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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.

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...

Rental Property: DIY Energy Improvements

Your gas and electric usage can vary depending on the appliances and type of heating/cooling system in your home. But regardless of what systems you have, there are some simple tips and tricks to follow to help reduce your energy consumption.


Rental Property: DIY Winter Season Savings

Don’t forget to check back for our last blog of the series on how to ready your home for summer savings.

What is a good temp set point for winter?

The best way to save money is to have a scheduled thermostat. Ideally, you want to keep your house at...