Monitoring

Smart Computer Use Hikes Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The facility manager’s job, of course, is to improve energy efficiency. In most cases, this involves HVAC and other elements relating directly to the operation of the building. But the specific activities going on within the building are vital as well — and the potential source of great gains in efficiency. The advent of the Internet   …Continue Reading


WGL Extends Energy Management Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Measuring energy usage and cost is one of the primary steps toward improving a facility’s energy efficiency. Without good numbers – very good numbers – the ability to incrementally grow efficiency is impeded. Last week, Washington, D.C.-based WGL Energy Services said that it is extending the capabilities of its energy management platform. The free tool   …Continue Reading


BuildingIQ Introduces Managed Services

Carl Weinschenk

BuildingIQ this week introduced a Managed Services package. The company said that the platform will maintain the quality of a building’s HVAC  in conjunction with its Predictive Energy Optimization Package in four ways. The managed services staff offers a comfort command center, a remote HVAC Controls RCx (an assessment of the building’s HVAC control system),   …Continue Reading


Data Analytics Deepens its Hold on Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

At the CES in Las Vegas, Ayla Networks introduced an Internet of Things (IoT)-connected thermostat aimed at commercial and light industrial buildings. The release said that the project was undertaken with Encycle Corp. and that the product will be marketed by United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) under several brand names. The platform combines Ayla’s IoT   …Continue Reading


GreenGen Monitoring Two Companies in MD

Carl Weinschenk

Energy monitoring systems by Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen) have been installed at Thorlabs and Medifast, two companies in Maryland. The projects were performed in conjunction with the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland. RMI has a grant to work with Maryland businesses to identify energy efficiency opportunities in the BGE Energy territory. The Maryland Energy   …Continue Reading


Two Idaho Companies Get Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Conrad & Bischoff and Idaho Steel received rebates of $52,998 and $39,172, respectively, through Idaho Falls Power’s Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, according to East Idaho News. The combined total of kWh saved is 606,169 according to the story. That is enough to power almost 50 homes for a year. The Idaho Steel project focused on switching   …Continue Reading


The Smarter the Sensor, the Smarter the Building

Carl Weinschenk

A key reason why the building automation market is growing quickly is that the benefits are broad and all-encompassing. There is far more than a single “killer app.” The key to all this – the most important factor in how smart a building will be — is the sensor. Sensors are, in essence, where the rubber   …Continue Reading


Chicago Archdiocese Out Front in Energy Assessment

Carl Weinschenk

Midwest Energy News reports on efforts to measure energy use in Chicago and two surrounding counties. The story says that the Archdiocese of Chicago was “among the star performers in Chicago’s energy benchmarking program” because it measured energy use in its 2,700 buildings in the city and Cook and Lake counties. The story says that   …Continue Reading


JM Family Enterprises Goes Big with cr360

Carl Weinschenk

JM Family Enterprises, which is 21st on Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies, is using sustainable software from cr360 to cut costs and increase efficiency, according to a press release posted at Environmental Experts. The release says that JM, which among other holdings own subsidiaries that distribute Toyota and Scion vehicles, is using cr360   …Continue Reading


Facility Managers One Target for Android Meter Reading App

Carl Weinschenk

Real estate managers who oversee multifamily dwellings are one of the target groups for SmartPhone Meter Reading LLC’s first fully-featured meter reader for Android smartphones. The app, the press release says, eliminates the need for expensive meter reading equipment. The app can be downloaded via a text link. It uses the phone’s GPS technology to capture the   …Continue Reading