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What are some innovative green building technologies you have seen?

GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program is working to make our buildings more efficient and minimize resource consumption. GPG is proud to release the evaluation results for three innovative technologies:
  • Daylight Harvesting
  • Biomass Boiler Systems
  • Condensing Boilers
Please let us know some of the most innovative green building technologies you have seen.
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Bob Artem
<p>This company, Blue Penguin (bluepenguin.com), says they can reduce building energy consumption by 20% in 12 months and they offer a money back guarantee. They do this through collection and analysis of megadata in buildings. They&#39;ve got an impressive client list.</p>
mproul
<p>This recent post on GSA&#39;s blog discussing the opening of the Puerto Rico passport office mentions some of the energy efficient building technologies being used:</p><p><a href="http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/gsablog/2014/09/24/energy-efficient-puerto-rico-u-s-passport-office-opens/">http://gsablogs.gsa.gov/gsablog/2014/09/24/energy-efficient-puerto-rico-u-s-passport-office-opens/</a></p>
JudyBradt
<p>GSA HQ is cutting workstation energy consumption by 30% using the HiSaver surge protector (available on GSA Schedule). This power strip has a sensor attached, which senses when there is no human moving at the workstation, and shuts down peripherals after a specifiec time period of inactivity, and also shuts down the standby power when the user powers down the workstation. I&#39;d like to get in touch with people who are either using it now, or want to know more about it</p>
cwtesco
Retro-Commissioning also uncovers building pressurization problems that also requires additional energy consumption to cool outside air drawing through doors and windows.
cwtesco
Retro-Commissioning of existing buildings uncovers often over-looked wasted energy consumption. We have found outside air dampers improperly set to allow more CFM than building usage requires. thus requiring additional energy to heat and/or cool outside
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