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Indoor LED Lighting Winners: Cree, Koncept, Finelite, Acuity Brands

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department announced the winners of its sixth annual Next Generation Luminaires design competition for indoor lighting. Four manufacturers, covering four different indoor lighting types, were designated as Best in Class: Koncept (Monrovia, California): Awarded Best in Class for its Mosso Pro LED desk lamp (pictured). Finelite, (Union City, California): Awarded Best in   …Continue Reading

Telkonet Creates Mobile Energy Monitoring Apps

Linda Hardesty

Telkonet launched EcoCentral Virtual Engineer mobile applications for iOS and Android phones. The native apps were internally created by Telkonet’s software engineers. The apps enable control of Telkonet’s EcoSmart platform for energy and operational management as well as monitoring and controlling HVAC, plug load and lighting. Version 1.0 of the EcoCentral Virtual Engineer mobile app   …Continue Reading

Energy Practices And Results Watched By Outsiders

Jennifer Hermes

Buildings in NYC and elsewhere have undergone a “complete 360” when it comes to energy practices, costs, and usage. It used to be that buildings had no motivation to be more energy efficient; costs were just spread out to tenants who just accepted and paid the expenses as part of their rent or lease agreement.   …Continue Reading

Schneider Opens Global R&D Center

Linda Hardesty

Schneider Electric held the grand opening of its new North American research and development center in Andover, Mass. The Boston One Campus will also serve as the company’s new North America headquarters, which has relocated from Palatine, Ill. The new center is built to house about 750 employees across all disciplines of Schneider Electric’s business   …Continue Reading

La Salle University Reduces Energy Usage 20%

Linda Hardesty

Siemens Industry’s Building Technologies Division will perform energy efficiency upgrades that are expected to help La Salle University in Philadelphia reduce its energy consumption by nearly 20 percent annually. The private Catholic university has been challenged with deferred maintenance issues and high energy usage and costs. Rising water costs have also become a concern and   …Continue Reading

Streetlamp Retrofits Are Lighting Up the LED Market

Karen Henry

The LED retrofit market is at the beginning of a huge upward swing, according to an article in Forbes. IHS Technology reports that of the 140 million streetlights installed worldwide, just over 13 percent are LEDs, and that percentage is expected to jump to almost 65 percent by 2020. Although LEDs cost three to four   …Continue Reading

Adding Verification Requirements to Energy Standard

Karen Henry

ASHRAE/IES are proposing 14 addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The changes are intended to improve building envelope performance and reduce errors associated with envelope air leakage in equipment sizing calculations. Addendum l clarifies several inspection and performance verification items and includes new language addressing building envelope inspection and   …Continue Reading

Veterans Affairs to Save $880,000 Per Year After Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Energy Systems Group has been awarded a $7.8 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to implement an energy savings program at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes. This ESPC program will provide the VAPAHCS with two   …Continue Reading

Increasing Energy Efficiency in the Greenhouse

Karen Henry

To help gardening businesses reduce their energy use and save money—regardless of the season—Michigan State University Extension outlined some common energy efficiency practices and technologies that can be used in the greenhouse. Heaters that are 93–95 percent efficient are now available, and installing one of these can save a gardening business up to 45 percent   …Continue Reading

Veeco Helps Lower Cost of LEDs

Karen Henry

Veeco Instruments has introduced the TurboDisc EPIK700 Gallium Nitride Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) system. The product was designed to help lower manufacturing costs for light emitting diodes (LEDs) for general lighting applications. Based on Veeco’s TurboDisc technology, the EPIK700 MOCVD system enables customers to achieve a cost per wafer savings of up to   …Continue Reading

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