Posts Categorized: Perspectives

Notes from the 2017 Montgomery County Energy Summit

This year’s Montgomery County Energy Summit, co-hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and USGBC National Capital Region, provided a comprehensive look at the current state of green building in Montgomery County. There was an equal emphasis on the latest trends that increase efficiency and the economic/legislative developments that impact decision making. Below, […]

Energy Modeling to Predict Future Operational Expenses

Energy modeling, whether completed during design or post occupancy, can deliver a realistic snapshot of energy consumption in your property. GHT encourages developers and tenants alike to invest in energy modeling during the design phase. When utilized properly, the energy model can serve as a powerful tool, allowing the team to make better informed decisions relating […]

Future Trends in Building Automation Controls

Achieving openness for building automation controls is a vision shared by many – from owners and designers to the professionals installing the systems and the building engineers who are responsible for their operation. With the singular goal of reducing costs, time and difficulties during design and construction, we frequently advise our clients to consider selecting […]

Energy Benchmarking Requirements Changing for City of Rockville

As of July 11, if you own a commercial property within the City of Rockville, you are now subject to Montgomery County energy benchmarking requirements. Below, we’ve broken down the new law step-by-step and identified resources to contact for further information. 1.Do I Have to Report? If you own a non-residential building, which exceeds 50,000-SF […]

Are You Ready for Electronic Permitting?

Multiple jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metro area are transitioning from paper to digital drawing sets for permit submission. Though there are many similarities in each jurisdiction’s requirements, there are differences in the details that architects and engineers must understand to be compliant. These details are summarized below for Washington, DC; Arlington County, VA; Montgomery […]

LEED v4 Penalizes Some ENERGY STAR Scores, Rewards Others

When LEED v4 takes effect on November 1, 2016, the minimum ENERGY STAR score for eligible buildings to fulfill the Energy + Atmosphere prerequisite for Minimum Energy Performance under LEED O+M: EB will increase from 69 to 75. This affects all applications, but has particular significance for buildings with an existing LEED O+M: EB certification. […]

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Temporarily Accepting Partial Year Data

If you took part in the extended deadline for ENERGY STAR submissions as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration, you may be concerned that you won’t have a full year’s worth of utility data prior to the 2016 certification deadline. Good news! ENERGY STAR will accept partial year data this year so that you may […]

Join GHT at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) Expo

Visit Us in Booth 359 GHT is excited to be an exhibitor at the 39th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) on September 21st and 22nd at DC’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We are looking forward to connecting with fellow energy efficiency experts to share insights on technologies and strategies that support sustainable buildings. Stop […]

Earn AIA and GBCI Credits at GHT Educational Sessions

GHT offers six presentations that deliver AIA and GBCI continuing education credits: MEP Trends | Codes & Certification Programs: 1 AIA Learning Unit Implementing Controls in High Performance Commercial Interiors: 1 AIA Learning Unit Changes to the DC Construction Codes: Energy Conservation and Green Construction Codes: 1 AIA Learning Unit and 1 GBCI CE Hour […]

Deadlines to Benchmark DC and MoCo Buildings Approaching Quickly

DC Benchmarking Deadline – April 1, 2016 Private Commercial and Multifamily Buildings of 50,000 SF and Greater Must Benchmark Energy + Water Use Start the process now to ensure you’ll meet the deadline – particularly if you own a multi-tenant building and need to request aggregate utility data. As the deadline approaches, utility provider turnaround […]

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