Rockleigh Borough Installing LEDs, Low Energy AC

Carl Weinschenk

Rockleigh Borough in New Jersey is replacing 200 lightbulbs with LEDs and installing a two-ton air conditioner in the borough hall to improve energy efficiency and cut utility costs, according to newjersey.com. The project, which is being done under the aegis of  the New Jersey Clean Energy Program’s Direct Install initiative, pays as much as   …Continue Reading

Energy Profile of Commercial Buildings Changing

Carl Weinschenk

The energy profile of commercial buildings is changing, according to participants in a round table conducted by Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Photovoltaics are becoming more common on warehouses and public schools, said to Paul Meyer, a Senior Vice President at WSP USA. Meyer indicated that both types of facilities tend to have extensive roof areas that have very little obstructing equipment.   …Continue Reading

Duke Increasines Chiller Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Realty Corp. increased capacity of the cooling infrastructure supporting a 19-story office building it owns by upgrading three 360-ton chillers. The project was undertaken because the three units were operating at full speed and wasting energy due to the use of variable-discharge vane throttling, according to a case study at Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine The solution was   …Continue Reading

The Underfloor Heating Market to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

A Research and Markets report on underfloor heating projects that on a global basis the category will reach a value of $7.9 billion by 2020, which represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.7 percent. In underfloor heating (UHF) systems, heat is radiated from surface to surface, which turns those surfaces into secondary emitters. This   …Continue Reading

Smart Apartments for Rent

Carl Weinschenk

  Smart home technology is on the rise, but it is an area that has mostly been available to homeowners rather than renters, because renters are dependent upon their landlords to install such technology. However, NWP – a company that provides smart metering and billing services to apartment complex owners – is set to test   …Continue Reading

New York City Ups its Energy Efficiency Game

Carl Weinschenk

The New York Real Estate Journal took a look at energy efficiency efforts underway in New York City. They are significant: All public builds must achieve a heightened level of efficiency by 2025. In April, Major Bill de Blasio announced a $100 million public housing energy saving program that will retrofit almost 300 buildings for heightened   …Continue Reading

‘Smart’ Thermostats Not the Same as ‘Connected’ Thermostats

Linda Hardesty

When Nest Labs introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011, the company awakened a dormant thermostat industry, according to Omar Talpur, analyst for Security and Building Technologies at IHS. With the success of Nest, some manufacturers have started labeling their products as “smart” even though they are not technically “smart.” The term “smart” is not   …Continue Reading

Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption in the Mining Industry

Karen Henry

Electricity accounts for 32 percent of a mine’s total energy use, so finding ways to reduce energy use can result in significant savings for mining companies. Grinding and ventilation offer the greatest potential for reducing energy use in the coal mining industry, according to an article on the World Coal website. In addition to savings achieved   …Continue Reading

EMS Identifies $16K in Energy Savings for The North Face in 6 Months

Karen Henry

Panoramic Power’s energy management system (EMS) helped ePlanet Facility Group identify $16,050 in energy savings at four North Face retail locations in less than six months. To meet new sustainability requirements, VF Corp, the parent company of The North Face, was looking for a scalable energy management system that would help drive savings and efficiencies. It   …Continue Reading

Legionnaires’ Disease Prompts Cooling Tower Requirements

Linda Hardesty

With 12 confirmed dead and more than 120 cases of infection due to legionellosis (Legionnaires’ disease) in New York City this summer, the NY City Council adopted legislation that requires adherence to part of ASHRAE’s newly published Legionella standard. The legislation addresses registration and inspection of cooling towers. It requires owners to create and file   …Continue Reading

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