Building Systems

IRS to Buildings Owners: “We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help”

Carl Weinschenk

Section 179D of the tax code offers deductions for energy efficiency improvements to a wide variety of buildings. That’s the good news. The bad news? The provision is set to expire at the end of the year.


Cree Recalls Lamps

Carl Weinschenk

Cree has recalled several products, according to Facility Executive. The site says that the lamps replace two-pin outdoor T8 fluorescent tubes. The 48-inch-long white lamps all are prefaced with BT848 in the product number. The four follow with these codes: 170227FLW-BDG13-2C100, 17040FLW-BDG13-2C100, 17027FLW-BDG13-2C120 and 17040FLW-BDG13-2C120. Cree is reported in the story to have said that   …Continue Reading


Submissions Now Accepted for Energy Manager Today Awards

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today has opened its submission period for the 2016 Energy Manager Today Awards. Products that help companies improve energy management are eligible for a Product of the Year Award. Companies that implement projects that successfully improve energy management metrics can submit the project for a Project of the Year Award.   As companies know, the   …Continue Reading


TechNavio Releases Commercial AC Report

Carl Weinschenk

Research and Markets has released a study by TechNavio on the global commercial air conditioner market. The report says that smart HVAC will be a market driver, despite high initial costs and the need for routine adjustments. Datacenter growth also will be a key driver for the market. An obstacle going forward will be the availability of power   …Continue Reading


Behind the Meter Podcast: Keys to Energy Efficient Air Filtration

Carl Weinschenk

Air filters are vital to the well-being and comfort of people in a building. Choosing the right filter is key to getting this job done — and not breaking the bank in the process.


SCS Provides LEDs to AZ Stores in Arizona

Carl Weinschenk

SCS Energy Solutions Corporation’s lighting division has replaced fluorescent and HID interior and exterior lighting with solar state LEDs at 25 locations of the AZ convenience store/gas station chain. SCS also provided a more efficient approach for lighting of beverage and freezer coolers and merchandise displays, according to the company. The press release says that   …Continue Reading


Tracking the Exciting World of Solar Energy Research

Carl Weinschenk

Technologies scientists and engineers are developing today won’t have an immediate impact. But energy managers should understand that big changes are not too far off.


Lighting Sector: 4% CAGR Through 2020

Carl Weinschenk

A new TechNavio report analyzing the professional luminaire sector predicts that the sector will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 4 percent through 2020. The growth, the report says, will be driven by urbanization and industrialization. Lighting, which consumes about 20 percent of global electricity, has led governments to focus on energy   …Continue Reading


Keys to a Successful Efficiency Project

Carl Weinschenk

Tom Hartman, the Principal of The Hartman Company, posted a commentary at Facility Executive that laid out four factors necessary for a successful energy efficiency project. According to Hartman, the keys are collaborative design, advanced controls, system-level optimization and accountability support. Collaborative design, as the name implies, aims to create measures that with input from   …Continue Reading


OptimumEdge, for Small Commercial Buildings, Due Next Month

Carl Weinschenk

OptimumEDGE, an HVAC optimization platform for small commercial facilities, will be launched next month, according to Optimum Energy. The company says that it is aimed at buildings with as many as three chillers that offer a combined cooling capacity of 400 to 2,000 tons. The platform uses relational control algorithms to optimize chiller system components   …Continue Reading