3 Takeaways from the Energy Efficiency Custom Tech Expo

BOMI International exhibited at the first-ever Energy Efficiency Custom Tech Expo in Baltimore, MD, yesterday. BGE, Pepco, and Delmarva Power co-hosted the event and highlighted ways in which energy-efficient technologies are helping businesses of all types and sizes save energy and money.

Here are 3 takeaways from the expo:
Location, Location, Location: Reason enough to attend the expo. Whether or not you’re a Baltimore Ravens fan, M&T Bank Stadium is an experience in itself. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it’s also the first outdoor professional sports facility to earn a LEED Gold certification. A guided tour of the stadium was available for attendees.Relevant Speakers: There was a total of 18 sessions at the expo, providing many learning opportunities for attendees. Each speaker was an expert in energy efficiency and his or her respective fields. Session topics ranged from “Power System Optimization” to “How to Successfully Position your Project for Energy Efficiency and …

Environmental Compliance Audit: How Often and Why It's Needed

An environmental compliance audit (ECA) is needed whenever one of several situations occurs: regulatory inspection, complaint, or report; significant change in building operation or supply chain activities; an internal incident by owners or tenants; change in leadership and/or management; or the issuance of a new but related regulation to existing business methodologies. The ECA basically compares the specific regulations applicable to ongoing or proposed activities on the premises with the actual or potential environmental impact of those activities. Discrepancies will warrant immediate attention.

Audit activities, like ECAs, are commonly performed by outside consultants. The consultants may assist the property owner or manager in acquiring permits for operation. They may also assist in developing plans to help assure compliance with regulations. However, to ensure preparedness, the building owner or manager should directly perform audit activities on a regular ongoing basis, checking…

The Miami Foundation Appoints BOMI International Alumnus to its Board of Trustees

The Miami Foundation announces the appointment of five new board members with significant experience in finance, communications, and law. The new trustees are: Jose Antonio Hernandez-Solaun, president of The Easton GroupAlison Miller, shareholder at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Patricia M. Neal, president & CEO of Acies Strategy Group; Gary Ressler, principal of The TILIA Companies; and Isabel Santo Tomás, senior vice president/investments at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Gary Ressler, RPA® Gary Ressler is Principal of The TILIA Family of Companies. Originally from California, Gary moved to Miami in 2001 to assume operations over TILIA. He serves on the board of directors of The Kronish Foundation of Temple Beth Shalom, The City of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, and as president of the Board of Directors of The Downtown Miami Partnership (DMP). He is also an alumnus of BOMI International.

Using Construction Drawings & Overcoming Idiosyncrasies

Technology offers many more choices of how to generate, update, store, retrieve, and reproduce construction drawings than existed even ten years ago. Each type of technology has its idiosyncrasies to learn. For a project to run smoothly, you should remember several tricks of the trade relating to these idiosyncrasies when using drawings.

Other aspects of using drawings are almost timeless: proper field measurement techniques, taking field notes, and making modifications and updates. They are timeless because no matter what technology is used, there are opportunities for human error that translate into contractual difficulties.

There are many ways to generate or reproduce drawings, which in some ways have added to the complexities of duplication. For example, although sophisticated copiers that shrink or enlarge an image at the touch of a button facilitate reproduction, they can also create pitfalls.
Print SizesPrint sizes are somewhat standardized in the United States. Standard sizes are…

Due Diligence: The first step in a property acquisition

Asset managers understand the variety of factors that contribute to the profitability of owning and operating a successful property, which can make them invaluable participants in the acquisition process. This process begins with a valuation of a property known as preliminary due diligence, which is the first and most important step in the purchase of commercial real estate.

Through the process of due diligence, all aspects of a property are examined, and its value is determined. Poor due diligence can affect the financial interests of a new owner. Nothing short of full, comprehensive, and verifiable due diligence should satisfy any buyer when purchasing real estate.
Due Diligence Regarding Income and ExpenseVerification of rental income and operational expenses is of paramount importance to any buyer. A buyer must be certain that he or she can maintain the income that the property has historically generated. The expense side of the operating statement must have verifiable costs, be com…

Evaporator: Types and Design Applications

An evaporator is a device that absorbs the heat surrounding it to cause the liquid refrigerant inside it to boil until the refrigerant leaves as a superheated (saturated) gas. Each evaporator operates according to the same basic formula: it absorbs heat while boiling off the liquid refrigerant.

Remember that heat travels from a warmer substance to a cooler one. Consequently, the evaporator must be at a lower temperature than its surroundings. For example, a home air conditioner would have an evaporator coil temperature of 40°F, which is its boiling temperature at 68.5 psig when using refrigerant-22 (R-22). As long as air moving across the evaporator stays above 40°F, the refrigerant in the evaporator will boil, absorbing the heat from the room air and transferring it to the refrigerant.
Design ApplicationsWhen designing an evaporator, an engineer must ask and answer the following questions about the design of the system:
What material should be used to construct the evaporator? Cost and …

Everyday Protocols to Reduce Environmental Impact

High-Performance Protocols RecommendationsBuilding occupants’ behavior affects an organization’s ability to meet its sustainability goals. In typical commercial buildings, occupants are responsible for 50 to 75 percent of energy consumed through their use of lighting, equipment, and HVAC. Here are some strategies for reducing the environmental impact of occupants’ behavior.

Print double-sided or print to PDF.Use less packaging (buy in bulk).Use electronic documents.Give employees resources to contact providers of direct mail to reduce junk.Use smaller margins, font size, and leading in templates to lessen the number of pages per document printed.Do not use a separate cover sheet when faxing.Use interoffice envelopes instead of new envelopes where possible.Encourage paperless and clean-desk policies to help eliminate clutter, reduce use of raw materials, and help keep the office dust free.Instead of providing hard copies of presentations and briefings, have employees bring laptops …