Building Systems

Energy Efficiency Programs Saves New Jersey School District $1M a Year

Karen Henry

Honeywell is leading an energy savings improvement program for New Jersey-based Hillsborough Township Public Schools to help boost energy efficiency in the district’s facilities. When complete, the upgrades are expected to cut the district’s energy use by almost 50 percent and reduce the school district’s annual operating costs by about $1 million. The school district will   …Continue Reading


Schneider Electric Signs $3.9M ESPC with Riverbank, Calif.

Karen Henry

Schneider Electric has signed a $3.9 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with the City of Riverbank, Calif. The city pursued the project after recognizing its existing facultative lagoon system may not comply with anticipated future treatment standards for the state of California. Upgrading the existing facultative lagoons through a conventional design/bid/build process would have added   …Continue Reading


Top 5 Ways to Save With AC

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy recommends five ways for residential customers to save on their air conditioning costs, and these tips can be applied to small businesses, as well. 1. Clean air filters monthly. Replacing a clogged or dirty filter can lower energy use by 5-15 percent. 2. Get a tune-up. An HVAC system needs regular maintenance. Tune-ups   …Continue Reading


Geothermal, Chilled Beam Save School 35% on Energy Bill

Linda Hardesty

The new 300,000-sq-foot George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky., uses a geothermal-based chilled water loop combined with SEMCO chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air systems for its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The building is recording 35 percent less monthly utility costs versus the 30 percent smaller conventional high school it   …Continue Reading


Royal Oak, Mich., Establishes PACE District

Karen Henry

The Royal Oak, Mich., City Commission voted unanimously to established a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. It is the 10th local government to create a PACE district. Under the program, commercial building owners may voluntarily assume a special assessment on their property tax bill to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects. The   …Continue Reading


Schneider Wins Energy Upgrade Contract for 27 School Sites

Linda Hardesty

Vista Unified School District became the third of San Diego County’s 42 school districts to have its Proposition 39 Energy Expenditure Plan approved by the California Energy Commission. Vista Unified School District will receive $4.7 million that will be used for a variety of energy efficiency retrofits including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) replacements, programmable   …Continue Reading


Cost of Green Roofs and Walls Expected to Be 28% Less in 2017

Karen Henry

Building-integrated vegetation (BIV)—the use of green roofs and green walls to improve air quality, manage storm-water and generate energy savings—is experiencing a burst of innovation to lower costs and hasten payback on investment, according to a report from Lux Research titled “Crossing the Chasm: Demonstrating Economic Value Is the Next Test for Building-integrated Vegetation.”  In the   …Continue Reading


Manufacturer Saves 50% on Energy with LED Retrofit

Linda Hardesty

Badger Meter – a manufacturer of fluid flow measurement and control products – completed a retrofit that replaced nearly 8,500 fluorescent lamps with LED products across various operations in its 315,000-sq-foot manufacturing and office facility in Milwaukee, Wis. The company wanted to save energy but also increase light levels for its nearly 500 employees in   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Completes Retrofit of Rural Schools

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry completed a retrofit of the middle school and high school for Salem R80 School District in Salem, Mo. Both schools received safety and security upgrades, new classrooms to eliminate mobile classrooms, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades. The project was made possible by a voter-approved $4.5 million bond issue. Construction and renovations   …Continue Reading


Navigant: Falling LED Prices to Accelerate Adoption in Parking Lots, Outdoor Systems

Kirsten Korosec

As prices fall, the business case for replacing fluorescent, high-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps with LED lighting in outdoor systems will become more compelling, according to a report by Navigant Research. The report, “Outdoor and Parking Lighting Systems,” forecasts that worldwide revenue from LED lighting for outdoor and parking applications will grow from $921 million   …Continue Reading