General Motors announced today that 16 of its facilities have been recognized by Energy Star. Two of the facilities – Bedford Casting in Indiana and the plant in Grand Rapids, MI – were recognized for the first time. The Bradford operation reduced energy intensity by 12 percent and the Grand Rapids plant replaced 11,000 lights …Continue Reading
Whether the tools are cutting edge or old school, the key to efficiency is deep knowledge of how energy is being used.
Making building owners report energy usage leads to more efficiency. But how big a step is it toward mandating changes?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) reports that the federal government is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and improving its energy efficiency. The improvements did not hit the targets, however. The report by Federal News Radio said that last year the energy intensity reduction was 22.7 percent from a fiscal 2003 baseline. The goal was 30 …Continue Reading
The 2030 Districts program is gaining steam. The latest district is in Ithaca and Tomkins County, New York. Late last month, it became the thirteenth district — and a fourteenth may be on the way.
Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?
Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that sits at the confluence of three great rivers. It is home to three storied professional sports teams and several great universities. It also is the leading city in the Green Building Alliance’s 2030 Challenge.
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 Restaurant.News.com, also reduced water use by 8.6 percent in the same timeframe. The company had pledged in 2012 to achieve the 15 …Continue Reading
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
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