Building Systems

Enterprise, Alabama, Gradually Upgrading School Energy

Carl Weinschenk

The Enterprise (AL) Board of Education last week passed an updated five year capital plan. The state of Alabama requests the updates annually, according to the Southeast Sun. In 2016, new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems will be upgraded in the Dauphin Junior High School. That project, which will include replacement of all air   …Continue Reading


The NHL Gets an Assist on Arena LED Deployment

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs will be installed at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, PA, in anticipation of the Kraft Hockeyville USA festivities, which will feature a September 29th preseason hockey game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The initiative is being mounted by the National Hockey League and Constellation, its official energy   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency: Building Owners Increasingly “Get It”

Carl Weinschenk

Building owners are embracing energy efficiency to reduce energy and operational costs, according to a commentary from the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP posted at Lexology. The writers cited a survey and analysis by Deloitte that found that 79 percent of building managers see reducing electricity costs as a key to “maintaining a competitive   …Continue Reading


Seward to Use Resurrection Bay for Heat

Carl Weinschenk

Just hours before President Obama touched down in the Alaskan city, the Seward City Council voted 7-0 to move forward with the first part of the creation of a downtown renewable heating district. Heat from Resurrection Bay tides will be used, according to the Alaska Dispatch News. The project, which is expected to save as   …Continue Reading


An Iconic Structure Gets Certified Silver By LEED

Carl Weinschenk

One of the most historic buildings in the world has been given a silver certification by the U.S. Green Building’s LEED program. Carnegie Hall in New York City was certified when it completed the Studio Towers Renovation Project, which was an upgrade of the two towers added at the end of the 19th century atop   …Continue Reading


Sioux City, Woodbury County Getting LED Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

A project aimed at deploying energy efficient LED lighting in Woodbury County, IA, took a step forward as the County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with West Plains Engineering. The project is broad: It includes new lighting in the rural sheds that house road cleaning gear and large and heavily used buildings in Sioux   …Continue Reading


Buzz Oates Group Mounts Big LED Retrofit Project in Sacramento

Carl Weinschenk

The Buzz Oates Group of Companies in Sacramento, CA, has retrofitted almost all of the 25 million square feet of commercial property it has under management to LED lighting, according to the Sacramento  Business Journal. The factors all lined up in favor of the switch: LEDs outlive incandescent lamps by a wide margin – 100,000 hours   …Continue Reading


ORNL Building Efficiency Software Available as Open Source Code

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed Autotune, a set of automated calibration techniques for tuning residential and commercial building energy efficiency software models to match measured data. The software is now available as open source code on GitHub. The automated calibration software reduces the amount of time and expertise needed   …Continue Reading


Oregon Correctional Institution Saves with LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

Lighting changes at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton are leading to big savings. The building – which is 103 years old – is saving about $33,000 per year after replacing more than 3,500 fixtures with LEDs. That will reduce electric consumption by 518,000 kilowatt-hours annually, according to the East Oregonian. It’s a good   …Continue Reading


Columbus Energy Challenge Falling Short

Carl Weinschenk

An interim goal of Columbus’ Energy Challenge is to convince 680 of the nearly 1,000 buildings in the city that qualify to participate by December. The number of participants inked so far is 81, according to The Columbus Dispatch. In December 2013, Mayor Michael Coleman formed a building energy efficiency task force to set up the voluntary   …Continue Reading