Determining HVAC Life Cycle Costs

Carl Weinschenk

The art and science of how to gauge an HVAC replacement initiative is the subject of a Facilities.net piece posted this month. An organization can wait until a system breaks down or move earlier. A “run to failure” approach has to be considered in the context of whether that eventual failure will result in losses   …Continue Reading

Navigant: Top HVAC Players are Trane and Carrier

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, Navigant Research released a leaderboard on HVAC vendors. The top ten vendors: Trane, Carrier, Daikin Industries, Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi Electric, LG Electronics, Fujitsu, Lennox International, Rheem Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics. The firm said that the ratings were based on 12 criteria, including vision, go-to-market strategy, partners, producing portfolios, pricing and others. Trane and   …Continue Reading

The Northport VA Medical Center Handles a Cooling Tower Crisis

Carl Weinschenk

On March 10, 2015, The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was presented with a big problem: The piping connecting four cooling towers that served two buildings on the large campus ruptured and lost all cooling capacity. The buildings are part of a nearly century old, 200-building, 1.4 million square foot facility on a 253-acre site on the   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Offers Guide to New Ventilation Standard

Carl Weinschenk

The guide is designed to ease the implementation of “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.”

Advice to Energy Managers: Don’t Play with Fire

Carl Weinschenk

The most important job of energy managers and, for that matter, anyone else who works in any capacity in a facility setting is to keep tenants and visitors safe. Other important tasks – saving money and enhancing comfort, for instance – are vital. But they take a back seat to physically protecting people and property.   …Continue Reading

The Rental Power Market: Significant Expansion During Next Five Years

Carl Weinschenk

Yesterday, APR Energy said that it and GE have renewed their strategic partnership. APR Energy will be GE’s exclusive rental provider worldwide of GE mobile gas turbines of under 50MW. APR, as part of the agreement, will acquire Generation 8 TM2500+ mobile turbines. The companies will collaborate on outreach to potential customers. Organizations’ use of   …Continue Reading

Energy Managers are Keeping HVAC Pros Busy

Carl Weinschenk

A key indirect measure of the status of energy efficiency initiatives, the health of the HVAC/HVACR sector, suggests that things are going well.

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chooses Performance Services

Carl Weinschenk

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and design-build energy performance contractor Performance Services have entered a $19.3 million energy performance contract (EPC) through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program. The project will install LEDs and upgrade water, building envelope, HVAC and controls across the campus, according to the press release. Other elements of   …Continue Reading

Want to Improve Building Efficiencies? Get Peer Reviewed and Employees Engaged

Ken Silverstein

A key step to improving building efficiencies is to have companies visit the sites of others and to learn from their experiences.

Low Income Housing Gets Energy Makeover

Carl Weinschenk

A housing complex in Fitchburg, MA, has new energy efficiency heating, water heaters and LED lighting, according the Sentinel & Enterprise. The upgrades at the 140-unit apartment complex cost $290,000. Under the MassSave program, the complex qualified for a 100 percent matching rebate. The funds came from Unitil, which is a cosponsor of the program. The story   …Continue Reading