Schneider Helps School Districts Save Millions

Karen Henry

Schneider Electric has executed a 20-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Lawrence Country Schools in Moulton, Alabama, to help the school district fund energy upgrades in its 19 buildings. The upgrades are expected to reduce annual district energy consumption by 25 percent, totaling $11.7 million in energy savings. Among other improvements, the contract will   …Continue Reading

Building Automation Software More Functional than Traditional Thermostat

Linda Hardesty

Trane added the Tracer Concierge building automation system (BAS) to its building controls portfolio. Tracer Concierge is a simplified BAS, providing centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as lighting. With Tracer Concierge, users get more functionality than with a traditional thermostat, says Trane. The touch-screen display has standard   …Continue Reading

Ventilation Technology Saves 96% in kWh at 2 Garages

Linda Hardesty

Engineers for the regional utility verified the energy savings captured by the Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) garage demand-control ventilation system at two buildings in California. At 475 Sansome Street, a downtown San Francisco high-rise office building, and at CityView Plaza, a high-rise office complex in downtown San Jose, NES recently installed its FG-20 digital control   …Continue Reading

Free Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores

Linda Hardesty

A free Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores is available via ASHRAE. The guide focuses on grocery stores ranging in size from 25,000 to 65,000 square feet with medium- and low-temperature refrigerated cases and walk-ins. Refrigeration systems consume about half of the total energy consumed by a typical grocery store, and they interact with   …Continue Reading

US HVAC Demand to Rise 6.8% Annually through 2019, Says Freedonia

Linda Hardesty

Demand for HVAC equipment in the US is forecast to increase 6.8 percent annually through 2019 to $20.4 billion, recording gains over twice the rate of the 2009-2014 period, according to a report “HVAC Equipment” from The Freedonia Group. In large part, advances will be the result of robust gains in building construction spending, especially   …Continue Reading

RTI Creates Two-Way Driver for Cool Automation HVAC Bridges

Linda Hardesty

Remote Technologies (RTI) has created a two-way driver for Cool Automation‘s CoolMasterNet and CooLinkNet universal HVAC bridges. Remote Technologies’ controls integrate and communicate with major HVAC systems based on variable refrigerant volume or variable refrigerant flow (VRV/VRF) inverter technologies, easing the installation process by eliminating the need to set up complex communication protocols. The CoolMasterNet   …Continue Reading

Are You Waiting for Your HVAC Equipment to Fail?

Martin Flusberg

We talk to many facility managers – and in our case these are managers responsible for tens if not hundreds of small facilities – who lament their official corporate policy of “run to fail,” or replacing HVAC equipment only when it breaks. This approach appears to have become the rule rather than the exception in   …Continue Reading

Aerosol-Based Duct Sealing Reduces Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

A new technology, called aeroseal, developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with funding from the EPA and the US Department of Energy among others, provides a new way to seal leaky air ducts. JMD Corporation recently purchased the exclusive rights to the duct sealing technology and formed Aeroseal, a company that will sell the duct   …Continue Reading

BuildingIQ Uses MathWorks to Develop Energy Optimization Algorithms

Linda Hardesty

BuildingIQ engineers have developed Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based software platform that reduces HVAC energy consumption in large-scale buildings by 10-25 percent during normal operation, according to the company. BuildingIQ used data analytics capabilities from MathWorks for its proactive, predictive algorithms for HVAC energy optimization. The BuildingIQ team used MathWorks MATLAB algorithms integrated in a production   …Continue Reading

Singapore Resort Increases Margins with Energy Efficiency Efforts

Karen Henry

Installing key-card-based energy management systems in hotels result in energy reductions between 20 and 30 percent. According to a Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) blog post, this only scratches the surface of the money-saving potential that the hotel and hospitality industry can achieve through energy efficiency retrofits. To illustrate the effectiveness of comprehensive energy retrofit efforts,   …Continue Reading

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