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Principles of Sustainable Design: What exactly is LEED?

Chances are, you see the words, "LEED Certified" fairly often. It can be plastered on the wall of a building or listed as a benefit for a new structure. But what exactly does a LEED certification mean, and how does a building become LEED Certified? Below we will take an in-depth look at what exactly it takes to qualify as a LEED-Certified building and the benefits associated with LEED.

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Why is Sustainable Engineering Important?

At the heart of Gausman & Moore we live and breathe sustainable design. Our team of engineers is dedicated to creating sustainable concepts and utilizing renewable energy as often as possible. While it may seem to be the new, trendy approach to building, we must still look at why sustainable engineering is important. Let's take a closer look as to why green design is both a practical option and necessary for a better future.

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The Light Bulb Moment: Understanding the Advantages of LED Lighting

In past years, incandescent and fluorescent lighting was the steadfast option for commercial buildings. Although these lights ultimately achieve the goal of providing ample lighting in large spaces and are energy efficient, they are slightly more expensive to utilize than traditional lighting solutions. But because of its potential payoff benefits, LED lighting is a great alternative lighting option. Many companies are quickly making the switch to LED lighting because they are energy efficient, long lasting, and less damaging. Below, we will dive deeper into the advantages of switching to LED lighting.

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Using Natural Sunlight to Minimize Energy Consumption

One of our best renewable resources is available to us just outside our windows. Using natural sunlight in your building is a great way to stay green while using sustainable design concepts. Natural sunlight not only improves the mood and morale of the people residing within the building, but it can lower energy costs and reduce carbon emissions.

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What is a Zero Energy Building?

A Zero Energy Building, often seen abbreviated as ZEB, is a building where the amount of imported energy is offset by the amount of exported energy. The building can be a stand-alone building, part of a network, or even part of a larger campus or community. Typically, the amount of energy imported and exported is measured annually. The methodology used to import and export energy can come from various power sources.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: How Energy Modeling Can Lower the Cost of Building Operations

When embarking on the expansion of your business, you may be considering constructing a purpose-built factory, warehouse, or office park that will ideally improve productivity as well as support your bottom line. And increasing the bottom line includes ensuring your building is saving you money in energy costs. The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering experts at Gausman and Moore will work with the project's team members to build an energy model of your building in the pre-construction phase. This will help streamline the building process as well as help to deliver an efficient and cost-effective property. Gausman and Moore will explain just how will this application help you make the right decisions with your budget.

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G&M Employees Attend Illuminating Engineering Society Training

Gausman & Moore always encourages its employees to continually strengthen their professional skills. It shows initiative when a person wants to become better at their job, while also learning how to become an effective leader. Two G&M employees from our Roseville office, Madeline Arpin (Electrical Engineering) and Chue Yang (Electrical Engineering), demonstrated this initiative by participating in the Illuminating Engineering Society Fundamentals Anchorof Lighting class.

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Ground Broken for New Government Service Center

The first shovels full of dirt were ceremoniously moved in May at the site of the new St. Louis County Government Service Center in Virginia, MN. Once complete, the 63,000-square-foot, $19 million facility will provide an ideal facility for County staff and taxpayers. Gausman & Moore, working with DSGW Architects, provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for the project.

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Getting Through Tough Design Decisions with Energy Modeling

Creating an aesthetically pleasing building with an energy-efficient mindset can sometimes be challenging. Often it feels as if you cannot accomplish both within the same building. If you start early enough in the design process though, both goals can be accomplished. Relatively new in the field of building design is a process called energy modeling. With energy modeling it is now possible to project what type of energy impact your building will have over a 30-year period.

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5 Ways Healthcare Centers Can Enhance Energy Efficiency

Healthcare centers utilize large amounts of energy, therefore they can easily generate large amounts of energy waste. Did you know that eight percent of carbon emissions come from healthcare centers in the U.S.? Numerous machines such as CT scanners and lifesaving devices run at full power 24/7 in most cases. Most healthcare administrators find it an uphill task to save energy without compromising on patient care. Fortunately, that is possible through the following ways:

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6 Tips for How to Save Energy in Your Office

Building owners and/or office managers know all too well how much a space’s energy consumption can affect their bottom line. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that roughly 33 percent of energy used in the U.S. is wasted. As energy costs continue to rise, you’ll want to get a handle on your office’s energy consumption to be green and save money. So whether you’re the building owner, property manager, or occupant, reduce your office’s energy bill and lower its carbon footprint with these six energy-saving tips:

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Understanding the Difference Between the Three Thermal Science Disciplines

Physics plays a crucial role in everything that encompasses mechanical engineering, and as a mechanical engineer, you must understand and be able to use the three thermal science disciplines in the work you do. The following briefly outlines each of these disciplines and touches on the importance of each in mechanical engineering work.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Indoor Thermal Comfort

Energy efficiency in buildings is almost always a top priority for building owners and contractors alike. However, it is not fully effective when occupants are uncomfortable with the indoor environment. If an occupant is too warm or too cold in a space, he or she will take alternative routes of heating or cooling their area, such as with space heaters, fans, or window-mounted air conditioners. And those could be substantially worse for the building’s efficiency than typical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

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Two-Pipe Systems vs. Four-Pipe Systems

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems provide building heating and cooling, and more modern-day HVAC systems are starting to use hydronic piping to provide newly constructed buildings’ heating and cooling needs. For this type of work, two main system configurations are possible: two-pipe systems or four-pipe systems.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Net Zero Energy Buildings

According to the State of Minnesota’s recently enacted building energy standard (B3 SB2030) that follows the federal government's Executive Order stating that all new buildings should be designed to achieve zero net energy by the year 2030. But what is “Net Zero Energy”? A Net Zero Energy building produces enough renewable energy to meet or go beyond its annual energy consumption requirements.

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