Green Cooling Towers – Practical Applications in Sustainability

November 19, 2012
by MICHAEL C. NINES, P.E., LEED AP
Association of Corporate Counsel's "Green-house Counsel"

Cooling towers are a common and critical component to most commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities and can represent up to 30 percent of a building's overall energy budget, and 50 percent of the water usage. Yet unfortunately, these workhorses of facility HVAC systems are often forgotten about in terms of environmental impacts to businesses which rely upon them. Recent trends in sustainable cooling tower design and operation may present some unique opportunities for reduced environmental impacts as related to these systems. Whether managing environmental risk or exploring sustainability initiatives within your organization, the operation and maintenance of these critical building systems deserves a closer look from corporate counsel and engineering staff.

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