Building Enclosure Commissioning overview

Why Commission the Enclosure? Building Enclosure Commissioning Overview, Part 2 In the ideal world, all components of the building enclosure providing waterproofing and air leakage mitigation – air and water resistive barriers, flashings, primary and secondary membranes, sealants, coatings etc., would be thoroughly analyzed for compatibility and detailed with great care to maintain integrity at all

Plastic vs. copper

Piping for New Construction: Plastic vs. Copper What Do We Know – What Should We Do? Water, it has been revered since the beginning of time. It sustains and nourishes us; we couldn’t live more than three days without it. Fortunately in the Western World it is readily available. It is so seamlessly intertwined with

LEED_logo_USGBC

Lessons learned while working on LEED Projects   I am lucky in that I have had the opportunity to work on such a wide array of LEED projects in so many different LEED rating systems and versions. While most LEED professionals, especially those that work in architectural firms, have seen the design side of the

Sick Building Syndrome

What is the difference between Sick Building Syndrome and Building Related Illness? Sick Building Syndrome and Building Related Illness are two distinct diagnosis. People often use the term “sick building” when referring to a property, but buildings don’t get sick – people do. I believe if there are numerous people suffering from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) it’s okay

Healthy Building Material Research

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 by
Healthy Building Material Label

Healthy Building Material Research Let’s Prove that the Good Guys Don’t Finish Last! Building material manufacturers are trying to clean up their act. Leading companies are disclosing more chemical ingredients than the laggards, and if your healthy building material research relies solely on an MSDS you may be fooled into choosing a less healthy building material.

EMF Meters and GPS Mapping

Friday, 21 August 2015 by
EMF and GPS Mapping Oakland CA

EMF Meters and GPS Mapping Syncing Capabilities   RF Radiation Power Density Meter Example As described in an earlier blog, I love testing new technologies and to further developing the capabilities of our company. After the apparently much appreciated blog showing our capabilities of tying a Gaussmeter in with a GPS and dropping the data

Property Managers Limit RiskProperty Managers Limit Risk

5 Ways Property Managers Limit Risk From Environmental Claims A Property Manager is often stuck between a knife (tenants), a gun (owners), a judge and jury, and a hard place. Environmental claims are common pitfalls that cause even the best Property Managers to stumble into a dark alley, or wind up on the wrong side of the bench in

building enclosure commissioning 101

Building Enclosure Commissioning 101, the why? – Part 1 Building Enclosure Commissioning 101 is still relatively new and many teams don’t yet understand its value. I still remember attending a seminar at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, 18 years ago, on HVAC Commissioning. This was a new and upcoming service at the time

bay area water quality

Is California’s Drought Affecting Bay Area Water Quality? Throughout 2015, bay area water quality has been getting worse in some areas. Along with the numerous other issues associated with the California drought, low water levels in our reservoirs and aquifers can be causing a noticeable decline in the quality and safety of our tap water.

Stealth Meters

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 by
stealth power meters

“Stealth” Power Meters: Analog Meters with Hidden Transmitters A client had recently shared their experiences recently regarding a Stealth Power Meter that had been installed on their home. The following has been anonymized: We had opted out of the smart meter program about a year ago.  The Electric Company had come out and swapped in

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