Energy Management System

44 Companies Apply to Manage OSU Energy

Linda Hardesty

Ohio State University said last fall that it was considering leasing the management of its utilities and lighting systems to an outside company. Buildings on the Columbus campus need at least $250 million in energy efficiency improvements. Now, Columbus Business First reports that OSU has received more responses than expected from companies wanting to work   …Continue Reading


Energy Management Targets Commercial Real Estate

Linda Hardesty

MACH Energy, a provider of energy management software for the commercial real estate market, launched its MACH Energy Insights cloud-based energy management software. The product provides real-time energy data analytics designed to automate tenant billing and reduce complications in budget and variance reporting. Insights’ capabilities include: Automated tenant billing, budget and variance reporting Real time   …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


Combining Energy Management with Security

Linda Hardesty

Interface Security Systems has partnered with EnTouch Controls to offer energy management to its security customers, including enterprise, restaurant and retail customers. Interface is a nationwide security services company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. It manages a broad range of secure, IP-based security systems, including its remote interactive video surveillance services, for retail and hospitality customers.   …Continue Reading


Sysco Renews Contract With Cascade Energy

Linda Hardesty

The food distributor Sysco will renew its contract with Cascade Energy, building on a partnership established nine years ago to reduce energy use at Sysco facilities. In 2005 under Sysco’s direction, Cascade Energy developed a multifaceted, company-wide energy management program aimed at reducing energy use at 110 Sysco food distribution warehouses. By the end of   …Continue Reading


Toronto Smart Building Deploys LEED Dynamic Plaque

Linda Hardesty

Honeywell is expanding its relationship with Menkes Developments, a Toronto-based real estate firm, to help trim energy and operational costs at the firm’s 30-story Telus Tower – a smart building, featuring connected systems designed and delivered by Honeywell. As part of the project, Honeywell will deploy its Attune Services, which include software that connects buildings   …Continue Reading


Orlando, Santa Cruz First to Sign Up for Lucid’s Connected Cities

Linda Hardesty

Lucid launched Connected Cities, a program that Lucid says will connect 100 US cities to BuildingOS over the next three years. The program, born out of Lucid’s commitment to action to the Clinton Global Initiative, is being anchored by the City of Orlando, Florida, and the City of Santa Cruz, California. Lucid has partnered with   …Continue Reading


DOE Recognizes Denver for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development are recognizing the Denver Housing Authority (DHA) and the City of Denver for their leadership in the Better Buildings Challenge. At North Lincoln Homes, the DHA Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, the DHA has upgraded 665 homes with solar PV systems across the   …Continue Reading


Leveraging Your Company’s Energy Data Investment

Pieter Noordam

In my last column, Getting Serious About Energy Metrics, I criticized traditional methods of grappling with corporate energy use, cost, impact and quality-of-service data as tedious, time-consuming and highly error-prone. The key point being that valuable insights are often overlooked or trapped in departmental silos. So called “energy dashboards” do not provide the independent information   …Continue Reading