Commercial Buildings

BoA: Carbon Neutral by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The Bank of America said that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2020. The company said that it will reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by half, energy use by 40 percent and water use by 45 percent in its worldwide operations. The company, in a move similar to one announced last week by General   …Continue Reading


New York City Study Conclusion: Benchmarking Works

Carl Weinschenk

Researchers found that simply informing owners of how their buildings are performing results in improvements in energy efficiency and greater use of renewables.


AAMA Offers Fenestration Course

Carl Weinschenk

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has introduced “Fundamentals of Fenestration.” The course is designed to train participants in basic terminology and standards for windows, doors and skylights. The organization said that it will cover residential and light commercial products and commercial and architectural applications. The course is designed to qualify for one hour of   …Continue Reading


The DesignLights Consortium Amps Up its Networking Initiatives

Carl Weinschenk

Most people agree that networked LEDs are a good thing. Getting there isn’t easy, however. The DLC aims to help.


Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.


Challenge: Computers Use Far Too Much Energy

Carl Weinschenk

The bad news is that PCs and other computer gear use so much electricity that an energy crisis is not far off. The good news is that progress is being made — and that steps to curb consumption can be implemented immediately.


Two Studies Show the State of Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

Research from Johnson Controls and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy suggests that energy efficiency efforts are moving forward. They also indicate, however, that the job is anywhere near done.


The Cloud, IoT and Big Data are Shaking Up the Preventive Maintenance Sector

Carl Weinschenk

Motors and other machines have specific and distinctive signatures created by the vibration of their moving parts. A change in these patterns can indicate impending failure or long-term wear and tear. Assessing these signatures for signs of trouble is a long-established discipline. The IoT and big data is making this a more potent tool for energy managers.


Navigant: Commercial Building Retrofit Market Growing

Carl Weinschenk

Navigant Research says that revenue for energy efficiency retrofits in commercial buildings worldwide will grow from $71.4 billion this year to $100.8 billion in 2025.


Intel Aims for More Efficient Chips

Carl Weinschenk

Intel and other chip makers are cutting energy use in computer devices. Those incremental gains are important — but will pale in comparison to fundamental design changes that will be necessary when Moore’s Law finally runs its course.