Building Systems

Two Laws Set an Aggressive Energy Course for California

Carl Weinschenk

California is a bellwether state in environmental and energy matters. The most recent illustration is the promulgation of Assembly Bill 802 and The Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The impact will be felt on two deeply related fronts: The laws mean that the amount of electricity generated from renewables will accelerate more   …Continue Reading

Honeywell Upgrading Rock Island Arsenal Garrison

Carl Weinschenk

The Rock Island Arsenal Garrison is being modernized by Honeywell. The vendor and the facility in Rock Island, IL – the largest government-owned and operated arsenal in the United States, according to American City and County – has entered into a $22.4 million, 15-year Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to replace coal-fired heating with high-efficiency   …Continue Reading

A Simple Fix to Save Energy in NYC

Carl Weinschenk

Energy Efficiency for All has released a report finding that a few steps can move New York City a long way towards achieving Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of cutting gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. The New York Times suggests that a big problem is that steam heat in buildings is set to keep the   …Continue Reading

More Large Green Buildings, Still Few Small Ones

Carl Weinschenk

The World Green Buildings 2016 report found that green buildings are doubling every three years and that the strongest growth is in emerging economies. The report – from Dodge Data & Analytics – was funded by United Technologies and is based on a survey of more than 1,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists and consultants   …Continue Reading

Apple: First Company to Use 100% Renewable Energy in Singapore

Carl Weinschenk

Apple and Sunseap Group have entered a clean energy agreement. The arrangement will make Apple the first company in Singapore to be completely powered by renewable energy, according to Sunseap. The energy will come from the more than 800 buildings in Singapore that accommodate Sunseap’s solar systems. The power purchase agreement between the two companies   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Efforts Face Obstacles in New Buildings and Retrofits

Carl Weinschenk

Research shows that energy efficiency is important – but not paramount – to building owners and operators and that implementation of measures to cut energy use are inconsistent in both existing structures and new building design. In late October, Honeywell and KRC Research released a study that looked at the priorities of 500 building operators across   …Continue Reading

Overcoming Skepticism about Energy Upgrades

Marc Karell

In my practice, the most difficult problem I face is the skepticism of property owners and managers when it comes to the savings potential of energy upgrades. When dealing with fellow engineers and scientists, simply explaining the options and benefits is enough for them to have confidence that the technology will work. But the real   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage in the Fast Lane

Carl Weinschenk

The energy storage industry is growing quickly. It is being driven, according to experts, by the parallel growth of on-site energy generation and an increasingly attractive list of operational and financial benefits. Research of batteries for electric vehicles – by Tesla and others – and incentives from utilities completes the upbeat picture. During the second   …Continue Reading

Alberta Firm Aims for Energy Neutral Egg Laying Barn

Carl Weinschenk

The owners of the Brant Colony hope to make its egg laying barn energy neutral. says that 410-foot by 80-foot structure was constructed with energy efficiency in mind. For instance, the concrete base is farther below ground than traditional egg-laying barns and the sides of the concrete structure are insulated to retain heat and avoid   …Continue Reading

Cutting Energy Use in Fire Stations

Carl Weinschenk

Fire stations are voracious users of energy. At, Bob Mitchell, the principal of Mitchell Associates Architects, offered a framework for reducing energy use in these structures. The most important step, he writes, is to have the proper level of insulation. The next step is to incorporate energy efficient equipment into the station. Mitchell focuses   …Continue Reading