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Denver Launches Project to Save $1.3B in Energy

Karen Henry

The city of Denver, Colo., has launched the Denver City Energy Project, a plan to unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings from commercial and multi-family buildings. So far, 57 building owners have committed to benchmarking and measuring their performance. The buildings are using Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark their performance and are sharing the   …Continue Reading


Lennox Offers Heat Pump Models in Light Commercial Rooftop Line

Linda Hardesty

Lennox has expanded its light commercial Raider rooftop unit line to include new 7.5-, 8.5- and 10-ton heat pump models. These new models join existing Raider units in 3- to 12.5-ton, gas/electric and electric/electric models. Raider units offer efficiency levels of up to 13 SEER, 11.5 EER and 13.2 IEER. These units are built to   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Saves Ohio School District $500K

Karen Henry

The Medina City School District in Ohio has saved more than $500,000 so far this year—or 43 percent over last year—due to its energy conservation program, Cleveland.com reports. The school district took advantage of Ohio House Bill 264, which allows school districts to borrow a limited amount of money for energy efficiency improvements without having   …Continue Reading


Rutgers Saves $1M in 2 Years with Energy Monitoring

Linda Hardesty

A program of continuous energy oversight for the chiller plant, boiler and cogeneration plant at the Newark Campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) has resulted in $1,155,000 in savings in its first two years of operation. The RBHS facility is a district energy plant that provides utilities to Rutgers RBHS and University Hospital   …Continue Reading


Toshiba Carrier Expands HVAC Business Globally

Linda Hardesty

Toshiba and United Technologies – through their joint venture Toshiba Carrier Corporation (TCC) – have set a target to double the unit’s $1.6 billion annual revenues by the next decade. TCC already has a significant presence in the HVAC industry in Japan. Now, TCC will expand engineering and sales resources outside of Japan, and will   …Continue Reading


True or False: Saving Energy in the Workplace Automatically Drives Productivity

Bob Best

Short answer: False. Corporate sustainability programs often have a halo effect, perpetuating the myth that green initiatives inherently improve employee engagement. But not all sustainability measures are created equal when it comes to employee impact. Energy savings drawn from reduced heating or cooling requirements can be offset, for example, when employees are too hot or   …Continue Reading


Protect School Air Quality During Energy Efficiency Retrofits, Says EPA

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while they conduct energy efficiency upgrades. These renovation and construction activities can create dust, introduce new contaminants and contaminant pathways, create or aggravate moisture problems, and result in inadequate ventilation in occupied spaces. EPA’s Energy Savings Plus Health:   …Continue Reading


‘Supercharger’ Makes Heat Pumps Viable for Cold Climes

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy says up until now, heat pumps have only been popular in more mild, Southern regions, and have failed to gain traction in cold climates. This is because as air temperatures drop, air source heat pump performance suffers. However, the DOE has been working with Mechanical Solutions (MSI), a small business   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Announces Student Design Competition Award Winners

Karen Henry

ASHRAE announced the winners of its 2014 Student Design Competition. This year’s competition focused on designing an energy efficient HVAC system for a two-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. The University of Central Florida in Orlando took first place in the HVAC Design Calculations category. The team designed   …Continue Reading


4 Guidelines When Designing for Net-Zero Energy

Linda Hardesty

When designing a net-zero energy building that produces all of its own renewable energy onsite, there are four points to consider, according to an article in Autodesk’s blog Line/Shape/Space. 1. Clearly express the end goal from the beginning and make sure all stakeholders are on-board with the energy-performance target. It should be included in all   …Continue Reading


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