Honeywell Upgrading Energy, Water Systems at The University of Mount Olive

Carl Weinschenk

Honeywell Building Solutions is replacing and upgrading equipment at the University of Mount Olive, which is in the North Carolina town of the same name. The project is wide-ranging. Four residence halls will get new HVAC and hot water systems. The academic and administrative buildings will get LEDs and sensors that turn off lights when   …Continue Reading

Orem, UT Gets an Energy Facelift

Carl Weinschenk

Orem, with a population of almost 90,000 (according to the 2010 census), is the fifth largest city in Utah. An ongoing project has grown from street light replacements to encompass a wide variety of energy upgrades and retrofits. The city’s initial goal was to replace 5,128 street lights. Before the issuance of a request for   …Continue Reading

Upgrades to Three Buildings in St. Paul

Carl Weinschenk

An National Public Radio story posted at the Post-Bulletin describes a retrofit program in downtown St. Paul. The first step is the retrofit of the First National Bank sign, which the story describes as iconic. The next step is to install LEDs in the First National Bank, the U.S. Bank and a third building. All   …Continue Reading

C-PACE Project Almost Done in CT

Carl Weinschenk

Curtis Packaging, a company that provides luxury packaging, has almost finished a $2.5 million project to improve energy efficiency and increase use of renewables at its Sandy Hook, CT, headquarters. Financing for the project is from the Connecticut Green Bank, according to Westfair Communications. The vehicle is a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing.   …Continue Reading

Trane Upgrading 125 Buildings in Birmingham, AL

Carl Weinschenk

Trane is partnering with Birmingham, AL, to improve energy savings in 125 city structures. The $61.3 million project is aimed at cutting energy and operational costs 30 percent annually and to save more than $100 million during the next twenty years. The press release says that water upgrades will be made in 119 building; HVAC   …Continue Reading

Three Trends Align to Save Buildings Millions in Energy Costs

Ellen Bell

By 2050, 70 percent of the world population will live in cities, a change that will add 40 percent to the current world building stock. Because buildings can be big polluters, urbanization is also a stark reminder that economies everywhere benefit from investments in energy-efficient structures and by retrofitting inefficient, existing buildings. There’s some good news to   …Continue Reading

Put Safety First in LED Installations

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs may seem less dangerous than legacy lighting because they don’t run as hot. That doesn’t mean, however, that great care isn’t necessary.

Ameresco to Upgrade Federal Prison in Butner, NC

Carl Weinschenk

Ameresco announced this week that it has entered into an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons. Under terms of the contract, Ameresco will install energy and water conservation technology at the 776-acre Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C. The contract is valued at $53.1 million. Ameresco says that the   …Continue Reading

Assessing Leadership: The Dynamic Building Energy Management Systems Market

Casey Talon

The transformation of a facility into an intelligent building creates lucrative business benefits. The efficiency gains achieved with this kind of optimized building translate into lower operating costs, higher sustainability performance, and greater occupant satisfaction. Intelligent building software, or a building energy management system (BEMS), is the keystone of this transformation—the brains of the intelligent   …Continue Reading

Climate Change Builds the Case for Increased Resiliency

Sara Gutterman

Unfortunately, floods and fires that were once considered 500 and 1,000 year events are occurring on a 5 to 10 year basis, and experts project that the frequency and intensity will only continue to increase.