Overcoming Skepticism about Energy Upgrades

Marc Karell

In my practice, the most difficult problem I face is the skepticism of property owners and managers when it comes to the savings potential of energy upgrades. When dealing with fellow engineers and scientists, simply explaining the options and benefits is enough for them to have confidence that the technology will work. But the real   …Continue Reading

Alberta Firm Aims for Energy Neutral Egg Laying Barn

Carl Weinschenk

The owners of the Brant Colony hope to make its egg laying barn energy neutral. says that 410-foot by 80-foot structure was constructed with energy efficiency in mind. For instance, the concrete base is farther below ground than traditional egg-laying barns and the sides of the concrete structure are insulated to retain heat and avoid   …Continue Reading

Revolution Lighting Signs School Districts in NY, NJ

Carl Weinschenk

Revolution Lighting Technologies has signed agreements to supply lighting for the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District in New Jersey and the New Rochelle Public School System in New York. The $1.2 million Parsippany-Troy Hills School District contract is for the purchase of G3 LED tubes for 14 buildings in the school system. The New Rochelle deal   …Continue Reading

Kroger, Love’s Sign with LSI Industries

Carl Weinschenk

Kroger is retrofitting 1,000 gas stations with LEDs from LSI Industries, according to The story says that the financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement covers all but about 300 of the grocer’s fuel centers. The story highlights Kroger’s attention to energy efficiency: The chain has cut consumption by more than   …Continue Reading

Molex Becomes Cisco Solutions Technology Integrator

Carl Weinschenk

Molex said last week that it has become a Cisco Solutions Technology Integrator for connected commercial LED lighting. The company will work with Cisco and luminaire manufacturing partners to create the Transcend Connected Lighting System to deploy LED control with highly secure network architectures in non-residential settings. Molex says that the transcend Connected Lighting System   …Continue Reading

ActiveLED Adds LED Control

Carl Weinschenk

The LightSpace Manager Vacancy Switch controls LED lighting in a variety of business settings, according to ActiveLED. It is a single zone, low-voltage control switch that designed to ease compliance with ASHRAE 90.1, IECC and Title 24. The release explains that California and other states have heavily mandated codes, including benchmarks for commercial building energy   …Continue Reading

Georgia Community Fund Offering Rebates for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

The Green Communities Fund, a program from the Georgia Cities Foundation, is offering rebates for energy improvements in structures in the downtown of any city in the state. The rebate will be 25 percent of the pre-approved improvement costs, from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $100,000. The structures can be commercial, mixed-use   …Continue Reading

New Façade OKed for Real World Test in Spain

Carl Weinschenk

A new approach to façades that provides both improved insulation and the solar energy collection capabilities is ready for real world testing in Merida, Span.   A consortium has developed a retrofit façade that is appropriate for different types of buildings, according to The façade passed testing of its fire, water, wind, impact, acoustic and permeability   …Continue Reading

Don’t Overlook Hidden Solid State Lighting Issues

Carl Weinschenk

Solid state lighting (SSL) offers significant and high profile advantages. However, according to a story at facilitiesnet, there are some hidden challenges and realities that may cut savings and, at the least, require attention from managers. Some of the top items to which attention should be paid when considering LEDs and other SSL approaches: The concentrated nature of   …Continue Reading

LED Canopy Light Offers Energy-Saving Alternative to Metal Halide

Karen Henry

Larson Electronics has released the LEDHCL-900 tradition LED canopy light. Designed to provide a more durable and longer-life alternative to halogen and metal halide units, the LED canopy light provides up to 87 percent savings in energy and maintenance costs, according to the company. The light features a compact form factor and produces a wide flood   …Continue Reading