Solar’s Next Step: Build It In, Don’t Bolt It On

Carl Weinschenk

The goal of integrating solar power into buildings instead of bolting the technology on afterwards has taken a step forward with the announcement that Tesla and Panasonic have expanded their existing relationship to include manufacture of Tesla’s solar roof products. The work will be done at Tesla’s Buffalo, NY, facility. Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity has   …Continue Reading

A Deep Retrofit with a Message

Carl Weinschenk

The American Geophysical Union is about to embark on a year-long project. The goals are to make the AGU’s headquarters net-zero–and show other organizations how it’s done.

Pella Acquires Duratherm Windows

Carl Weinschenk

Window manufacturer Pella Corp. says that it has acquired Duratherm Windows Corp. Duratherm designs and manufactures customizable hardwood windows and doors. The transaction took effect on Nov. 1, with Duratherm maintaining its brand name, which is marketed to the high end window and architectural communities. Pella has acquired two other companies during the past two   …Continue Reading

Putting People at the Center of Sustainable Building Design

Eliza Clark

Stop for a moment and take a look out your window. While not a measurable environmental benefit, we all know implicitly that daylight and quality views improve our overall mood, health and productivity. Historically, more tangible criteria like energy efficiency and recycling practices have received the most broad-based adoption by businesses. With humans spending 90   …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

The Special Challenges of Working on Historical Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric is working on a far-ranging upgrade and capital improvement project in Wetumpka, AL. The project, which will impact several Elmore County municipal buildings, is expected to cut the annual utility budget by 38 percent and save more than $4.4 million. The goals — to cut costs and increase efficiency and comfort — must   …Continue Reading

Submissions Now Accepted for Energy Manager Today Awards

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today has opened its submission period for the 2016 Energy Manager Today Awards. Products that help companies improve energy management are eligible for a Product of the Year Award. Companies that implement projects that successfully improve energy management metrics can submit the project for a Project of the Year Award.   As companies know, the   …Continue Reading

RI Financing Projects in 6 Communities

Carl Weinschenk

The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank has named the communities that will get its first awards. The Providence Journal says $17.2 million will be provided by the government program for projects in Cranston, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, West Warwick and Westerly. The projects, the story says, will create 263 jobs and lead to energy savings totally more than   …Continue Reading

Brookfield, Urban American Upgrading Harlem Apartments

Carl Weinschenk

  Brookfield Property Partners and Urban American is spending $16 million for energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits for 3,000 apartment units in Harlem, N.Y. Crain’s New York Business says that the plan is to replace about 6,000 windows and seal cracks in five buildings. A cogeneration plant will provide about 15 percent of the heat and   …Continue Reading

Stay Cool This Summer While Avoiding These Common Summer Pitfalls

Howard Turner

Many facility managers and building owners approach the summer season with a mix of dread and resignation, as they brace for the inevitable financial hit from higher cooling costs.