Building Systems

LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency Increase Property Values

Carl Weinschenk

The value of apartments is higher if they are designed with efficiency and sustainability in mind, according to National Real Estate Investor. Earlier this year, Fannie Mae lent $10.2 million to Station House, a 50-unit apartment community in Maplewood, N.J. The apartments had won a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the   …Continue Reading

Building Management Systems Contribute to Profitability

Karen Henry

Energy management tools are helping companies large and small decrease costs and increase profits. An article in Triple Pundit outlines three ways that building management systems are helping companies improve their bottom lines: Energy consumption data collected by building management systems can help facility managers identify equipment that is not operating at peak efficiency and make   …Continue Reading

Alabama Builders Exceeding Requirements

Carl Weinschenk

Even though they have not officially taken effect, some builders in Alabama already are exceeding new energy codes. Those codes – which the story at the Dothan Eagle says require one more step to become mandatory – will make residential energy requirements 30 percent more efficient than The 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. The new rules   …Continue Reading

Ohio School District to Flip Switch on 535 Kilowatt Solar Array

Carl Weinschenk

The Adams County/Ohio Valley School District this week will activate solar technology that could save almost $260,000 annually. The district is flipping the switch on a 535 KW photovoltaic array which, according to The Ledger Independent, is part of a comprehensive energy management project with Energy Optimizers USA and Kastle Solar LLC. The array consists   …Continue Reading

La-Z Boy Gets LEEDs Certified

Carl Weinschenk

Furniture company La-Z-Boy’s new world headquarters has been awarded Silver Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to Home Furnishings News. The facility was completed in March. The building is 200,000 square feet, including a three-story glass lobby with natural lighting. The facility, which was designed by Rudoph/Libbe, includes   …Continue Reading

Important Issues Surround Batteries and Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

The advances made by Tesla and other battery companies are creating great opportunities – and challenges – for people who build, distribute and manage these systems. That was the overall message from Dale Pennington, the Managing Director of Utiliworks Consulting, who spoke last week at the German American Smart Grid Symposium in Chicago. One of the greatest   …Continue Reading

Sydney Approaches Building Boom in an Energy Efficient Manner

Carl Weinschenk

Planners are attempting to deal with an apartment building boom in Sydney. In an effort to encourage energy efficiency, the city is providing information. In 2013, Sydney ran the 30-building Smart Green Apartments program, according to Huffington Post. The program was able to cut energy and water use by 30 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Energy-related steps   …Continue Reading

Saving Power in Data Centers

Carl Weinschenk

A new white paper from Schneider Electric explores the best ways of cooling a data center. One of the methods – use of cool air from the outdoor environment – can cut energy costs significantly. Chillers and compressors are relied upon to keep IT equipment in data centers cool. The use of outdoor air, however,   …Continue Reading

The Department of Energy Defines Zero Energy Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy has officially designed zero energy buildings, which also are referred to as net zero or zero net energy buildings. The definition – which took a year-and-a-half to formulate – defines an a zero-energy building as “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is   …Continue Reading

UK Businesses Lag as ESOS Deadline Approaches

Carl Weinschenk

Businesses in the United Kingdom have a lot of work to do if they are going to meet the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) that takes effect on December 5, according to BusinessGreen. At the behest of a Freedom of Information request from Veolia, a waste and water company, the Environment Agency reported that only   …Continue Reading