Physical Security & Energy Efficiency:  A Perfect Marriage

Document created by Andrew Apollony on Jan 22, 2010
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Most people do not associate physical security concerns with energy efficiency.  The fact is that it is possible and desirable to enhance physical security while becoming more energy-efficient.  New software and sensor technology allows for HVAC , lighting, and other building systems to integrate their operations and run more efficiently.  This allows for reduced energy consumption, conservation of resources, a decreased carbon footprint, AND enhancement of security. Organizations inside and outside government require highly classified areas to maintain sensitive materials.  Decreased power requirements through intelligent sensor technology reduces the heat signature in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs).  Lighting can now be controlled inside and outside so that energy consumption is reduced, the night sky is not polluted, thermal/infrared cameras provide better coverage and access control, and software turns these systems on and off as necessary rather than constant stream, as well as alerting security personnel to pre-programmed events (e.g., intrusions) and freeing them from constant monitoring.  Windows that allow light through, conserve energy, but also prevent visual, cyber, and physical intrusion are now possible.  Simple fixes are also possible such as putting out bicycle racks to facilitate commuting but placing them in areas to prevent physical intrusion by vehicle and foot traffic (with rack construction of a frangible and blast-friendly material).  HVAC sensor software not only runs the system more efficiently but alerts security personnel when certain chemical compounds are introduced.  Organizations providing vanpools for commuters can get points for LEEDS certification, and meet the Federal Government fleet requirements to reduce fleet petroleum conssumption by 2% each year, but also enhance their security by modifying their access control and parking policies for those vans.  There are myriad energy efficient solutions which save money (reduce consumption from the power grid), save the environment (reduce the carbon footprint), and enhance physical security at the same time. President Obama has mandated goals and tough new standards be attained by owners, builders, and occupants of Federal buildings.  His Executive Order #13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance," was issued in October, 2009 and requires 15% of the Government's 500,000 buildings to meet the EPA's Guiding Principles for High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings by 2015.  All new construction of Federal buildings need to meet the Guiding Priciples and construction after 2020 will have to be zero-net-energy by 2030.  Several high-occupancy private buildings (e.g., Empire State Building) have already reduced their energy consumption by up to 40% with simple window, lighting, and HVAC fixes.  LEEDS certifications in building design can lead to tax savings.  The mandates and incentives are in place and occurring for energy efficiency. Government and industry needs for physical and information security can not only be maintained with these changes but enhanced. Apollo Global Solutions LLC specializes in providing this unique blend of security and energy efficiency to government and industry.  Technology has made it possible to accomplish LEEDS certification, and/or meet the EPA Sustainability Standards, while making your environment more safe and secure.

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