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Bipartisan Hopes for Efficiency Bill Revived

William Opalka

A bipartisan budget deal on the verge of approval may lend a push to other bills that seem to have broad support. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D-NH)., the author of an embattled energy-efficiency bill believes so. She told National Journal that she was optimistic. The bill is cosponsored with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) was stalled when fall debates shifted   …Continue Reading


Better Buildings Winner Named

William Opalka

The US Court House in Wichita, Kansas, cut its energy intensity by 20 percent and saved over $40,000 in utility costs in a 12- month period. For that effort the Energy Department named it the winner of the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award. Energy efficiency upgrades, including a cost-effective re-tuning of building control systems and   …Continue Reading


RacoWireless Partners With EnTouch Controls

William Opalka

RacoWireless and EnTouch have teamed to create a cloud-based facility management system that helps businesses reduce energy usage through data analytics, performance diagnostics and managed services. The EnTouch EMS platform integrates wireless thermostats and monitoring controllers with a cloud-based facility management dashboard that customers can access from anywhere. The connected systems feed the dashboard every   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Upgrade Uses Protocols

William Opalka

A tool to make investments in energy efficiency upgrades more appealing to investors has been used in the upgrade of an office building in Connecticut. Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said Investor Confidence Project (ICP) protocols were employed for a 98,000 square foot office building in Bridgeport. ICP is designed to open energy efficiency markets to a   …Continue Reading


RMI Details “Deep Retrofit” Successes

Leon Walker

Old buildings from New York City to Denver including the Empire State Building and The Clark Museum in Williamston, Mass., have enjoyed the benefits of a Rocky Mountain Institute “deep retrofit” over the last five years. RMI defines deep retrofits as energy efficiency retrofits that save around 50 percent of a building’s energy consumption. In a recent blogpost,   …Continue Reading


Making Your Business More Energy Efficient

Jennifer Hermes

If you’ve given up on your own personal new year’s resolution, then why not make one for your business – and something you can all keep to and get involved in. Being more energy efficient can not only save you money but increase the happiness of your staff and improve the mood of your office.   …Continue Reading


How Green or Efficient is Your Shopping Center?

William Opalka

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released its Property Efficiency Scorecard at the annual RetailGreen Conference. The scorecard is intended to give centers the means to benchmark energy, water, waste and recycling, and green operations. The scorecard will allow property owners to benchmark their efficiency by inputting data from one center or an entire   …Continue Reading


Federal Buildings Add Requirements

William Opalka

Federal agencies are now required to install building energy meters and sub-meters, as well as water meters at agency buildings where cost-effective and appropriate, according to a memo reported in FEDweek. The agencies now must ensure that any agency buildings metered for energy and water performance must have that data entered into the EPA Energy   …Continue Reading


Home Depot Tracks Efficient Light Bulb Sales

William Opalka

With incandescent light bulb sales set to fade into the sunset in a couple of weeks, Home Depot tracked sales of energy efficient bulbs across the US. The building supply giant says it’s the world’s largest seller of light bulbs and released an unprecedented local look at adoption of energy-efficient bulbs. The store combined its   …Continue Reading


Sensors Aid Efficient Building Research

William Opalka

Research in energy-efficient buildings is a burgeoning field, which has led to increased use of sensors in building applications. Green building construction has become easier with the advent of smart sensors and actuators, as information on local environment and occupancy enables building automation systems to utilize energy in an efficient manner. New analysis from Frost   …Continue Reading


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