Conservation

Commercial HVAC Systems Market to Reach $47.5B in 2024

Karen Henry

The market for energy-efficient commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is expected to more than double, from $22.8 billion in 2015 to $47.5 billion in 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Many governments have implemented efficiency regulations specific to commercial buildings, and many building owners have adopted energy-efficient technology as   …Continue Reading


Developing Energy Efficient Electronics with Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

Linda Hardesty

PowerAmerica and Lockheed Martin are partnering to develop a new generation of power-efficient microelectronic devices that will reduce energy loss across the power grid. The partners are turning their attention to wide bandgap semiconductors for their research. Led by NC State University, PowerAmerica is one of five institutes established to date under the National Network   …Continue Reading


Server Virtualization Requires More Thought for Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

With many organizations choosing virtualization for their IT systems, there are more considerations for data center managers to find a balance between energy efficiency and performance. A single server may host a number of virtualization clients with loads increasing and decreasing sporadically. According to an article in CIO Asia, metrics such as Power Usage Effectiveness   …Continue Reading


Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan — Here’s How

Kimi Narita

With the final Clean Power Plan rule coming out any day now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there’s a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to — the voice of cities. Mayors, city councils, and city staff have critical roles to play   …Continue Reading


Tips for a Better BAS Investment

Karen Henry

A building automation system (BAS) is a big investment. To help maximize that investment, an article in Buildings suggests to begin by focusing on your broader goal rather than your building’s biggest energy drain. The Buildings article continues with the following tips: When evaluating BAS systems, have scalability in mind. Your BAS should be able to expand to   …Continue Reading


Only 5% of Small Buildings are Green Buildings

Linda Hardesty

While 62 percent of large buildings qualify as green, only less than 5 percent of small buildings qualify, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index found that 62.1 percent of office buildings in the US greater than 500,000 square feet hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR   …Continue Reading


Chicago Archdiocese to Energy Benchmark 2,700 Buildings

Karen Henry

In a bid to answer Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical to protect the environment, Archbishop Blasé Cupich says the church will perform energy efficiency benchmarking on all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to an article in the National Catholic Reporter. All of the buildings in the archdiocese will be evaluated for their   …Continue Reading


IBM Tests Heat-Pump Cooling of Data Centers

Linda Hardesty

IBM is working on a data center cooling system dubbed Thrive, which relies on a heat pump. The aim of the Thrive Project is to identify application scenarios for thermally driven heat pumps for heating and cooling in Switzerland. It will also develop heat pump technology with minimal electricity requirements designed for these scenarios, and   …Continue Reading


Ensuring Renewable Energy Goals Become a Reality in the Caribbean

Al Maiorino

The islands of the Caribbean are not only some of the most popular tourist destinations, but they are also economically and ecologically diverse regions with growing energy needs. The strength of each island’s tourism industry, which comprises a large portion their gross domestic product, is largely supported by the beautiful ecology that attracts visitors to   …Continue Reading


Verizon Introduces Smart Energy-as-a-Service

Karen Henry

Verizon has announced Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform that provides utility companies with an integrated system for smart metering, demand response, meter data management and distribution monitoring and control. Grid Wide comes with a range of cloud-based applications intended to help utility companies drive incremental revenue, reduce operating costs, increase   …Continue Reading