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Utility Rebate Gives Buffalo Hotel 50% ROI in 11 Months

Linda Hardesty

Salvatore’s Grand Hotel in Buffalo, NY, is saving energy from a joint technology partnership between ZENO Controls and its subsidiary Verve Living Systems. The technology uses the wireless Verve Keycard Switch to communicate with room HVAC and bedside lamps via the ZENO gateway with InnPoint Software. For its energy saving efforts, the local utility, New   …Continue Reading


BuildingIQ, S4 Team to Save Energy for Office Building

Linda Hardesty

BuildingIQ and The S4 Group incorporated their technologies to identify energy savings for a commercial office space in Cambridge, Mass. The S4 Open BACnet-N2 Router provided the enabling technology that tapped into the existing Metasys N2 legacy system from Johnson Controls, while BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization software extracted data on the efficiency of the building’s   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Recognizes Top Energy Efficient Buildings

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE will bestow energy efficiency awards on a net zero facility, a historic building, a cheese factory, and an agriscience farm, among other winners at its 2014 Winter Conference in New York City, Jan. 18-22. Some of the winning projects include: Packard Foundation Net Zero Energy Headquarters – The 49,000-sq-foot building features efficient systems and   …Continue Reading


DC Taps CH2M Hill for Energy Savings Project

Leon Walker

The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services has appointed CH2M Hill to generate long-term energy savings. In July 2011, the DGS Sustainability & Energy Division head Sam Brooks launched an energy savings initiative dubbed “Game Change.” The program set a goal of 20 percent energy savings in 20 months, translating into a potential savings of $5   …Continue Reading


Data Center Management Systems Set to Boom

William Opalka

Data centers have seen significant growth in recent years as they have become the hubs of businesses worldwide. This has been true even for those firms that do not have a significant Internet presence or work in the cloud. One of the data center’s largest costs is energy consumption. Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software   …Continue Reading


Prop 39 Monies Flow to California Schools

Linda Hardesty

Last year, California voters approved Proposition 39, which will provide as much as $500 million annually for energy efficiency upgrades at California public schools, and some of those projects are gearing up, reports the Business Journal. Proposition 39 was passed in November 2012 to close a corporate tax loophole that benefited out-of-state corporations. It will   …Continue Reading


Energy Use from Lighting Equals 7.6% of Total Energy at Convention Center

Linda Hardesty

The Albuquerque Convention Center, with more than 270,000 square feet, recently selected energy efficient LED lighting from Cree. The Cree LEDs in combination with a control system reduce the convention center’s annual lighting energy usage from an industry standard 40 percent to 7.6 percent of its total energy usage. According to the convention center, in   …Continue Reading


Green Data Center Provider Recognized

William Opalka

Hanley Energy has won a top global cleantech award for a control solution that has begun to be adopted by the US data center industry. The data center power and energy management company is based in Ireland, with newly opened offices in Austin and Los Angeles. The Global Top 10 of cleantech companies were recognized in the   …Continue Reading


Carpet Emits Light from LEDs

Leon Walker

Phillips and carpet company Desso have joined forces to develop LED-lit light transmissive carpet. The companies say that the LED light emitting carpets will provide many benefits such as: >Guiding people around buildings, including safety exits and routes >Enhancing the ambiance of the interior of buildings, combining lighting with design and color >Helping to de-clutter spaces   …Continue Reading


Factory Opens in US, Making LEDs from GaN Technology

Linda Hardesty

Soraa, a developer of gallium nitride on gallium nitride (GaN on GaN) LED technology, will open a new semiconductor fabrication plant in Buffalo, NY. The new facility is projected to open in 2015. Soraa currently operates an LED fabrication plant in Fremont, Calif., one of only a few in the US. Soraa will tightly control   …Continue Reading


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