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Burger King Franchise Deploys GridPoint EMS

Karen Henry

Northern Illinois-based Burger King franchisee, TOMS King has deployed GridPoint Energy Manager at all 59 of its restaurants. TOMS King’s installed asset-level submetering as well as HVAC and lighting controls. The quick-serve restaurant gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software, GridPoint Energy Manager, which aggregates and presents data collected at each site. The franchisee also subscribed to   …Continue Reading


CHP Offers Major Benefits to NY Commercial Property Owners

Linda Hardesty

Combined heat and power, also known as co-generation, is a worthwhile investment for mid-size to large commercial property owners in New York, particularly in the five boroughs of New York City where a variety of financial incentives are available, according to a white paper issued by ConEdison Solutions. The energy services company said there has   …Continue Reading


Soraa Extends LED Lamp Line

Linda Hardesty

Soraa, a developer of gallium nitride on gallium nitride LED technology, has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to provide a complete range of halogen replacement lamps from 50W to 120W equivalent lamps. The new 12.5W line features a lower wattage addition to its full visible spectrum PAR30 and AR111 LED lamps,while still   …Continue Reading


San Francisco Construction Office Uses Daylighting System in Bid to Earn Net-Zero Status

Karen Henry

DPR Construction recently installed 19 Solatube SolaMaster Series 750 DS units in its San Francisco office as part of the company’s effort to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Net-Zero Energy building (NZEB) designation. If the San Francisco building earns the designation, it will be the first one in the city to do so. Located at   …Continue Reading


IWS Sewage Heat Recovery System Aims to End Waste

Linda Hardesty

International Wastewater Systems has developed a sewage heat recovery system for large residential and commercial buildings that delivers efficiency savings five times the investment. The sewage, once it’s captured and the solids are removed, is put through a heat exchanger  and used to produce 140 degree Fahrenheit water for domestic potable use. The process is 500   …Continue Reading


Commercial BAS Market to Exceed $86B by 2023

Karen Henry

According to a new report from Navigant Research, global revenue for commercial building automation systems (BAS) is expected to grow from $59.3 billion annually in 2013 to $86.7 billion in 2023. At the beginning of 2014, Navigant released a report projecting the BAS market to reach $34 billion by 2021. Growth in the BAS market   …Continue Reading


UTC, TERI Open Center to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in India

Linda Hardesty

United Technologies Corporation and The Energy and Resources Institute launched Wednesday a center to encourage the development of energy efficiency buildings in India. UTC and TERI announced plans for the center in October.   The Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficient Buildings opens as the Indian government introduces the Smart City Programme to address the challenge   …Continue Reading


DOE Lists Innovations in Heat Pumps

Linda Hardesty

For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners, says a US Department of Energy article. The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between a building and the outside air. A heat pump can trim the amount of   …Continue Reading


California Resort Saves More than $300,000 in Energy Costs

Karen Henry

Infrastructure upgrades at Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, California, have generated first-year energy and operational savings of more than $540,000, including nearly $343,000 in energy costs and $203,000 in operational costs. The resort also gained an additional $500,000 in one-time rebates from electrical and gas companies. In recognition of the resort’s commitment to   …Continue Reading


Two New Certifications for HVAC Equipment

Linda Hardesty

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has two new certification programs: Central Station Air-handling Unit Casings (AHUC) and Liquid-to-Liquid Brazed & Fusion Bonded Plate Heat Exchangers (LLBF). The two new programs join AHRI’s 41 other programs, all of which verify the performance ratings for more than 40 product categories by independently verifying manufacturers’ performance   …Continue Reading


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