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Budget Bill Light Bulb Enforcement Rider: Pointless Political Theater with Potential To Hurt American Manufacturers, Jobs

Kit Kennedy

Congress is moving forward on a catch-all spending bill that restores some much needed funding for health and environment safeguards the American people depend on.   That’s good news.   But the bill also includes some misguided provisions or “riders” on climate and energy that are wholly unrelated to the budget.  These riders move us backward and   …Continue Reading


Mayors to Ramp Up Energy Efficiency

William Opalka

Energy efficiency remains a top priority among US mayors even in an era of tough budgets and rising costs. Mayors expect to increase spending over the next five years and are seeking private-sector partners. This was revealed in a new survey of nearly 300 cities that was released in conjunction with the US Conference of   …Continue Reading


Building Automation Systems to Hit $34 Billion

William Opalka

The market for networked building controls is expanding as building owners realize the cost savings offered by automated, real-time control of major systems within their facilities.   According to a new report from Navigant Research, Integrated building management and building automation systems (BASs) in the worldwide market will grow from $20.1 billion in 2013 to $34.7 billion   …Continue Reading


Honeywell Refit to Cut Army Arsenal Energy Use

Leon Walker

Honeywell and the US Army have announced a $61-million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center that will cut energy use by approximately 35 percent, and generate up to $5.3 million in annual energy and operational savings. The Army launched the technology center upgrades through a 20-year energy savings performance   …Continue Reading


Book Examines Power Usage Effectiveness Metric

William Opalka

The Green Grid Association and ASHRAE have collaborated to publish PUE: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric. “Data centers are complex systems for which power and cooling remain key issues facing IT organizations today. The Green Grid Association’s PUE metric has been instrumental in helping data center owners and operators better understand and improve the energy efficiency of   …Continue Reading


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


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