Building Systems

AT&T Selects UAF Air Filters to Keep Network Equipment Cool

Linda Hardesty

Universal Air Filter (UAF) is awarded a three-year contract with AT&T as the exclusive supplier for over 350 networking equipment replacement air filters. Proper thermal management reduces costs and improves network uptime for the global telecommunications company. When filters aren’t built to exact specifications and serviced properly, routers, switches and other air-cooled equipment overheats and   …Continue Reading


Energy Rating System Developed for Window Coverings

Linda Hardesty

Currently, no rating mechanism exists to rate window attachments and products in terms of their ability to save energy, according to a DOE blog post. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and   …Continue Reading


Lutron Does Energy Management for Hotels in Middle East

Linda Hardesty

Lutron is launching its lighting, temperature and shading controls – myRoom – for the Middle East hotel industry. Lutron works with major hotel groups, providing control systems for guestrooms, public areas, restaurants and amenities such as spas and conference facilities, as well as back of house. Lutron’s technologoy uses guest presence detection to save energy   …Continue Reading


5 Tips to Get Your CFO to Buy into Energy Management

Karen Henry

According to a 2014 survey by the Aberdeen Group, measuring return on investment (ROI), competing for resources with other projects, getting operational-level employee support and getting approval from senior management are the most common challenges associated with justifying energy management initiatives. Dexma Energy Management has provided five tips for facility managers looking to get buy-in   …Continue Reading


Medical Center Hires ABM for $8M Energy Project

Linda Hardesty

Arnot Ogden Medical Center (AOMC) in Elmira, New York, selected ABM to complete an $8 million energy conservation project through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions program. The contract builds on ABM’s existing six-year healthcare support services role within the hospital and is expected to reduce AOMC’s annual water and energy usage by 20 percent. With ABM’s   …Continue Reading


Credit Union is Serious about Saving Energy

Linda Hardesty

Suncoast Credit Union operates solar PV systems at six of its branch locations in Florida. The company is tracking the energy usage to determine if some of the locations are actually net-zero-energy facilities. In addition to solar power, one location – the 5,000-sq-foot Suncoast branch in Riverview, Florida – also features geothermal cooling from wells   …Continue Reading


Building Robotics Tunes HVAC to Personal Preferences

Linda Hardesty

Glumac’s new 17,500-sq-foot office is the first Net Zero Tenant Improvement Living Building Challenge-registered project in the United States and occupies one floor in the 62-story, 1.1-million-sq-foot Aon Center, the second tallest building in Los Angeles. With limited opportunity to implement renewable energy strategies, Glumac turned its focus toward innovative energy reduction techniques. One technique   …Continue Reading


School District ESPC Includes Financing Help

Linda Hardesty

The Gordon-Rushville Public School District in Nebraska hired Ameresco for a comprehensive $5.8 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for a high school, a middle school and an elementary school. As part of the guaranteed savings project, Ameresco conducted a detailed investment grade audit of nearly 130,000 square feet. Some of the updates include the   …Continue Reading


Get Smarter about Your Energy Procurement

Jennifer Hermes

The combined annual energy costs of the commercial, governmental and industrial sectors across the U.S. total more than $390 billion. And, for many organizations, the cost of energy can be among their largest expenditures. Taking control of seemingly ever-increasing energy costs is not an easy task. The Get Smarter about Your Energy Procurement Data Book from   …Continue Reading


New ASHRAE Standard Helps Test Heat Gain from Plug Load Equipment

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE has created a new standard to help collect data on the growing use of plug loads in buildings. ASHRAE/ANSI Standard 203-2014, Method of Test for Determining Heat Gain of Office Equipment Used in Buildings, prescribes methods of test to determine the range and average operating heat gains of electrical equipment for use in cooling   …Continue Reading