The Well-Connected Campus: The Facilities Condition Assessment

01.06.21

| cost savings, New Technology

How an FCA laid the foundation for Energy Savings and a Network of System Performance

Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls independent school located in Princeton, New Jersey, recently released an article published within NBOA’s NetAssets magazine that discusses the School’s path to a fully integrated, connected campus through a sophisticated building management system, powered by the Internet of Things (IoT). You can read the full article here.

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The Stone House Group Partners with Lehigh University to provide Climate Action Planning Services

11.20.20

| Sustainability

The Stone House Group is partnering with Lehigh University and Trust to develop Lehigh’s Climate Action Strategy. Our team will conduct an ASHRAE Level 1.5 Energy Audit of thirty-four (34) campus facilities and provide technical consulting services through the Climate Action Planning process. Trust will engage with the campus community to support Plan development. The Climate Action Plan will outline strategies and tactics that provide potential paths for the University to achieve net carbon neutrality. Carbon reduction targets will be developed in conjunction with campus working and advisory groups. The Stone House Group’s staff will work with students in Lehigh’s Industrial Assessment Center to complete campus energy audits, providing an opportunity to make the campus a living laboratory.

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Control Strategies for COVID-19 Risk Mitigation

11.18.20

| Energy Management, COVID-19

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, energy and facilities engineers are familiar with ASHRAE's guidelines for mitigating the risk of infection spread. These can be broken down as filtration, mitigation, and dilution. Dilution, or adding additional fresh air, is the best "bang for the buck", especially in facilities that feature a modern Building Automation System. There are a few different sequences of operation that can be implemented by your BAS contractor to dilute the air of recycled air in your facility.

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Dickinson College ranks in the top 10 in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges.

10.29.20

| commissioning, Energy Management, RECs and Offsets, renewable energy, Sustainability

 
The Princeton Review has issued its 2021 Guide to Green Colleges, and once again Dickinson College has been ranked in the guide's Top 10 Green Colleges.  The guide recognizes the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges based on each institutions' sustainability-focused policies, practices and programs. A total of 416 higher education institutions were recognized this year, and Dickinson has received honors every year since its inception in 2010. The Stone House Group has provided a variety of energy management, building commissioning, LEED administration, retro-commissioning, and sustainability consulting services to Dickinson since our firm's founding 1999.  
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LEED Adapts to the Age of COVID-19

10.20.20

| commissioning, COVID-19, LEED

The US Green Building Council remains at the helm as a model of good practices, earlier this year releasing four pilot credits to target the spread of infectious disease. Collectively named the Safety First Pilot Credits, these credits could be pursued by projects pursuing LEED certification or used as a guideline for all others:

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The Shoulder Season and Energy Savings: What It Means For Your Facility

10.08.20

| cost savings, Energy Costs, Energy Pricing, The Shoulder Season

Fall has arrived, and along with it, more temperate weather across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The shoulder season, as we call it in facilities operations, exists between peak cooling season (late May through mid-September) and peak heating season (mid-October through March). With decreased demand for cooling, and only mild heating demand, the forthcoming weeks bring an opportunity to curb energy consumption by taking advantage of favorable outside air temperatures. 

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Pennsylvania organizations petition state government

12.12.19

| Changing Policy, renewable energy

Eighteen organizations, comprising of businesses, colleges, and universities, have signed a letter to the Pennsylvania general assembly urging lawmakers to support policies that combat climate change, including investing in renewable energy and pollution reduction measures. 

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Setting a New Bar for Sustainability: TRUE Zero waste

11.21.19

| New Technology

AP-TRUEAdvisor-CroppedWe are proud to announce that our very own Alex Popp is officially certified as a TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Advisor! TRUE Certified facilities set a high bar for sustainability and sustainable practices. TRUE does not focus on the amount of materials diverted from landfills, but emphasizes the importance of upstream policies and practices that make true zero waste possible.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

11.15.19

| Education

Schools have always been known to conduct quantitative assessments to understand their student's grasp on the curriculum, while simultaneously pushing students to be creative. Assessing the qualitative aspects of creativity has always been challenging.

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Climate Change: Lehigh Valley Strategies for Today and Tomorrow

10.25.19

| Changing Policy

Our Managing Principal, Larry Eighmy, served as Moderator for the YWCA's "Great Decisions" preview panel on October 16th. Members from each of the Lehigh Valley's biggest cities, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, spoke about what each of their municipalities are doing to tackle the largest problem facing the global population today.

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