Category Archives: Sustainability


Modern industrial office hallway with exposed ceilings

If you own or manage a commercial facility, you probably know that tenant improvement (TI) construction is becoming more and more popular. TI renovations and additions are taking place across office buildings and apartment complexes at a growing rate. If you haven’t heard the term before, tenant improvement construction consists of the alterations a building owner […]

Prepare your HVAC system for the winter

gauge on HVAC system pipe

Winter has arrived in the Midwest. The first cold snap of the season always brings in an influx of calls to our service department. Facilities find themselves with poor heat or worse yet, no heat at all. It’s important to prepare your building’s HVAC system for the colder temperatures. Save yourself (and your occupants) from […]

Why Building Automation is Taking Over

Building automation

For building owners and facility managers, keeping a building’s mechanical systems working properly and efficiently can be a huge headache. This is where building automation and controls come in. Today’s building automation technology can have a huge impact on the way your facility operates. OCCUPANT COMFORT Whether your building occupants are hotel guests, office employees […]

The Value of VRF Systems

Variable refrigerant flow or VRF systems have significant benefits in many commercial construction applications including apartments and office spaces. The list of benefits is long but some of the top advantages being noticed in the industry today include the VRF system’s ease of installation, energy efficiency, appearance, and temperature control capabilities. Easy Installation  VRF systems […]


Sustainability is a growing trend in the construction industry. With a multitude of terms ranging from acronyms like LEED and IAQ to keywords like geothermal and grey water, it can be difficult to understand what the sustainable construction trend is all about. Knowing the below five terms is a great start to a green building […]

Inexpensive ways to reduce your energy bill

Energy savings

Heating a home in the fall and winter can be expensive. Fortunately, there are several simple and inexpensive ways to save on your monthly energy bill by improving your heating system’s efficiency. Adjust your thermostat One easy (and free) way to see significant cost savings is to simply adjust the thermostat to fit your heating […]

Understanding Energy Recovery: Part Two

Choosing the Right  Energy Recovery Equipment for Your Facility At the close of the part one of this two part blog series on energy recovery, we discussed the trends impacting energy recovery in the industry. More specifically, we discussed the growing importance of energy codes and standards. ASHRAE 90.1 standards prescribe and mandate when energy […]

Understanding Energy Recovery: Part One

What is Energy Recovery and Why Does it Matter? With the increased focus on energy reduction and conservation, energy recovery is becoming a popular solution in commercial facilities ranging from churches and schools to restaurants and office buildings. As states and local jurisdictions continue to adopt and enforce the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), building […]