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IKEA Installs Adiabatic Cooling

Linda Hardesty

IKEA in Italy installed adiabatic pre-cooling systems created by Blue Energy Technologies, according to Uldis Liepins, chief executive officer at Blue Energy, who posted the news on Energy Manager Today’s LinkedIn page. The IKEA store is located in Catania, Italy. IKEA installed the evaporative cooling panel system on three Climaventa air-cooled chillers – two of which are   …Continue Reading


ConEdison Solutions Helps Obtain 179D Benefits

Linda Hardesty

Miami-Dade County received $1.135 million from ConEdison Solutions, resulting from the federal 179D allocation associated with improvements to the county’s downtown chilled water system, which serves 12 major facilities. The increased energy efficiency of the chilled water system resulted in a 585,000 kWh annual electric savings. The 179D tax benefit was established through the 2005   …Continue Reading


DOE Invests $14M in Building Efficiency Technologies

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support energy-efficiency technologies for commercial and residential buildings. The investments are cost-shared with a $3 million investment from industry. Seven incubator projects will be funded with nearly $6 million to improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC),   …Continue Reading


Lennox Expands Commercial Rooftop HVAC Line

Linda Hardesty

Lennox expanded its Energence rooftop line with new ultra-high-efficiency models. Lennox’ ultra-high-efficiency Energence units feature efficiencies of up to 21.5 IEER and 13.9EER. The units offer features such as the Advanced Cooling System and the DirectPlus blower system. Lennox says the Energence ultra-high-efficiency lineup exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 minimum standards by 92 percent, exceeds CEE Tier   …Continue Reading


Air Quality Association Merges with ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and board of directors. IAQA will operate   …Continue Reading


Nest Targets Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy is teaming up with Nest Labs to launch the Back to Business Plan to small businesses across Illinois, New Jersey, New York (except the Con Edison service area), Ohio and Pennsylvania. Direct Energy is the first retail electric company to join Nest in marketing the Nest thermostat to small businesses. The partners are   …Continue Reading


Energy Savings Project Saves Kentucky School District $75K

Karen Henry

Ameresco has started an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) project with the Bath County Board of Education in Kentucky. The $1.88 million project is expected to save the school district nearly $75,000 annually in energy and operational costs. It includes traditional and non-traditional energy conservation measures across seven facilities, spanning 295,735 square feet. As part   …Continue Reading


Loyola University Reduces Energy with High Performance Windows, Geothermal HVAC

Linda Hardesty

The goal of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Sustainable Urban Living (CSUL) is to become a closed-loop urban agricultural community, a net-zero sustainable environment where people live, work and grow their own food. According to the university’s Office of Sustainability, the newly completed CSUL complex will contribute to a 50 percent decrease in energy consumption   …Continue Reading


Schneider, Siemens Lead Building Energy Management Market, Navigant Says

Karen Henry

The 2014 global building energy management systems (BEMS) market is worth $2.4 billion. By 2020, it will reach $5.6 billion, according to Navigant Research. The promise of data-driven energy management has attracted hundreds of new and traditional players to the global market. The latest Navigant Research Leaderboard Report evaluates 14 leading players in the BEMS market   …Continue Reading


Reynolds Energy Services Wins $17.4M ESPC

Linda Hardesty

Reynolds Energy Services secured a $17.4 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to improve energy efficiency and security for three buildings in the Juniata County School District in rural-Pennsylvania. The project guarantees savings of $4.9 million over 20 years and updates the major infrastructure systems of the three buildings. The upgrades at East Juniata   …Continue Reading


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