Building Systems

Flywheel Platform Introduced by GE

Carl Weinschenk

GE has introduced a series of flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. The family ranges from 50 to 1,000 kilovolt amperes and integrate with flywheel technology from Calnetix Technologies’ subsidiary VYCON as well as GE’s TLE and SG series. The press release says that the flywheel UPS systems offers reduced total cost of ownership, simple   …Continue Reading

Honeywell, OG&E Upgrading Tinker Air Force Base Assembly Plant

Carl Weinschenk

Honeywell and Oklahoma Gas & Electric have agreed to work together on a $19.1 million facility modernization project for the assembly plant at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. The effort is in line with the Air Force’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 25 percent by 2025. The project is being led   …Continue Reading

Schneider Electric Working with 3 NJ School Districts

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric has signed energy savings improvement programs with three school districts in New Jersey. The agreements are with the Delran Township School District, Pennsauken Public Schools and the West Deptford School District. In all, 21 facilities are involved. The $4.5 million Delran project will involve multiple projects, including new air conditioning units, lighting retrofits   …Continue Reading

Occupancy Sensors and LEDs Evolve in Unison

Carl Weinschenk

The switch to LEDs and the increasing sophistication of occupancy sensors can generate big benefits – especially if the two steps are strategically coordinated.

How GE plans to make Billions with Predix

Gabriel Bly

On September 14th 2016, General Electric (GE) spent $495 million dollars on Meridium, a company that specializes in building software that monitors and maintains heavy-duty machinery. This is another purchase in a long line of companies that GE has recently acquired in order to support their new IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) platform, Predix. With   …Continue Reading

Putting People at the Center of Sustainable Building Design

Eliza Clark

Stop for a moment and take a look out your window. While not a measurable environmental benefit, we all know implicitly that daylight and quality views improve our overall mood, health and productivity. Historically, more tangible criteria like energy efficiency and recycling practices have received the most broad-based adoption by businesses. With humans spending 90   …Continue Reading

In the Quest for Efficiency, Nothing is More Important than Quality Measurement Tools

Carl Weinschenk

Whether the tools are cutting edge or old school, the key to efficiency is deep knowledge of how energy is being used.

ASHRAE, ANSI Approve Bluon Energy TdX 20 Refrigerant

Carl Weinschenk

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has approved Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 refrigerant under Standard 34-2013. The approval was validated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). TdX 20 was given the designation R-458A. The press release was issued this week. However, R-458A was approved by the Standards Committee on June   …Continue Reading

Chillers – and the Technology that Controls Them – are Evolving

Carl Weinschenk

Chillers use a lot of energy. The goal is to use the IoT and other high tech tools to make them more efficient.

LEDs Light the Way Toward Residential Lighting Controls

Krystal Maxwell

The market share of LEDs continues to grow, both in the commercial and residential sectors.  According to the DOE, in 2015 the installed base of LEDs in the United States was 6.1%, up from 2.9% in 2014.  While the initial steep cost deterred and prevented many residential customers from purchasing the technology, significant price declines   …Continue Reading