Green building study shows occupancy results
A regional study of green buildings is the first of its kind to study post-occupancy results of LEED buildings in Illinois.
Illinois has been an early leader in green building construction, currently ranking sixth in the number of U.S. Green Building Council LEED buildings built, with the City of Chicago itself having more LEED certified buildings than any other city in the country. This leadership continues with release of a report from the U.S. Green Building Council - Chicago Chapter (USGBC - Chicago) that provides a first look at post-occupancy performance of LEED buildings on a local scale.
" The Regional Green Building Case Study Project: A Post-Occupancy Study of LEED Projects in Illinois " report summarizes the first year of a multi-year study to analyze the post-occupancy benefits of 25 LEED certified projects in Illinois related to: energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, water use, construction and operating costs, cost of building green, health and productivity impacts, and occupant comfort. The study was funded by the Grand Victoria Foundation and is a collaborative endeavor between the USGBC Chicago, U.S. EPA Region 5, the City of Chicago, Delta Institute, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which was the lead researcher for the project.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.