Building Systems

Cree LED T8 Tube Replacement Costs $21.97

Linda Hardesty

Cree expanded its LED bulb portfolio with the TW Series LED T8 tube replacement, designed for simple, wire-free installation. Available as 32-watt replacements, the TW Series LED T8 tube replacements are sold at The Home Depot stores starting at $21.97. The bulbs consume up to 42 percent less energy than the 32W fluorescent tubes they   …Continue Reading

Schneider Helps School Districts Save Millions

Karen Henry

Schneider Electric has executed a 20-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Lawrence Country Schools in Moulton, Alabama, to help the school district fund energy upgrades in its 19 buildings. The upgrades are expected to reduce annual district energy consumption by 25 percent, totaling $11.7 million in energy savings. Among other improvements, the contract will   …Continue Reading

Supermarket Retailer Works with Bluestone Energy

Linda Hardesty

In 2014, supermarket company Ahold USA in partnership with Bluestone Energy completed over 200 energy efficiency projects that saved 65 million kWh. The projects were completed at Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and GIANT/MARTIN’S stores located in seven US states from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. The energy efficiency projects included upgrading all of the interior lighting   …Continue Reading

Building Automation Software More Functional than Traditional Thermostat

Linda Hardesty

Trane added the Tracer Concierge building automation system (BAS) to its building controls portfolio. Tracer Concierge is a simplified BAS, providing centralized control of a building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as lighting. With Tracer Concierge, users get more functionality than with a traditional thermostat, says Trane. The touch-screen display has standard   …Continue Reading

LED Franchiser Expands

Linda Hardesty

Florida-based lighting company LED Source plans to add 20 more workers to its existing 30-person company by year’s end, and expects 15 new franchises to open in the US by then. LED Source has distribution partnerships with major brands such as Philips and Ketra. The 10-year-old firm was born as an architecture and entertainment lighting   …Continue Reading

Ventilation Technology Saves 96% in kWh at 2 Garages

Linda Hardesty

Engineers for the regional utility verified the energy savings captured by the Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) garage demand-control ventilation system at two buildings in California. At 475 Sansome Street, a downtown San Francisco high-rise office building, and at CityView Plaza, a high-rise office complex in downtown San Jose, NES recently installed its FG-20 digital control   …Continue Reading

Graphene LED Nears Commercialization

Linda Hardesty

An LED light bulb made with graphene – a super-strong carbon material – will be made commercially available in 2015, according to BBC News. The traditional-looking light bulb contains a filament-shaped LED that is coated in graphene. The light bulb was developed by a Canadian-financed company called Graphene Lighting and was designed at Manchester University   …Continue Reading

Free Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores

Linda Hardesty

A free Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores is available via ASHRAE. The guide focuses on grocery stores ranging in size from 25,000 to 65,000 square feet with medium- and low-temperature refrigerated cases and walk-ins. Refrigeration systems consume about half of the total energy consumed by a typical grocery store, and they interact with   …Continue Reading

Library Saves 235,300 kWh Per Year with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Gumberg Library at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh recently completed a lighting upgrade on its first floor, using Eaton’s Neo-Ray Index light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires. The lighting upgrade to the first floor study area and stacks included replacing a fluorescent system consisting of over 500 fixtures producing 37,160 watts. The new 110 Neo-Ray Index products consume   …Continue Reading

US HVAC Demand to Rise 6.8% Annually through 2019, Says Freedonia

Linda Hardesty

Demand for HVAC equipment in the US is forecast to increase 6.8 percent annually through 2019 to $20.4 billion, recording gains over twice the rate of the 2009-2014 period, according to a report “HVAC Equipment” from The Freedonia Group. In large part, advances will be the result of robust gains in building construction spending, especially   …Continue Reading