Building Systems

NORESCO Snags $3.8M Energy Infrastructure Project

Linda Hardesty

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) signed a $3.8 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with NORESCO for work on the Greensboro, NC, campus. The project is funded by reductions in energy usage over a 17.25-year contract term. It includes lighting, steam system and weatherization improvements, installation of new heating, ventilation and   …Continue Reading


Fraunhofer Retrofits Center for Sustainable Energy

Linda Hardesty

The German non-profit Fraunhofer Gesellschaft opened its newly renovated 100-year-old building in Boston. The retrofit cost $27 million, and the building now houses Fraunhofer’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems. The center uses 50 percent less energy than if the building used the bare minimum in energy efficiency technology, according to Kurt Roth, the director of   …Continue Reading


LED Guidelines Spark Walmart Parking Lot Project

Leon Walker

Guidelines and information for LED siting and use published by the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office in consultation with members of the Retailer Energy Alliance and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory proved the catalyst for Walmart to adopt wide-scale LED use in its parking lots. The LED Site Lighting Specification provides information about both luminaire performance and   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $10M in Efficient Lighting R&D

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced nine research and development projects that will receive funding to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research and product development. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products. The projects selected are: Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Penn.) – Improving the heat-conducting   …Continue Reading


Bridgelux Expands China Operations

Karen Henry

Bridgelux opened a major R&D center in Xiamen, China, earlier this year. The facility will be dedicated to supporting the development and manufacture of new solid-state lighting products. Bridgelux is also opening an applications lab in Shanghai’s Hongqiao district to assist its China customers with the design and enhancement of lamps and fixtures that integrate Bridgelux   …Continue Reading


Online Energy Audit Tool Streamlines Audit Process

Karen Henry

Leviton has introduced the Dollars & Sensors Online Energy Audit Tool for lighting retrofit applications. Dollars & Sensors is available as a desktop and mobile application and is compatible with Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows smart devices. Dollars & Sensors allows lighting professionals to use a smart device to conduct a sensor energy audit as   …Continue Reading


GM Korea Facility Cuts Energy Costs 26%

Linda Hardesty

The General Motors Korea Design Center in South Korea has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Elements of the facility’s design include: Adopting energy-efficient technology and LED lighting throughout the facility, reducing energy cost by 26 percent. Installing a ventilation system and removing indoor air   …Continue Reading


Busch Stadium Cuts Energy Use by 20%

Karen Henry

Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo., has cut its energy use by 20 percent, thanks to the implementation of several energy-efficiency measures. The measures are part of the 4 A Greener Game program, which the St. Louis Cardinals began during the 2008 season, according to BND.com. The Cardinals are also participating in the Act On   …Continue Reading


Oilheat Industry Charges R&D Fee

Linda Hardesty

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has resumed full operations in 2014 after Congress decided to extend the program by five years. Retailers of oilheat began paying a mandatory $.002 per gallon fee in April 2014. The funds are to be used to develop meaningful product improvements for heating oil consumers. NORA is 100 percent   …Continue Reading


Energy Managers Can Tap ‘Free Cooling’

Linda Hardesty

For building operators who want to use free cooling, also known as water-side economizing, in order to reduce overall energy consumption in chiller plant systems, Optimum Energy debuted Predictive Free Cooling. The Predictive Free Cooling software module is available for purchase as an add-on to Optimum Energy’s OptiCx Platform subscriptions. Predictive Free Cooling takes weather   …Continue Reading


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