Schneider Electric Working with 3 NJ School Districts

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric has signed energy savings improvement programs with three school districts in New Jersey. The agreements are with the Delran Township School District, Pennsauken Public Schools and the West Deptford School District. In all, 21 facilities are involved. The $4.5 million Delran project will involve multiple projects, including new air conditioning units, lighting retrofits   …Continue Reading

Orem, UT Gets an Energy Facelift

Carl Weinschenk

Orem, with a population of almost 90,000 (according to the 2010 census), is the fifth largest city in Utah. An ongoing project has grown from street light replacements to encompass a wide variety of energy upgrades and retrofits. The city’s initial goal was to replace 5,128 street lights. Before the issuance of a request for   …Continue Reading

The Special Challenges of Working on Historical Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric is working on a far-ranging upgrade and capital improvement project in Wetumpka, AL. The project, which will impact several Elmore County municipal buildings, is expected to cut the annual utility budget by 38 percent and save more than $4.4 million. The goals — to cut costs and increase efficiency and comfort — must   …Continue Reading

The Benefits of Continuous Insulation

Carl Weinschenk

Batts–individual sections of insulation–don’t do the trick. Encircling a building from top to bottom saves energy and provides other, more subtle, benefits.

Predictive Maintenance, It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination

Matt Gates

Predictive maintenance is no longer only about maintaining a single piece of equipment to ensure reliability. Today it is about the macro view of energy consumption, devices, system optimization, and continuous awareness. With predictive maintenance, you can take a holistic view of your building’s energy consumption and the performance of systems and equipment for optimized,   …Continue Reading

Stay Cool This Summer While Avoiding These Common Summer Pitfalls

Howard Turner

Many facility managers and building owners approach the summer season with a mix of dread and resignation, as they brace for the inevitable financial hit from higher cooling costs.

Investing in Energy Efficiency for Buildings is Smart, says World Resources Institute

Ken Silverstein

Want to cut energy cost while reducing carbon emissions? Building efficiency provides the “most bang for the buck,” according to the World Resources Institute.

Westerly, RI, Making Moves to Improve Municipal Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Westerly, RI, is using $1.6 million in low interest state loans to transition to LED streetlights and make energy efficiency upgrades to the town hall, the police station and department of public works complex. The Westerly Sun reports that the loans are from the Infrastructure Bank Efficient Building Loan Fund. The fund is administered by the Clean Water   …Continue Reading

DOE’s Building Energy Asset Score Platform: A Useful First Step to Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

A full-blown building energy assessment can lead to great savings. However, the assessment itself is a costly affair. The DOE’s Building Energy Asset Score is a less expensive – as in free – approach that provides usable and relevant data that points management toward steps that should be taken. Two versions of the platform now are available. The   …Continue Reading

Bloomberg: Efficiency Focus Shifting to Existing Structures

Carl Weinschenk

The efficiency of existing buildings will become a greater focus of greenhouse gas reduction efforts, according to a Bloomberg story. The piece quotes U.S. Green Building Council statistics that buildings account for 39 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. To date, the piece suggests, the focus has been on increasing efficiency in new buildings. In addition   …Continue Reading