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Building Management System Rolled Out

William Opalka

Alerton is rolling out its new Ascent Building Management System to help building owners better monitor and manage heating and cooling. Ascent is comprised of three products designed from the ground-up for ease of use and consistency across control systems: Ascent Microset 4 wall sensor; Ascent Control Module global controller; and Ascent Compass® software. The product   …Continue Reading


UPS for Data Centers Market Strong

William Opalka

The global data center uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) market is expanding as dependence on the centers for mission-critical applications grows. An improved investment landscape is further expanding the scope of the UPS market as organizations that withhold spending over the last few years and seeking solutions to increase energy efficiency. New analysis from Frost &   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Publishes Fourth Edition of its GreenGuide

William Opalka

The newly published fourth edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide contains updated guidance that reflects how green building practices as well as the industry have changed since the first edition was published in 2004. Over the past decade, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs have evolved from voluntary to more in   …Continue Reading


Risk Manager Will Warrant Energy Retrofit

William Opalka

Energi, a provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, will provide a warranty for energy efficiency retrofits at the Kuakini Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Metrus Energy, an efficiency services financer, will finance and implement $5.8 million in energy upgrades at the medical center, including a new central cooling and heating   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Industry Achievements

William Opalka

Forty-six people were recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at the Society’s 2014 Winter Conference held Jan. 18-22. The F. Paul Anderson Award, the Society’s highest honor, is awarded for notable achievement of outstanding services performed in the HVAC&R field. The recipient is Presidential Member Kent Peterson, P.E.,   …Continue Reading


A Different Approach to Heating & Cooling

Connie Sasala

Ensconced in multiple layers during the recent polar vortex, I curled up with the latest issue of Wired Magazine that featured wearable tech. Although I admit that gadgets like Google Glass and Samsung Galaxy Gear™ speak loudly to the geek in me, I still did not see what I wanted most — a wearable device   …Continue Reading


Final Specifications for ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 Released

William Opalka

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights Specification. In the final document, EPA has agreed to delay implementation of Version 6.0 Northern Zone requirements for windows until January 1, 2016.  Until then, the current Version 5.0 requirements will remain in effect in the Northern Zone.   Further, the   …Continue Reading


Can Liquids Cool Data Centers?

William Opalka

A recent report in IEEE Spectrum shows how one center in Hong Kong submerges its servers in baths of oil comes close to eliminating its cooling costs. Asicminer, a Hong Kong–based bitcoin mining operation, at its 500-kW computing system uses 97 percent less energy on cooling than conventional methods. Racks hold computers that are submerged in tanks   …Continue Reading


Remote Monitoring System Introduced

William Opalka

Cummins Power Generation has unveiled its new PowerCommand 500/550 Remote Monitoring System that provides a Web-based system of remotely monitoring and controlling on-site generator sets, transfer switches, sensors and output controls from any PC or Mac computer. Service calls and site visits can be reduced as multiple authorized users can now remotely determine the status   …Continue Reading


Superior Energy Performance has New Website

William Opalka

Superior Energy Performance (SEP) unveiled its new website, which is a resource for manufacturers who want to prove their achievements in energy management and lower plant energy costs. SEP is a certification program and process applicable to facilities of all sizes in all manufacturing sectors. The site can be found at http://superiorenergyperformance.energy.gov/. Facilities with a   …Continue Reading


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