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Vancouver to Build District Energy Plant Powered by Biofuel

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver, Canada, is building a district energy plant and will require that new buildings in most areas of the downtown peninsula be connected to it, reports the Vancouver Sun. Creative Energy Canada Platforms has won the contract to build the new district energy plant on a large piece of city-owned land. The new plant will   …Continue Reading


Survey Connects Buildings with Internet of Things

Linda Hardesty

Daintree Networks conducted an ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) survey of 242 building owners, managers and other industry professionals. One of the key findings of the survey was that smart buildings are the core application for the IoT in an enterprise. Last year a similar Daintree survey reported that 41 percent of respondents were not familiar   …Continue Reading


LA Sets Building Energy Efficiency Goal

Linda Hardesty

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled the Los Angeles Sustainable City Plan, a document that covers diverse environmental topics related to housing, to transportation, to waste & landfills. The document also includes a section on energy-efficient buildings. Within that section, the plan calls for long-term reductions in energy use per square foot below a 2013 baseline   …Continue Reading


Building Commissioning Services to Generate $6.6 Billion Annually by 2024

Karen Henry

The global market for building optimization and commissioning services is expected grow from $3.1 billion annually in 2015 to nearly $6.6 billion in 2024, according to a new report from Navigant Research. The report, Building Optimization and Commissioning Services, addresses three types of commissioning: Initial commissioning: A one-time process that applies primarily to a building’s initial   …Continue Reading


Toda’s San Francisco Headquarters Go Solar

Linda Hardesty

Construction company Toda America installed 934 PV modules atop its 215,872-sq-foot San Francisco headquarters and expects to reduce its electric bill by 53 percent with the installation of the 247.510 kW PV system. The PV system from Mitsubishi Electric is estimated to supply more than 371,265 kWh annually. Solar installation firm, Your Energy Solutions of   …Continue Reading


Submeters Installed Directly on Circuit Breaker

Linda Hardesty

Persistent Efficiency has deployed its Power Patches energy sensors in buildings such as the million-sq-foot multi-use building at 77 West Wacker Drive in Chicago. Power Patches submeters can be installed without an electrician, directly onto circuit breakers. Persistent Efficiency recently closed an initial seed round of $1.1 million and is now accepting applications for its new   …Continue Reading


Universal Music Group Installs LED System, Complies with Title 24

Linda Hardesty

Daintree Networks ControlScope software and devices were deployed in a project undertaken by Universal Music Group (UMG) to reduce energy use across 150,000 square feet of space over four floors at UMG’s new offices in Woodland Hills, California. UMG’s project included installing technology for daylight harvesting, dimming, LED lighting fixtures, and occupancy sensors. The project   …Continue Reading


Baker Electric Installs Energy Storage at Headquarters

Linda Hardesty

Sharp Electronics installed its SmartStorage energy storage system at Baker Electric‘s headquarters in Escondido, California. The 30 kW storage system is coupled with Baker’s existing 90 kW solar PV system. Baker Electric is also a channel ally of Sharp and will promote the energy storage system to its commercial building customers to help them cap   …Continue Reading


DC Takes Top Spot on Top 25 Energy Star Buildings List

Karen Henry

After coming in second to Los Angeles for five consecutive years, Washington DC, has taken the top spot on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seventh-annual list of the top 25 US metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. Los Angeles took the number two ranking, followed by Atlanta, New York   …Continue Reading


Joule Assets Provides Third-Party Financing for Incenergy

Linda Hardesty

Incenergy and Joule Assets announced a new project finance partnership wherein Incenergy will be able to offer in-house financing via Joule Assets to shorten sales cycles of its energy upgrade projects. Based in Austin, Texas, Incenergy offers energy metering, lighting controls, energy management, HVAC retrofits, and integration services globally for the commercial building market, targeting buildings   …Continue Reading