Author Archives: Carl Weinschenk

Driving Energy Efficiency by Improving the Owner/Tenant Relationship

Carl Weinschenk

Things can be tricky when the organization occupying a facility doesn’t own it. Three groups are cooperating to help the sides lean how to work through the issues.


Case Study: Fast Payback in New York City

Carl Weinschenk

Green and Save offers a case study of a commercial portfolio’s LED retrofit in New York City that cut costs by 74 percent. Newmark Holdings’ project covered different common areas and existing lighting across the 10 million square feet of 24 properties under management. The LED fixtures, lamps and retrofits that were installed in the   …Continue Reading


$8M Project to Upgrade Chillicothe (OH) Correctional Institute

Carl Weinschenk

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority this month approved $8 million in financing for an energy efficiency and conservation project at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute. The 30-building campus houses more than 2,700 inmates and has more than 540 employees, according to the Chillicothe Gazette. The campus, which is more than 80 years old, initially was   …Continue Reading


Local, State and the Federal Government Excel at Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

It’s interesting that government at the local, state and federal levels do a better job than private industry of driving energy efficiency. The good news is that both sides continue to up their games.


CA, MA Tie for ACEEE Top Spot

Carl Weinschenk

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) says that California and Massachusetts are the most energy efficient states. The ACEEE, in its tenth annual scorecard, said that Massachusetts was in the top spot for the sixth year in a row, though this is the first time that it shared the position with another state. The   …Continue Reading


Integrated Dimmer/LED from Energy Focus

Carl Weinschenk

Energy Focus has introduced the 500NR Network Ready Series of LED Tubes and the Intellitube NR Network-Ready Tube. The company says that dimming functionality is put directly into the tubes. This enables the tubes, via the Internet of Things, to be directly connected to the building’s automation system or lighting control system, the press release   …Continue Reading


New Refrigerant Rules Will Have Long Term Impact

Carl Weinschenk

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency will lead to big changes to equipment that use refrigerants and the codes that govern them.


Building Data Platform from Leviton

Carl Weinschenk

Leviton has launched the VerifEye BMO 3.0. The product, which is available in Web-based and mobile app configurations, measures, monitors and manages energy use. The goal is to provide energy metering information that maximizes energy efficiency and optimizes equipment performance, according to Leviton. The BMO 3.0 includes an energy code compliance feature, an executive reporting   …Continue Reading


Athens, OH, Nears $4.28M Retrofit Project

Carl Weinschenk

County commissioners in Athens, OH, approved $4.28 million to upgrade county buildings, according to the Athens Messenger. The story says that the approval is contingent on the ability to get municipal lease financing. Such financing will enable payments to be made from a general fund. Energy savings and reimbursements are expected to pay for most of   …Continue Reading


Put Safety First in LED Installations

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs may seem less dangerous than legacy lighting because they don’t run as hot. That doesn’t mean, however, that great care isn’t necessary.