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People Hate Revolving Doors, But They Save Energy

Linda Hardesty

Although revolving doors at the entrance to commercial buildings annoy people, they do save energy, according to an article in Vox. Energy savings varies depending on climate and amount of use, but a 2006 MIT study found that having everyone use revolving doors on an MIT campus building would save about 1.5 percent of the   …Continue Reading


Coincident Peak and Your Electricity Costs

Jennifer Hermes

What’s driving your electrical energy spend?  It depends on the rate that you have negotiated with your utility provider.  It’s important to understand this since your electricity costs are typically six times greater than that of your natural gas energy spend.  There are typically three general components to the electricity bill: 1. Consumption Charge: Cost   …Continue Reading


ComEd Awards $186,750 Rebate to Building Owner

Linda Hardesty

MB Real Estate received a $186,750 rebate check from ComEd for its participation in the utility’s Smart Ideas Building Performance with Energy Star Commercial Real Estate program. MB Real Estate’s management and engineering teams at its 181 W. Madison property, a 50-story building, recently completed a chiller replacement. The project involved replacing an existing 23-year   …Continue Reading


Credit Union Monitors Energy with Power Takeoff

Linda Hardesty

Power Takeoff is monitoring energy for eight electric meters in four buildings owned by Elevations Credit Union in Colorado. The dashboard provides 15-minute interval data as well as monthly reports, according to an article in EnergyBiz. Elevations Credit Union is using the Power Takeoff dashboard to: -View energy graphs showing monthly totals and peaks, percentage   …Continue Reading


Seattle’s Energy Code Bests National Standard

Jennifer Hermes

Energy codes, the complex regulations that limit the energy consumed by new buildings, vary widely between states and even between cities. Not coincidentally, this distribution bears some resemblance to that familiar red state/blue state map from election season. More conservative regions of the country sometimes provide little or no regulation of building energy use, while   …Continue Reading


Wireless Lighting Sensors Drive More Building Control Systems

Linda Hardesty

Wireless technology provides more granular and immediate control over building systems, boosting the building controls market says a new report from Navigant Research. Navigant forecasts that global revenue from wireless nodes for building controls will grow from $84.8 million in 2013 to $434.0 million in 2023. The market will be driven by lighting controls, as   …Continue Reading


It’s Not Utilities’ Fault They Don’t Have Benchmarking Data

Linda Hardesty

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) released a white paper that explores energy benchmarking from the utility’s perspective, finding that although utilities have been billing for monthly energy usage for decades, they have not capitalized on this information. The white paper “Creating Value from Benchmarking: A Utility Perspective,” says this inaction can be chalked up   …Continue Reading


Ice Water in Basement Cools Goldman Sachs Building

Linda Hardesty

Goldman Sachs Group cools its Manhattan headquarters via thermal storage, consisting of 92 11-ton tanks of icy water in the basement, reports Bloomberg. During summer nights, anti-freeze runs through pipes connected to the storage tanks to freeze the water. The next day, the ice is used in the building’s air-conditioning system when electricity is expensive.   …Continue Reading


Cambridge, Mass., Institutes Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The City Council of Cambridge, Mass., voted unanimously to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of building energy performance for large commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings. In passing the ordinance, Cambridge joins its neighbor, Boston, along with eight other major US cities – Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia,   …Continue Reading


NY Building Cuts Energy 29%, Uses 10-Year Financing Scheme

Linda Hardesty

SCIenergy is finalizing a $3.6 million project at 125 Maiden Lane in New York City that is expected to cut energy consumption by 29.5 percent. The project will be entirely paid for through energy savings via SCIenergy’s Managed Energy Services Contract (MESA). Under MESA, the building’s owner – real estate firm Time Equities – will   …Continue Reading


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