Posts Categorized: Perspectives

Is Your Building at Risk? | How to Prevent a Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Building owners and operators should be aware of recent changes regarding recommended measures to protect building water systems against Legionella contamination. Prior measures, largely focused on inhibiting biological growths within cooling towers may not suffice to protect building occupants from exposure to this dangerous infection-causing bacterium which can grow in any building water system. Though […]

Building an Addition in DC? Here’s 5 Things You Need to Know

  With a surge of new Class A commercial office buildings entering the DC market, existing property owners are considering how best to upgrade their buildings to attract and retain top tenants. High-visibility rooftop amenity spaces and two-story glass lobbies are renovation musts, especially in light of recent changes to DC zoning laws which favor […]

The Case for ECMs: How Upfront Investments Yield Big Returns

ECMs or Energy Conservation Measures, have the ability to bring big returns to building operating budgets, if correctly implemented and maintained. This was the case for the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill – in 2014, GHT Limited’s Operations and Energy Services (OES) team partnered with the Hyatt’s building engineering team to perform an energy analysis […]

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?

For permit submission, multiple jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metro area are transitioning from paper to digital drawing sets. 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 […]

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