Building Systems

Cooling System Eliminates Chemicals by ‘Pulsing’ the Water

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry installed a new cooling system at the Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee, Washington, which will eliminate chemicals from entering the city’s wastewater. The old cooling system at the courthouse relied on an aging cooling tower that was requiring increasing maintenance costs and was near failure. The County Commissioners authorized McKinstry to proactively replace the   …Continue Reading


Dunkin’ Donuts Distributor Updates with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

National DCP, the purchasing cooperative that serves more than 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owners, tapped Energy Source of Providence, Rhode Island, for a facility lighting redesign to save energy. The project at National DCP, which took about 5 weeks to complete, consisted of the removal of inefficient high intensity fluorescents and a schematic re-design and   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves $750,000 per Year for Civic Center

Linda Hardesty

The New York Power Authority and Monroe County, New York, completed a $15.2 million energy efficiency project at the Monroe County Civic Center that will save more than $750,000 in annual energy costs. The upgrades at the Rochester facility are being carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a statewide initiative to increase energy   …Continue Reading


Schneider Uniflair LE Room Cooling Series Receives DOE Certification for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric’s Uniflair LE Room Cooling series for data centers has received the Department of Energy’s certification for energy efficiency. The Uniflair LE uses highly efficient electronically commutated (EC) fans, intelligent controls and optimization during part-load operation. The Uniflair LE perimeter units provide efficient cooling for any data center environment. And the Uniflair LE Precision   …Continue Reading


Trane Expands Lineup of Outdoor Air Handler Units

Linda Hardesty

Trane expanded its lineup of Performance Climate Changer outdoor air handler units to deliver increased energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality for a wide variety of applications. Performance Climate Changer outdoor air handlers use Trane Cool Dry Quiet desiccant dehumidification wheels to manage building humidity better than traditional coil-only cooling systems and use up   …Continue Reading


Convention Center Snags $60,000 from PECO for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Pennsylvania Convention Center completed three LED lighting projects and received $60,000 in PECO Smart Ideas rebates. During the past two years, the convention center has replaced lighting throughout the facility and in the adjacent 12th Street tunnel with energy-efficient LED lighting. This new lighting will save about 607,000 kWh annually. PECO Smart Ideas, a suite   …Continue Reading


Light Commercial Packaged Units Earn SEER Rating of 14

Linda Hardesty

New Champion LX Series packaged units from Johnson Controls for light commercial and residential use earn a 14 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. The LX Series is the first product launched under the new Champion brand. Champion LX Series packaged units feature: Single-cabinet design versus previous three-cabinet model Copper tube/aluminum fin condenser coils for high   …Continue Reading


Less Time Delay with LEDs Promises More Savings

Linda Hardesty

Current building codes require specified time delays before occupancy sensors turn off or dim the lights in an unoccupied space. And while shorter delays save energy, constantly switching lights on and off can shorten the lifespan of a fluorescent lamp, according to a blog posting on the Lighting Controls Association website. This could change with   …Continue Reading


5 Steps for Guaranteeing the Best Lighting Upgrade in Industrial Facilities

Mike Robinson

Rapid growth in LED technology has brought good news for energy managers in industrial facilities, as they have more options than ever before in planning facility retrofits. Finding high-quality fixtures that reduce energy consumption and cut maintenance costs is easier today than it was several years ago. The bad news is that this relatively young   …Continue Reading


Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading