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California Schools Reap Dollars from Prop 39

Linda Hardesty

California schools are gearing up to make energy efficiency improvements with money allocated from Proposition 39, and the onslaught of projects may be a boon to companies involved in energy efficiency retrofits. Proposition 39 was passed in November 2012 to close a corporate tax loophole that benefited out-of-state corporations. It will generate about $1 billion   …Continue Reading


Schools: McKinstry Retrofits Missouri Schools, Stouch Updates Neumann University

Linda Hardesty

The Advance School District in Advance, Mo., hired McKinstry for a series of energy-efficiency upgrades across all schools in the district. McKinstry helped the district secure funding for the project through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a lighting retrofit that is expected to save the district nearly $13,000 a year on its utility   …Continue Reading


The Renewable Heat Incentive and Biomass Boilers

Energy Manager Today Staff

Carbon neutrality and being green are words on everyone’s lips at the moment. With continuous pressure to find environmentally friendly methods of working, businesses are taking steps towards reducing carbon footprints in a number of ways. In 2011 the UK government introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the world’s first long-term financial support program for   …Continue Reading


Johns Manville Cuts Lighting Use 80% at Manufacturing Plant

Linda Hardesty

American Energy Solutions has completed a sustainability project at the Johns Manville plant in Richmond, Ind., which allowed the Berkshire Hathaway company to cut its yearly energy consumption in lighting by about 80 percent – or 2.7 million kWh. It included a lighting retrofit in four key areas of the facility – the production and   …Continue Reading


Leaf-Like Cooling Layers On Windows Can Boost Energy Efficiency

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A thin, transparent, convective cooling layer applied to building windows and solar panels can reduce building temperature by up to 6 degrees and increase thermal regulation, say researchers in a paper published by Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells. Borrowing ideas from nature to boost energy efficiency, researchers from Harvard University and the University of   …Continue Reading


Data Center in China Saves 38% in Electrical Costs

Linda Hardesty

A data center in Beijing, China recently retrofitted three 25-ton DX Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units with dual compressors, installing Bes-Tech’s patented Digi-CRAC technology, which is an aftermarket control device designed specifically for data center direct expansion coil units. The Digi-CRAC retrofit achieved a 38 percent savings in annual electrical costs by reducing the   …Continue Reading


Columbia University Saves $700,000 a Year Via Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Con Edison’s Green Team has helped Columbia University save more than $700,000 a year in energy costs through upgrades to the school’s water-chilling system. The university received $469,000 in incentives through Con Edison’s Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program to offset part of the project’s $2.25 million cost. The upgrade will reduce electricity usage at   …Continue Reading


HVAC, Building Optimization Presentation by Kessler

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Tennessee Energy Education Initiative video of HVAC and building optimization presentation by Jimmy Veteto, Director of Business Development, Kessler.


Prepare Buildings To Withstand Climate Change, Says Boston Study

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With the impact of climate change increasing in volume, building owners need to prepare for rising sea levels and extreme weather by boosting resilience, having a plan in place for disaster preparedness and back-up power options, says a study commissioned by the the City of Boston. The study, Building Resilience in Boston: “Best Practices” for   …Continue Reading


Energy Management at Multi-family Facilities

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Energy management at multi-family facilities presentation by Glen Heitkamp, Building Efficiency Manager, Johnson Controls.


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