TechNavio Releases Commercial AC Report

Carl Weinschenk

Research and Markets has released a study by TechNavio on the global commercial air conditioner market. The report says that smart HVAC will be a market driver, despite high initial costs and the need for routine adjustments. Datacenter growth also will be a key driver for the market. An obstacle going forward will be the availability of power   …Continue Reading

Submissions Now Accepted for Energy Manager Today Awards

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today has opened its submission period for the 2016 Energy Manager Today Awards. Products that help companies improve energy management are eligible for a Product of the Year Award. Companies that implement projects that successfully improve energy management metrics can submit the project for a Project of the Year Award.   As companies know, the   …Continue Reading

Behind the Meter Podcast: Keys to Energy Efficient Air Filtration

Carl Weinschenk

Air filters are vital to the well-being and comfort of people in a building. Choosing the right filter is key to getting this job done — and not breaking the bank in the process.

Keys to a Successful Efficiency Project

Carl Weinschenk

Tom Hartman, the Principal of The Hartman Company, posted a commentary at Facility Executive that laid out four factors necessary for a successful energy efficiency project. According to Hartman, the keys are collaborative design, advanced controls, system-level optimization and accountability support. Collaborative design, as the name implies, aims to create measures that with input from   …Continue Reading

OptimumEdge, for Small Commercial Buildings, Due Next Month

Carl Weinschenk

OptimumEDGE, an HVAC optimization platform for small commercial facilities, will be launched next month, according to Optimum Energy. The company says that it is aimed at buildings with as many as three chillers that offer a combined cooling capacity of 400 to 2,000 tons. The platform uses relational control algorithms to optimize chiller system components   …Continue Reading

Santa Clarita, CA, Upgrading Schools

Carl Weinschenk

The William S. Hart Union School District, which serves Santa Clarita, CA, has contracted with Alliance Buildings Solutions for an energy efficiency upgrade project. Home Town Station reports that the deal covers lighting, heating, HVAC and advanced battery storage at several locations in the district. Payment is through Proposition 39, a voter-approved measure that allocates   …Continue Reading

Hospitals’ Energy Efficiency Prescriptions are Working

Carl Weinschenk

Healthcare facilities are beyond mission-critical. They are life and death. Despite this demanding mandate, some are increasing their energy efficiency.

SUNY Purchase Finishes Efficiency Project

Carl Weinschenk

The State University of New York’s Purchase campus has completed work on an energy efficiency initiative. The Herald Courier says that the project consists of four cooling towers and an underwater condenser system. The project, which cost about $9.2 million, is expected to save $400,000 annually in energy bills and cut carbon emissions by 360 tons, the   …Continue Reading

LEDs are Good. Smart Lights are Better

Carl Weinschenk

Smart lighting goes way beyond simple LEDs by providing actionable data on building performance. The next step is for facilities to use the technology to deeply integrate with the municipal and residential sectors.

RI Financing Projects in 6 Communities

Carl Weinschenk

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has named the communities that will get its first awards. The Providence Journal says $17.2 million will be provided by the government program for projects in Cranston, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Westerly. The projects, the story says, will create 263 jobs and lead to energy savings totally more than   …Continue Reading