Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency at Heart of FBI HQ Planning

Carl Weinschenk

Energy efficiency is expected to be at the center of planning and construction of the replacement building for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) headquarters. The site of the new facility has not yet been chosen. ConstructionDive says that “the building will likely feature the energy-efficient features for which federal government buildings have become known.”   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Goes Hand in Hand with Renewable Certification Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

LEED, the WELL Building Standard and BREEAM are important because they save energy, improve owners’ images and allow higher rents to be charged. Energy managers are on the front lines of implementation.


DoE Offers Native American Funding

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) last week on deployment fund availability for clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Mondaq says that the law firm Holland & Knight said that eligible applicants include tribal governments, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations,   …Continue Reading


IKEA Builds Sustainability, Energy Savings

Carl Weinschenk

The furniture retailer is deploying fuel cells and solar. The two approaches complement each other–but will they connect?


Drawing Energy from Wastewater

Carl Weinschenk

Cambrian Innovation promises a triple win: Clean water, free electricity and reduced carbon emissions.


Energy Efficiency’s Healthcare Facility Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

It is possible to cut energy use and improve the safety and comfort of patients.


School Projects in Arizona, Minnesota

Carl Weinschenk

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is running energy efficiency upgrades aimed at increasing efficiency and lowering costs to more than 24 schools in its Arizona service area, according to the company. The press release says that the project is run through the TEP Schools Energy Efficiency Pilot Program. It was approved in February by the Corporation Commission (ACC).   …Continue Reading


Energy, Water Efficiency Projects at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Carl Weinschenk

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine, has undertaken a five-year building project that will feature advanced energy and water efficiency. On the energy front, the facility will build a new visitor center to LEED Platinum net-zero standards, according to the Press Herald. High performance insulation, HVAC and lighting will be used. Light harvesting   …Continue Reading


Walmart Goes All In On Sustainability

Carl Weinschenk

Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon detailed the company’s environmental road map this week at the Net Impact Conference in Philadelphia. Energy efficiency will be a key enabler of the company’s efforts. The company aims to use renewables sources for half its energy needs and reduce emissions by 18 percent by 2025. The company plans   …Continue Reading


Preventive Maintenance is a Big Money Maker

Carl Weinschenk

An energy manager could have coined the sayings “a penny saved is a penny earned” and “cleanliness is next to godliness.”