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Historic Courthouse Gets Net-Zero Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US General Services Administration (GSA) is aggressively pursuing avenues to eliminate the Federal government’s impacts on the natural environment. To prove that net-zero energy goals can be achieved in a historic building with a bevy of preservation requirements, GSA completed a deep retrofit at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse in   …Continue Reading

PRES Energy Uses Pritchett Controls’ Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

PRES Energy, a national real estate services company, has partnered with Pritchett Controls for the delivery of energy management systems (EMS) for PRES Energy customers across the US. Pritchett will rely on fellow members of InsideIQ, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, to provide local support to PRES Energy customers. PRES Energy wanted   …Continue Reading

Norwegian Pension Fund Divests from Coal

Linda Hardesty

Norway’s largest manager of pension funds, KLP, is totally divesting from coal companies and instead investing about $75 million in renewable energy companies, reports KLP is Norway’s second largest investment company, ranking only behind the country’s “oil fund.” The decision means KLP will drop 20-30 companies from its portfolio of about 3,000 companies. “We’re   …Continue Reading

Plug Load Company Grows in Hawaii

Linda Hardesty

Honolulu-based Ibis Networks offers a plug load management system for enterprises, and the company says it is expanding its workforce to 14 to keep up with new customers in Hawaii, reports Pacific Business News. Ibis says plug-load energy efficiency is a numbers game, and that up to 50 percent of energy use in commercial buildings   …Continue Reading

NREL Conducts Tests with SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at   …Continue Reading

GBI, STEP Work on Standards-Based Communications for Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

The STEP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing benchmarks in the built environment, and the Green Building Initiative (GBI), a nonprofit committed to accelerating sustainable building practices, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a variety of issues, including development of joint standards for sustainable information communication technologies (ICT). Jerry Yudelson, president   …Continue Reading

Sandia Releases API for Energy Features of High-Performance Computing

Linda Hardesty

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for high-performance computing (HPC) systems. The High Performance Computing – Power API specification, still open to collaborators for future development,   …Continue Reading

Using Detailed Data in Green and Productive Operations

David Dornfeld

Show me some numbers!At the end of the last posting the statement was made that it is necessary to address green manufacturing and the role of digital enterprises in the context of informing the customers each enterprise serves as well as those to whom the enterprise appears as the customer. Importantly, this has to be   …Continue Reading

Nestlé’s Onsite Anaerobic Digestion Uses It’s Own Waste to Supply 8% of Electricity

Linda Hardesty

British company Clearfleau built an onsite anaerobic digestion plant for Nestlé at its confectionery factory near Newcastle, UK. One year after commissioning, the plant is converting 53,000 gallons per day of feedstock into renewable energy. This feedstock includes wash waters from the site and 1,200 tons of residual bi-products and ingredients per annum. The biogas   …Continue Reading

Standard 189.1-2014 Now Available via ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

New requirements to further reduce energy of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, among other   …Continue Reading

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