Building Systems

EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

A three-year Europe-wide Smart Campus project targeted energy efficiency in non-residential university buildings and reached a 30 percent energy savings. Smart Campus was funded by the European Commission, and used Enoro’s centralized meter data management Generis to collect the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validate it and provide the campuses with feedback on   …Continue Reading


Lennox Expands Commercial Packaged Rooftop Units

Linda Hardesty

Lennox Commercial has expanded its light commercial Raider rooftop unit line to include the new Raider 6-ton unit available in gas/electric and electric/electric configurations and the new 14 SEER units, available in 3-5 tons. Raider is also enhancing its product lineup with 14 SEER units to comply with the new 2015 US Regional Standards. 14   …Continue Reading


Schneider Software Prevents Overcooling in Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric launched a new software module – Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize – available within its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite StruxureWare. This new capability adds intelligence to existing data center cooling systems. Data Center Operation: Cooling Optimize enables data center managers to understand the complexity of airflow within their facilities, including all   …Continue Reading


HVAC Brain Carries Siemens Commercial Room Thermostat

Linda Hardesty

HVAC Brain, a retailer of HVAC/R equipment and replacement parts, has added Siemen’s RDY2000 commercial room thermostat to its online selection. The Siemens RDY2000 thermostat can interface with ventilation systems, economizers and humidification systems to optimize indoor comfort as well as lower energy consumption. The thermostat is ideally suited for use with commercial HVAC systems,   …Continue Reading


Submetering Could be Poised for Growth

Linda Hardesty

A blog posting from JLL says that currently, only about 15 percent of buildings in San Francisco have some form of submetering in place, as the practice is largely optional in Bay Area commercial real estate markets. In cities such as New York, Chicago and Seattle, submetering of electrical utilities is more common, and in   …Continue Reading


Bank of America Issues $600M Green Bond

Linda Hardesty

Bank of America has issued a green bond for $600 million to advance renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. This is the company’s second green bond. In November 2013, Bank of America issued its first green bond for $500 million. The funds from Bank of America’s green bonds are used specifically to finance renewable energy projects   …Continue Reading


Dimmable LED Retrofit Kits Replace Existing Recessed Ceiling Downlights

Linda Hardesty

LEDtronics’ latest series of UL-Listed, dimmable LED recessed ceiling downlight retrofit kits directly replace 100 to 250-watt old-technology CFL, halogen and metal-halide downlights while using only 21, 25, 41 or 42 watts – a reduction of energy consumption of up to 75 percent. The new downlight kits come in various sizes and Kelvin temperatures, able   …Continue Reading


AT&T Selects UAF Air Filters to Keep Network Equipment Cool

Linda Hardesty

Universal Air Filter (UAF) is awarded a three-year contract with AT&T as the exclusive supplier for over 350 networking equipment replacement air filters. Proper thermal management reduces costs and improves network uptime for the global telecommunications company. When filters aren’t built to exact specifications and serviced properly, routers, switches and other air-cooled equipment overheats and   …Continue Reading


Energy Rating System Developed for Window Coverings

Linda Hardesty

Currently, no rating mechanism exists to rate window attachments and products in terms of their ability to save energy, according to a DOE blog post. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and   …Continue Reading


Lutron Does Energy Management for Hotels in Middle East

Linda Hardesty

Lutron is launching its lighting, temperature and shading controls – myRoom – for the Middle East hotel industry. Lutron works with major hotel groups, providing control systems for guestrooms, public areas, restaurants and amenities such as spas and conference facilities, as well as back of house. Lutron’s technologoy uses guest presence detection to save energy   …Continue Reading