B Green World – “Your LEED Consulting Company”

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 11-11-2011

Most industries have heard of the acronym LEED, standing for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.  The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created LEED in 1996 as a way building owners can follow sustainable practices and reap the benefits of being green.

2B Green World is a LEED Consulting company specializing in Existing Building (EB) Certification.  The EB market is so large and robust that it consumes about 35% of the energy use in the USA!  That’s a lot of energy…and money!

2B Green World specializes in creating value for clients by reducing their assets energy and water use and implementing sustainable practices.  Reducing energy and water consumption saves a lot of money – 1 building 2B Green World worked on saved over $225,000 in 2010 vs. 2009 energy costs!  That equates to an annual reduction of 18% for the buildings energy use!  We also save about 2,500,000 gallons of water from retrofitting plumbing fixtures and fittings as well as installing water softener for the cooling towers, saving about $20,000/year in water costs!  This same building, 100 North Tampa, also recycles about 75,000 pounds every month, or 900,000 pounds per year!

100 North Tampa

This picture of 100 North Tampa, with Bryan Lauer (me) and Calvin Buikema.  Cal is the Senior Property Manager for the building and I am the LEED Consultant for 100 North Tampa.

Bottom Line – LEED Certification saves money, creates building value, enhances the assets features and is another “Arrow in the Marketing Quiver”. 


We improve buildings “Triple Bottom Line”

- People, Planet and Profit -

The People are in a more environmentally friendly place, there is better indoor air quality, no chemicals used, environmentally friendly products used for a healthier work environment.
The Planet is improved because we use less energy and water, and recycle more.
Profits have been realized by the reductions of energy and water use.

LEED is the present and future, find out more about LEED Certification for Existing Buildings (EB) today by calling 813.96 GREEN (47336)

Where is the LEED Existing Building (EB) Market for Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Lakeland – Florida?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 28-09-2011

LEED Certification?  You have to of heard the acronym “LEED” before, maybe even more than you care for, however LEED is the World’s most recognized “Green”/Sustainable Certification Program.  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the number 1 way to demonstrate your sustainable efforts and accomplishments.

LEED Certification is good for so many reasons:

  • Improve Marketing Ability
  • Increase Building Value by Reducing Resources (Energy, Water) Usage
  • Improve and Expand Recycling Program
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality by Using “Green” Products
  • Implement “Best Practices” According to the USGBC (United States Green Building Council – the creators of LEED)
  • Document, and Track Sustainable Efforts & LEED “Credits”

What is wrong with the Tampa Bay Area?  The Tampa Bay Rays are great but they have the lowest attendance of fans in the Major League!  Why is that?  Is something in the water that makes Tampa Bayians lazy?

I have worked on about a dozen large office buildings in Florida and all buildings have saved enough money by reducing energy and water usage to pay for all the costs of Consulting and LEED Fees within 1 – 2 years!

2B Green World – 3 LEED EB Case Studies Cost Savings

2BGW – LEED EB Projects Energy Savings Equivalents

But I can’t even give away my services to building owners!  One building owner has an older building that spends about $4.50/square foot for electricity!  Typically buildings should spend about $1.50-$2.00/square foot!
I proposed to work on that building and 2 others for free up front but share a percentage of the energy savings realized at all 3 projects over a 5 year term. 

Can you believe they said “NO”?

Can someone help me out with getting new business for my sustainability company – 2B Green World?  Our projects “Payback” within 1-2 years, typically, and my fees are reasonable and willing to do small up front fee and share a % of energy savings over 2-7 years!

There are tangible and intangible benefits to LEED.
The tangible benefits are savings money, retrofitting light bulbs to less wattage/longer lasting/etc., changing faucet aerators to less GPM (Gallon Per Minute) 2.5GPM to 0.5GPM = 2 Gallons Per Minute Savings!
The intangible benefits are harder or almost impossible to calculate:  Improving Indoor Air Quality leading to higher productivity of building occupants, having direct lines of site to sunlight and optimal lighting conditions improve occupants productivity levels, using better quality Air Filters to capture more dust particles improve air quality and all examples lead to less sick days of occupants as well.  As you can see, the intangible benefits are harder to calculate and justify.

 

2B Green World Lands LEED Projects in Taiwan

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 16-09-2011

2B Green World, a consulting firm specializing in LEED Certification, has been awarded 2 LEED projects in Taiwan.  1 is a LEED Commercial Interior (CI) certification and the other is New Construction (NC) certification.  The CI is for the HQ of Multiflow Corp. and the NC is a  Hospital project.

These 2 LEED projects are the first of many with the connections and lack of LEED consultants in Asia.  We are excited to be entering this market and hope more opportunities will come from it.

To see a picture of the Hospital LEED NC project, click here – LEED NC Hospital Project, Taiwan

Eco-Friendly Construction

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 09-08-2011

Written by:  Barbara O’Brien

The built environment is an important aspect of human life. Our way of life would not exist without construction of some sort. There have been many advances in construction throughout history. However, with these quick advances, many risks have arisen. As problems have arisen, solutions have been offered up. It seems that what a building is constructed of is just as important as where and how it is constructed. Accounting for both health and environmental risk are important in the construction of new buildings. Building with eco-friendly factors in mind helps to alleviate stress on the environment as well as harm to the human body.
Where a building is built is of importance, because the ecology of the area directly contributes to the health of those within the environment. Not only can eco-friendly construction help protect the environment that contains the building, but it also helps increase the cost efficiency of the building itself. Being sensitive to the local environment promotes health as well. In order for there to be a possibility of locally obtained materials, sustainable growth of the environment must be achieved. Setting aside areas to grow in abundance can increase the amount of local resources that are available. Utilization of locally grown timber and other materials reduces building costs and can increase local commerce. Furthermore, utilizing local businesses can increase production and the need for labor, which in the long run raises the standard of living, increasing the overall health of the community.
How a building is constructed is important as well. If a building is designed with efficiency in mind, it will be much more cost effective, and will produce less waste. A building designed from the beginning with green ideas in mind reduces cost by utilizing waste saving strategies. Onsite water treatment as well as collecting rainwater for use in gardens is much more efficient than simply wasting the local water supply. The sources of light can also reduce cost. Designing a building to allow natural light to come in and automatically adjusting lights powered by solar panels will dramatically decrease power consumption.
What a building is constructed of, though, provides not only cost and environmental benefits, but also health benefits. Non-toxic and lead free paints are important to the health of the occupants. Lead has been shown to adversely affect all parts of the body if it gets into the system. Also the use of cellulose or recyclable insulation as opposed to insulation created from asbestos fibers can decrease health risks. Asbestos found in products such as insulation, piping, and tiling can all lead to a type of cancer known as Mesothelioma.

 

Barbara O’Brien

Island Center and Waterford Plaza Achieve LEED Certification for Existing Buildings (EB)

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 29-06-2011

2B Green World, a LEED Consulting Company, led the way for Island Center and Waterford Plaza (located on Rocky Point in Tampa, FL) to be awarded the prestigious LEED Certification for Existing Buildings (EB).

2B Green World was the LEED (EB) Consultant for both projects, conducting the building commissioning/engineering work that is part of LEED (EB) Certification.


Nearly every story has a dream-like picture perfect water view, proudly standing highest on the small island of Rocky Point, looking over both Tampa, to the East, and Clearwater to the West.

Island Center & Waterford Plaza Highlights

  • Each comprise roughly of 250,000 square feet;
  • Energy Star ratings in the high 80′s, low 90′s (10th Percentile)
  • Energy efficient improvements implemented with estimated Return On Investment (ROI) outlined
  • Water efficiency upgrades/retrofits reduce demand on water, energy for water pumps and prolong pipes and attached parts
  • Improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) makes for cleaner/healthier atmosphere leading to more productive/happy/healthy occupants
  • Increased recycling efforts include everything from paper, plastic, toner cartridges, electronics, furniture and demolition waste
  • Cleaning company uses environmentally-friendly products roughly 70-80%, by cost, of the time

 

To see more about these LEED Existing Building (EB) projects, please visit 2B Green World’s website here

 

For more information, please email Bryan Lauer at Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

Take Our 2min Survey About LEED Existing Buildings (EB) Ongoing Tracking

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 16-06-2011

Take our short survey, below.
Are you interested in using a web-based online tool to track LEED EB requirements for your building, or portfolio of buildings and create reports based on the information being tracked?
If so, then take our short survey to find out more -

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

Inquire today about tracking your projects sustainability items outlined using the LEED EB requirements.  Tracking can be used for projects re-certification or for the LEED EB Volume Program.

CALL US TODAY!
(813) 96GREEN (47336)

Get Your Project Energy Star Rated at http://www.2bgreenworld.com/

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 12-04-2011

Energy Star“, often heard in today’s “Green Industrial Boom”, is a tool used in many different areas but has 1 main goal – to help save & reduce energy use.
You can purchase Energy Star rated products, like computers, printers, fridgerators, washing machines, etc. and typically save 30% energy use vs. the standard product.

Energy Star can also be used to track buildings energy performance on an ongoing basis.  Their website can be used to setup a “Portfolio Manager” Tool, giving users the ability to review multiple buildings under one portfolio.

In Energy Star, you can track the following types of buildings:

  • Offices
  • Bank/Financial Institutions
  • Courthouses
  • Data Center
  • K-12 Schools
  • Hospitals (Acute Care and Children’s)
  • Hotels
  • Retail Stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Senior Care Facility
  • Residence Halls/Dormitories
  • Warehouses
  • Medical Offices
  • Wastewater Facilities
  • House of Worship

2B Green World, a consulting firm specializing in sustainability and LEED EB certification, will help you get setup into EnergyStar.

Please email us at Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com to find out more about getting your project setup into Energy Star.

2B Green World is a proud partner with Energy Star

Energy Star Parnter Logo

 

LEED Consultant – Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 06-04-2011

Bryan Lauer, LEED AP & Owner of 2B Green World

Bryan Lauer, LEED AP, specializes in Existing Buildings (EB) LEED Certification and sustainability for buildings.  Bryan owns 2B Green World – a consulting company specializing in sustainability and LEED Existing Building (EB) Certification.

Bryan is a LEED Consultant based in Tampa, FL.  Bryan has worked on projects around Florida but capable to help certify a building/project anywhere in the World.

We create a “win-win” with clients by creating value, improving sustainable efforts, and lessening liability.  Please view our website to find out more information or call 813.96 GREEN (47336).

 


LEED (EB) Certify Projects On Your Own!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 03-04-2011

2B Green World (2BGW), a consulting firm specializing in LEED certification for Existing Buildings (EB), has developed a step-by-step process for clients to go through the LEED EB Certification process. 2BGWs – “LEED EB Green Guide” (name of software), takes users through the LEED EB certification process in a user-friendly way.


The program is in its final stages before going public.  We are expected to go live in the 3rd Quarter of 2011.  If you are interested in being in the BETA program please email us – Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

“We have developed an effective and efficient process for building owners to obtain LEED (EB) Certification”, says Bryan Lauer, Owner of 2B Green World.  “Now anyone has the ability to gauge their project(s) achieving LEED EB Certification.”

“This is a do-it-yourself program that guides you and the ‘Team’, step-by-step, from start to finish, allowing users to keep costs down, and go at their own pace. You can also email a help-center for questions and clarifications.

The initial LEED EB certification process should take anywhere from 1,500 – 2,500 hours, between all Team members. Team members consist of:

* Project Contact/Coordinator – “LEED Project Manager”
* Project Vendors/Contractors:

1. Landscaper
2. Pest Control
3. Window Washer
4. Cleaning Company
5. Light Bulb Supplier
6. Contractor for “build-outs”
7. Recycling – Durable Goods and Ongoing Consumables
8. Waste/Landfill Management
9. HVAC vendors
10. Chiller – Chemical Management Vendor
11. And all other vendors related to the project building(s)
*  TenantsVisitorsProperty Management & Operations Teams
*  LEED EB Green Guide

The step-by-step process easily guides users through all 4 Phases of LEED Certification:

* Phase I – LEED EB Feasibility Study
* Phase II – LEED EB Implementation/Application Submission
* Phase III – LEED EB Final Review/Application Submission
* Phase IV – LEED EB: Ongoing Tracking & Implementation

Email or Call us today to find out more about how you can LEED (EB) certify projects on your own – 813-964-7336 or Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

The step-by-step process was developed for the primary project contact and team members to work on “Task Items”, taking on average 10 – 45 minutes to complete. This allows the Team to complete multiple tasks in one sitting or day, moving the project forward easily.

2B Green World Awarded 3 Miami Office Buildings for LEED EB Certification

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 26-03-2011

2B Green World has been awarded 3 Office Buildings in Doral/Miami, FL.  Westside Plaza 1, 2 & 3 are located near Miami International Airport (MIA) in Doral, FL.  Each project is 4-stories, between 108,00 – 160,000 rentable square feet.

Westside Plaza

The projects have started the Feasibility Study, or “GAP” Analysis.  The Study should take between 10-16 weeks until we decide to move forward with LEED Existing Building (EB) Certification.

All 3 projects have respectable Energy Star ratings, due to the Property Management Team – Grubb & Ellis – being proactive with their sustainability goals and initiatives.  Grubb & Ellis has been implementing sustainable initiatives since 2007.  They are now implementing LEED requirements to improve the buildings performance and quality even more.

2B Green World has completed other LEED EB projects in the area.  2525 Ponce de Leon and 2555 Ponce de Leon are located in the heart of Coral Gables.  2525 is nearly 300,000 square feet and 2525, built in 2953 and historic, is nearly 115,000 gross square feet.

2525 received LEED EB Gold Certification in late 2010

2525 Ponce de Leon

2555 received LEED EB Silver Certification in late 2010.

2555 Ponce de Leon

2B Green World is a consulting company specializing in LEED certification for Existing Buildings (EB).  View our website and LEED projects here -
2B Green World – LEED EB Projects

“Local Sustainability: SW Florida LEED Case Studies”

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 07-03-2011

DOWNLOAD MY LEED EB CASE STUDY PRESENTATION HERE -
2B GREEN WORLD Case Studies Presentation March 2011

March 10, 2011, Edison College in Fort Myers, FL, is hosting an all day speaking session on LEED Project Case Studies around South-West Florida. The agenda is below

  • 9:30 – 10:30am – Topic:  “Sustainability on a Residential Scale – Personal Home”, Pual Shahriari, Director of Sustainable Strategy, SmartBIM
  • 11:00 – 12:00pm – Topic:  “Sustainability on a District Wide Scale – Efforts of an Entire School District to do the Right Thing”, by Karen Bryant, Recycling Coordinator, District School Board of Pasco County
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm – Topic:  “Hope Hospice LeHigh, LEED NC Silver”, by Case McConnell Neurock, LEED AP – BD&C, NEUGREEN, LLC
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm – Topic:  “Conversion of 1930′s Era Grocery Store to a LEED CI Silver Office – Personal Office”, by Michael R. Carlson, Carlson Studio Architecture
  • 4:00 – 5:00ppm – Topic:  “100 North Tampa Case Study” along with 2525 and 2555 Ponce de Leon in Coral Gables, FL.  3 LEED EB Certified Project Case Studies, by Bryan Lauer, 2B Green World

Download the flier here – Local LEED Case Studies SW FL 3 10 11

The cost is $50 per person and the website is here – www.csifloridasouthwest.org

Florida Gulf Coast Chapter – United States Green Building Council (FGCC USGBC) – Upcoming Events

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 26-02-2011

The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter (FGCC) of the USGBC upcoming events:  LINK

  • Wednesday, March 2nd - Charlotte County Waste-water Facility Tour – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – 17430 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. FL 33955
  • Thursday, March10, 2011 – SOUTHWEST FLORIDA LEED CASE STUDIES SPEAKER SERIES – Edison State College – Fort Myers – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Student Services (Building S), Room S117.  Follow the campus signage to Parking lot #6 for the most convenient access.  Vendor space is still available for suppliers of related products. signed up please do so quickly as we a filling up fast.  You can register and pay online at www.csifloridasouthwest.org
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - LEED BD+C IEQ credit by credit review – 1.5 CEU hoursSt Petersburg College EPI Center – Room 1-324 — 13805 58th St. N. in Largo, FL – SIGN UP HERE

 

Representative Kathy Castor’s Team Touring 100 North Tampa

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 22-02-2011

Representative Kathy Castor’s Outreach Director and Legislative Aide for Energy & Environment are touring 100 North Tampa on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

Bryan Lauer and Cal Buikema

Kathy Castor’s team is in for a treat – touring 100 North Tampa with Cal Buikema, Senior Property Manager, and Bryan Lauer, owner of 2B Green World and the buildings LEED Consultant.

Representative Kathy Castor’s team is touring 100 North Tampa to learn more about LEED certification for Existing Buildings (EB) and sustainability for office buildings.  LEED certification is a great way to implement sustainable practices and ensure proper ongoing implementation.  View 2B Green World Projects here – PROJECTS

2B Green World is HQ in Tampa, FL, specializing in obtaining LEED Certification for our clients assets.  Our goals are to make a “win-win” situation by improving clients “Triple Bottom Line”.  

100 North Tampa is a 42-story, 574 foot high, Class “A” office building, often referred as “Downtown Tampa’s premier office building”.   This project is 99% leased as of November 2010.

Downtown Tampa has 2 LEED EB Certified Projects:

  • 100 North Tampa – received LEED EB Silver Certification in October 2009
  • City Center – received LEED EB Gold Certification in early 2010

Downtown Tampa has 1 LEED Commercial Interior (CI) Project:  Gensler, 100 North Tampa Building, Silver Certified.  There are no other LEED certified projects in downtown Tampa.  Greater Tampa Bay has about 2 dozen LEED certified projects of all types, but there are only 3 LEED EB projects certified to date.  The 3rd LEED EB project is the USAA building, a single tenant building.

There is increasing interest from both, large/institutions and small building owners, in sustainability and LEED Certification.  100 North Tampa saved over $200,000 in energy costs in 2010 vs. 2009!  All projects 2B Green World has completed has saved enough energy to pay for all costs within 2 years, and in most cases 1 year!  These are great facts to have as to why building owners should pursue sustainability and LEED certification.

More information about 2B Green World can be found at their corporate site, here – www.2BGreenWorld.com

Are Commercial Real Estate Firms Withholding Clients Sustainable Wishes?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 22-12-2010

I HAVE TO MAKE THIS KNOWN

Commercial Real Estate firms have been developing their own “Green” groups specializing in LEED certification and other sustainable services, offering their new services to clients.  What happens is that the commercial firms monopolize their clients by offering sustainable service, claiming to be competitive with sustainable consulting firms.  In many cases, this can be a dis-service to their clients by withholding outside proposals from companies specializing in sustainable/LEED certification consulting.

The dis-service comes into play when the property manager doesn’t even forward the sustainable consulting companies proposals to the owner, deliberately keeping us out of the bidding process, if there is one.

OWNERS SHOULD ASK FOR 3 TO 4 PROPOSALS FROM OUTSIDE COMPANIES SPECIALIZING IN SUSTAINABILITY. Sustainability is our core competency but we have a commercial real estate background, understanding the management and operations process, combining the two creating even more value.

Experienced LEED Consulting companies can provide the same service, and probably better service, to building owners.  I have experienced this first hand, multiple times, and finally voicing my opinion so it gets heard.

Building owners should ask their property management companies to obtain bids from expert consulting companies to compare rates and understand who else is in the market and what their services are.

I have been shunned by too many large commercial real estate firms because they want to keep the revenue that’s generated from LEED consulting fees.  This is a disservice to their client and it needs to change NOW!

BUILDING OWNERS, ASK ME FOR A PROPOSAL EVEN IF IT’S JUST TO COMPARE RATES.

MY COMPANY HAS PRODUCED ENOUGH ENERGY SAVINGS IN THE FIRST YEAR TO PAY FOR MOST OF ALL LEED CONSULTING FEES!

We do this by implementing best practices using common sense and sustainable practices.  View our projects and their savings here – 2B Green World Past Projects

GreenBuild 2010 Chicago Re-Cap

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 22-11-2010

Chicago is such a wonderful place and GreenBuild was packed full of people from around the world eager to find out more about “Generation Green”.

I want to know your thoughts about GreenBuild – how your company is related, what it means to you and any other comments or pictures.

GREENBUILD 2010 IS HAPPENING IN CHICAGO

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 15-11-2010

November 15 – 19 2010 marks the week GreenBuild is held and what better place than the WINDY CITY – or what now may be known as the GREEN CITY – Chicago.

Chicago is one of the most beautiful and CLEAN cities I’ve ever been too.  Chicago is also one of the leaders in sustainability by having a large amount of Energy Star and LEED Certified buildings.

Chicago on Cover of GreenSource Magazine

The GreenSource Cover features Chicago’s skyline covered with green vegetation.  I think it looks great!

Check out GreenSource GreenBuild Blog here – GreenBuild Blog Article

Go Green and FIND OUT HOW TO GET YOUR PROJECT LEED CERTIFIED HERE – 2B GREEN WORLD

What & Why is LEED Certification Here to Stay

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-11-2010

For those who don’t understand what LEED Certification is, basically LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification is the process of developing or transforming a building (office, industrial, hotel, hospital, school, etc.) into a sustainable, energy-efficient building when compared to a standard, “Normal” building.  There are many benefits with obtaining LEED Certification, such as:

  • Lowering Operating Expenses (primarily Electricity & Water)
  • Increase Net Operating Income (NOI)
  • Increase Marketability
  • Improve Air Quality
  • Lower and Track Water-Uses
  • Lower and Track Recycling Amounts
  • and much more – click here for more info – 2B Green World

The above bullet points summarize the reasons building owners such as Hines, MetLife, Prudential, Wells Fargo and others are LEEDing the way towards a sustainable tomorrow.

All projects I’ve worked on have saved substantial amounts, lowering the operating expenses (increasing NOI) which increases the buildings value (Savings / Cap Rate = Value Created).  Check out those projects here – 2B Green World Projects

For more information about becoming LEED Certified, please email Bryan Lauer at Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com or call 813.96GREEN (47336).

Comments are welcomed, GO GREEN!

Tampa Bay Lightning to Host “Go Green Night” Tonight – 10/27/10

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 27-10-2010

The Tampa Bay Lightning are taking a huge leadership role by putting on their first “Go Green Night”!

www.2BGreenWorld.com

The reason is “To encourage recycling and environmental awareness in our community. Fans who bring items including old Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys, hats or t-shirts to be shredded by Proshred or six plastic bottles and/or aluminum cans to be recycled by Waste Services of Florida will receive discounted tickets at a group rate, including $18 terrace corner seats, $35 terrace center seats or $60 plaza end seats. This special ticket incentive will be available on the west plaza prior to the game.

Those who ride their bike to the game will receive free admission into the arena. City Bike Tampa will be on hand giving out free bike safety checks as well as complimentary minor adjustments to all fans’ bikes on the plaza. The bike parking area will be staffed throughout the game.
Speedling Incorporated will donate approximately 4,000 seedlings to any guest that would like to take one home after the game. There will also be a table on the concourse where fans can get information on the Lightning’s green efforts and sign up as one of the organization’s Green Team volunteers.
Your presence is important to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization as we raise awareness of recycling and environmental issues in our community. Look forward to seeing you there.”
Way to go Lightning!  Keep it up and Go Green!

North Carolina Researchers Show How Water-Based ‘Artificial Leaf’ Generates Electricity

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 04-10-2010

This article was written by Colleen McGuire.

Are you aware that a North Carolina State University staff indicated that water gel-based solar devices (called: “artificial leaves”) can work like solar cells to create electricity?

The study has been published on-line within the Journal of Materials Chemistry by Dr. Orlin Velev, an Invista Professor associated with Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering.

The results prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely imitate nature. They also have the opportunity to be less expensive and more beneficial to our environment than the present standard silicon based solar cells.

The bendable devices are composed of water-based gel infused using light-sensitive molecules (like plant chlorophyll) coupled with electrodes coated by carbon elements, such as carbon nanotubes or graphite.

Graphene is the basic structural element of a few carbon allotropes including graphite, carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. Graphene is a 1-atom thick planar sheet of carbon atoms that are largely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice. The title comes from graphite ene; graphite itself consists of several graphene sheets stacked together

The light-sensitive molecules get “excited” by the sun’s rays to produce electricity, similar to plant molecules that get excited to synthesize all kinds of sugar in order to grow.

Dr. Velev affirms that the analysis team hopes to be able to “learn how to copy the materials by which nature harnesses solar power.” Although man made light-sensitive molecules can be used, Velev says naturally made products, like chlorophyll, are also effortlessly integrated in these products because of their particular water-gel matrix.

Velev even imagines a future in which rooftops could be covered with soft sheets of similar energy-generating synthetic-leaf photo voltaic cells. The concept of biologically inspired ‘soft’ units for generating electricity may in the future provide an alternative for the present-day solid-state technologies.

About the Author: Colleen Mcguire writes for the <a href=”http://www.solarwaterfountains.org/”>solar fountains for the garden blog, her personal hobby web log focused on guidelines to help home owners to spend less energy with solar energy.

Reference: Aqueous soft matter based solar devices. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2011; DOI: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2011/JM/c0jm01820a

Bill Clinton on David Letterman talking about Sustainability

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 21-09-2010

Check out Bill Clinton discussing America becoming sustainable.

Bill Clinton on David Letterman

2B Green World LEED Projects

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 30-08-2010

Check out the amazing Class “A” Office Buildings I’m working on in Florida.

These projects are in different stages of obtaining LEED Certification.  There are many benefits to achieving LEED Certification, such as:  Cost Savings, Electric Savings, Water Savings, Increase Recycling, Improve Building Operations & Maintenance.

Find out more about getting your project LEED Certified.  Email Bryan Lauer at Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com or call 813.96GREEN (47336).

IDEAS AND TIPS 2 BE “GREEN”, SUSTAINABLE FOR THE HOME

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-08-2010

By:  Bryan Lauer

Don’t print this, just save it on your computer for reference

Sustainable Sites

Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products that have a Green Seal label or products that do not contain chemicals

  • www.greenseal.org displays environmentally friendly products
  • Use paints, adhesives and sealants that have low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Minimize the amount of landscape irrigation to conserve water while upholding the sites looks/integrity
  • Check for erosion from too much water or foot traffic
  • If fertilizers are necessary, consider the following best practices:
  • Use fertilizer based on need not by calendar
  • Use fertilizer only during times of plant uptake and not when heavy rain is expected
  • Keep at least 25 feet from water bodies
  • Use organic and natural materials as much as possible
  • If synthetic fertilizers are used, choose slow-release formulations, and do not use “weed and feed” products
  • Protect or restore open habitats to provide habitat and promote biodiversity
  • Consider retrofitting driveway with grass or paint white or use a white membrane to lessen the heat-island affect (probably too expensive with NO payback)

Water Efficiency

  • Install 0.5 gpm (Gallon per minute) aerators on all faucets to reduce the water consumption.  Aerators are cheap and you probably have at least 2.2gpm faucets right now
  • Put a brick in the sistern of the toilet to take up space to use less water OR
  • Retrofit your toilets to 1.2 gpf (Gallons per flush) or water-less urinals
  • Consider retrofitting your shower-heads to 1.0 gpm (gallons per minute) – they are probably 2.5 – 5 gpm right now!
  • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Consider installing a water meter to track your water usage on a weekly basis or more often
  • Consider upgrading your irrigation system to a low-flow, high tech system that uses:
    • Bubblers
    • Sprayers
    • Rain sensor
    • Drip irrigation
    • Reduce the watering schedule until you see a negative impact.  You want to use as less water as possible while upholding the looks/integrity

Energy & Atmosphere

  • Unplug anything not in use
  • Turn A/C up or off when you leave
  • Turn lights off when you do not need them
  • Understand the types of light bulbs you have
    • Wattage
    • Life
    • Lumen output
    • Replace high wattage lightbulbs with new technology bulbs that use less wattage, last longer and have similar light colo
      • This will save hundreds or thousands of dollars every year!
      • Consider purchasing ENERGY STAR rated appliances, computers, tv’s, etc.
      • Visit https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index to learn more about tips to reduce energy at your home.
      • Consider installing solar panels, wind turbines or thermal technology.  Google these names and research the cost, benefits and federal tax incentives/credits that make purchasing make sense.
      • Consider having your house checked for any cracks or leaks and make sure it’s insulated to help save energy. This includes looking at:
        • Windows
        • Attic
        • Garage
        • Doors

Materials and Resources

  • Begin purchasing environmentally friendly products as much as possible.  Click here to find a list of products – http://www.greenseal.org/findaproduct/index.cfm
  • Recycle as much as possible, including at a minimum:
    • Paper
    • Cardboard
    • Plastic
    • Aluminum cans
    • Glass (can be recycled forever)
    • Light bulbs (give to me to recycle)
    • Batteries (give to me to recycle)
    • Electronics (give to me)
    • Furniture (give to me)
    • Toner cartridges (give to me)
    • Purchase food that is USDA organic, Food Alliance Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Protected Harvest Certified, Fair Trade or Marine Stewardship council’s Blue Eco Label
    • Purchase food produced within a 100-mile radius

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Use filters that have a Minimum Efficient Rating Value (MERV) of 13 or higher.  This filter will capture 99% of all the bad stuff in the air
  • Consider purchasing air purifiers that have HEPA filters and change on a 6 month basis
  • Begin purchasing environmentally friendly products from here – http://www.greenseal.org/findaproduct/index.cfm
  • Install entry way mats on the outside before you enter and on the inside right when you enter at all entrances.  Mats should be a combination of at least 10 feet long that will capture about 95% of the dirt on your shoes.
    • Clean/vacuum the mats on a daily basis
    • Studies show that having as much sunlight as possible leads to better productivity and less sickness
    • Consider purchasing sustainable cleaning equipment that meets the following criteria:
      • Vacuum cleaners certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute “Green Label” Testing Program and operate less then 70 decibles
      • Battery-powered equipment with gel batteries
      • Powered equipment designed to minimize vibration, noise and user fatigue
      • Equipment designed with safeguards, such as rollers or rubber bumpers, to reduce potential damage to building surfaces
      • Use pest control products that are organic and do not contain chemicals.  You can find a list here – http://www.sfenvironment.org/downloads/library/20100420_sf_pesticide_list__red_legged_frog.pdf

ANY QUESTIONS GIVE BRYAN LAUER A CALL AT 813.363.0861 OR EMAIL Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

LEED Consultants – 2B Green World

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 23-06-2010

2B Green World is based in Tampa, FL specializing in LEED Certification Consulting. We are reliable, effective and efficient getting your project LEED Certified.  2B Green World has completed multiple Existing Building projects having an average payback less than 2 years!

Project – 100 North Tampa; Gross SF – 590,947

Total Project Cost – $155,000

Payback – 7 – 8 months

Project – 2525 Ponce de Leon; Gross SF – 263,118

Total Cost – est. $65,000

Payback – 7 -8 months

Project – 2555 Ponce de Leon; Gross SF – 112,711

Total Cost – est. $55,000

Payback – 1.34 years

We are the cost-effective route with obtaining LEED Certification through consulting.  We treat every client individually and develop a plan based on their goals.

Our LEED consulting fees vary, primarily based on Gross Square Feet, working within our clients budgets and time frames.

For more information call Bryan Lauer at 813.363.0861 or email at Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

Please call with any questions or interest you may have.  Go Green!

5 “Green” Retrofits Electricians Should Be Pitching to Drive Business

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-06-2010

This article was written by Houston Neal of Software Advice for Electricians.

Earlier this year we reported on the “coming renaissance of electrical contracting,” an upward trend of electricians transitioning into energy contractors to keep up with demand for green construction. A fast growing segment of this green construction market is building retrofits, or energy efficient renovations. Numerous reports forecast retrofitting to become a multi-billion dollar market over the next three to four years:

  • McGraw Hill estimates it will become a $10 to $15 billion market by 2014;
  • Pike Research puts it at $6.6 billion annually; and,
  • SBI Energy predicts green renovations will make up 13% of the total renovation market by 2015.

To help electricians segue into their new role and win a piece of the burgeoning market, we decided to write this follow-up article. Here we present five green retrofits electricians should pitch to drive business. While our guide is intended for electricians, it can be used by any homeowner or building owner looking to adopt sustainable building practices.

1) Relamping
Out of all the green retrofit projects, lighting retrofits present the biggest opportunity for electricians. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), lighting accounts for more than 40 perent of the commercial sector’s electricity consumption. Not to mention, it makes up nearly 20 percent of all electricity used in the United States (including residential and industrial spaces). This chart from the ACEEE illustrates how much lighting energy is used by different types of buildings.
Lighting Energy Use by Building Type
These numbers can be significantly reduced by replacing antiquated lighting systems with an energy efficient substitute. Take for example, light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs are much more efficient than incandescent lamps – LEDs use 2 to 10 watts of electricity while incandescent lamps use 60 watts – and they are close to becoming a replacement for fluorescent tubes (see: Are LED Tubes Ready for Prime Time?).

In addition to reduced energy consumption and operating costs, there are other carrots and sticks motivating building owners to retrofit their lighting systems. Utility companies and other organizations offer incentives (here’s a handy look-up tool for California residents), while new legislation requires buildings to use energy-efficient lighting.

Finally, factor in the 2.2 million buildings that are candidates for lighting-system upgrades, and you’ve got a lot of low hanging fruit in the market.

2) Daylight Harvesting
Daylight harvesting is the practice of reducing artificial light in a room when sunlight is available. According to a study performed by the NRC Institute for Research in Construction, it can reduce lighting energy costs by 20 to 60%. Call it “upselling” if you will, but electricians should pitch this retrofit to customers that are already relamping their homes and buildings.

A daylight harvesting system uses photosensors to detect light levels in a room. As sunlight becomes available, the artificial lighting will be reduced. When it’s cloudy or becomes dark outside, the level of artificial lighting will increase.

Three other lighting controls worth mentioning here are dimmers, motion sensors and timers. These energy savers have been around for years, but they are just as relevant today as when they first came out. Homeowners looking for simple ways to reduce energy can install any of the above. For more information, check out the US Department of Energy’s lighting guide.

3) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Retrofits
Mechanical contractors are typically more qualified to take on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) retrofits. However, as electricians move into the role of energy contractors, they will need to provide a complete energy solution. Consider this quote from Lara Schwicht Richards, manager of marketing projects for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“Energy solutions are a growing market for electrical contractors at a time when traditional construction work is declining,” she says. “Customers can look to electrical contractors to provide a total energy solution—integrating multiple technologies, when appropriate—for their building project rather than simply installing a single product.”

Some HVAC retrofits will always require the know-how of mechanical contractors. But others can be performed by an electrician because of their overlapping skills and knowledge. For example, electricians can install electrical consumption economizers – devices that reduce energy use of AC units – or programmable thermostats that optimize efficiency of HVAC equipment.

Energy Retrofitters, a licensed electrical contractor from Fort Worth Texas, lists other HVAC retrofits among their services like installing oil, acid, and moisture (OAM) purgers for chillers and adding special additives (e.g. thermo-conductive heat transferring compounds) to HVAC equipment. Both reduce electricity use in HVAC equipment.

4) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems and Wind Turbines
Any article about green retrofits would be incomplete without a discussion of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and wind turbines. Solar photovoltaic systems – a.k.a. solar panels – are gaining traction in both residential and commercial applications. Lower production costs, government rebates and tax incentives are the primary drivers of increased adoption.

Electricians will likely have the most success pitching “grid-tie” solar systems, especially in areas where sunlight is not abundant. Using this type of system, the building remains connected to the utility power grid but disconnects as soon as enough solar power is available. Because these systems actually generate electricity, building owners may be able to receive payment or energy credits from their utility company.

Wind turbines are another viable option for building owners looking to recoup electricity costs. While less common than solar photovoltaic systems, wind turbines can reduce electricity bills by 50 to 90%, according to the American Wind Energy Association. However, wind turbines aren’t for everyone. They are too big for urban or small-lot suburban homes, and of course they’re not effective in places with low wind speeds.

Other forms of renewable energy include biomass and geothermal systems. These alternative power generation methods are getting attention and they present job opportunities for electricians. As Rob Colgan, executive director of marketing for NECA, points out:

“Consumers are becoming more educated about alternatives to conventional power generation, such as solar, wind and biomass. Effectively using these alternative methods of power generation, however, takes specific skills and experience with a wide array of new products.”

5) Energy Management Systems and Monitoring Devices
Energy management systems have garnered a lot of press over the last year because of Microsoft Hohm and Google PowerMeter. With the aim of helping consumers monitor and manage energy consumption, these programs have the potential to drastically reduce our country’s carbon emissions. Studies show that giving consumers access to detailed home energy information results in 5 to 15% savings on monthly electricity. If half our country adopted these systems, Google says this would be the equivalent of taking eight million cars off the road!

Signing up for Hohm and PowerMeter is free and easy. However, accurately measuring energy use is more challenging. It requires the use of an energy monitoring device (e.g. TED). Installing these devices requires the knowledge of an electrician (or the bravery of a tech-savvy do-it-yourself’er). Multi-family, commercial and industrial buildings require a more sophisticated, “smart meter” system, and therefore necessitate the experience of electricians.

Wrapping up, these five retrofits make up a small portion of possible green renovations. There are hundreds more building products and technologies that will improve energy efficiency, while reducing energy costs. And with buildings producing up to 70% of some cities’ carbon emissions (as reported by the Energy Circle blog), there has never been a more relevant time to implement these technologies. So what other retrofits do you think we should include in our list? Leave us a comment if you know of a product, new technology or type of retrofit that can have a big impact on improving energy efficiency of a building.LinkedIn

“Going Green Makes Green”

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 29-05-2010

2B Green World proved that going green saves green.  Please read the article here – http://www.review.net/section/detail/green-makes-green/

For more information on how to save money and LEED call Bryan Lauer at 813.363.0861 or email – Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

2B Green World - LEED EB Project

100 North Tampa Bldg.

 

LEED EB Consulting – 2B Green World

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 25-05-2010

2B Green World is a consulting firm specializing in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for Existing Buildings, including:

  • Office Buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • High-rise apartments/condo’s
  • Government Buildings
  • Retail Buildings

Benefits:

  • Reduce Operating Expenditures (Electric & Water), Increase NOI
  • Increase Building Equipment Efficiency and Longevity
  • Increase Marketability
  • Increase Occupancy Rate (if applicable)
  • Increase Rental Rates (if applicable)
  • Increase Sales Price
  • Implement best management practices
  • Increase Recycling Program
  • Improve Building Operations
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality Environment
  • Utilize “Green”, environmentally friendly products

Mission Statement – To service building owners in reducing operating expenses, increasing marketing efforts and improving indoor and outdoor environments creating a healthier/sustainable workplace through LEED Certification.

Vision StatementPreserve the World, one building at a time.

The following office buildings are past and current LEED EB projects:

These projects represent over 2 million square feet of Class A office space!

We can work on a project anywhere in the World.  How?  Technology.  We only need to visit the site a couple times, if at all!

For more information on LEED Consulting Services for Existing Buildings, please call Bryan Lauer at 813.363.0861 or Bryan@2BGreenWorld.com

THINK ACT LOVE GREEN

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 15-05-2010

Do your part to preserve our planet.

Top 10 Energy Star Cities

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 11-05-2010

Straight from the Environmental Protection Agency, here are the top 10 cities with the most Energy Star labeled buildings (based on the # of EStar labeled building in 2009):

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Washington, DC
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Houston, TX
  7. Lakeland, FL
  8. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. New York, NY

Find labeled buildings in your city here – http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=labeled_buildings.locator

LEED Article

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 09-05-2010

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is the most recognized standard when going “Green”.  “It’s (LEED) like ADA (American’s with Disability Act) when it first came into existence.”  LEED is becoming industry standard putting those Certified head and shoulders above others.  LEED has different meanings that everyone must be cognizant of.

LEED addresses the complete lifecycle of buildings.  There are different LEED systems to address different project types:  Homes, Neighborhood Development, Commercial Interiors, Core & Shell, New Construction, Schools, Healthcare, Retail and Operations & Maintenance.

Once the Operations and Maintenance of the various LEED project types begin creates sustainability, including cost savings.  The bulk of cost savings is realized through implementing energy efficient best management practices outlined in the LEED Reference Guide.   There are many benefits to LEED, including:  Increasing Occupancy Rate, Reposition Asset, Increase Asset Value, Reduce Operating Expenditures, Increase Marketability, Improve Corporate Image, Improve Indoor Air Quality, Utilize Environmentally Friendly Products.  The cost of LEED can typically be paid back within 3 to 5 years, sometimes sooner.

“The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven building rating system based on existing proven technology.  It evaluates environmental performance from a whole-building perspective over a building’s life cycle, providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a green building…LEED has five environmental categories:  Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality…It is based on accepted energy and environmental principles and strikes a balance between known, established practices and emerging concepts. It is a performance-oriented system in which points are earned for satisfying criteria that address specific environmental impacts inherent in the design, construction, and operations and maintenance of buildings.” (USGBC- LEED EB: O&M manual)

There are different levels of certification (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum) awarded based on the number of points earned.  The LEED process is very comprehensive in scope yet simple once established.

For further information please visit www.GoGreenCommercially.com or call Bryan Lauer at 813.349.8550, bblauer@clwrg.com

-Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

CLW Real Estate Services Group

I bought a new eco-friendly shower-head!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 04-05-2010

I’m going to save about 2-4 gallons every time I shower now that I have a new eco-friendly shower-head.  I could save anywhere from 104 – 208 gallons every year and around $75 – $150/year just by turning the water off when I’m scrubbing down :)

The average person uses 100 gallons of water every day!  Do your part – save, be sustainable, act green, go green!

Happy Earth Week!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 19-04-2010

IF YOU DON’T KNOW, EARTH WEEK IS THIS WEEK AND EARTH DAY IS THURSDAY.

I hope everyone takes a moment to reflect on Mother Earth and how you treat Her.

Please be environmentally sensitive.

COMMENT to this post AND TELL US WHAT YOU DO TO BE SUSTAINABLE!

“I help existing buildings implement sustainable practices that meet LEED standards throughout Florida.  I’m looking to expand my LEED Certification for Existing Building expertise in hopes of reducing the US office building carbon footprint saving building owners money and much, much more.”

- Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

bblauer@clwrg.com

813.349.8550

This Go Green site is a BLOG

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 22-02-2010

This means that there are many articles about many different subjects that can be searched by using the search bar at the top of the website.  Enjoy!

The Coming Renaissance of Electrical Contracting

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 10-02-2010

This article was written by Houston Neal

In the next ten to twenty years, “electrical contractor” will no longer be a suitable job title for electricians. They will transition into “energy contractors” to support the fast-growing green construction market.

We see this as a coming renaissance in electrical contracting. There has been a revival of interest in the electrical trade as home owners and corporations adopt alternative methods (e.g. solar, wind, etc) to power buildings. What’s driving this? Federal incentives, lower material costs and savings from reduced energy spending.

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study by the American Solar Energy Society projects renewable energy jobs for electricians to grow approximately 900% by 2030, just in the state of Colorado.

To take advantage of upcoming opportunities, electricians will need to “green” their skill-set and re-brand themselves. We’ll share more on this later. First, let’s take a look at the trends driving this change.

Green Construction is on the Rise
According to a 2009 Booz Allen Hamilton study, green construction will skyrocket over the next five years. The report projects green construction to generate $554 billion dollars in GDP, provide $396 billion in labor earnings and support or create over 7.9 million jobs from 2009 to 2013. These figures are way up from the previous 8-year period. From 2000-2008, GDP from green construction was just $173 billion, labor earnings was $123 billion and number of jobs created was 2.4 million.

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This growth comes directly from increased demand for green buildings, which is largely driven by cost savings from reduced property operating expenses, and by new regulations from federal legislation (e.g. American Clean Energy and Security Act).

Clearly, environmentally friendly construction affects the architecture engineering construction (AEC) industry collectively. But how will this impact electricians?

Electricians are in High Demand
The growing green construction market will create new demand for electricians. And to keep up with demand, electricians will need to diversify their skill-set. We obviously expect to see electricians working on solar photovoltaic and wind turbine installations, but that’s just the beginning. They’ll work on building retrofits, mass transit and light rail projects, “smart” electrical grid transmission systems and more. Here are a few examples of the unique places we expect electricians to find work:

  • Lighting system upgrades – There are an estimated 2.2 million commercial buildings in the U.S. that have antiquated lighting systems (old fixtures, ballasts, lamps and controls). Additionally, all federal buildings are required to switch to Energy Star lighting products by the end of 2013 (in accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007). Some of these upgrades can be handled by the local maintenance guy, but others will require the expertise and skill of electrical contractors.
  • Parking lot electrical outlets – A state bill in Minnesota will require half of new parking facilities to include outlets to charge electric vehicles. Who will install these docking stations? Electricians of course. Members of the Minnesota Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 292 are already preparing to provide labor for these projects. If successful, we expect other states and cities to follow Minnesota’s example.
  • Wind turbine manufacturing – According to a report from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), a typical 250-person wind turbine manufacturing company has two electricians as employees. This isn’t a large number, but it’s an example of the variety of job opportunities available.
  • Electric vehicle electricians – Jobs for electricians will also emerge in adjacent industries. For example, electricians will need to be trained in auto mechanics – or auto mechanics will need to be trained in electrical contracting – in order to meet demand for electric vehicle maintenance. And the career outlook is good: electric vehicle electricians make an average of $39-$59 thousand a year.

For additional information on green job opportunities for electricians, check out this article from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

LEED Creates New Opportunities
Projects applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status are growing just as fast as the rest of the green construction market. With many LEED credits being electric- and energy-related, electricians will have an opportunity to win work on these projects. However, they’ll need to get versed on credit requirements, and should even consider becoming a LEED accredited professional (AP). LEED projects get an extra point for having an AP on the job, which could be a selling-point when bidding on jobs.

Here’s a sample of credits that require the knowledge and skill of electricians.

TITLE CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
Alternative Transportation — Low-emitting and Fuel-efficient Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 4.3 Install alternative-fuel fueling stations (e.g. stations for charging electric cars) for 3% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site.
Light Pollution Reduction Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 8 Internal lighting – Reduce input power (by automatic device) of interior lights by at least 50% between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Electrician will select and install fixtures and controls to meet requirements.

External lighting – Light areas only as required for safety and comfort. Lighting power densities must not exceed ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 and must meet lighting control requirements from ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007. Electrician will perform photometric analysis to validate compliance of credit requirements.

Optimize Energy Performance Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 1 Demonstrate a percentage improvement in the proposed building performance rating compared with baseline building performance rating. The higher the building energy efficiency level, the more LEED points are awarded. Electrician will work with utility company to assess energy performance and identify most cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
On-site Renewable Energy Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 2 Install and use on-site renewable energy systems (solar, wind, etc) to offset building energy costs.
Green Power Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 6 Engage in at least a 2-year renewable energy contract to provide at least 35% of the building’s electricity from renewable sources (wind, solar, wave, geothermal, or biomass). Calculation of two-year expected energy use is required, along with kWH cost of the green power from the serving electric utility. Electrician should provide projected monthly cost required to obtain this point.
Controllability of Systems—lighting Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 6.1 Provide individual lighting controls for 90% (minimum) of the building occupants to enable adjustments to suit individual task needs and preferences.

Provide lighting system controls for all shared multi-occupant spaces to enable adjustments that meet group needs and preferences.

Electricians Must Act Now
With so many opportunities on the horizon, contractors need to make sure they’re ready to win jobs. To get started, they must gain the skills and knowledge to take on green projects. Both the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) offer education programs for green electrical work.

Next, contractors should market and promote their new green credentials. Update your website and other marketing materials, syndicate a press release to trade magazines and local media, and get more exposure online by joining directories (e.g. CalFinder.com) or advertising in search engines.

Finally, update your bidding process to make sure you win those green electrical jobs. You’ll need to bid accurately to ensure job profitability, but competitively to make sure you win the job. This means having up-to-date pricing information on materials and labor. Good electrical estimating software will have specific capabilities to estimate solar panel installations and other types of renewable energy jobs.

Clinton Global Initiative

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 08-02-2010

This article was written by Jack Lundee.

Mother Nature is one of, if not the, most destructive force on the planet and this was never more apparent then on January 12th, 2010 when the small island nation of Haiti was leveled by destructive and crippling earthquake. It is of grave importance that we do our best to take care of the Earth that is home to us all or we may find ourselves with such great natural tragedies as the people of Haiti. This is why the Clinton Global Initiative has taken the necessary steps to ensure a better, safer, and cleaner Earth for all of us with one of their many green initiatives of reducing fleet emissions in San Francisco. Machine behind the initiative, Doug Band, has lead the CGI to the forefront of international aid and philanthropy since its inception in 2005.  Their sights are set on preventing global warming from becoming a complete natural disaster, and this starts in the San Francisco bay area.

The CGI realizes that CO2 emissions that are being discharged into the San Fran atmosphere could be considerably cut down by changing the current route method for San Fran vehicle fleets. Luckily, the CGI has came up with a solution that both makes public service and fuel consumption more efficient in the area. Route optimization can not only help organize work assignments into real street time rather than a grid system, but also can be enhanced to minimize CO2 emissions by suggesting an optimized stop sequence for the fleets rather than leaving it up to the driver alone. This, the CGI feels, will not only help cut emissions in the San Francisco area but will ensure that a place that is very familiar with natural disasters helps prevent an even graver one from occurring.  To learn more about the practice areas of the CGI, including all green efforts, click here

February 8th, 2010

How to save water tip

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 07-02-2010

Water your lawn every other week during winter months and monitor site integrity.  Only water lawn when necessary.

Updated Go Green Facts page

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 06-02-2010

Check out my updated go green facts page here – http://www.gogreencommercially.com/go-green-facts/

How to Save Water

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 18-01-2010

The following go-green water-saving tips are taken from various sources including myself.  A couple great references are the US EPA and WaterPilgrim

  • Fix leaks immediately!
  • Only run dish washer when full
  • Take showers not baths
  • Buy a 0.5 gallon per minute (gpm) aerators ($5) to retrofit your faucets
  • Buy 1.0 gpm shower heads
  • Buy Energy Star Washer/Dryer and Dish Washer
  • Take short showers and only when needed

How to Save Energy and Go Green

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 18-01-2010

Most of the following tips were taken from various sources including myself.  The US EPA website is a good reference as well as this website.  Go Green!

Reduce your Carbon Footprint – don’t drive as much.

  • Do not drive as much.  Only drive when necessary.  Turn your car off when waiting.
  • Wait to run errands all at one time
  • Ask your employer if you can work from home once or twice/week
  • Carpool
  • Begin purchasing Energy Efficient household items such as:  Light Bulbs, Washer/Dryer, Refrigerator, etc.
  • Recycle
  • Don’t purchase water bottles, use cups and reuse
  • Don’t purchase as much to reduce your waste production

Happy New Year, Happy Environment, Happy Planet

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-01-2010

First and foremost, happy New Year!  Now let’s make a change, starting now in January 2010.

Currently the parts per million of CO2 is at record highs at 390 ppm.  The threshold (360ppm) was surpassed and if changes aren’t made soon it won’t be very good for any of us.

People always want what’s best for their loved ones. One of the best gifts to give is preserving the environment we live in for our loved ones.

i’m in love with the girl of my dreams.  I try my hardest to do what’s right, including preserving vital resources that are necessary for existence.  doing small tasks like recycling, using less water, not turning on lights, etc. all make a difference.  How? It takes a conscious effort and lifestyle changes that we all can do.

Help the people that won’t be born for another 100 years by doing your part now.  You can and will make a difference and every little bit helps.  For more information click here – http://www.GoGreenCommercially.com/2010-challenge/

Please let me know what you are doing in making this a better world for you and everyone else

Energy Management Software

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 14-12-2009

This article was written by Chris Thorman.

For years, both commercial and residential property managers have adhered to a fixed set of job responsibilities – collecting rent, coordinating maintenance requests, renewing leases and attracting new residents.

One more job responsibility – managing and forecasting a building’s carbon footprint – should be added, according to Ross Sharman, director of Australia-based Knowledge Global and Oracle Magazine’s 2009 Green IT Architect of the Year.

Sharman and Knowledge Global, a sustainability consultancy, have created a comprehensive, automated environmental monitoring system for buildings called EMMA (Environmental Management Solution). The EMMA system is a solution for property owners and managers who want to measure, track and forecast exactly how much energy a building is using/losing, while simultaneously educating their tenants about their carbon output.

The EMMA system gathers environmental data from a variety of electronic monitors inside and outside of a building. This data is aggregated by a variety of software applications and displayed in a digital user interface. The information provides an ongoing snapshot of the “health” of the building.

Metrics the EMMA system measures and how they are tracked include:

  • Gas, water, electricity use, waste and weather information through the monitoring of meters
  • Human traffic through security systems and thermal imaging technology similar to what shopping centers use
  • Occupant demographics through tenant profiling and human resources
  • Building space through floor plans and tenant agreements
  • Well-being of occupants through online surveys

There are a handful of services out there that monitor building energy use but none of them modify behavior like the EMMA system does.

The EMMA monitor in the lobby of buildings displays energy use by floor, room and even by tenant. This makes it easy to organize competitions that motivate tenants to reduce the amount of energy they are using.

EMMA’s wireless “eggs” are another visual incentive for reducing tenants’ carbon footprint.  These egg-shaped devices sit throughout a building – in common areas and on each floor, for example – and glow red or green as energy use fluctuates against the optimal forecast. This constant reminder about energy use encourages tenants to use less, or at least, makes them aware of energy use in areas they may have not even thought about before.

You can read more about EMMA here.

Chris Thorman contributed this post. He blogs at Software Advice.

2010 Green Challenge: Save Water & Energy

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 16-11-2009

2010 World Challenge:  Save Water and Energy   d/b/a – Project Preserve

We need to preserve our planet for future generations.

How do you save water and energy?

How to save water:

  • Invest in low-flow items or aerators (water-reducing devices – they are cheap) for:  faucets, shower-heads, toilets
  • Turn shower off when scrubbing your body with soap.  If you do this every time you take a shower and you take an average of 1.25 showers/day you will save an estimated 1,003.74 gallons/year (2.2gpm flow rate * 1.25*365)! If 10% of America (30.8 million) committed to this challenge we would save thirty billion eight hundred ninety-two million four thousand
  • Do not flush the toilet after you pee; wait 1 or 3 other times; this will save an estimated 803 – 2409 gallons/year.  If 10% of America committed to this challenge we would save twenty-four billion seven hundred thirty-two million four hundred thousand to seventy-four billion one hundred ninety-seven million two hundred thousand gallons of water/year.
  • Combined water challenges would save $50-150/year for a combined total of one billion five hundred forty million to four billion six hundred twenty million dollars

How to save Energy

  • Turn everything off, including A/C, and unplug appliances.  This could save 10% of your electric bill/year or 6.34205796 billion U.S. dollars if 10% of Americans took the 2010 Challenge d/b/a Project Preserve

GreenBuild bound!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 10-11-2009

I am so excited for my first GreenBuild experience in Phoenix this week (11/10/2009 – 11/13/2009)!

  • There is going to be an estimated 30,000 people in attendance
  • Al Gore is the opening speaker
  • Thousands of vendor booths on:  renewable energy, environmentally friendly products and so much more

LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 05-11-2009

LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings is the latest version the USGBC and GBCI have developed for existing buildings and is called Green Buildings Operations and Maintenance (GBOM).  The content within the reference guide is slightly different than the previous version – Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance (EBOM), however, the credit points have changed significantly while the pre-requisites have stayed the same.

The credit points now have the following scale:  Certified – 40 – 49, Silver – 50 – 59, Gold – 60 – 79, Platinum – 80 – 110.  Although there are more points to be had, to achieve certification requires achieving more points than the EBOM version (32).

There is also a new version of LEED Online.  I used it today for the first time registering a project in Coral Gables.  Although different, it seems to be more user friendly once used to the formatting.  The submittal templates are also modified from the previous version making it more cumbersome.

In conclusion I believe the USGBC and GBCI need to stick with the same version of LEEDOnline and the Submittal Templates in order for people to be efficient and effective.  Changing these every year or two makes it much more difficult for LEED AP’s to master.

GreenSource review – Vanishing Village – Kivalina

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 02-11-2009

What seems to be the first major casualty of Global Warming, Kivalina, the Alaskan island home to roughly 400, is loosing shoreline at an alarming rate.  Natives mount the seawall with sandbags as a last effort to save their home, and, unfortunately, this isn’t helping.

What would you do if your home was slowly disappearing?

These natives have taken a valiant step by suing energy companies such as Exxon, Shell, BP and many others for their impact on Global Warming.

But why is it the energy companies are the ones at fault?  Isn’t every person who drives a car or uses oil/gas at fault?  When a person is shot and killed by a gun, the person’s family isn’t suing the gun maker, they are suing the person at fault.  Same should go with global warming – it’s the individuals, companies, governments who are consuming the oil/gas that should be at fault.

What are your thoughts???  Comment on this article…

LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-11-2009

LEED as we know it has been ever-changing.  In Dec. 2008 I passed the LEED EBv2, the LEED EBOM version came out in Aug. 2008, and now the latest version of Existing Buildings – Green Buildings:  Operations & Maintenance, is out to be used.  I would bet that an updated version comes out by Dec 2010.  Although this can be frustrating, the GBCI and USGBC are making the LEED process easier and improve the program(s).

To find out more about LEED 2009, please visit the GBCI website at www.gbci.org

Thought on the Big Picture

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 23-10-2009

Think about how your great great grandkids need water and other essentials to live. ..

The average person uses 100 Gallons of water every day!

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 36 states anticipate some degree of water shortage by 2013!

a faucet with a leakage rate of 1 drip/second wastes around 3,000 gallons of water/year.

DO YOUR PART -

THINK GREEN.  ACT GREEN.  BE GREEN.  GO GREEN.

Now think about how much water and other essentials you waste everyday…

find captivating green facts here – http://www.GoGreenCommercially.com/go-green-facts/

100 North Tampa Receives LEED EB Silver Certification

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 20-10-2009

Downtown Tampa’s tallest building just got “taller”

As a result of nearly a year-long team effort by staff personnel of CLW Real Estate Services Group and 2B Green World, 100 North Tampa, the 42 story, 552,080 sq. ft. office tower in downtown Tampa was recently awarded the United States’ Green Building Council’s LEED-EB (Existing Building) Silver Certification designation (Oct. 09).  This prestigious certification is awarded only to those properties that meet numerous, stringent prerequisites and credit requirements established by the non-profit USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

As stated by the USGBC, “The LEED Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance is a set of performance standards for certifying the operations and maintenance of existing commercial or institutional buildings and high-rise residential buildings of all sizes, both public and private.  The intent is to promote high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound practices in existing buildings.”

Bryan Lauer, Owner & Consultant at 2B Green World (and LEED AP) and Project Manager for the project said, “This 12-month LEED certification process fine-tuned 100 North Tampa’s operations and maintenance, resulting in an even more effective and efficient building for existing and future tenants”.

Cal Buikema, Sr. Property Manager of 100 North Tampa and Project Team Administrator for this LEED certification process added, “We are ecstatic to have achieved this Silver certification designation, as it truly sets 100 North Tampa apart as a leader in practicing ‘green’ building initiatives. 100 North Tampa is now the first Class A office building in Tampa’s central business district to have achieved LEED certification”.

Lauer further stated, “Typically, LEED Certified buildings save energy, use less water, have better indoor air quality, have expanded material recycling programs, implement green cleaning programs, use more environmentally-friendly products and materials and conduct other innovative operational initiatives adding to enhanced occupant comfort levels. In achieving Silver certification status, 100 North Tampa has demonstrated its high level of participation in all of these practices”.

More detailed information on 100 North Tampa’s achievement can be found on Bryan Lauer’s blog at www.GoGreenCommercially.com and typing in 100 North Tampa in the search bar at the top.

2B Green World is a consulting firm specializing in LEED Certification for Existing Buildings.  Our LEED Consulting services covers the United States and all over the World.

For more information about 2B Green World, view their site here – http://www.2bgreenworld.com/ – or call Bryan Lauer at 813.964.7336.

What is carrying capacity?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 13-10-2009

Carrying capacity is the ability to provide the resources required to sustain life while retaining the capacity to regenerate and remain viable.

think about that…

Think green, act green, be green

LEED EBOM Case Study – 100 North Tampa Summary

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 24-09-2009

The following project was completed by Sustainable Services, a boutique LEED Certification company specializing in Existing Buildings.  To inquire on LEED Certifying your building, please contact Bryan Lauer at 813.349.8550 or bblauer@clwrg.com

Tampa’s tallest building just got “taller”

100 North Tampa recently received LEED Silver Certification from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) on October 19, 2009!  The results come from a year long effort by the staff of CLW Real Estate Services Group, lead by Calvin Buikema, and Sustainable Services, lead by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP.

The LEED (Existing Building) Certification entails all aspects of building management, operations and maintenance.  The LEED process “fine-tuned” building operations and maintenance enabling a more effective and efficient building.

The following are the results of a 12-month process.

Major Highlights

  • 9 pre-requisites to qualify for LEED (EBOM) Certification were attempted
  • 48 out of 52 Credit points were achieved – a Silver Rating
    • 2 Sustainable Sites (SS)
    • 9 Water Efficiency (WE)
    • 13 Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
    • 7 Materials & Resources (MR)
    • 10 Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
    • 7 Innovation in Operation (IO)
  • The LEED team implemented no-cost/low-cost energy efficient strategies with very significant projected savings.
  • The LEED team has developed an energy-efficient capital improvement plan for lighting retrofits and HVAC improvements.
  • With building owner approval, the LEED Team retrofit – 140 toilets, 173 faucets and 14 shower-heads.
  • Management improved the cooling tower operation and resulted in saving an estimated 1.1 million gallons of water and $7,300 per year!  The project cost was $11,000.
  • Management discontinued irrigating the landscape as the plants are well established and native.  This will save an estimated 26,728 gallons of water per year and average savings of $102 per year over 10 years.
  • Increased the property’s recycling program and now track the amount of materials leaving the building (outlined below).  The site generated 311,165 pounds of ongoing consumable waste of which 228,905 pounds (74%) were recycled during our performance period (3/1/09-5/31/09).
  • The LEED Team created the following policies/procedures to ensure best management practices and the use of sustainable products:
    • Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Policy
    • Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Policy
    • Sustainable Purchasing Policy (Facility Alterations & Additions)
    • Solid Waste Management Policy (Ongoing Consumables, Durable Goods and Facility Alterations & Additions)
    • Light-bulb Purchasing Policy – to reduce the amount of mercury-containing light bulbs onsite
    • Green Cleaning Policy
    • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management procedures
    • High Performance Cleaning policy
    • Indoor Integrated Pest Management policy
  • Management now has the following tracked and documented:
    • Light bulb purchases – to verify our goal of averaging 70 picograms per lumen-hour (mercury) or less
    • Ongoing Consumables – to verify and compare the amounts going to the landfill and amounts being recycled
    • Durable Goods – to verify all durable goods leaving the site are properly disposed of
    • Facility Alterations & Additions – to verify our contractor’s purchase at least 50% sustainable products and divert at least 70% of waste generated during build-outs/improvements
    • Cleaning products – to verify our goal of purchasing at least 90% sustainable products
    • Cleaning Equipment – to verify our goal of purchasing sustainable equipment from now on.  Currently, over 30% of our cleaning equipment is sustainable
    • Pest Management products – to ensure environmentally-friendly products are used within the building
  • The LEED Team conducted a Waste Stream Audit to better understand the buildings waste streams.  The results conclude that building occupants, for the most part, properly dispose of “waste”.  (this credit was not earned even though attempted).
  • The LEED Team conducted a 10-question Occupant Comfort Survey.  334 building occupants (30.6%) filled out the survey with over 75% either “Neutral”, “Satisfied”, “Mostly Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied” on all 10 questions.
  • The LEED Team conducted a Custodial Effectiveness Assessment that audited:  office space, restrooms, corridors and lobby.  The average score was 1.18 – nearly perfect with 1 being the best and 5 being the lowest.

In conclusion, the LEED Certification process was a great success.

  • The building is running efficiently and effectively
  • The building occupants are satisfied
  • Management implements best practices
  • Vendors are utilizing environmentally-friendly products

For more detailed information, go to www.GoGreenCommercially.com and type in “100 North Tampa” in the websites search-bar at the top right of the site.

Sustainable Services – LEED Existing Building Specialists

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 20-09-2009

Sustainable Services is an LLC specializing in converting Existing Buildings into LEED Certified buildings.  We are a boutique firm based out of Tampa, FL.  We have the capacity to work anywhere around the country.  We are relationship driven and treat each client as if there were our only client.

Our cost-effective process produces the following benefits for building owners:

  • Reduce Operating Expenses
  • Increase Marketability
  • Increase Occupancy Rate
  • Increase Rental Rate
  • Increase Sales Price
  • Increase Recycling
  • Improve Building Operations
  • Improve Indoor Air Quality
  • Improve Occupant Comfort
  • Utilize “Green”, environmentally-friendly products

The first project undertaken was a 42 story, 550,000 square foot office high-rise in downtown Tampa (100 North Tampa Street).  100 North Tampa

For more information, please contact Bryan Lauer at 813.349.8550 or blauer123@hotmail.com

Green Ventilation in the Industrial Industry

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 06-09-2009

This article was written by Mark Hannah with the Moffitt Corportation.

Moffitt Corporation is the Global Leader in Gravity Ventilation since 1961.  Gravity ventilation also known as natural ventilation is using physics to allow heat to rise and escape from the building, others also call this process a stack effect.  The problem with many facilities is that there is not an effective process of heat removal.  Moffitt provides several products that allows for ventilation naturally.

Other ventilation companies often use motor-powered fans to relieve the building of heat and smoke.  This is ineffective in more ways than one.  Fans are only able to pull air out that is within one fan diameter.  That means the heat or smoke won’t be moved until it utilizes gravity’s force to rise towards that fan.  Secondly, fan motors add costs and maintenance that natural ventilators do not.  An estimated $400 is spent per horsepower per year.  That means a single five horsepower motor will end up costing $2,000 in operation alone using electricity.  That is if the motor runs perfectly all year and no additional maintenance is required.

Natural Ventilators once installed require no maintenance.  No hazards of maintenance men climbing up to the roof for repair.  These ventilators keep buildings weather tight allowing no rain or snow in.  The ventilators effectively remove heat and smoke providing worker comfort and cleaner air while having a longer life than a fan.

Moffitt provides a whole line of natural ventilators including our continuous relief ventilator, the Labyrinth and the GreenRoo®.  Moffitt also provides free ventilation design as well as full turn-key solutions from manufacturing of products to project installation.  The benefits as well as savings are endless:

  • No energy consumed
  • No maintenance
  • No sound
  • No operational cost
  • Long life span

Reduce your carbon footprint by contacting Moffitt today to greatly reduce your ventilation costs.  Call 1-(800) 474-3267 or mhannah@moffitthvac.com.

See us on the web @ www.moffitthvac.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/moffitthvac.

America’s Greenest Cities

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 29-08-2009

The following is taken from a study conducted by Elizabeth Svoboda, with additional reporting by Eric Mika and Saba Berhie, called America’s 50 Greenest Cities

Have you ever wondered what the “greenest” cities in the US were?  The following rank of green cities is based on Electricity (E), Transportation (T), Green Living (G), Recycling and green perspective (R).  Electricity (10 points) is based on renewable energy use; Transportation (10 points) is based on commuters who take public transportation or carpool, air quality is also a factor; Green Living (5 points) is based on the number of USGBC LEED Certified buildings and green space (parks & preserves); Recycling & Green Perspective (5 points) is a measure of a city’s recycling program and citizens consideration for the environment.

1. Portland, OR - E – 7.1; T – 6.4; G – 4.8; R – 4.8

2. San Fransisco, CA – E – 6.8; T – 8.8; G – 3.5; R – 3.9

3. Boston, MA – E – 5.7; T – 8.7; G – 3.4; R – 4.9

4. Oakland, CA – E – 7; T – 7.5; G – 3.1; R – 4.9

5. Eugene, OR – E – 10; T – 4.7; G – 2.9; R – 4.8

6. Cambridge, MA – E – 6.1; T – 7.5; G – 3.9; R – 4.7

7. Berkeley, CA – E – 6.2; T – 8.4; G – 2.9; R – 4.7

8. Seattle, WA – E – 6.2; T – 7.3; G – 4.7; R – 3.9

9. Chicago, IL – E – 5.4; T – 7.3; G – 5.0; R – 3.6

10. Austin, TX - E – 6.9; T – 5.9; G – 3.3; R – 4.9

11. Minneapolis, MN – E – 7.8; T – 7.4; G – 2.8; R – 2.3

12. St. Paul, MN – E – 8; T – 4.0; G – 3.5; R – 4.7

13. Sunnyvale, CA – E – 7.3; T – 6.8; G – 2.2; R – 3.6

14. Honolulu, HA – E – 6.0; T – 7.8; G – 2.6; R – 3.5

15. Fort Worth, TX – E – 8.3; T – 4.6; G – 2.4; R – 4.4

16. Albuquerque, NM – E – 7.6; T – 5.5; G – 2.4; R – 3.6

17. Syracuse, NY – E – 7; T – 4.9; G – 2.6; R – 4.4

18. Huntsville, AL – E – 6.2; T – 4.1; G – 3.6; R – 4.5

19. Denver, CO – E – 5.9; T – 5.2; G – 3; R – 4.1

20 New York, NY – E – 2.8; T – 10; G – 3.4; R – 2

21. Irvine, CA – E – 4.2; T – 6.8; G – 2.9; R – 4.2

22. Milwaukee, WI – E – 5; T – 4.9; G – 3.1; R – 4.3

23. Santa Rosa, CA – E – 7; T – 3.4; G – 2.4; $ – 4.4

24. Ann Arbor, MI - E – 4.6; T – 4.8; G – 2.9; R – 4.9

25. Lexington, KY – E – 5.9; T – 3.6; G – 2.3; R – 5

26. Tulsa, OK - E – 5; T – 3.9; G – 3.4; R – 4.4

27. Rochester, NY – E – 4.5; T – 4.4; G – 3.1; R – 4.1

28. Riverside, CA – E – 7.5; T – 3.1; G – 2.1; R – 3.3

29. Springfield, IL - E – 5.3; T – 3; G – 3.2; R – 4.2

30. Alexandra, VA – E – 2.7; T – 6.3; G – 3.1; R – 3.6

GreenSource article review: Combating Climate Change

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 23-08-2009

The article being reviewed was written by Joann Gonchar, AIA

If you have yet to hear about “cap and trade”, prepare yourself, as our Government has approved a bill known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES).  This bill will establish a type of “cap and trade” method which sets limits on greenhouse-gas emissions (carbon dioxide and 5 additional heat-trapping gases).  This bill was created for the purpose of reducing emissions 3% from 2005 levels by 2012.  ”The required reductions would surge up to 17 percent by 2020, and to 83 percent by mid-century.”

Refining sources, utilities, and other industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions is who the bill would apply to.  The bill would not be directed toward individual commercial buildings.

What does all this mean?  It means the government is trying to save the world by reducing the deadly affects carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases cause.  To learn more about these deadly gases click here: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

GreenSource Magazine

So What Makes Green Construction?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 06-08-2009

This article was written by Michael Hartzog with The Murray Company.

So What Makes Green Construction?

LEED Gold Certified – Tui Marine International Headquarters

The construction process can contribute significantly to achieving points in the LEED rating system.  For the Tui Marine International Headquarters, the strategies used in the construction process were directly responsible for pursuing 14 points, which pushed the project total to 40 points and a LEED Gold certification.  Let’s take a look at these LEED credits and the strategy used to achieve them.

“Construction Activity Pollution Prevention” – The LEED intent is to reduce pollution from construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation.  For this project, an erosion and sediment control plan was created and implemented to ensure compliance with the 2003 EPA Construction General Permit.  The plan included providing a silt fence around the construction activities and providing filters around stormwater inlets.

“Fundamental Commissioning and Enhanced Commissioning of the Building Energy Systems” – The LEED intent is to verify that the building’s energy systems are installed, calibrated, and perform according to the owner’s project requirements, basis of design, and construction documents.  For this project, a commissioning authority developed and implemented a commissioning plan for the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.  During construction, the plan was applied to review contractor submittals, verify installation, verify performance, develop a systems manual, and verify systems training.

“Construction Waste Management” – The LEED intent is to divert construction and demolition debris from disposal in landfills and incinerators and redirect reusable materials to appropriate sites.  For this project, 83.9% of the construction debris was sent to a recycling location instead of a landfill.  The recycled construction debris included concrete, asphalt, metal, wood, cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans, and paper.  These materials were selected due to the availability of local recycling stations.  For each material, a separate container was provided for collection and storage until full.  The containers included 20-yard dumpsters, 2-yard dumpsters, and trash cans.  All containers were identified with signage to help workers with placing waste in the correct recycling container.  Once the containers were full, the appropriate recycling company was called to take the materials to the appropriate sites.

“Recycled Content” – The LEED intent is to increase demand for building products that incorporate recycled content materials, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.  For this project, the materials used in the building contain a total of 15.0% post-consumer recycled content and 21.9% pre-consumer recycled content.  These materials included concrete, rebar, structural steel, bar joists, metal deck, laminate, roof insulation, caulk, aluminum framing, hollow metal window frames, hollow metal door frames, wood doors, door hardware, glass, drywall, metal studs, wall insulation, sound insulation, ceiling grid, ceiling tile, carpet, floor tile, vinyl wall coverings, and toilet accessories.

“Regional Materials” – The LEED intent is to increase demand for building materials and products that are extracted and manufactured within the region, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.  For this project, 17.9% of the materials were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the site.  These materials included concrete, drywall, and landscaping.

“Certified Wood” – The LEED intent is to encourage environmentally responsible forest management.  For this project, 75.3% of the wood products used in the building are certified through the Forest Stewardship Council’s Principles and Criteria.  These wood products included mirror frames and solid core wood doors.

“Construction Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan” – The LEED intent is to reduce indoor air quality problems resulting from the construction process in order to help sustain the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants.  For this project, a Construction IAQ Management Plan was created and implemented during construction to improve the indoor air quality.  The plan included using low-emitting materials, covering all HVAC openings with plastic, placing MERV 8 filters on return air openings, placing MERV 8 filters in HVAC units, using equipment to reduce airborne particulates, using equipment to reduce odors, and using dehumidifiers for moisture control.  The plan also did not allow food, drinks, or smoking in the building.  The plan paid off after construction – and immediately prior to occupancy – as a third party tested and confirmed the concentration levels were acceptable for formaldehyde, particulates (PM-10), total volatile organic compounds, and carbon monoxide.

“Low-Emitting Materials” – The LEED intent is to reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.  For this project, all adhesives, sealants, paints, and coatings used in the building met the requirements for VOC levels.  All carpets met the requirements for the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program.  All composite wood and agrifiber products, such as particleboard, plywood, and door cores, used inside the building did not contain added urea-formaldehyde resins.

“LEED Accredited Professional” – The LEED intent is to support and encourage the design integration required by a LEED project and streamline the application and certification process.  For this project, the project manager for the general contractor was a LEED Accredited Professional.

Office Support Systems is Green

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 05-08-2009

 A letter from Tony Veal, CEO of Office Support Systems headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon addressing ways for companies to save money and become a greener organization. If you are looking for ways to save money while  implementing  sustainable practices,  we have these solutions available  through your ink and toner needs.

 At Office Support Systems we are not just eco-talk, we are taking eco-action! When it comes to helping the environment, not only do we currently help hundreds of organizations recycle over 500,000 cartridges a year but we have gone one more step and created the Go Green Brand Print Cartridge. With this latest innovation we now combine Quality Recycled Products with Green Ideology along with a free recycling program that pays you to recycle your empties! Our Print Cartridges are up to 50% off the cost of manufacturers such as Hewlett Packard, Canon, Epson and Lexmark. Here’s the scoop…

For every green laser toner cartridge purchased we donate One Dollar to AmericanForests.org which in turn, plants one tree. For every green inkjet cartridge purchased we donate Fifty Cents  to  AmericanForests.org

Every dollar we donate plants a tree. Now how cool is that?

Green Rewards Program

Every Laser cartridge you send us earns a One Dollar credit toward future purchases. Every Ink Jet cartridge you send us earns Fifty Cents credit toward future purchases. We pay any and all FedEx freight charges to recycle your empties.

At OSS we are Eco Innovators. Not only does our Go Green Brand  ™  keep excess waste like used cartridges out of our planet’s landfills, but we take it to the next level and a tree is planted  for very cartridge used which creates a healthier and more sustainable environment for all of us.

Coupled with a free recycling program that rewards you is a win, win.

Interested In purchasing Green Cartridges for yourself or your organization? That’s wonderful news! Please Contact us at: www.gogreenbrand.com or 800.375.6816

Fat Bottom Bags – Go Green!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 05-08-2009

This article note was written by Cristi with Fat Bottom Bags

Hi!

I saw your request on Twitter for articles or information of green businesses and I thought I’d write you a little note and let you know about what I’m doing to help the environment.

I make FatBottomBags!  They are reusable totes bags and backpacks that I make from “disposable” plastic bags and they were born from my desire to do something positive to help the environment. I was concerned about what to do with the plastic shopping bags that I had at home.

I wanted to find a way to put them to good use and keep them out of the waste stream.

I discovered a technique to use them for crochet projects and developed my own pattern for FatBottomBags!

I started small. First I made several bags for my own use. I got a lot of positive feedback about the bags I was using. People seemed excited by the idea that something useful could be created from this wasted resource!

By using my own reusable bags, I stopped collecting so many of those plastic ones so I began to gather them from friends and neighbors to recycle them. And now I am recycling bags for 15 different families!

I wanted to make a difference for the planet and I am! So far FatBottomBags has saved over 3500 plastic shopping bags from entering the waste stream or worse yet winding up in our oceans.

When we all do our small part we really can change the big picture!

Sincerely,

Christi

www.FatBottomBags.com

Ecosandbags

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 04-08-2009

This article was written by Keith Johnson.

The HighTech Alternative to Traditional Sandbags

Easy and affordable – your best defense in flood control

  • Dry weight 14.5 oz. each (sandless sandbag)
  • Simply submerge in water for 3 to 5 minutes and bag will inflate to 35 lbs.
  • 10 year shelf life
  • Can be deployed in a fraction of the time of traditional sandbags.
  • Each bag absorbs & contains over 4 gallons of water.

Environmentally Safe

  • Biodegradable.  Requires no special disposal.
  • Can be burned or buried after use.  Product dissolves naturally in the ground.

Efficient

  • Eliminates the material cost, time and manpower required to construct traditional sandbags during a flooding emergency.
  • Easy to ship and move.
  • All bags weigh the same and are the same size, producing more efficient stacking, requiring less bags.
  • The Polymer Gel contained in the bag is more flexible, resulting in a better seal between bags.
  • Ready for rapid deployment in minutes, unlike traditional sandbags.
  • The sandless sandbag is approximately 1/3 the cost of traditional sandbags.

Multiple uses - Residential Protection, Factory Protection, Critical Infrastructure, Construction Sites and Soil Erosion Protection for Landscaping, Underground Parking Protection, Water Diversion, Water Leaks

LATICRETE Offers Online LEED Project Certification Assistant

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 30-07-2009

July 29, 2009:

LATICRETE has made specifying tile and stone installation materials for projects seeking LEED certification faster and easier than ever before with the launch of the LATICRETE LEED Project Certification Assistant, an innovative online tool that automatically generates all of the information required for LATICRETE products on a specific LEED project. This easy to use online tool quickly produces an Adobe Acrobat file for each LATICRETE product selected stating its VOC content, recycled content, manufacturing location, raw material sources, GREENGUARD for Children & Schools certification, technical data sheets, and a map showing the location of your project with a 500-mile radius circle depicting its relation to LATICRETE manufacturing facilities. The LATICRETE LEED Project Certification Assistant eliminates the time-consuming challenge of obtaining and quantifying the necessary data for LEED-compliant installation materials, producing detailed, accurate information in just a few moments. For LATICRETE product details, simply visit www.laticrete.com and click on “LEED Project Certification Assistant” on the homepage, or click on “Architects” and then “GREEN/LEED.”

“We recognized a need in the industry to provide this type of comprehensive information,” said Art Mintie, LATICRETE Director, Technical Services. “The data that’s provided is necessary for any project seeking LEED certification and we found it extremely time consuming to manually gather the required information. This was driven by a need in the industry as the green building movement continues to grow. Architects, specifiers, installers, distributors, anyone, can have this information in their hand in seconds instead of the weeks it might take otherwise. Having this type of information upfront aids all parties involved in projects seeking LEED certification.”

 LATICRETE International, Inc. is a family owned business dedicated to innovative, high quality tile and stone installation systems. Based in the USA, the 50-plus year old company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in its field. It’s well known brands LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY® and SpectraLOCK® are manufactured and sold worldwide. USA /Canada: 1.800.243.4788, outside USA: +1.203.393.0010, www.laticrete.com.

Go Green, LEED, USGBC info

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 24-07-2009

Go Green Commercially is a blog filled with useful information on going green, LEED Certification and the USGBC.  Sustainable tips including how to save water, recycle and save money are thoughout this website.

I will post your go green articles!

If there is anything you feel should be included please let me know.

Track LEED V3 Credits in Project Management Software

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 20-07-2009

This article was written by Houston Neal with Software Advice.

Given the recent deadline for registering LEED v2.2 projects, we were reminded of a post we wanted to write: how construction project management software can be used to track LEED credits.

Tracking LEED credits requires software functionality similar to that required for more traditional construction project management. Consequently, a few leading vendors have re-purposed their technology to make this possible; others have customers who have developed their own work-arounds.

We expect to see a lot more software development as the number of annual LEED projects continues to grow. In the meantime, we’ve researched what’s available, how it works and how you can benefit from it. Here’s the scoop.

To Start, LEED Requires Strong Document Control

Tracking LEED credits is a document-intensive process. Just ask any experienced LEED Accredited Professional (AP). Submittal documentation includes drawings, receipts, product spec sheets, photos, commission plans and more. Adding to the clutter, numerous project members will access and edit these documents.

Project management software, especially web-based systems, act as a repository for the storage and retrieval of critical project documents. Simply upload a document into the system, then attach it to the appropriate LEED-credit log. From there you can track the history of a document, see every change that has been made and who made it.

EADOC is a web-based system that offers LEED tracking functionality. This example screenshot shows LEED credit details for Indoor Environmental Air Quality (IEQ) 7.1. The page includes information on what materials were used, the project location and status of approval. More importantly, notice the attached submittal and drawing documents. These files provide a paper trail for proof of compliance. Click the image for a closer view.

Tracking Credits with Reports by Category

Here’s another example from Procore, developers of web-based construction project management software. The example below is for Materials and Resources (MR) Credit 2, construction waste management. This credit requires contractors to recycle and/or salvage 50% to 75% of nonhazardous construction debris.

Procore’s LEED detail tracking page includes a brief description of the credit and a table with the requirements. Users can upload related documents (in this case a disposal ticket from the waste management company), then log specific details in each column (weight of material disposed).

Achieving a Single View of LEED Progress

We spoke with Tooey Courtemanche, CEO of Procore, to understand how his system allows users to track progress toward LEED qualification. Using his system, project managers can track credits on a per-project basis. After selecting which LEED version the project is working toward (e.g. v2.1, v2.2 or v3), the software returns a dashboard-view of all credits available.

From here, users can monitor the credits they’re applying for and the corresponding documents. Clicking on a link takes them to the detail tracking page for that credit. Submittals can be emailed, faxed or uploaded into the system, then attached to the credit. This is especially handy for LEED APs and construction managers that need to log files from the field.

When it comes time to apply, all files will be safe and secure in a single place. Users can then generate PDFs to submit to the LEED-Online system.

Additional Benefits

Aside from the aforementioned benefits, project management software can be used to schedule and coordinate important project dates (e.g. commissioning sessions), it can give you a competitive edge to win more LEED projects and it provides the document tracking required to get AP accreditation.

Finally, project management software mitigates risk. There are big financial ramifications if you fall from a gold to silver, or off the podium entirely. As Courtemanche explained to us, “Just as accounting software has become a ‘source of truth’ for financial reporting, project management software is a source of truth for LEED certification.”

Future Potential

In terms of development, we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. There is great potential for software vendors to create advanced features and functionality to make LEED tracking a less complicated process. Maybe we’ll even see a “click to submit” function for companies to submit electronically to the USGBC.

In the meantime, here are a few of our ideas. Feel free to leave a comment if you have other suggestions.

  • Executive dashboard – Shows up-to-date LEED scorecard and latest project activity
  • Portfolio roll-up – Ability to look at a “portfolio” view of all past and current LEED projects
  • Resource database – Share best practices and case studies with other APs and contractors
  • ROI/IRR Analysis – Calculate internal rate of return for a building based on discounted cash flows and investment costs
  • Submittal templates – Use templates to generate indoor air quality (IAQ) plans, construction waste management plans, credit interpretation requests (CIR) and other submittals

This article originally published on Software Advice, a website that reviews project management and construction estimating software. Visit: Track LEED v3 Credits in Project Management Software

Intellicenter – Tampa

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 16-07-2009

The following link will direct you to a LEED Silver Certified (Core and Shell) Office Building that I manage in Temple Terrace, FL.

The Intellicenter is a 4 story, 200,000 square foot, brand new office building ready for lease or purchase.

Please click the following link to learn more about this awesome, energy efficient, Green building.

Intellicenter Tampa

http://www.bestgreenblogs.com

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 18-06-2009

http://www.bestgreenblogs.com

GreenSource review – European Directive Puts Performance First

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 17-06-2009

This GreenSource article titled above was written by Tristan Roberts and here are my thoughts -

The following quote (from article) makes me laugh:

“Even Britain has received blistering criticism for its slow adoption, which caused projected carbon savings for 2010 to drop by 80%.”!

Isn’t it ironic how British people sound sophisticated yet they are not taking responsibility to protect our environment?  What do all my British friends have to say about this?  Go Green…

The 100 North Tampa LEED team is days away from submitting our LEED (EBOM) application to the USGBC.  We are projected to save 10% ($140k) – 20% ($280k) in energy costs over the next 12 months.  This will also save on GreenHouse Gas emissions.  The following chart is a snap shot from Energy Star

12 Months Ending
Current Total Site Energy Use
(kBtu)
More information about current total site energy use
Current Direct GHG Emissions
(MtCO2e)
Current Indirect GHG Emissions
(MtCO2e)
Current Total GHG Emissions
(MtCO2e)
Baseline Total GHG Emissions
(MtCO2e)
Change from Baseline: GHG Emissions
(MtCO2e)
More information about change from baseline: ghg emissions
44,687,366.92 0.00 7,870.97 7,870.97 8,109.82 -238.85
44,969,824.24 0.00 7,920.72 7,920.72 8,109.82 -189.10
Change 282,457.32 0.00 49.75 49.75 0.00 N/A


GreenSource Magazine – Global Problems Demand Global Collaboration

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 15-06-2009

The Editors of GreenSource discuss the World Business Council’s collaborative viewpoints on Sustainable Development.  the 2050 goal is to reduce building energy use by 77%!

Is that going to happen? – NOT Likely!

Why?  Drastic measures (i.e. – cap and trade, etc.) are essential to meet the goal.

Go Green and discuss your thoughts about this serious issue?

Go Green Facts

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 15-06-2009

Please click the Go Green Facts link at the top of the website to learn about many interesting Go Green Facts that will help you save money and the earth.

Go Green!

100 North Tampa-LEED (EBOM) Case Study Continued

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 06-06-2009

Materials & Resources

MR pre-requisite 1:  Sustainable Purchasing Policy – 100 North Tampa created and implemented a sustainable purchasing policy encouraging tenants to purchase sustainable, environmentally-friendly products. Go Green

MR pre-requisite 2:  Solid Waste Management Policy – 100 North Tampa created and implemented a recycling program for ongoing consumables + durable goods, including:  paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, toner cartridges, light bulbs, batteries, monitors, printers, tv’s, fax machines, furniture and metals!

During the performance period (3/1/09 – 5/31/09), the total amount of ongoing consumable waste generate was 311,165 pounds, 228,905 pounds (74%) was recycled:

  • 86,074 pounds of paper
  • 126,289 pounds of shredded paper
  • 11,856 pounds of Cardboard
  • 340 pounds of Aluminum
  • 2,426 pounds of Glass
  • 145 pounds of Plastic
  • 1,775 pounds of toner cartridge

Go Green

MR Credit 3:  Sustainable Purchasing – Facility Alterations + Additions – 100 North Tampa purchases at least 50% sustainable materials for facility alterations and additions.  Management agrees with contractors to adhere and provide required documentation.

MR Credits 4.1-4.2:  Sustainable Purchasing – Reduced Mercury in Lamps - 100 North Tampa put a light bulb purchasing plan in place to phase out light bulbs with high mercury content.  CLW Real Estate Services Group (Property Management Co.) goal is to purchase longer lasting, less wattage, lower mercury containing light bulbs to reduce the negative affect on the environment. Go Green.

MR Credit 6: Solid Waste Management – Waste Stream Audit – 100 North Tampa audited ongoing consumable trash to understand the types of “waste” being thrown away.  CLW estimates 30% of “waste” is recyclable material.  CLW then walked individual workstations and wrote notes to those who were not recycling improperly.

MR Credit 7.1-7.2:  Solid Waste Management – Ongoing Consumables – 100 North Tampa’s goal is to recycle at least 50% of ongoing consumables.  Currently 100 North Tampa recycles about 74% of their ongoing consumables.

MR Credit 8:  Solid Waste Management – Durable Goods – 100 North Tampa recycles, reuses or donates every durable good our tenants no longer want/need.  This includes:  printers, monitors, TV’s, VCR’s, fax machines, tables, chairs, desks, etc.

MR Credit 9:  Solid Waste Management – Facility Alterations + Additions – 100 North Tampa’s goal is to recycle at least 70% of facility alterations and additions (build-out work).  This is agreed upon in the contract with whomever is conducting the work.

Go Green

Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

Sustainable Services

813.349.8550

Obama and Going Green

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 27-05-2009

With Barack Obama at the helm as the President of the United States, the American people are witnessing a change from where our energy comes from.  In a recent article Obama wants 25% of energy use coming from alternative energy by 2030.

The Washington Post article Obama Touts Energy Progress President Obama discussed his clean/renewable energy plan near Las Vegas at a military branch.  Our Nation’s goal is to reduce foreign oil use and greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions.

The article by William Branigin states that Nellis Air Force Base has a “collection of more than 72,000 (solar) panels built on 140 acres..$100 million to build, generating about a quarter of the electricity used on base (equivalent to $1 million per year).  

Horrible ROI? Yes

It will reduce “carbon pollution by 24,000 tons a year, the equivalent of removing 4,000 cars from the U.S. highways.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/27/AR2009052702458.html

There are many renewable energy options and the best idea right now is to wait until the technology is better perfected.

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Downtown Tampa in LEGO’s

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 27-05-2009

100 North Tampa is hosting the Greater Florida LEGO Group with their replication of Downtown Tampa until Friday, May 29th, 2009.  Visitors are welcome and encouraged to bring kids.

100 North Tampa – LEED (EBOM) Case Study, Continued.

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 27-05-2009

Energy and Atmosphere (EA)

EA pre-requisite 1:  Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices – Planning, Documenting, and Opportunity Assessment - Consists of the ASHRAE Energy Level I Audit, Running Energy Efficient- Infancy, Building Operating Plan (BOP), Systems Narrative, and other valuable information which begins your trek towards sustainable practices and financial savings through LEED Certification.  Go Green!

EA pre-requisite 2:  Minimum Energy Performance – Energy Star rating or comparable method of analysis For further information- www.energystar.gov

EA pre-requisite 3:  Refrigerant Management – Ozone Protection – Measure Air Handling Units (AHUs) and adjust according to ASHRAE Standards.

EA Credit 1:  Optimize Energy Performance – Energy Star Rating or comparable analysis rating.  energystar.gov

EA Credit 2.1:  Existing Building Commissioning – Investigation & Analysis - ASHRAE Energy Level II Audit, Money Saving Ideas for Energy Efficiency- Adolescents.  Idea generating thoughts for energy efficiency are developed to save money, illustrated with cost/benefit analysis.

EA Credit 2.2:  Existing Building Commissioning – ImplementationBegin no cost/low cost building improvement, energy efficient, options.  The genesis of financial benefit realization. 100 North Tampa is estimated to save  3.3 – 8.7% reducing energy consumption equating to $50,000-$130,000 per year! Go Green, LEED Certify your building.

EA Credit 2.3:  Existing Building Commissioning – Ongoing Commissioning – Commissioning plan, commissioning cycle, commissioning task/documentation.  Test and document all building exhaust systems for proper functioning to optimum levels.

EA Credit 5:  Refrigerant Management – Understand, track and record CFC, HCFC type refrigerants and consider replacement with non-CFC/HCFC based refrigerants.

EA Credit 6:  Emission Reduction Reporting – use third party (Energy Star) to track and verify your greenhouse gas emissions and written summary of GHG savings.

I convert existing buildings to become LEED (EBOM) Certified, Save Money and Go Green!

-Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

More case studies here – http://www.GoGreenCommercially.com/?s=leed+case+study&x=0&y=0

LEED (EBOM) Case Study – 100 North Tampa

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 21-05-2009

The following LEED (EBOM) Case Study will briefly discuss the LEED pre-requisites and credits 100 North Tampa is attempting to submit to the USGBC.  The LEED case study will be broken down into the 6 LEED categories.  Currently we are at the end of our performance period tying up loose ends before application submission.  The LEED (EBOM) process has been a huge success and saving the building money.

Sustainable Sites (SS)

SS Credit 2:  Bldg. Exterior & Hardscape Management Plan - All exterior products used at 100 North Tampa are considered environmentally friendly.  This benefits the environment and reduces harmful chemicals brought on site.

SS Credit 3:  Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control & Landscape ManagementNo chemicals are used in pest control and landscaping products.  All products are environmentally friendly benefiting the outdoor environment and reduces harmful chemicals brought on site.

SS Credit 7:  Heat Island Reduction – Non-Roof -100 North Tampa has 14 floors of parking garage space within the buildings site totaling 1.2 spaces per 1,000 square feet.

Water Efficiency (WE)

WE pre-requisite 1:  Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture & Fitting Efficiency – 100 North Tampa retrofit toilets, faucets and shower heads with high-efficiency, low-flow products creating an estimated water savings of 1.5Million Gallons per Year saving $12,000/year in water costs!

WE Credit 1.1:  Whole Building Metering – 100 North Tampa has 3 meters which total the entire water usage allowing Management to track water usage patterns. Go Green!

WE Credit 1.2:  Water Performance Measurement – 100 North Tampa has 5 submeters to hone in on how much water each end use is using allowing to develop strategies on ways to reduce the water usage.  1 of our meters tracks the amount of condensate water we capture in our cooling tower that is re-used back into the cooling tower saving an estimate 1.6 Million Gallons/Year!

WE Credits 2.1-2.3:  Indoor Plumbing Fixture & Fitting Efficiency- 10-30% Reduction – 100 North Tampa saves 38% of water compared to the LEED (EBOM) Baseline!  The plumbing fixture & fitting retrofit is how we did this. Go Green.

WE Credits 3.1-3.3:  Water Efficient Landscape – 50-100% Reduction – 100 North Tampa shut down our irrigation system because our landscape consists of native and adaptive plants which are well establish.

WE Credit 4.1:  Cooling Tower Water Management - 100 North Tampa collects condensate water (saving estimate of 1.6 Million Gallons/Year), uses water softener (saving an estimated 1.3 Million Gallons/year) and a TRASAR 3D system to monitor the water’s conductivity for optimal conditions.

Go Green!  Let me help you LEED Certify your building.  Bryan Lauer, LEED AP.  813.349.8550

Other categories to Come…


100 North Tampa Facts

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 18-05-2009

Below will outline sustainable facts on 100 North Tampa.  100 North Tampa is a LEED (EBOM) Registered Building in Tampa, FL.  100 North Tampa is a42-story,  550,000sf, Class “A” building.  The follow facts are generated from the LEED (EBOM) Certification process.  The LEED (EBOM) Certification process has tremendously helped 100 North Tampa be more sustainable.  Go Green!

Any questions ask Bryan Lauer – bblauer@clwrg.com 813-349-8550. Go Green!

100 North Tampa Facts

Paper

100 North Tampa recycles an average 8.06 tons (70,787 pounds) of paper per month.

Recycling 1 ton of paper saves:

o 17 mature trees

o 7,000 gallons of water

o 3 cubic yards of landfill space

o 2 barrels of oil

o 4,100kw hours of electricity (enough to power a home for 5 months)

· 100 North Tampa recycles an estimated 8.65 tons of ongoing consumables every week.

· 100 North Tampa sends 3.9 Tons of “waste” to the incinerator per month

Water

· 100 North Tampa will save an estimated 3.9 million gallons of water/year with the following strategies:

o Saving 1.5 million gallons of water/year with the recent retrofit of our plumbing fixtures and fittings to high-efficiency, low-flow fixtures.

o Recycling condensate water for the HVAC chiller system saves an estimated 1.3 million gallons of water/year.

o Water softener and a TRASAR 3D system reduce the amount of water needed for the HVAC system saving an estimated 1.1 million gallons of water/year!

· If all US residential homes installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water & more than $18 billion dollars per year!  (Environmental Protection Agency website http://www.epa.gov/owm/water-efficiency/water/benefits.htm )

· Each employee uses an estimated 5.5 gallons/work day or 1,430 gallons/work year (260 days).

100 North Tampa Recycles:

· 28 pounds of aluminum/week

· 202 pounds of glass/week

· 12 pounds of plastic/week

Energy

· There are 22,457 light bulbs in our building.

· 100 North Tampa has the prestigious ENERGY STAR award.

· 100 North Tampa is in the top 25% of facilities in the country for energy performance.

· 100 North Tampa’s energy use is 30% less than the national average!

Misc.

· Average of 1,093 occupants and 325 visitors/day.

· The average American will throw away 600 times their weight (90,000lbs/47.5 Tons) in garbage over their lifetime.

· Glass can be recycled forever.

Hand Hygiene Tips

· Wash your hands at least 3 times/day for at least 20 seconds each time.

· Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

· Encourage others to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer.

· Clean your workspace often.

Reduce Pests Tips

  1. Keep food service and break rooms thoroughly cleaned during the day. Our cleaning service will thoroughly clean after hours.
  2. All food and waste should be kept in airtight containers.
  3. Report dripping faucets or leaking pipes.
  4. Rinse or isolate empty beverage containers to deter sugar-loving pests.
  5. Clean all spills promptly.
  6. Eliminate clutter to simplify cleaning and minimize hiding places for pests.

Scary Thought…

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 24-04-2009

What are YOU going to do when one day you turn on the shower and no water comes out?  Or you turn on the kitchen sink and no water comes out?  Or you turn on your sprinklers and no water comes out?

This could happen in our lifetime if we don’t change the way we WASTE Water.  The average person uses 100 Gallons of Water per DAY!

Currently in Tampa, FL, the City of Tampa implemented stringent water restrictions due to the lack of water in our reservoirs.  We cannot water our lawn, wash our cars, buildings have to maintain higher temperatures (78) due to the massive amounts of water cooling towers use.  

I am all for these restrictions because I would rather drink water than water my lawn or flush a toilet.  Water keeps us alive.  We need water more than anything.  We all need to start being more conscious when using water.  

  • Turn the water off when you brush your teeth.
  • Don’t flush the toilet as much
  • Retrofit to Low-Flow, High-Efficiency water fixtures
  • Stop Wasting Water!
  • Fix leaks
  • Go Green
  • LEED Certify your building to use less water & energy
  • Challenge yourself to use less Water
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Think Green

Americans waste more than any country in the world.  We are the leader yet we abuse mother nature like it doesn’t matter.  This is unacceptable behavior and it needs to change, NOW.

-Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

Vote for 100 North Tampa

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 23-04-2009

Please vote for myself, Cal Buikema and 100 North Tampa as being in the top 100 people, places, businesses for “Greening” Tampa Bay.

 

Go to:  www.CLTampa.com/Green – click Green 100, Green Vote

Scroll down to our names, check the box and click Vote.  Thank you!

LEED EB case study- 100 North Tampa

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 01-04-2009

The following LEED EB O&M case study demonstrates how 100 North Tampa reduced their water usage creating $9-$15,000/year in cost savings. The most efficient and effective way to facilitate/streamline the LEED (EB:  O&M) Certification is to hire a specialized LEED AP.

 -Bryan Lauer, LEED AP.  813.221.7196

100 North Tampa, LEED EB (O&M)- Water Usage & Cost Savings Case Study

Our LEED team started by creating a water use baseline and comparing that to actual water use.  100 North Tampa’s building fixtures (toilets, urinals, faucets, sinks, shower heads) used an estimated 3.1 Million Gallons of Water/Year compared to a 3.2 Million Baseline (160% of UPC Standards).  We upgraded/retrofit our building fixtures (toilets, shower heads, faucets) with high-efficiency, low-flow products, now having an actual water use of 1.7 Million Gallons, saving 1.5 Million Gallons of Water/Year!

  • The project cost was $85k.
  • In year 8 we recoup the $85k and save $9k, Yr. 9- $15k, Yr. 10- $15k, etc., in water costs.
  • 100 North Tampa saves 1.5 Million Gallons of Potable Water/Year (48% water reduction from baseline)
  • We exchanged 140 toilets, 173 faucets and 14 showerheads

100 North Tampa is a 42-story, 550,000sf office high-rise in downtown Tampa, managed by CLW Real Estate Services Group  (www.CLWrg.com).  

Built in 1993, 100 North Tampa is the newest, and prestigious, office high-rise in downtown Tampa.  The building is 96% leased and includes amenities such as:  YMCA, concierge, dry-cleaning, newsstand, superior views, superior management, parking garage and auto-detail shop.  

In 2008, 100 North Tampa achieved the well-known ENERGY STAR award and in the top 25% of facilities in the country for energy performance.  The building’s Energy Use is 30% below the national average!

Management’s goal is to reduce our Carbon Footprint as much as possible.  We do this by following the guidelines set forth in the LEED EB:  Operations & Maintenance.  Following these guidelines will not only reduce our Carbon Footprint but will reduce water usage, use environmentally friendly products and recycle more than just paper, plastic, cans and bottles.

Policies and procedures are put in place to be a leader in sustainable practice because we care about our World’s future.

LEED EB: Operations and Maintenance

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 30-03-2009

LEED EB:  Operations and Maintenance, aka “LEED EBOM”, is the USGBC’s latest version of the Existing Building (EB) guidelines for LEED Certification.  LEED EBOM has more credits and less Pre-Requisites compared to the 2.0 Version making LEED “EBOM” easier to obtain LEED Certification.

Obtaining LEED EBOM Certification is a process that can take anywhere from 5 months to 1 year.  Hiring a LEED AP with LEED Existing Building experience is the best way to streamline the LEED Certification process.

I am currently undergoing LEED EBOM Certification for a 550,000sf office high-rise in Tampa, FL.  As of today, 3/30/09, we are well on our way of becoming LEED Certified.

To find out more about converting your building (office, industrial, residential, retail, school/university, hospital) into a LEED (EBOM) Certified, please contact Bryan Lauer, LEED AP, directly at 813.349.8550 or bblauer@clwrg.com

Recycling Facts

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 18-03-2009

Check out the latest facts on my Green Facts Page:

Recycling Facts Sheet

 (http://www.oberlin.edu/recycle/facts.html)

 

Paper

 

·      Recycling 1 Ton of paper saves:

o    17 mature trees,

o   7,000 Gallons/Water

o   3 cubic yards of landfill space

o   2 barrels of oil, and

o   4,100 kw hours/electricicy (enough energy to power a home for 5 months)

 

·      More than 56% of paper consumed in the US in ’07 was recycled.  That equals 360/lbs for each person in the Country. http://www.paperrecycles.org/paper_environment/index.html

 

·      400 paper mills use recovered materials for their paper producing process

·      We each use roughly one 100ft tree by way of paper and wood products/year

 

Water

 

·      If all US residential homes installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 Trillion Gallons of water and more than $18 Billion dollars per year!

 

·      If 1 out of every 100 residential homes converted to water-efficient fixtures, we would roughly save 100 Million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year and 80,000 TONS of GHG (GreenHouse Gas Emissions).  That’s roughly taking 15,000 vehicles from the road for 1 year!

 

·      If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier you probably have an inefficient model using 3.5-6 Gallons/flush.  Now you can install 1.3 Gallons/flush OR Zero-Gallons/flush.

 

·      Faucets generally flow 2 Gallons/Minute. Save 8 Gallons/Day (240/month) by turning it off while brushing your teeth.

·      Americans use an average of 100 gallons of water each day

·      Surveys have showed 36 states anticipate water shortages by 2013

·      56 billion kilowatt-hours per year- the amount of electricity consumed by public water supplying and treating facilities

·      5 minutes of a running faucet equals roughly a 14 hour run time of a 60-watt light bulb

·      Bath= 70 Gallons/Water; Shower= up to 30 Gallons/Water (get a high-efficiency shower-head.

·      Outdated washing machines use about 40 Gallons/load; high-efficient models use less than 28 Gallons/load

 

Aluminum

 

·      Recycling aluminum saves roughly 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum from raw materials.  Energy saved by recycling 1 Ton equals the amount of energy the average American home consumes over a 10 year period! Keep America Beautiful

 

·      Americans throw away enough aluminum they could rebuild our commercial air fleet in 1 Month!

 

·      Recycling tin and steel saves 74% of energy used to produce virgin steel.

 

·      100 Million- Amount of cans used/day

 

·      Americans could supply the nation’s automakers on a continuous basis with the amount of iron and steel they throw out

 

·      More than 50% of cans are recycled

 

Glass

 

·      In 1994 if all glass bottles/jars were laid end to end it would reach the moon and half way back to earth.

·      Glass can be recycled forever.

 

General Garbage

 

·      The Average American will throw 600 times their weight (90,000 lbs/47.5 Tons of trash) in garbage over their lifetime.

National Geographic article. Go Green & Save Money

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 16-03-2009

The cover on the March issue of National Geographic has the headline “Energy Conservation, it starts at home”.  The article is a case study of a household’s goal to reduce their carbon footprint by 80%.  This article explains how households can Go Green and Save up to 60% of their electricity cost by using best practices.  

Some of the best practices used are:

  • Make sure your house is not leaking air;
  • Turn A/C off;
  • Open windows to get fresh air;
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs; and 
  • Reduce car usage.

“The average US Household uses 150 pounds of CO2 per day… that’s more than twice the European average.”

You can view this article at:  http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/03/energy-conservation/miller-text

Do your part, Go Green, Save Money and Save the World. 

-Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional)

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 05-03-2009

A LEED AP is a person who possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the exam administered by the Green Building Council Institute (GBCI).  LEED AP’s can facilitate and streamline the LEED Certification process.  LEED AP has a universal meaning, however, you should be cautious when hiring a LEED AP.

Understanding the LEED AP’s experience and expertise is essential when hiring.  Hiring the right LEED AP to certify your building/project can be very beneficial.  LEED AP’s can facilitate and streamline the LEED Certification process.

I am a LEED AP and currently undergoing LEED Certification for a 550,000 square foot office high-rise in downtown Tampa.  To find out more about LEED Certification please view the LEED page at the top of the website or feel free to contact me at 813.363.0861.  

-Bryan Lauer, LEED AP

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Today

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 04-03-2009

LEED is the national accepted benchmark for sustainable practices and a third party certification program.  LEED gives owners the tools necessary to measure your buildings performance.  To find out more go to the LEED page at the top of the site.

LEED is ever-growing today as there are many different projects striving to attain this relatively new designation.  There are 6 types of LEED projects:  LEED EB (Existing Buildings), LEED NC (New Construction), LEED CI (Commercial Interiors), LEED CS (Core & Shell), LEED for Schools, Retail & Healthcare and LEED for Homes/Neighborhood Development (in pilot).

Under the 6 LEED types, there are 6 categories:  Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Operations.

LEED and the USGBC are continuously growing and developing better sustainable practices to base their standards.  Please view the LEED page on this website, located at the top.

Go Green = Save Money Tip #4- LED (Light-Emitting Diode), Incandescent, CFL (Compact Fluorescent) light bulb comparison

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 19-02-2009

Watch the Video

Example - Use for yourself and Download the spreadsheet here: http://www.productdose.com/article.php?article_id=1142

                                                      Incandescent               CFL               LED

life span (in hours)  …………. 1500      ………….   10,000   ….. 60,000

Watts                                                60                                14                   6

Cost                ………….             $1.345      ………..    $2.98   …..   $54.95

KWh used over 60K hrs       3600                    840                360

Electricity Cost    ………..      $821.72   …….   $191.73  …..  $82.17

         Savings                                  0                         $629.99        $739.55

Bulbs for 60k hours usage ………  40          ……….        6       ……     1         

Equivalent bulb expense            $53.80                 $17.88            $54.95

60k hr. lighting spend  ……… $875.52    ……   $209.61  …..  $137.12

In my opinion, LED lights are #1, CFL #2, Incandescent = Out of business.

Go Green and Save Money by switching to LED bulbs and benefiting financially from improved technology.  There are so many benefits from switching it’s a blessing.  Go Green!

LED Advantages- Go Green

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 16-02-2009

LED (Light -Emitting Diode) is a light source discovered in the early 20th century by way of semiconducter materials.  There are many advantages using LED lights, such as:   Longer Life, Slow Failure, Energy Efficient (uses less energy), Toxicity, Size, Cool Light, Cycling, Shock Resistant, Color, Off/On Time,  and much more.  

Facts/Advantages

  • LED lights can save anywhere from 30-50% in electricity usage.
  • LEDs have an estimated 35,000-50,000 hours of useful, longer life, whereas fluorescent light bulbs have a useful life less than half of that!
  • LED lights slowly burn out opposed to a sudden burn-out.
  • LED bulbs emit more light per watt compared to incandescent lights.
  • There is NO mercury in LED lights!
  • LED lights can come in many sizes because they are made from circuit board.
  • LED bulbs produce less heat compared to standard bulbs in most cases.
  • Because of such a long life, LED lights are perfect for frequent on/off cycles, whereas fluorescent bulbs burn out much more frequently.
  • As mentioned, LED bulbs are solid and therefore industrial and challenging to break, whereas LEDs competition is frail and simple to destroy.
  • LEDs can change color easily and do not need other harmful substances like their competitiors do.
  • LED lights can light up in microseconds.
  • LED bulbs can be dimmed very easily.
  • White LED lamps are beginning to make its way into cars.

LED lights are used for many different reasons such as:  

  • Light bulbs;
  • Large video display (like in Times Square, NYC);
  • Grow lights;
  • Strobe lights;
  • Street lights;
  • Exit signs;
  • Traffic lights;
  • Automobiles;
  • Sterilization;
  • and the most economical, Machine Vision Systems (i.e., barcode scanners)

There are, however, a few disadvantages with LED lights, such as:  Price, Temperature Dependency, Light Quality, Blue Hazard and Blue Pollution potential.

Facts/Disadvantages

  • Currently LED lights are more expensive because of the low lumen output, power supplies and drive circuits required, HOWEVER, they last so much longer and save so much power and cost LED bulbs more than pays for themself.  An Example is in the post Go Green = Save Money Tip #4.
  • High ambient temperatures could potentially lead to overheating the LED unit, which potentially causes device failure.
  • Older White and Blue LED lights could potentially differ people’s perception of colors in objects.
  • White and Blue lights are capable of surpassing the safety limits of lights.
  • It is best NOT to purchase white and blue LED lights but BUY other LED lights or state of the art white and blue LED lights.

The majority of this information came from Wikepedia.  To learn more, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LED#Advantages_of_using_LEDs


What is LEED Certification?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 11-02-2009

LEED Certification is the process of converting or developing a structure into a sustainable, energy efficient building by implementing best practices when compared to the norm.  The LEED process entails the entire building operations and maintenance systems.   Policies and procedures are created to evaluate performance from a whole-building operations perspective over its lifetime enabling a standard for what a green building is.

There are 5 categories under LEED:  Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Environmental Quality.  Innovation in Operations is another category which builds off the 5 main categories.

Under the 5 LEED Categories are certain pre-requisites and credit requirements.  All pre-requisites must be completed and a minimum number of credits must also be completed in order to become LEED certified.  There are different levels of LEED Certification:  Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  To become LEED Certified you must obtain at least 34 points (up to 42), Silver 43-50, Gold 51-67 and Platinum is 68-92.

Benefits

LEED Certified structures significantly reduce environmental impacts through high-performance, market-leading design, construction, and operations practices.  Implementing LEED green building design has additional benefits such as reduced operating costs (energy and water use efficient), increased marketability, better indoor air quality which studies show to increase worker productivity levels, healthier environment and reduce potential liability.  LEED Certified buildings save 10-50% in electricity cost, use less water, and recycle more compared to the norm.  

LEED Certification is comprehensive in scope but simple once in-place.  To learn more go to the LEED page on this site.  If you have questions you can email me, Bryan Lauer, at blauer123@hotmail.com

What is a LEED AP?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 08-02-2009

A LEED Accredited Professional (AP) is a person who has demonstrated the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the test administered by the Green Building Council Institute (GBCI).  LEED APs have the ability to facilitate and streamline the LEED Certification process.  

There are many benefits with obtaining the LEED AP designation:

  • Marketing credential to a client, prospective client, employer, prospective employer.
  • High level of knowledge for sustainable practice
  • Listed on the GBCI website
  • Obtain a LEED Certificate from the GBCI
  • Eligible for projects that require a LEED AP
  • Encourages knowledge and expansion of understanding LEED APs and LEED Certification Process
  • Promotes a better understanding of LEED

The many benefits of becoming LEED Certified is invaluable in understanding sustainable and healthier living. 

LEED AP has a universal meaning, however, there are different types of LEED APs, and include:  Existing Building (EB), New Construction (NC), Commercial Interiors (CI) and Core & Shell (CS).  If you are considering hiring a LEED AP you need to understand their capacity and line of work.

Currently the USGBC and GBCI are experiencing a vast amount of growth, therefore the LEED AP designation is ever evolving.  

To learn more about becoming a LEED AP, go to the GBCI website at www.gbci.org

USGBC and GBCI

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 05-02-2009

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) was formed in 1993 and is the leading force in the green movement.

The USGBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the US go green.  The USGBC coordinates “the establishment and evolution of a national consensus effort to provide the industry with the tools necessary to design, build, and operate buildings that deliver high performance inside and out…As the preeminent organization that represents the entire building industry on environmental building matters, USGBC’s unique perspective and collective power provide our members with enormous opportunity to effect change in the way buildings are designed, operated, and maintained”. (USGBC, LEED EB: O&M manual)

USGBC has a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, administered by the Green Building Council Institute (GBCI).  Please view the LEED page to find out more about LEED and going green.  The USGBC develops the LEED rating system and LEED education classes and resources.  The GBCI administers the LEED credentialing programs that support the process of proven practices of the Green Rating System outlined in LEED.  

The GBCI handles all aspects of the LEED Professional Accreditation process.  The aspects include exam development, registration and delivery.  ”The separation into two organizational entities brings the credentialing program closer toward meeting standards for programmatic excellence put forth by ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024.” (GBCI website- About section)

If you have any questions please contact Bryan Lauer, LEED AP, at 813.363.0861.

Go Green = Save Money- Tip 3

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 30-01-2009

Source Reduction, one of the best ways to Go Green & Save Money simultaneously.

Source Reduction= Not Buying the item.

Source reduction is the “method of reducing the amount of unnecessary material brought into a building.  Examples include purchasing products with less packaging and sustainable design.” (USGBC)

You can utilize Source Reduction for anything you consider purchasing.

Example 1- How many Starbucks junkies are there? Many people get their fix from Starbucks daily, spending anywhere from $3-7/day, for their special drink.  Stop going to Starbucks, or at least lessen your visits, you can save anywhere from $500 to $2,500 a year!  Other bi-products of this action are:  reducing your Carbon Footprint (reducing Global Warming), create less trash and leave those un-needed calories back at the coffee shop.

Example 2- Many people purchase 24 packs of water from the grocery store, let’s say once a month at $6.00/case.  Buying this item  is an expense to you, creates waste (packaging + empty bottles) and increases your carbon footprint.

You do not NEED water bottles, you can fill up a glass of water from your sink.  Water from your sink is safe and drinkable.

If you did not purchase this item you would save money, reduce waste (because you will not have any) and reduce your carbon footprint.  You can save $72/year if you stop purchasing water bottles.

Think of how much you can save by not purchasing items you don’t NEED.

Go Green = Save Money Tip 1, 2

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 21-01-2009

How does one go green and save money at the same time?

Most don’t care about going green, however, if you can save money by going green then most will care (unless you are dumb and against saving the world).  

The following tips/strategies will help each individual save money and go green simultaneously!  

Tip #1-Only drive when absolutely necessary.

-Doing this will help you keep fuel in your car, reduce gas station visits, save massive amounts of money (over the long term) and help Go Green by reducing your carbon footprint (greenhouse gas)/Global Warming.

Example- If you bring your lunch to work opposed to driving somewhere for lunch, you may save 6 miles worth of driving.  Do this 4 times a week you save 24 miles. In 52 weeks you save 1,248 miles.  It may cost 0.40 cents per mile, that equals savings of $500/year! (that’s just lunch time).

Now think of other ways you can be more efficient with your driving. 

try to work from home (telecommute) at least 1 day/week, carpool with a neighbor or colleague, use public transportation, have your kids ride the bus, ride your bike to work (if safe), Go Green!!!

Hypermiling is the Green word of the year.  Hypermiling is “attempting to maximize gas mileage by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one’s car and one’s driving technique”, according to Wayne Gerdes, the person who coined the phrase. How do you receive the best milesage?  turn off your a/c and radio, do not accelerate fast, do not stop too quick, shut down at long lights, practice being conservative, anything you feel will help you save gas(money) and go green.

Tip #2- Turn your home A/C off (or at least down) during the day.

-Doing this will help you save, immensely, on your electricity bill, use less of the city’s power, and reduce your carbon footprint/greenhouse gases, which reduces Global Warming and helps you Go Green!

Example- If you turn your A/C off during the day (6 hours) you may save 200 watts of power per day.  If you pay $0.01/watt you will save $2.00/day.  If you do this 300 days/year you will save $600/year!

If you follow Tips 1 & 2 alone, you will save $1,100/year! so Go Green!

Go Green- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 17-01-2009

Why is Carbon Footprint so important?  Carbon Footprint, aka GHG (greenhouse gas), is directly related to Global Warming!  If actions are not taken right now to reduce our Carbon Footprint we are setting up future generations for potentially impossible tasks. Reduce your Carbon Footprint and you will reduce Global Warming.  It’s a fact!

Reduce your Carbon Footprint to help “Go Green”?

When asking yourself this question one must understand:

  • What Carbon Footprint means/is;
  • What your Carbon Footprint consist of; 
  • Calculate your Carbon Footprint, then
  • Work on reducing it.

Carbon Footprint is “the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product” (UK Carbon Trust 2008).  In Lehman’s Terms it is the amount of emissions you produce directly (gas (cars, planes), coal (tranes, houses) or nuclear energy (electricity), to name the most common) or indirectly (public and financial services, car manufacture and delivery, furnishings and recreation and leisure).  Wikipedia is a great resource to learn and understand most everything about Carbon Footprint.

There are many resources to calculate your Carbon Footprint.  Click any of the following sites to calculate your carbon footprint, it will take about 2-5 minutes.  Try to be as accurate as possible.

  • www.b-e-f.org/offsets/?gclid=CL3VwfqQnZgCFQu-GgodGwZmoA
  • www.carbonfootprint.com
  • www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/

Once you know what your Carbon Footprint consist of, you can work on reducing it to help Go Green.  Strategies to reduce your Carbon Footprint include:  driving less, buying less, taking less plane trips/vacations, turn your A/C off (or lower) when you leave for work, carpool, utilize public transportation opposed to using your private vehicle, ride your bike, walk, purchase only essential items, purchase items that use recycled content, reuse items as much as sanitarily possible.

Overall Practice being Conservative.  This will help you reduce your Carbon Footprint and Go Green!

-Green Man

Why Go Green?

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 15-01-2009

WHY Go Green?

“Going Green” is one of the hottest topics discussed today.

Looking out for the future of our existence is the main reason people need to start “Going Green” .

Global Warming, Smog, Pollution (both air and waste), Air Quality, Heat Island Effect, Water Supply, Energy Consumption and Ozone Depletion are just a few of the many topics directly related to what “Going Green” is trying to accomplish for the sake of the world, including humans and animals alike.

Actions by every individual are critical in helping this cause and it starts from people in control (i.e., Governments and Leaders world-wide).   If actions are not taken now we are setting up our future generations to face potentially impossible situations that will lead to chaos.  This chaos will mirror the book of Revelations in the Bible, something that no one in their right mind wants to face.

I encourage everyone to explore this newly created site by browsing the different pages that explain the Benefits, Strategies and Facts about “Going Green”.

Please feel free to write comments to let others know that you care about this world and want to make a difference.

-Green Man

Welcome to Go Green World!

Posted by Bryan Lauer, LEED AP in GoGreen on 13-01-2009

Welcome to Go Green World, a Blog about “Going Green”!  This Blog discusses benefits, strategies, facts and much more on going green.  The Blog is primarily directed towards Existing Commercial Buildings, however, most green strategies can be related to all aspects of life.  Help go green by browsing this site and providing feedback.

Your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

-Green Man