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Kellogg’s Mexicali Plant Saves 88% in Cooling Costs

Karen Henry

Kellogg’s has reduced energy consumption at its Mexicali, Mexico, food processing plant by 88 percent. The facility regularly deals with ambient temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Powered by Coolerado’s  heat mass exchange (HMX) cooling technology, Kellogg’s is experiencing an annual savings of $62,000 in cooling costs. Compared to a traditional system that would consume as much   …Continue Reading

Denver Launches Project to Save $1.3B in Energy

Karen Henry

The city of Denver, Colo., has launched the Denver City Energy Project, a plan to unlock $1.3 billion in energy savings from commercial and multi-family buildings. So far, 57 building owners have committed to benchmarking and measuring their performance. The buildings are using Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark their performance and are sharing the   …Continue Reading

Energy Codes Help Drive Green Building, Says Lux Research

Linda Hardesty

In the United States, green buildings command an estimated 20 percent of new construction, according to Lux Research, which found energy efficiency codes offer market opportunity. While green building standards like LEED helped build market demand for green buildings, building energy efficiency codes such as ASHRAE 90.1, IECC and ECBC India can create a much   …Continue Reading

Is a Market Developing for Solar PV in Small Commercial Facilities?

Martin Flusberg

Small commercial facilities, those under 10,000 sq. ft., represent almost 70% of the approximately 5 million commercial buildings in the US; buildings under 25,000 sq. ft. represent a full 90%. And yet, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, installation of PV systems smaller than 100kW, which is the size appropriate for smaller commercial facilities,   …Continue Reading

DOE Offers $9M to Advance Use of its Energy Efficiency Tools

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be tested and deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and other types of commercial buildings. This funding opportunity encourages building owners and occupants to demonstrate widely-applicable and self-sustaining approaches that make building efficiency improvements easier. Examples include: Green leases that   …Continue Reading

Honeywell Integrates LEED Dynamic Plaque

Linda Hardesty

The US Green Building Council is integrating its new LEED Dynamic Plaque near-real-time monitoring tool with building automation technology from Honeywell. The LEED Dynamic Plaque assesses facility performance in the categories of energy use, water consumption, waste output, occupant transportation and human experience, aggregating data to provide an overall performance score that reflects the LEED   …Continue Reading

True or False: Saving Energy in the Workplace Automatically Drives Productivity

Bob Best

Short answer: False. Corporate sustainability programs often have a halo effect, perpetuating the myth that green initiatives inherently improve employee engagement. But not all sustainability measures are created equal when it comes to employee impact. Energy savings drawn from reduced heating or cooling requirements can be offset, for example, when employees are too hot or   …Continue Reading

Building Energy Management Software Market Grows to $514M by 2019, Says Verdantix

Linda Hardesty

In the period to 2019, the building energy management software market will grow at an annual rate of up to 15 percent, according to a new report from analyst firm Verdantix. The report, Building Energy Management Software Market Size and Forecast 2013-2019, shows that firms in the retail, consumer products and business sectors in Germany,   …Continue Reading

Optimization Strategies for the Chiller Plant

Eric Erpenbeck

Healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities often use a chiller plant to provide chilled water for air conditioning. It should come as no surprise that chilled water generation is a major contributor to a facility’s utility costs. Organizations are well served to seek ways to optimize their facilities for the best possible performance and energy usage,   …Continue Reading

DOE Wants Less Refrigerants in HVAC

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department is spending nearly $8 million to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies. The R&D will focus on developing regionally appropriate HVAC to offer more energy savings for new and existing buildings and on developing innovative approaches to replace current vapor compression HVAC   …Continue Reading

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