Building Systems

SolarCity: We Have the World’s Most Efficient Rooftop Solar Panel

Carl Weinschenk

SolarCity has announced that it has developed what it claims is the world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel. The panel’s efficiency passes the 22 percent mark, and the company says, generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy than any panel on the market. SolarCity will produce small quantities this month at its 100   …Continue Reading

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers. The LEDs were   …Continue Reading

Helping Building Automation Grow

Carl Weinschenk

Great efficiencies can be gained by the use of information technology (IT) in buildings The goal of total automation is far off, according to a commentary by Smart Building’s Jim Sinopoli at He laid out the building blocks of automated buildings. They include data that are far more granular than system-wide views; fully developed and   …Continue Reading

Holistic Approach to Energy Savings in Dublin, Ohio Schools

Carl Weinschenk

Dublin (Ohio) schools use the JadeTrack platform to track, manage and save energy. It follows use and billing of water, gas and electric use and monitors HVAC systems in real time, according to the Dublin City Schools’ website. The tool also audits district buildings and proposes approaches to cut energy use and increase efficiency. JadeTrack   …Continue Reading

NYC One Step Closer to Net-Zero Energy Goal at Wastewater Treatment Plants

Karen Henry

The New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the installation of three new boilers and a new exhaust capture system at the Port Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant on Staten Island. The $30 million project builds toward the OneNYC initiative of achieving net-zero energy use at the city’s wastewater treatment plants by 2050. Earlier this   …Continue Reading

‘Better Buildings, Better Plants’ Saves $2.4B Over Five Years

Carl Weinschenk

The Energy Department announced on September 30 that the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program has saved $2.4 billion during the past five years. The program rests on a pledge by manufacturers and water and wastewater treatment agencies to cut energy intensity by about 25 percent over a ten year period. The department said that nine   …Continue Reading

Johnson Controls, Hitachi Appliances Launch AC JV

Carl Weinschenk

Johnson Controls and Hitachi Appliances launched a joint venture called Johnson Control-Hitachi Air Conditioning. The JV, which will have 14,000 employees and operate in 24 global locations, will be active throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. It will offer air conditioning products including Hitachi’s variable refrigerant flow systems, residential air conditioning, high-efficiency chillers and rotary   …Continue Reading

Solutions to Help Reach Building Energy Management Goals

Matt Gates

This article is sponsored by Trane. Improving the performance of commercial buildings is more important than ever. Shrinking budgets, limited staff resources and increasing sustainability and environmental goals are among the challenges that may play a role in the pressure to improve building performance. There are building energy management systems (BEMS) that can help address these challenges and deliver   …Continue Reading

Advanced Fans Cut Datacenter Energy Requirements

Carl Weinschenk

The explosion of data being trafficked and stored by consumers and businesses is creating the need for more data center capacity. This leads to greater power demands to drive those datacenters. In the U.K., for instance, datacenters consume about 6.4 GW, which is enough energy to power 6 million homes. This, according to James Cooper,   …Continue Reading

Three NJ Communities Say No to School HVAC System Upgrades

Carl Weinschenk

HVAC upgrades were the victims of no votes in three municipal proposals before voters in New Jersey, according to The Asbury Park Press. Voters in Manasquan defeated a referendum on school facility upgrades. The $11 million plan included $625,000 for a new HVAC system. It would have added $333 to school taxes to a home with   …Continue Reading