Membrane Roofs and the Need for Air Barriers

03.10.21

| cost savings, AVB

With the building industry moving more toward light colored roofing it has become increasingly important to consider the application of an air and vapor barrier (AVB) in the roof assembly.  It is a false assumption to consider that the roofing membrane acts as an AVB in the roof application.  The reason is that moisture is a nasty little bugger that can get into most any assembly.  The goal is not to just prevent moisture from entering the assembly but to get it out when it does get into the assembly.

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What’s the Temperature of Your Campus?

03.02.21

| cost savings, Energy Management, Energy Pricing

When my kids were younger, they seemed to pick up a cold almost weekly, most of the time catching it from their schoolmates, nothing major. We’d see it coming from the obvious signs: sniffles, feeling achy, acting sluggish. Sometimes we’d call the pediatrician, who would immediately ask us, “What’s your son’s temperature?”, which was a friendly reminder to just take out the thermometer and keep track of their temperatures, as their temperature would usually tell us how they were holding up and what care was appropriate.  

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Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy - C-PACE

02.24.21

| Energy Costs, Energy Pricing, C-PACE

C-PACE: Why Not Pay Less to Finance Your Sustainable Building?

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The Stone House Group to Partner with Lehigh University

02.16.21

| COVID-19, ASHRAE Energy Audit

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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Building Health and WELLness in a Post Pandemic World

02.10.21

| COVID-19, WELL rating system

Covid-19 has presented a number of obstacles in regaining normalcy and access to the majority of our built infrastructure.  As a result, sustainable building certifications have adapted to address the health and safety concerns associated with a post-pandemic environment.  In particular, International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has recently released a new WELL rating system to prioritize health and safety in a COVID-19 world – WELL Health-Safety Rating

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Hindsight Is 20/20 As We Navigate the Covid-19 Pandemic

02.04.21

| Changing Policy, COVID-19

The proverb “Hindsight is 20/20” brings new meaning in the year 2020 as we look back at the COVID-19 pandemic and as we transition into 2021.  The Stone House Group was no exception in terms of the adversity we faced particularly in our involvement with healthcare institutions.  

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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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