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GBI, STEP Work on Standards-Based Communications for Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

The STEP Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing benchmarks in the built environment, and the Green Building Initiative (GBI), a nonprofit committed to accelerating sustainable building practices, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a variety of issues, including development of joint standards for sustainable information communication technologies (ICT). Jerry Yudelson, president   …Continue Reading

Standard 189.1-2014 Now Available via ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

New requirements to further reduce energy of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, among other   …Continue Reading

Answers to Arguments against PACE

Lacey Miller

Search the terms “property assessed clean energy” (PACE), and you will get a laundry list of results from program supporters, PACE organizations, and other energy efficiency groups. They all have roughly the same information about the definition, origin, and benefits of PACE, but what they aren’t discussing are potential concerns. Don’t misunderstand, I am a   …Continue Reading

Bes-Tech Included in LA Better Buildings Challenge

Linda Hardesty

The Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) selected Bes-Tech as a technology partner. Bes-Tech will offer incentives for its energy efficiency systems to Los Angeles-based building owners, managers and contractors. The LABBC, a locally based leadership initiative, aims to achieve a 20 percent energy savings by the year 2020. To date, the LABBC has enrolled   …Continue Reading

Cox Media Saves 20% on Energy

Linda Hardesty

Cox Media Group says the facility housing its Atlanta TV and radio stations has met Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge nearly six years ahead of the 2020 goal. The facility reduced its energy and water consumption by more than 20 percent and is annually saving nearly 1,400,000 kWh. Cox incorporated a number of energy-saving projects throughout   …Continue Reading

5 Energy Trends Changing the Balance of Power

Dan Upham

We no longer fret over taxes on tea, but there’s another American Revolution forming in our great nation today. Like the colonist uprising 241 years ago, it’s fueled by a need to stand up against an outdated system that threatens our way of life. It’s a battle over the future of American energy and our antiquated   …Continue Reading

Project Tests Energy Retrofits at 3 Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Bricker Project is retrofitting three public buildings in Europe in three different climate zones: Spain, Belgium and Turkey. The projects are combining different active and passive technologies to achieve energy efficiency, including Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), solar Parabolic Trough Collectors (PTC), aerating windows and a ventilated facade, among other technologies. For the building in   …Continue Reading

CALMAC Launches Energy Storage App

Karen Henry

CALMAC has launched a new app for thermal energy storage in commercial building projects. The app allows manufacturing representatives and mechanical and consulting engineers to simulate the effect of thermal energy storage installations on demand and predict reductions in peak electrical demand from use of CALMAC ice-based thermal energy storage tanks. CALMAC’s IceBank thermal energy storage   …Continue Reading

Johnson Controls Renames Indonesian Business

Linda Hardesty

Johnson Controls is renaming its Indonesian building efficiency office from PT York Aditama Teknik to PT Johnson Controls Indonesia. The renaming is part of its expansion plan in Indonesia to meet the nation’s increasing focus on energy conservation and the development of energy-efficient buildings. To date, the company has more than 100 employees located in   …Continue Reading

Solar Is Helping Businesses in India Keep the Lights On

Karen Henry

Across India, an increasing number of businesses are turning to solar power to help ensure uninterrupted power, Reuters reports. Indian IT firm ValueLabs recently built a 13 MW solar plant for its headquarters in Hyderabad. IT exporter Infosys is building a 50 MW solar plant in Karnataka to meet 30 percent of the company’s power   …Continue Reading

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