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Sustainable Stormwater Management in Urban Settings

Excess stormwater is a longstanding problem many urban settings encounter. Typical drainage systems can become overrun in times of heavy rain, and existing infrastructure systems are starting to reach the end of their lifespan. New, sustainable designs and implementation can not only help alleviate current stormwater management problems, but can help create a better and often cheaper solution for cities.

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The Best LEED Designs for Public Buildings

LEED Certification has become the gold standard in public buildings, and many states are implementing tax incentives to help promote sustainable designs. LEED certification can be applied to both new and renovated buildings. Below, we have put together a list of some of the best LEED-certified public buildings.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: LEED Accreditation

Many new buildings that are constructed have a LEED-certified label attached to them. Generally speaking, this means that these buildings were constructed with a green building mentality. To be able to do this, the architects and engineers who design these buildings usually carry a LEED Accreditation. Below, let's take a closer look at what goes into a LEED Accreditation and how it can be beneficial.

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Kalysta Davis Becomes LEED Green Associate

After extensive studying and a challenging test, Kalysta Davis (Mechanical Engineering, Duluth Office) is now a LEED Green Associate. Kalysta learned of her achievement on Nov. 15. Gausman & Moore is committed to LEED guidelines and currently has 12 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff.

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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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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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Blake Guither to Present at Midwest University March 22, 2018

Blake Guither (PE, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C) will give the presentation “The Future of Mechanical Equipment Families” at Midwest University 2018. A Mechanical Engineer with 10+ years of experience at Gausman & Moore, Blake is responsible with all aspects of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design for commercial buildings.

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BILT North America Conference

Blake Guither (PE, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C) will give the presentation “Take the Load Off Your Electrical Engineer” at BILT North America conference in August 2017. A Mechanical Engineer with 10+ years of experience at Gausman & Moore, Blake is responsible with all aspects of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design for commercial buildings.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Green Building Practices

Going green is becoming a more common idea people are using due to the many benefits that come with the green movement. States are even slowly passing laws regarding how “green” new buildings are required to be, depending on various circumstances. Some people believe the only way to make their building or facility green is to be 100 percent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, however, the option can rest with something as simple as certain processes used to build the facility. Hundreds of green building processes exist that are environmentally friendly options.

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Title: Principles of Sustainable Design: Energy-Efficient Buildings

Much goes into making a building energy efficient, and the amount of energy a building uses can account for a large share of global energy usage. As technology progresses, it is becoming more efficient to design them to use less energy. Our various engineering divisions are focusing much of their time instituting best energy-saving practices to help our customers save on energy costs and reduce their carbon footprints.

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B3 SB2030: Minnesota's Building Energy Standard

Beginning in 2000, The State of Minnesota started developing sustainable building guidelines for all new buildings receiving funding from the general obligation bond proceeds fund. These guidelines, known as B3, are designed to be compatible with national LEED guidelines while maintaining regional values, priorities, and requirements.

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"Wellness" at the Impact Conference

“Wellness” was a prominent theme at this year’s USGBC MN Impact Conference. Approximately 300 people attended this year’s conference, conducted on May 3rd at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Gausman & Moore was actively involved in this year’s conference, with six attendees, a presenter, and a steering committee member. Mark Leutgeb (Business Development, Roseville Office), introduced two WELL presentations: “Using Wellness to Define Your Corporate Culture” and “Well-Being the New Frontier.”

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