Platinum USGBC, Steelcase's IAQ, Energy Star Hits NM + CoStar Group (WIR)

Week in Review
  1. USGBC’s New D.C. Headquarters Go Platinum – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) can now hold itself out as an example of what green building is all about. The USGBC has a 22,000 square-foot office suite in the Gold Certified Service Employees International Union Building (LEED-NC). What’s incredible is that the USGBC’s office suite just obtained LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI). So the building is gold on the outside and platinum on the inside.
  2. Steelcase Products Awarded Indoor Advantage Certifications for Low Emissions – Steelcase Inc. (NYSE: SCS), a global office environments manufacturer, today announced that over 20 of its product lines have received Indoor Advantage(TM) certifications from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), an independent third-party certifier.
  3. EPA Gives Six NM Buildings Energy Star Ratings – Six buildings in New Mexico have earned an Energy Star rating from the EPA for cutting their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.  The buildings encompass more than 1.9 million square feet and saved an estimated $350,000 annually in lower energy bills. They also prevented more than 5 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to the emissions of more than 400 vehicles.
  4. CoStar Group Promotes Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Green Buildings by Adding Energy Star Rating to Commercial Properties in its Database – CoStar Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSGP) announced that it will begin adding the ENERGY STAR rating–the most recognized national metric for evaluating building energy efficiency–to properties in its massive online database, which currently contains more than 2 million researched and verified commercial properties of all classes and types.

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  • kare Anderson

    If, as two studies now show, green buildings have higher occupancy and lease rates, then imagine how much more valuable these green commercial buildings would be if they had high efficiency indoor air cleaners.

    After all, personal health is at least as potent a motivator as energy efficiency, especially considering that indoor air is usually more polluting than outdoors. The EPA ranks poor indoor air quality one of the top five public health risks. Related health problems include asthma, allergies, and other breathing difficulties, lung and heart disease, headaches and dizziness. We spend nearly 90% of our time indoors.

    Leveraging off these two green building-affirming studies it would make sense for building owners to install a high efficiency, best-of-class electronic air cleaner (EAC) that can remove the tiniest, most dangerous polluting particles, the VOCs and RSPs.

    And, most of all, for homeowners to get a whole home EAC. After all, home is the only indoor air environment over which one does have control.

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