Column and Beam

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Category: Sustainability

4 Reasons Why to Conduct Audits in 2017

Design and construction firms, both large and small, should implement an audit policy in 2017.  Audits can be effective using either internal staff to perform the audit or by retaining outside consultants.  Audits do not have to be elaborate, exhaustive, or expensive to be effective.    Here are 4 good reasons why you should consider starting periodic audits at your company:

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The Future – Energy Positive Projects

greenInterview with Robbie Ferris

Robbie Ferris is the CEO and President of SfL+ a Architects, P.A. and a practicing architect based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  SfL+a has designed a number of successful energy positive and high performance building projects.  Mr. Ferris is LEED AP certified and is a Recognized Educational Facility Planner (REFP), and member of the American Institute of Architects.  Mr. Ferris is also a principal with FirstFloor Energy Positive, LLC which provides turnkey development solutions to educational institutions.  Recently, Mr. Ferris participated in the design of Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, the nation’s first energy positive, LEED Gold public school that is projected to save the School District $35M over 40 years with $16M in electrical savings.  In South Carolina, SfL+a and First Floor Energy Positive are currently involved in the design and construction of five energy positive schools in Horry County, South Carolina that are scheduled to be completed in 2017.  To reach Robbie Ferris,

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