Building Systems

Quality Power, Not Just Power, Should be the Goal

Carl Weinschenk

A priority for energy managers, of course, is to make sure that electricity keeps flowing. The next level of concern is to find the desired mix of low cost and renewable resources. A very important factor that may ride a bit under the radar is the need for quality. Having a power supply is one   …Continue Reading


18 Buildings Going Solar in D.C.

Carl Weinschenk

Solar panels are being installed on 18 federal buildings in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Free Beacon. The story says that The General Services Administration has signed the contract with WGL Energy Systems for the additions, which will include panels on the Ronald Reagan Building. The value of the power-purchase agreement (PPA) is about   …Continue Reading


FIU Again Tops in Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Florida International University has been the top performing university since the Florida State University System began tracking energy use in 2007. Last month, the SUS Energy Conservation Report said that the school achieved a score of 61.88 kBTU/per square foot during the 2014-15 school year. kBTU is a key performance indicator of efficiency used by   …Continue Reading


Truman (MO) State: “We’ll Save $1 Million Annually on Energy Upgrade”

Carl Weinschenk

Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, is in the middle of a $10.5 million, 16-month energy efficiency upgrade that will save the school $1 million annually, according to the Kirksville Daily Express. The story says that the payback time is 10 years for the project. The school has contracted with Energy Solutions Professionals. The only   …Continue Reading


WGL Extends Energy Management Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Measuring energy usage and cost is one of the primary steps toward improving a facility’s energy efficiency. Without good numbers – very good numbers – the ability to incrementally grow efficiency is impeded. Last week, Washington, D.C.-based WGL Energy Services said that it is extending the capabilities of its energy management platform. The free tool   …Continue Reading


Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino Doesn’t Consider Cogeneration a Gamble

Carl Weinschenk

The appeal of getting two for one – heat and power from the same source – is compelling enough to make cogeneration among the hottest energy approaches on the landscape. It is a bit odd to think of a hospital and a casino as similar institutions, but they are – in terms of HVAC. Of   …Continue Reading


BuildingIQ Introduces Managed Services

Carl Weinschenk

BuildingIQ this week introduced a Managed Services package. The company said that the platform will maintain the quality of a building’s HVAC  in conjunction with its Predictive Energy Optimization Package in four ways. The managed services staff offers a comfort command center, a remote HVAC Controls RCx (an assessment of the building’s HVAC control system),   …Continue Reading


LED Projects Must Be Carefully Planned

Carl Weinschenk

Experts peg the changeover to LEDs as perhaps the most dramatic way to improve energy efficiency. It is the “killer app.” It therefore is no surprise that projects are announced on an almost daily basis. There extravagant claims about energy and cost savings, better quality light and longer operational life of the LEDs generally are true.   …Continue Reading


Dover, N.H., Saves More Than Projected Under EPC

Carl Weinschenk

Johnson Controls has told the City of Dover’s (N.H.) Department of Planning and Community Development that from November 28, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2015 it saved $354,849 under the energy performance contract (EPC) between the two entities, according to Fosters. Cost savings for the year – the fourth of the contract – were projected to   …Continue Reading


Data Analytics Deepens its Hold on Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

At the CES in Las Vegas, Ayla Networks introduced an Internet of Things (IoT)-connected thermostat aimed at commercial and light industrial buildings. The release said that the project was undertaken with Encycle Corp. and that the product will be marketed by United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) under several brand names. The platform combines Ayla’s IoT   …Continue Reading