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Energy Intensity

Arby’s Cuts Energy Use 15% in 4 Years

Carl Weinschenk

Arby’s Restaurant Group said that as of the end of last year it achieved a 15.2 percent energy reduction at its company-owned restaurants as measured against a 2011 baseline. The chain, in the story at, also reduced water use by 8.6 percent in the same timeframe. The company had pledged in 2012 to achieve the 15   …Continue Reading

General Motors Cuts Its Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

Last week, General Motors said that 11 of its facilities were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification. Buildings under consideration must outperform 75 percent of similar facilities nationwide and meet other performance criteria set by the EPA in order to win the distinction. The winners consisted of seven parts distribution centers, three IT   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Efforts Face Obstacles in New Buildings and Retrofits

Carl Weinschenk

Research shows that energy efficiency is important – but not paramount – to building owners and operators and that implementation of measures to cut energy use are inconsistent in both existing structures and new building design. In late October, Honeywell and KRC Research released a study that looked at the priorities of 500 building operators across   …Continue Reading

Energy a Big Deal at Cable-Tec Expo

Carl Weinschenk

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers will present energy-related special sessions, demos, tours and workshops at Cable-Tec Expo this week in New Orleans. The Energy 2020 program will present “Cable’s Power Innovators,” a look at vendor milestones in energy cost and consumption reductions. Energy 2020 will present a 90-minute session on energy management and offer energy case studies.   …Continue Reading

GE’s Current Offers Energy-as-a-Service

Carl Weinschenk

GE yesterday announced Current. The company will integrate GE’s LED, solar, storage and electric vehicle businesses on the Predix digital analytics platform.  The new company will provide energy-as-a-service via a Predix-driven network of Internet-of-things (IoT) sensor-enabled hardware and software. Fulfillment, product management and financing solutions will be offered. The goal, according to a quote from   …Continue Reading

Energy Stats for Boston Buildings Online

Carl Weinschenk

Energy metrics for buildings in Boston now are available, according to The Daily Free Press. The website, which was created by Greenovate Boston, will help link building management to energy efficiency incentives and financing programs that are available to them. The story says that large buildings are responsible for about half the greenhouse gas emissions   …Continue Reading

Commercial Property Energy Use Down in San Francisco

Carl Weinschenk

The Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance reports that commercial properties in San Francisco are using less energy. The reduction is attributed to conformance with San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. The report – which was a collaboration by Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment – found a   …Continue Reading

Ringdale Intros Monitoring and Data Logger

Carl Weinschenk

Ringdale’s CT Energy Monitoring and Data Logger is aimed at energy and facility managers seeking to closely monitor and detect abnormalities in building power. It comes with Ethernet connectivity for single- or three-phase power systems. The platform measures root mean square (RMS) current and voltage. This enables managers to locate energy waste and patterns of   …Continue Reading

Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading

Daintree Intros Wireless Sensor for Industrial, Outdoor Lighting

Linda Hardesty

Daintree Networks introduced its WHS100 Wireless Sensor, providing wireless connectivity and an embedded motion control sensor that operates with Daintree’s ControlScope wireless building control. The WHS100 Wireless Sensor works with a range of fixture types, including high-bay, mid-bay, and low-bay luminaires for industrial and warehouse facilities. With a wide operating temperature range and wet location   …Continue Reading

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