Building Systems

Honeywell Provides Powerhouse for Airbus Assembly Line

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell completed the powerhouse for Airbus’ A320 Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Ala., the aviation company’s inaugural manufacturing operation in the United States. Honeywell was awarded the $37-million project in 2013. The new building houses the technology and personnel needed to provide utilities for the entire campus — electricity, heating and cooling, chilled and drinking water,   …Continue Reading


Self-Powered Gas Boiler Can Heat During Outages

Linda Hardesty

GMZ Energy says it has demonstrated a self-powered gas boiler. When disconnected from all external power sources, the boiler continued to operate without interruption because it incorporated GMZ’s TG 16-1.0 thermoelectric module that converts a portion of the boiler’s internal heat directly into electricity. The TG 16-1.0 fully powers all of the boiler’s components, including   …Continue Reading


Noribachi Outfits Sports Facility with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

Noribachi provided an LED lighting upgrade for Bucknell University’s Gerhard Fieldhouse sports facility in Lewisburg, Penn. For the project, Noribachi engineered 112 custom LED light retrofits to replace metal halide bulbs in the facility’s existing indirect light fixtures. According to a company spokeswoman, the 112 old bulbs had 1.15 kW system wattage, and with the   …Continue Reading


India Uses HFC Alternatives for Air Conditioning

Linda Hardesty

The Natural Resources Defense Council says some companies in India are using innovative refrigerant technology to deal with the country’s quickly growing air conditioning needs. Some companies working to reduce polluting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants and to find alternatives to the prevalent HFC-410A include: Daikin is producing air conditioners in India with the refrigerant, HFC-32, reporting   …Continue Reading


Werner Enterprises Reduces HVAC Energy

Linda Hardesty

Trucking company Werner Enterprises installed 29 Digi-RTU HVAC rooftop optimization kits from Bes-Tech at Werner’s corporate headquarters in Omaha, Neb. With the optimization kits, the 29 installed units are expected to achieve a reduction of 565,000 kWh per year, or 51 percent, as well as a reduction of 9,200 Therms, or 17 percent. In addition,   …Continue Reading


DOE Recognizes Cummins for Jamestown Engine Plant Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Cummins for reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in New York. Through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, Cummins committed to a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2016 across 104 facilities, including 19 plants covering more than eight million square feet. Cummins   …Continue Reading


Connecticut Hires 3 Vendors for State-Wide LED Street Light Conversion

Linda Hardesty

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) has selected three companies to implement its municipal street light LED conversion program. The vendors – Tanko Lighting, ESCO Energy Services and SolLux Technologies – will work with CCM’s 153 member communities to implement the state-wide program, which, with full participation, is estimated to be valued between $75 and   …Continue Reading


Trane Adds Water-Source VRF Systems

Linda Hardesty

Trane expanded its ductless portfolio with its new Water-Source variable refrigerant flow (VRF) Ductless Systems, providing energy-efficient HVAC for multi-tenant and diversely occupied buildings. Trane water-source VRF uses water as the energy exchange medium to heat and cool the system’s condenser. Using adjacent water or geothermal sources, water-source VRF can draw upon stable water temperatures   …Continue Reading


DMV Saves $284,000 per Year with Energy Upgrades

Linda Hardesty

Recently completed upgrades to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles building in Richmond, Va., are expected to reduce energy consumption by 36 percent and save $284,000 a year. The majority of the upgrades to the 310,650-sq-foot, nine-story facility were completed to address aging and outdated infrastructure. DMV funded most of the improvements with a performance   …Continue Reading


LEDs Light Newport Bridge

Linda Hardesty

The lighting on the Claiborne Pell Bridge in Newport, RI, was retrofitted with high efficiency LEDs, which replaced the existing metal halide lighting on both the roadway and the cables. The project was completed by Rhode Island-based Energy Source. The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, which manages the span, expects savings of 321,000 kWh   …Continue Reading