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RMI Shows Hidden Benefits of Deep Energy Retrofits

Linda Hardesty

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a guide to help real estate investors better evaluate opportunities for deep energy retrofits: “How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide For Investors.” Many real estate investors are beginning to realize they can earn higher returns from their properties by investing in deep retrofits, which employ integrated   …Continue Reading


Natural Gas Gensets to Reach 27 GW of Installed Capacity by 2024

Karen Henry

Annual natural gas (NG) generator set (genset) installations are expected to reach 27.2 GW by 2024 and generate $146.8 billion in cumulative revenue between 2015 and 2024, according to a new report published by Navigant Research. For the purposes of the report, NG gensets consist of an electric generator coupled with a natural gas-powered prime   …Continue Reading


US to Eliminate Energy Imports, EIA Predicts

Karen Henry

Projections show the potential to eliminate net US energy imports between 2020 and 2030, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). The projections are based on continued growth in oil and natural gas production, growth in the use of renewables and the application of demand-side efficiency. This is the first time   …Continue Reading


Healthcare a Slower Market for Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Energy management technologies remain far from universal in the healthcare sector, according to Navigant Research’s report “Energy Management for Healthcare Markets.” Healthcare facilities are heavily regulated and undergo continuous maintenance, verification, inspection and recertification to ensure 24/7 operation. Where employed, energy management technologies have proven successful in scaling back non-critical equipment operations when patient traffic   …Continue Reading


Survey Connects Buildings with Internet of Things

Linda Hardesty

Daintree Networks conducted an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) survey of 242 building owners, managers and other industry professionals. One of the key findings of the survey was that smart buildings are the core application for the IoT in an enterprise. Last year a similar Daintree survey reported that 41 percent of respondents were not familiar   …Continue Reading


Schools Likely to Retrofit Air Handling Units

Linda Hardesty

IHS found in its recent report the “World Market for HVAC Equipment” that 65.2 percent of total HVAC units sold into nonresidential buildings in the United States were retrofit sales as opposed to sales for new construction. Due to the large installed base of equipment in the US following the 2009 economic collapse, IHS was   …Continue Reading


LA Sets Building Energy Efficiency Goal

Linda Hardesty

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the Los Angeles Sustainable City Plan, a document that covers diverse environmental topics related to housing, to transportation, to waste & landfills. The document also includes a section on energy-efficient buildings. Within that section, the plan calls for long-term reductions in energy use per square foot below a 2013 baseline   …Continue Reading


Building Commissioning Services to Generate $6.6 Billion Annually by 2024

Karen Henry

The global market for building optimization and commissioning services is expected grow from $3.1 billion annually in 2015 to nearly $6.6 billion in 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report, Building Optimization and Commissioning Services, addresses three types of commissioning: Initial commissioning: A one-time process that applies primarily to a building’s initial   …Continue Reading


Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Could Significantly Reduce Grid Loads

Karen Henry

Grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems could soon supply the majority of customers’ electricity needs, according to a new analysis from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). In its 2014 analysis, The Economics of Grid Defection, RMI found that in the coming years, some residential and commercial customers will find it economical to defect from their utilities and the electricity   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Announces 2015 Award Winners

Karen Henry

Energy Star has announced its 2015 award winners. Award winners lead their industries in the production and sale of energy-efficient products and services and in the development and adoption of strategies that provide substantial energy and money savings in residential and commercial buildings. The following organizations received Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence awards   …Continue Reading