Posts Categorized: Perspectives

DC Codes Update Brings More Changes for Commissioning Services Providers

Principal Ray Smith, CCP Outlines These Changes and How to Choose the Best Commissioning Provider   This year has brought significant changes to DC’s commercial real estate industry – perhaps the most notable include the latest issuance of Building Construction and Energy Codes from the District of Columbia. From DCRA’s official website: “The 2017 DC […]

Maximizing Energy Efficiency During Unplanned Vacancies

An Energy Saving Checklist Disclaimer: During the COVID-19 pandemic, please refer to appropriate regulations mandated by your state before completing the following tasks in your building.   As buildings become increasingly empty with occupants switching to remote working schedules to follow social distancing during COVID-19, it is the perfect time for facility operators to implement […]

ICYMI: Takeaways from Greenbuild 2019

Important Sustainability Trends in the Built Environment  GHT’s own Meghan McAvoy, Sustainable Programs Manager and Brad McNiff, Principal, recently attended a series of educational sessions focused on the betterment of building design at Greenbuild 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme was A New Living Standard and there was a renewed focus on health & […]

DC BEPS is Coming! 4 Things You Need to Know

What You Should Know about DC’s Latest Energy Legislation (Download the PDF timeline here!) What is BEPS? BEPS stands for the District’s Building Energy Performance Standards – and it’s a key component towards achieving the aggressive sustainability goals set forth by the District to become the healthiest, greenest, most livable city for all residents by […]

Our Senior Experience | GHT Hosts High School Interns

  Liam Emson & Colin Meek Share Their GHT Senior Experience Each year, Yorktown High School hosts a program called Senior Experience, which provides an opportunity during the last three weeks of high school for interested seniors to participate in a unique transitional learning opportunity outside the school. This full-time experience can take more than […]

Creating a Culture of Courage | DC Women in Green

DC Women Making a Difference in Sustainable Building Spring in the USGBC-NCR community always brings the annual Women in Green Power Breakfast, a popular event featuring influential, multi-generational panelists making an impact in the green community. On Thursday, June 6, 2019, the National Capital Region of USGBC hosted this event at the Decatur House in […]

Notes from 2019 Montgomery County Energy Summit

Focusing on the Here and Now This year’s Montgomery County Energy Summit, hosted jointly by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and USGBC National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR)’s Montgomery County Committee, enjoyed record attendance with more than 315 members of the green building community. Hosted at the Silver Spring Veteran’s Civic Center on Wednesday, […]

LEED v4.1 Brings Big Changes

USGBC has released the drafts for the LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C  rating systems. The v4.1 rating system evolves v4 to enable greater implementation and increased focus on performance. LEED v4 was released in 2013 but has not seen much adoption in the market; fewer than 800 commercial projects have certified under the rating system. […]

Overnight Efforts Bring Big Daytime Returns

Making the case for retro-commissioning  What is Retro-Commissioning? Retro-Commissioning (RCx), also called Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx), is a unique commissioning effort that can be undertaken for any or several of the following reasons: Earning LEED EBOM Certification Performing an ASHRAE Level II or Level III Energy Audit Pursuing ENERGY STAR certification Meeting contractual requirements of […]

GHT Limited Previews Changes Coming With WELL Version 2

International WELL Building Institute Releases WELL Version 2 Last week, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) officially launched the pilot program for the WELL Version 2 Building Standard (V2). Since its inception in 2014, Version 1 has witnessed rapid growth and global support, with 892 registered projects from 34 countries to date. V2 seeks to […]

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