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Prescolite Adds to LED Portfolio

Linda Hardesty

Hubbell Lighting’s brand Prescolite has added a 5” LiteBox Surface Mount, 8” LiteFrame Commercial and Retroficient, and LiteForm cylinder to its LED product lineup to meet customers needs across a variety of industries. Designed for commercial, new construction, remodel, and residential applications, the LiteBox Surface Mount is now available in a 5” model (LBS5LEDA) in   …Continue Reading


Don’t Go It Alone When Retrofitting

Jim Meacham

Today, building owners embarking on an energy upgrade have more data and more choice than ever before. Digital data from power meters, HVAC systems, lighting systems and other building equipment are waiting to be tapped. In addition, there are additional data streams available from the growing number of sensors and cameras that now routinely capture   …Continue Reading


Many Vendors Vie for Lighting Controls Business

Linda Hardesty

Building energy codes largely drive the adoption of basic lighting controls such as occupancy sensors and photosensors, says Navigant Research. Yet, those codes also create the opportunity for a lighting project to upgrade to a more comprehensive control system for a modest price increase. According to Navigant Research’s report “Intelligent Lighting Controls for Commercial Buildings,”   …Continue Reading


Johnson Controls Opens Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Training Center

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls recently unveiled its new variable refrigerant flow training facility in Dallas, Texas. The 12,600-sq-foot education center helps contractors and sales professionals deliver VRF services through a multi-day training program. Training center participants will learn how to design, install and service the Johnson Controls VRF systems, which were unveiled at the 2015 International Air-Conditioning,   …Continue Reading


Energy Upgrades at School District Financed by NY Power Authority

Linda Hardesty

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Cornwall Central School District in Orange County, New York, partnered to complete a $5.5 million energy efficiency project at the district’s five schools, saving more than $300,000 in annual energy costs. The Power Authority implemented and financed the energy-saving measures, which were carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart   …Continue Reading


Passive-House High-Rise to be Airtight

Linda Hardesty

Cornell University is building a Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island that will include a Passive-House, high-rise dorm building. The Passive-House designation is set by Germany’s Passive House Institute and is only bestowed on super-energy efficient buildings. To achieve Passive House standards, Cornell Tech Residential will incorporate a number of sustainability-focused design   …Continue Reading


Commercial Tankless Water Heater Handles the Demands of Business

Linda Hardesty

Rinnai expanded its commercial line with the introduction of the C199 model, a condensing tankless water heater with a heat exchanger designed specifically for the demands of business. Available in both natural gas and propane, the commercial Energy Star-certified C199 produces an endless supply of hot water and is capable of temperatures from 98-185 degrees   …Continue Reading


NH City to Save $500,000 Annually with LED Streetlights

Linda Hardesty

Siemens has reached the halfway point in its streetlight retrofit project for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire, having installed over 4,500 energy efficient LEDs. The full project installation of 9,000 new LED streetlights, nearly a month ahead of schedule, will result in over $500,000 annually in energy and maintenance savings and reduce energy usage   …Continue Reading


LED Boosts Light Output 50%, Uses Existing Drivers

Linda Hardesty

Cree’s new family of LEDs achieves a 50 percent improvement in light output over its previous highest performing single-die LED, setting a new performance standard for the 3.5mm footprint, says the company. The new XLamp XHP35 family of LEDs introduces Cree’s high-voltage power die architecture, empowering manufacturers to make extreme high power LEDs for use   …Continue Reading


Waste Management Replaces Data Center Chillers

Linda Hardesty

As part of a facility upgrade, Waste Management, headquartered in Houston, Texas, replaced its chiller plants to serve its data center facility in Austin, one of two data centers the company operates. Over time, it had become clear that the two original air-cooled chiller plants in the 2002-built facility needed replacement. The problem was deterioration   …Continue Reading


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