Clark's Remarks The thoughts and musings of Lawrence (Larry) Clark, principal of Sustainable Performance Solutions LLC. en One Project, Two Green-Building Certifications: LEED and Green Globes <div class="node-body blog-body">I have written several articles comparing green-building rating systems. All of the conclusions drawn were based on projects certified under one rating system or another. In this blog post, I discuss a project that has achieved two certifications.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 23 May 2016 18:13:00 +0000 24941 at Green Globes and Sea-Level Rise: A Tale of Two Summits <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week, I attended two summits: Green Globes in Atlanta and Sea-Level Rise in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. What the events had in common was a call to participants not to use "green shame" or "green blame" to promote their individual (or corporate) points of view.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 10 May 2016 18:39:00 +0000 24531 at <p>Rawpixel Ltd/iStock</p> 7-Eleven: Committed to Green Building and Veterans <div class="node-body blog-body">Our firm recently assisted in the Green Globes certification of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Miami. The new-construction project has the distinction of being not only the first 7-Eleven store in the world to achieve Green Globes certification, but a franchise awarded to a U.S. military veteran under 7-Eleven’s Operation: Take Command program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:29:00 +0000 23551 at Droning on: More on Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Construction <div class="node-body blog-body">In assisting clients with green-building certification, our firm often recommends pre- and post-construction photographic evidence. Because this evidence can be provided with drones, we have been closely following their use. The most recent development was a March 10 Senate hearing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:25:00 +0000 23101 at <p>abadonian/iStock</p> Energy Efficiency and Biofuels: Some Things Never Change <div class="node-body blog-body">“It’s like déjà vu all over again,” baseball great Yogi Berra once said. It is one of my favorite “Yogi-isms,” and it is the one that came to mind when I ran across a copy of the August 1908 issue of The Engineering Magazine. The titles of two of the articles immediately jumped out at me because they appeared to still be topical.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:49:00 +0000 22471 at <p>A fan of the New York Yankees holds up a sign reading, &ldquo;It&#39;s D&eacute;j&agrave; Vu,&rdquo; in reference to Hall of Famer Yogi Berra during Game 2 of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City Oct. 29, 2009. The Series pitted the Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)</p> Giving Back: Making the HVAC Industry—and World—a Better Place <div class="node-body blog-body">When I became involved in HVAC in the late 1990s, I was pleasantly surprised to learn our industry, as competitive—some might even say ruthless or cutthroat—as it is, is actually quite generous when it comes to giving back to our communities and professions.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air Conditioning Building Controls Fire / Smoke Heating Humidity Control IAQ & Ventilation Motors / Drives Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:13:00 +0000 22291 at <p>Tashatuvango/iStock</p> Reflections on the 2016 AHR Expo <div class="node-body blog-body">There were some interesting new products being exhibited at the 2016 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) in Orlando, Fla., including one I nearly missed.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> AHR Expo Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 22 Feb 2016 15:32:00 +0000 22001 at Porter Ranch Natural-Gas Leak: Another Wake-up Call <div class="node-body blog-body">Around the time a state of emergency was being declared for the water crisis in Flint, Mich., the governor of California was declaring a state of emergency in Porter Ranch, a suburb of Los Angeles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 09 Feb 2016 20:15:00 +0000 21821 at <p>A woman holds a sign while attending a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District regarding a proposed stipulated abatement order to stop the natural-gas leak in Granada Hills, near Porter Ranch, Calif., on Jan. 16, 2016. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)</p> The Flint Water Crisis and Legionellosis <div class="node-body blog-body">Although officials maintain there is no clear evidence of a direct connection between Flint’s potable-water supply and an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, 87 cases, 10 of them fatal, in 17 months, compared with six to 13 cases in the four years prior, is disturbing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Air Conditioning Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Jan 2016 02:48:00 +0000 21161 at <p>A shirt worn by a man during a rally at Flint City Hall in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 24, 2016, displays a poisonous logo alongside the text &quot;City of Flint MI Water Dept.&quot; The event was organized by Genesee County Volunteer Militia to protest government corruption the group sees in relation to the Flint water crisis, which resulted in a federal state of emergency. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)</p> Women in Engineering <div class="node-body blog-body">During a visit last summer, Kendahl, our 16-year-old granddaughter, shared with my wife and me her interest in pursuing a career in engineering. Unfortunately, she had heard a female role model state engineering is not an appropriate career for a woman.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:04:00 +0000 19431 at <p>Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock</p>