Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Investments in green buildings to hit $3.4 trillion

Investments in “green” or environment-friendly buildings could reach a cumulative amount of $3.4 trillion by 2025, a study by the International Finance Corp. (IFC) showed.
In a statement, the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, said that figure would be attained “if countries adopt better building codes and standards, and create targeted financial incentives such as green-building certification and mandatory benchmarking of energy use.”


Other important reforms should encourage new utility business models, including green mortgages and energy-service companies, it added.
“Green buildings can achieve as high as 20 percent to 25 percent of the Philippine market by 2025, with a combination of policy support, tax benefits, educational and awareness programs, and realized savings from energy efficiency,” the IFC said.
In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 percent of the country’s total annual power consumption, and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 percent annually.
The IFC said the future is in green buildings, “which incorporate sustainable measures in design and construction of buildings, promoting efficient use of energy, water and other resources with low carbon footprint.”
“With its fast population growth and urbanization, the Philippines urgently needs a more sustainable building solution to address (its) growing infrastructure needs and climate change challenges,” IFC Country Manager for the Philippines Yuan Xu said.
Xu noted the key is to create a vibrant market for green buildings that attracts private sector investment, adding green buildings should be the new norm for property firms, developers and investors.
IFC is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets.
Since 2005, the institution has invested $18.3 billion of its own funds in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New York State Building & Construction Trades Council joins New York Offshore Wind Alliance

November 28, 2017 

The New York Offshore Wind Alliance announced that the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council has joined the Alliance, adding its powerful voice to the more than two dozen leading environmental, business, labor, wind industry and community organizations already supporting the effort to make the Empire State the national leader in offshore wind.



“The New York Offshore Wind Alliance is proud to welcome the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council and its more than 200,000 union workers to the fight for a cleaner environment, renewable energy and a stronger economic future for New York,” said Joe Martens, Director of the NY Offshore Wind Alliance and a former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“If we continue on the path Governor Cuomo has laid out, New York will be the nation’s leader in offshore wind development, powering hundreds of thousands of homes with clean, reliable, renewable energy, and bringing new industries to the state, creating thousands of good paying union jobs,” Martens said. “Other states are looking to expand their offshore wind reach, making it crucial that New York move swiftly to continue to lead.”
“Offshore wind development will be good for Long Island and the whole State with good new union jobs and a new clean energy economy that will benefit everyone,” said Jim Cahill, President of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council. “Nobody builds better than New York State.”
“Our members have the experience, training, and expertise necessary to complete large, complex projects like this on time and on budget. The New York State Building & Construction Trades Council commends Governor Cuomo’s pro-growth agenda overall and in particular his commitment to offshore wind and renewable energy,” Cahill said. “The Council looks forward to working with the NY Offshore Wind Alliance to bring those jobs and that green energy to New York.”
Other Alliance members include the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Long Island Association, the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, Renewable Energy Long Island, Deepwater Wind, ├śrsted and many others. (A full listing of Alliance members can be found below or here.)
Governor Cuomo has set a goal to have 50 percent of New York’s power generated by renewable energy sources by 2030. In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo directed the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop an Offshore Wind Master Plan to advance projects that could power more than 1.25 million homes on Long Island and New York City.
NYSERDA is expected to release a procurement plan that outlines options for purchasing offshore wind energy, and complete the Master Plan by the end of this year.
This Offshore Wind Master Plan should create a roadmap for how New York State can take advantage of the strong winds far off the coast of Long Island and at the same time protect coastal and marine wildlife and preserve existing offshore industries and activities.
Leaders from organized labor and environmental organizations, along with a bipartisan group of elected officials, have united to support the State’s efforts to make offshore wind a key component of the governor’s “50 by 30” strategy to increase renewable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and spur economic development.
“We are eager to see NYSERDA’s Master Plan and to also to learn from the Governor in his State of the State address how New York will continue to be a national leader on offshore wind – both the renewable energy it provides and the jobs it will create,” Martens said.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Why Your HVAC Needs a Check-Up Before You Heat Up

Winter is just around the corner! Which means most of you are getting ready to turn on your heat for the first time in a year!  If you’ve skipped your annual fall maintenance this year, then that means you could be in for a nasty surprise when the cold gets here. Broken or inefficient heating systems may cool down your winter plans. That’s why you need to make sure to get an HVAC check-up before it’s time to heat up!

Your HVAC System

Most people know that AC stands for “air conditioning!" However, “heating” is another part of your HVAC system, and it’s the one that we often ignore.
Your HVAC comes with a heating pump to keep you warm in the winter. Just like the summer puts a high demand on your AC, the winter puts added stress on your heat pump. It’s essential that you get every part of your heating system checked out before winter hits.

Winter Blues

If you ignore your heating system, you may have some added winter blues this year. Your heat pump is hardly used all year, so when you finally do use it, there may be unexpected problems. The last thing anyone wants is to find out that their heat pump has fallen into disrepair. Not getting your heat pump maintenance may lead to higher electric bills, poor air quality, an iced pump or even a broken system. Not exactly what anyone wants when the temperature drops outside, right?

Don’t Be Left Out In the Cold!

If you haven’t received your fall HVAC maintenance yet, what are you waiting for? Call Us today! Our experienced technicians will ensure that your system is ready for the cold. With our help you’ll stay cozy and warm all winter long!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Guardian Service Industries Presents - November 2017 Employee Of The Month

Guardian Service Industries is proud to present Migena Zadrima with our coveted Employee of the Month Award for November, 2017. Ms. Zadrima  is very reliable and always goes the extra mile to ensure her clients and tenants are satisfied.

Her facility is always impeccable. Our client expressed the following: “It’s truly a pleasure to have Migena here with us. She does her work with a smile on her face and takes pride in her work and it shows! I’m happy she’s here with us!”


Migena Zadrima continuously goes the extra mile to make sure her clients and tenants are pleased with her services. She works hard and consistently delivers great service. We, at Guardian Service Industries, Inc. appreciate your hard work! #Janitorial #Matrons#GuardianSince1918

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Guardian Security Service Presents - November 2017 Employee Of The Month

Guardian Security is proud to present Christopher Demchuk with our coveted Employee of the Month Award for November, 2017.  Mr. Demchuk has provided exemplary service for one of Guardian Security's residential accounts.



Mr. Demchuk has bestowed the client, visitors and staff with superior service, compassion and caring for everyone that works or visits the building. Mr. Demchuk has kept the facility worry free from any theft or vandalism the entire time he has worked at this site. On behalf of Guardian Security we thank you Mr. Demchuk for always going over and above your responsibilities to continue Guardian's promise to do whatever it takes to provide excellent service for all valued business partners.

Who Needs a Security Guard?

Our job isn’t to appraise what you produce, how you produce it, or whom you sell to. We believe every business is entitled to function safely and without threat of damages or loss. At our core, we are intensely interested in keeping you and your business secure. A few of our typical clients include:
  • Hotels
  • Retail Stores
  • 24-hour businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Office Buildings
  • Residential Communities
  • Airports
Virtually any place of business can benefit from our security protection and we can tailor that to the proper safety that your business needs. Full customization of security guard schedules, presentation (plainclothes or uniform?), and equipment means that this security feature caters to the image you have cultivated for your business, and makes this a necessity for the safety of your assets.

What Can Security Guards Do?

We understand that each of our client’s needs are unique. That is why our security guards are trained to provide a variety of services. Some of the things we offer include:

MONITORING

You may want to establish a security guard service that does more than patrol. You may need someone to review surveillance or even walk employees or customers to their vehicles after hours. A security guard can help defend a number of aspects of your business that doesn’t involve simply walking around the perimeter (although, that can certainly be an option as well!). It boils down to asking yourself what are your security needs? We have years of experience in creating the ideal protection package by asking the questions no one else thinks to ask. We find the weak links in your armor and, instead of attempting to hide them, actually find ways to fix them.

PREVENTION

Hiring a security company as part of your overall safety plan will go a long way in preventing criminals from targeting you. Unfortunately, businesses are a target for vandalism and theft. A secure presence will certainly discourage criminal activity and help your business keep a safe reputation. Guardian recognizes the line between creating a crime-free zone (like a prison cell) and a place wherein crime is significantly deterred all the while business is still encouraged. Your business is not a jail cell, it shouldn’t feel or behave like one. There should be a balance between safety and claustrophobia. Our experience in protecting businesses means we know where that line is for your business.

MANAGING CRIME

The security guards from Guardian are top of the line. We train our professionals to handle crimes that range from theft, violence, vandalism—and everything in between. We want our clients to feel confident when they call on our services; they get the most competent people in the industry. We understand that quality service means constantly evolving with the changes that occur in society. That is why our personnel is required to continue training and implement those new security techniques in their positions. Our constant and consistent training does not stop at physical reactions to physical crimes. Our personnel are trained in everything from reading surveillance and interpreting body language and micro expressions to categorizing anonymous threats and responding to the newest trends of criminal activity in the age of the Internet. Just as you and your business change and evolve with time, so too do our security guards — by remaining adaptable at all times.

PEACE OF MIND

It has been proven that the presence of a security guard actually offers people a sense of safety. People simply feel better when they know that a trained professional is keeping an eye out. As a business owner, it lets you know that someone else also has your best interest in mind. When you succeed, we know that we have succeeded as well. It’s a win-win from both sides of the spectrum.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Guardian Window Cleaning - Best In The Business

Guardian window cleaning employs a highly-experienced workforce, all our employees have extensive experience in commercial and business window cleaning and have worked on some of the most difficult and demanding buildings.


Additionally, all our workers are continuously trained in health and safety procedures, particularly when working at height, and are regularly tested at company level by our in-house OSHA Trainer. Did I mention we are also The Official Window Cleaner of Madison Square Garden?

About Guardian Window Cleaning

Guardian is one of the largest, fully insured and licensed window washing companies servicing the region since 1918; we carry excess liability umbrella insurance and statutory workman’s compensation insurance.
We are fully qualified to advise you on the best methods and frequency needed to sustain the professional standards you want to project. We use modern equipment and technology and all of our window cleaning services adhere to a strict observance of all health and safety regulations.
Additionally, all of our window washers are state certified professionals expertly trained to provide the safest and most cost-effective method of window cleaning to ensure the highest quality of service possible for all of our commercial, residential, institutional, schools, retail, transportation hubs, etc.
http://www.guardian-service.com/services/window-cleaning/

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Window Washing In Winter

While the best time to wash your windows is in the spring and fall, there are a few of you who are ambitious enough to tackle cold weather window washing. Winter windows need cleaning too, and we have a way to clean them without worrying about your cleaning fluid freezing.

Things you’ll need: Your favorite auto windshield cleaner, a spray bottle, squeegee, and paper towels.
1. Fill your spray bottle with 2 parts windshield cleaner and 1 part water. Be sure to choose a windshield cleaner that can be used with freezing temperatures.
2. Choose one window to start with and spray it evenly with your mixed cleaning solution.
3. Squeegee your window starting at one top corner, then down the entire pane of glass. Be sure to wipe the squeegee after each pass with a towel.
4. Use paper towels or newspaper to soak up any remaining cleaning solution in the corners and sides of windows.
Tips:
Clean windows on an overcast day to avoid streaks.
Dust windows and window sills before you spray any cleaning fluid.
Microfiber cloths work well for drying windows without leaving streaks behind.
Best of luck with your winter cleaning!