Building Systems

Project Targets Energy Savings with Minimum Intervention for Historic Buildings

Karen Henry

Keeping Europe’s historic buildings energy efficient without having to carry out significant construction work can be a struggle. The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)-funded SEEMPUBS project has developed a computer-based system that can control lighting, heaters, air conditioners and other environmental units in large buildings. The technology includes a central control software system connected wirelessly to   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards enVerid $2.4M for Ventilation Technology

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy awarded enVerid Systems $2.4 million to accelerate the deployment of the company’s HVAC Load Reduction (HLR) technology. enVerid’s scrubber modules use materials developed in part through universities and the DOE’s National Energy Technology Lab. The HLR Module actively captures and removes indoor contaminants that necessitate air replacement. By removing molecular contaminants   …Continue Reading


Building 45% More Energy Efficient than if Built to Code

Linda Hardesty

The $295 million Collaborative Life Sciences Building located on Oregon Health & Science University’s Schnitzer Campus in Portland was built from the ground up with energy efficiency as a priority. The building is a joint project of OHSU, Portland State University and Oregon State University. Energy Trust of Oregon provided nearly $500,000 in financial incentives   …Continue Reading


GaN-on-Silicon LED Recognized by Lighting Society

Linda Hardesty

LatticePower’s new GaN-on-Silicon PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. Lattice Power says growing GaN material on a silicon substrate has been a vexing problem for the industry as a result of the material lattice mismatch and thermal expansion mismatch between   …Continue Reading


Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to House State’s Largest Solar Project

Karen Henry

Construction has begun on what will be Minnesota’s largest solar generation site. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP) will soon house a 3 MW solar installation on the top deck of two Terminal 1 parking structures. The $25.4 million project also includes converting more than 7,700 metal halide light fixtures in all four parking ramps to   …Continue Reading


8 Easy Things Businesses Can Do to Save Energy

Karen Henry

In honor of National Energy Action Month in October, the Greater Cincinnati Green Business Council (GCGBC) has announced eight energy-saving strategies for the workplace: Install, set up and properly use a programmable thermostat. If set up and used properly, programmable thermostats allow organizations to conserve energy during unoccupied times. Programming set points—generally 68-70 degrees for   …Continue Reading


Hitachi Consulting, Oracle Use Enlighted Sensors

Linda Hardesty

Enlighted’s lighting sensor network with energy and occupancy analytics will play a key role in the integrated Building Energy and Asset Management (BEAM) system led by Hitachi Consulting and Oracle with Johnson Controls, Hitatchi Data Systems and Hitachi Industrial Components and Equipment Division also contributing. Enlighted’s system captures operational data from sensors on building assets.   …Continue Reading


LED Troffer Delivers 70% Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

Cree says its ZR High-Efficacy LED troffer sets an efficiency standard as a commercial-grade troffer designed to reduce energy consumption by 70 percent when compared to traditional fluorescent troffers. The 150-lumens-per-watt LED troffer has a 100,000-hour lifetime, and Cree says it is targeted as a replacement for healthcare, petroleum, commercial building and industrial applications. The   …Continue Reading


Eco-Shift Power Buys Lighting Retrofit Company

Linda Hardesty

Canada-based Eco-Shift Power signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sun & Sun Industries (Sun), a lighting retrofit specialist headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. Eco-Shift says the acquisition will combine its LED high bay fixture and wireless light management system with Sun’s $10 million annual revenue stream and OEM distribution channel. Sun has completed over   …Continue Reading


Chimney Enables Free-Air Cooling for Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

Cannon T4 says its new Cocooning Chimney works as part of a free-air cooling system, which uses ambient air to remove the heat from a data center. Cannon says a key challenge is providing the correct balance between cold aisle temperature, IT equipment fan speed and hot air return temperature. Cocooning via a vertical chimney   …Continue Reading