Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system created to evaluate how “green,” or sustainable and environmentally friendly a building is. Used throughout the world, and available for pretty much any type of residential or commercial building, LEED was designed to improve the efficiency of our buildings and construction projects.
But to the unfamiliar, LEED certification may seem complicated, or hard to approach. So if you’re interested in making your next construction project more environmentally friendly, how can you become LEED certified, and what does that really mean for your organization’s future?
Becoming LEED certified is highly beneficial for any business or individual looking to make the most of their construction projects. These are the main benefits that leaders want from their LEED certification:
If you’re interested in becoming LEED certified, you must work with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which is responsible for handling the third-party verification of project compliance. Through this system, you’ll follow four main steps:
In becoming LEED certified, you’ll have a great deal of flexibility; you can choose any level of certification you want, and pick and choose whichever credits best suit your organization. However, every project that gets LEED certified must meet three important prerequisites:
If you’re interested in making your next building project LEED certified, or if you want to explore your options for making your construction more environmentally friendly, start by reviewing the different rating systems your building project could be eligible for.
In the meantime, there are many steps you can take to improve the environmental friendliness and sustainability of your own business. Even simple changes can make a difference such as installing high-efficiency filters for your furnace and air conditioner.
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The world of HVAC is always advancing, making use of new technologies and new approaches to improve the capabilities of the average homeowner’s heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. Along with energy efficiency, one of the biggest categories of breakthroughs has been the emergence of products and technologies to improve overall indoor air quality. Under ordinary circumstances, ventilation systems can contribute pollutants to your surroundings, spreading bacteria, mold, dust, dander, and other particles that can aggravate respiratory conditions or facilitate the spread of illnesses.
UV light attachments, like the RGF REME HVAC HALO 24V Air Purification System Light, attempt to counteract these pollutants. But how exactly do they work, and are they really worth the investment?
Price is an important consideration when doing home maintenance by replacing your air filters, but your air filter is not only an important component in protecting your homes HVAC(Heating Ventaliation and Air Conditioning) system, it is important for protecting your family against the top concerns of health and environmental organizations such as the CDC, EPA and American Lung Association. Indoor air quality or IAQ can be 200 to 500 times more polluted than the air outside.
Your air filter is not only an important component in protecting your homes HVAC(Heating Ventaliation and Air Conditioning) system, it is important for protecting your family against the top concerns for the CDC, EPA and American Lung Association. Indoor air quality or IAQ can be 200 to 500 times more polluted than the air outside.
When you are buying your air filter online most important thing to know is Air Filters have two sizes that you need to understand the Nominal size and the Actual Size. Not understanding these numbers often leads to consumers purchasing a filter that does not fit their Furnace or HVAC system.
Not understanding the Nominal Filter Size is the primary culprit for incorrectly purchased filters.The Nominal Size is the usually the dimensions used to Label the filter. For instance 16x20x1. These dimensions are a rounded value on the filters actual measurements. The actual measurements on this filter may be 15.5x19.5x.75, but that could vary by brand and manufacturer. So in order to make sure you have the correct size filter, especially if you are replacing with a different brand it is important to confirm the actual size on the filter. When purchasing filters on the internet the Nominal size is usually found in the product title.
The actual size as you might have guessed are the actual dimensions of the filter by length, width and thickness. This size is often on the filter right below the Nominal size and is usually labeled as the actual size. When you are buying a filter online the actual size is sometime in the product bullet point or the product description. If your filter does not have actual dimensions on the outside of the filter, you can measure you filter to get the correct dimensions. Some brands have a foam gasket on the outside of the filter, in this case, you will want to make sure you have a compatible actual size and that it also has the foam to ensure a snug fit.
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Furnace filters should fit securely but should not have to be forced into position. If you have to force the filter into its slot, then it is probably too big. Forcing an improper filter size in a filter can cause it to buckle, damaging the filter or reducing its ability to function properly. Filters are a smaller than their slot to allow for easy replacement. Some HVAC units may need a filter with dimensions that are unique or uncommon. In these cases, a custom filter needs to be ordered.