Commercial Buildings

The Smarter the Sensor, the Smarter the Building

Carl Weinschenk

A key reason why the building automation market is growing quickly is that the benefits are broad and all-encompassing. There is far more than a single “killer app.” The key to all this – the most important factor in how smart a building will be — is the sensor. Sensors are, in essence, where the rubber   …Continue Reading


Chicago Archdiocese Out Front in Energy Assessment

Carl Weinschenk

Midwest Energy News reports on efforts to measure energy use in Chicago and two surrounding counties. The story says that the Archdiocese of Chicago was “among the star performers in Chicago’s energy benchmarking program” because it measured energy use in its 2,700 buildings in the city and Cook and Lake counties. The story says that   …Continue Reading


Oft Forgotten Fenestration Should be an Energy Efficiency Priority

Carl Weinschenk

How soundly fenestration – the windows, doors and other elements that are inserted into buildings – is handled goes a long way toward determining energy efficiency and costs. This week, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated its method of determining thermal performance of fenestration systems in commercial buildings. The document – “Standard Practice for   …Continue Reading


The Distributed Energy Market Gains Strength

Carl Weinschenk

Two indicators suggest that the growth of distributed energy is accelerating: The battery sector is thriving and the financial community – the people who make all the research and development possible – is paying much closer attention to what is going on. The first indicator is the growth of batteries. One recent example was announced two weeks ago.   …Continue Reading


The Bright Future of Power Over Ethernet-Driven LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The marriage between telecommunications and energy management is rife with potential. And, for that reason, the marriage promises to be a long and happy one. To date, most of the discussion has been focused on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage energy consumption. A related – and arguably deeper – relationship between   …Continue Reading


The Insulation Sector: Growth and Innovation

Carl Weinschenk

Insulation is a huge factor in energy efficiency efforts and, consequently, on the amount of money an organization spends on heating and cooling. The news seems to be good in this sector on a couple of fronts: Two research projects – one focused on premise interiors and one on exteriors — are showing results in Europe.   …Continue Reading


10 Things Companies Should Know about the Changing Electric Grid

Liz Delaney

How the Low-Carbon Electricity Revolution Affects the Grid’s Biggest Customers The electricity grid of the United States is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Coal-fired and nuclear power plants are closing their doors, renewable energy from wind and solar energy is gaining market share and natural gas has become the dominant source of grid electricity in many   …Continue Reading


The Many Roads to HVAC Renewal

Carl Weinschenk

HVAC systems must be kept in optimal working order. In addition to controlling the livability of the premise, HVAC systems are key line item expenses. Keeping them running smoothly is a financial, health and even legal necessity. Though the goal is the same – fix aging and underperforming HVAC systems – there are a number   …Continue Reading


Five Key Factors to Consider While Developing a Corporate Energy Management Program

Sharon Nolen

With today’s emphasis on sustainability and reducing greenhouse gases (GHG), more companies than ever before are interested in energy efficiency programs. In fact, studies have shown that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Beyond environmental aspects, energy efficiency is not a new concept in the chemical industry or any   …Continue Reading


How a BEMS Partner Can Help Improve Building Performance

Matt Gates

Building owners and facility managers are continually monitoring building conditions while trying to balance performance and occupant comfort with the cost of running a building efficiently. It’s an important balancing act. Efficiency is important but it cannot come at the expense of comfort, which can impact a person’s productivity and health, as well as overall   …Continue Reading