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Building Systems

Window Films: Low Hanging Fruit for Efficiency Gains

Carl Weinschenk

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to drive energy efficiency in buildings is improving the efficiency of their windows.


Apple Defends 100% Renewable Energy Claim

Carl Weinschenk

Claims that a company uses 100 percent renewable energy make for good press. It is possible, though, to meet such claims with skepticism. GalwayBayFM.com reports that doubt was expressed at such a claim made by Apple, which is building a data center in Athenry, which is in County Galway, Ireleand. The story describes a gathering   …Continue Reading


Ontario Investing $900M in Affordable Housing

Carl Weinschenk

Ontario will invest $900 million during the next four years in retrofits of affordable housing apartments. The funding is from the proceeds from cap and trade, according to Ontario.com. The Climate Change Action Plan – which the site says will be released this week – will feature investments of as much as $500 million in energy efficient windows,   …Continue Reading


Controlling Air Conditioners

Carl Weinschenk

The Nature Remo, from Nature, Inc., is a control system that provides window-mounted and through-wall air conditioners with smart attributes. The company says that it is an Internet of Things (IoT)-controlled device that enables remote control of units. The device facilitates increased energy efficiency along and provides additional benefits. A power plug feature will be introduced later   …Continue Reading


ZigBee Alliance Adds Members

Carl Weinschenk

One of the biggest issues surrounding the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) in energy management – or anywhere else – is how best to ferry signals from place to place. Wireless, of course, is key to this since in many cases the sensors are in difficult or impossible to reach places. The related next   …Continue Reading


Digital Lumens, Schneider Electric Partner on IoT

Carl Weinschenk

Digital Lumens and Schneider Electric are partnering on an Internet of Things (IoT) initiative. Digital Lumens says that the arrangement will allow Schneider Electric’s customers to benefit from IoT environments in buildings via its sensor-based connected lighting and next-generation analytic platforms. The deal focuses on the provisioning of support from Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxture product for Digital   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency and Roofs

Carl Weinschenk

Both the quality of an organization and the energy efficiency of the building that houses it start at the top. In one case, it’s the business plan. In the other, it’s the roof.


Delta Introduces Wall-Mounted String Inverter

Carl Weinschenk

Delta has introduced the M80U photovoltaic inverter, which it says is the first wall-mounted 80kW string inverter available. The M80U is a grid-tied, 3-phase and transformer-less device that converts the direct current output from a photovoltaic system to alternating current (AC). It offers 98.8 percent efficiency that enables the electricity to be used seamlessly within   …Continue Reading


Report: Aircraft Lighting Segment to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

A MarketsandMarkets report says the global aircraft lighting sector will expand at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.08 percent and reach a total value of $2.55 billion by 2021. The report says that several factors will drive the market going forward. These include growth in the number of aircraft built, increase in low cost carriers the   …Continue Reading


GE’s Current and Tridium Form Partnership

Carl Weinschenk

Current, which is a GE company, today announced a relationship with Tridium, an Internet of Things (IoT) provider. The agreement calls for Tridium’s Niagara Framework to be paired with Predix, GE’s cloud infrastructure. The combined offering will capture the volume, velocity and variety of machine usage data across commercial and industrial buildings. The release says   …Continue Reading


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