Industrial Buildings

Warehouses, manufacturing plants and more can find a wide variety of ways to cut costs and save money by being more efficient.



When It Comes to Doors, Faster Means Greener

By Keith R. Schmitz
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Quickly closing a gaping hole in industrial facilities means saving more energy.
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Volkswagen Rethinks What It Means to Be Green

By Austin Weber
Volkswagen AG’s three-year-old Chattanooga, Tenn., facility is out of the ordinary when it comes to being environmentally friendly.
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Making LEED the Key Element of Green Manufacturing

The dream of high-performing industrial facilities may soon come to life thanks to the efforts of the LEED Manufacturing User Group.
By Rhiannon Jacobsen
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When you think of manufacturing, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
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Rewriting History Through Adaptive Reuse

An adaptive reuse project gives an old industrial facility the chance to change its ways and become an example of the future instead of a piece of blight from the past.
By Derrick Teal
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In the early 2000s, the Ambler Boiler House's trademark smokestack changed from a symbol of ruin and blight to one for adaptive reuse instead.
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The Hard and Soft of Sustainable Flooring

Two companies specializing in sustainable flooring merge to create a showcase of green products aligned with a commitment to green manufacturing methods.
By Cristina Toscano
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The mission of Tarkett’s flooring companies is to make big moves that keep their transparent, sustainable message apparent.
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HPDs and New Levels of Product Transparency

Chemicals of concern are present in our everyday products, but how is the AEC industry to know when they’re present in building products?
By Vikas Ahuja and Chuck Otto
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From melamine in cattle feed to bisphenol in baby bottles, several high-visibility events in recent years have raised public alarm regarding the hazards of so-called “chemicals of concern” present in many of our everyday products.
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Ditching a Reciprocating Chiller System for Innovative Heating and Cooling Heat Pumps

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New units help an industrial renovation project achieve its energy- efficiency goals.
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Energy Efficiency’s Next Frontier

End-use monitoring boosts energy savings, reduces maintenance costs and can even prevent equipment failure.
By Arash Guity and Jon Rabinowitz
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Using and analyzing data to increase energy efficiency is not a new idea.
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Decentralized Power Generation in PV Plants

By Alvaro Zanon
PV plants using transformerless string inverters and a decentralized approach stand to benefit technically and economically.
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A Prohibitive Proposition

The EPA solid waste proposal will discourage recycling and have a negative impact on the construction industry.
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