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EMERALD BLOG

Sophia Hestad

Miss Hestad has a background in electrical engineering and has been working for Emerald Built Environments for the last two years to complete energy modeling and LEED certifications. Prior to that she worked in the automation industry working with control panels and system sizing. Now as a project engineer she has worked with new construction and existing buildings to develop energy models for residential, commercial, healthcare, retail, and industrial buildings. She has also worked with Arc to track building performance for LEED v4.1 EBOM certification. Through her knowledge of engineering she is able to understand and create energy models to examine building envelopes, power consumption, and heating and cooling systems.

Is Remote Work Eco-Friendly? Unpacking the Emissions Debate

In the wake of the pandemic, there has been a seismic shift in the world's work environment, transitioning many employees from traditional office spaces to remote, work-from-home (WFH) setups. In the U.S. alone, remote work increased to over 40% of...

Harnessing Energy Modeling for Sustainable Building Design

In today's rapidly evolving world of sustainable buildings, conducting energy modeling is a crucial tool for building owners and their design and construction teams. This computer simulation of a building's energy consumption enables stakeholders to...

Mitigating Human Capital Risk Through the Power of WELL Certification

WELL Certification empowers companies to create more intentional, healthier, and productive workplaces that benefit employees and business owners. In short, WELL uses a set of standards, design concepts, and operational policies that transform how...

Occupants of Green Buildings

When renting or buying your home, have you ever considered the impact the design of the building will have on the planet? What about the materials used having an impact on your health and wellness? Residential buildings ranging from single family...

The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding Our Role

Conscious Capitalism NEO recently hosted a webinar entitled “Measurements that Matter: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” attended by Emerald staff. Following the event, we got to thinking about the incredible magnitude of the global...

Living Sustainably in 2021

Constantly Raising the Bar is an Emerald Core Value, and one way the team lives it is by gathering monthly for a lunch and learn. To prep for a recent lunch and learn session, we all watched the Hulu documentary “I am Greta” and came prepared to...

Sustainable Home Technology for the New Year

As we approach the end of 2020, the team at EBE is thinking about goals for 2021. One of our core values is Environmental Stewardship. We live the core value by demonstrating care for the environment and acting upon opportunities for change. Now...

Rental Property: DIY Summer Season Savings

What is a good thermostat set point for summer?

Ideally, if you have or can install a programmable thermostat in your rental property, you can save a lot of money with the proper schedule. The ideal efficient temperature to set your house at during...

Rental Property: DIY Water Savings

Let’s start with Water Savings.

There are a variety of ways, ranging from cheap, temporary improvements, to expensive appliances that can reduce your water consumption and help save money on utility costs. So, let’s start with some questions I often...