Energy Efficiency

DOE Awards $600,000 for Building Energy Efficiency Projects

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency. Each selected project for the Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) awards will receive $200,000 in funding; more than 50 percent of expenditures in each project will be   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Updates Lighting and Controls Guidelines

Karen Henry

ASHRAE’s ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was released in November 2014. The lighting and controls aspect, which relates to energy efficiency, light pollution, daylighting and occupant lighting control, is based on ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 but includes a number of modifications. An article in the June issue   …Continue Reading


18 Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

The Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized 18 organizations for efficient outdoor lighting. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Altogether, 2014 and 2015 LEEP award   …Continue Reading


Roadway LED Can be Dimmed

Linda Hardesty

Eaton added another energy-efficient product to its street lighting line – the Streetworks Verdeon LED roadway luminaire. An optional National Electrical Manufacturers Association 7-pin photocontrol receptacle enables wireless dimming when used with a compatible photocontrol. The product is also available with a dimming motion control option. The Verdeon provides energy savings up to 50 percent   …Continue Reading


Don’t Write Off Energy Efficiency. It’s Just about to Have Its Day.

Matt Golden

About a week ago, economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley released a study that called into question the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. The study was based on the team’s analysis of energy savings shortfalls in the Michigan low income Weatherization Assistance Program. Since then, a host of articles have used the   …Continue Reading


Voluntary Agreement Covers Energy of Home Internet Equipment

Linda Hardesty

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of Internet modems, routers and other equipment that deliver broadband. The agreement will improve the energy efficiency of small network equipment (SNE) by 10 to 20 percent compared to typical, recently-deployed devices.   …Continue Reading


Survey Finds Energy Efficiency is a ‘Generic’ Goal

Linda Hardesty

An international survey of more than 1500 professionals shows that while most companies see the cost benefits of energy efficiency measures, the majority lack a systematic approach to energy efficiency throughout the organization. These findings emerge from a survey conducted by the certification group DNV GL – Business Assurance and the research institute GFK Eurisko.   …Continue Reading


Set Back Business Thermostats on Holidays

Linda Hardesty

A blog posting on EnerNOC’s site says $700 million is wasted in the United States each year by businesses forgetting to turn their building settings to “unoccupied” mode on holidays. Next week, Canada Day falls on Wednesday, July 1, and the American July 4th Holiday will be celebrated by most businesses on Friday, July 3.   …Continue Reading


Retrofit Begins at Net Zero Energy Electrical Training Center

Linda Hardesty

In Los Angeles, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association have begun retrofitting their Electrical Training Institute to make it a net-zero-energy building. The $13 million project was initially announced in August 2014. Construction will be completed in Spring 2016 with an opening scheduled   …Continue Reading


Connected LEDs Illuminate Warehouse

Linda Hardesty

The bicycle parts distributor Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) outfitted its new Lancaster, Pennsylvania, warehouse and distribution center with Digital Lumens‘ Intelligent LED Lighting System. The Digital Lumens system at the 122,000-sq-foot facility is comprised of smart LED-based high bay fixtures, which are fitted with integrated sensors and connected via a wireless network. The system also   …Continue Reading