Commercial Buildings

Small, Medium Size Commercial Building Efficiency Market to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

Navigant Research estimates that the retrofit market for small and medium (size) commercial buildings (SMCBs) – those as large as 100,000 square feet – will grow from $24.1 billion this year to $38.6 billion in 2025.


The Lowest Hanging Fruit: Saving Energy By Finding Easily Fixed Problems

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?


Pittsburgh Excels in the 2030 Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that sits at the confluence of three great rivers. It is home to three storied professional sports teams and several great universities. It also is the leading city in the Green Building Alliance’s 2030 Challenge.


Radiance Solar Powers Piano Store

Carl Weinschenk

Radiance Solar has finished the installation of a 43kW roof-mounted solar array atop the showroom of Cooper Piano in Atlanta, according to the vendor.


Utilities Reaching Out Through Analytics

Carl Weinschenk

Building management systems, energy management systems and similar software-based tools and platforms clearly create efficiencies and save money. The ways in which they do this are growing more innovative. It’s all good.


Driving Energy Efficiency in Leased Commercial Space is Complicated – and Worthwhile

Carl Weinschenk

Increasing use of natural light by enlarging windows and conforming work areas is a win-win: It cuts energy costs and increases efficiency while making employees happier, more productive and likelier to stay with the company. Actually implementing this — and other — obviously beneficial projects can be tricky when the company is leasing its space, however. Issues surrounding leased space   …Continue Reading


New Energy Management System Reveals Issues & Opportunities

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by EnergyCAP. One month before Jason Laros stepped into the post of city energy manager for Tucson, AZ, the city began an energy management software acquisition process. At the time, the city’s energy office was employing interns to help crunch the numbers on the top 20–30 buildings in spreadsheets. Historical utility   …Continue Reading


How to Simplify Building Energy Benchmarking & Transparency Laws

Jennifer Hermes

The upcoming deadlines for local building energy benchmarking and transparency laws makes this a busy time of year for building owners. The laws aim to reduce energy consumption (and environmental and financial costs as a result) in the building sector. These are local laws, so they differ from one city to the next, but they   …Continue Reading


Compressed Air Systems: Low Hanging Fruit for Energy Savings

Carl Weinschenk

Compressed air is a staple of many industrial facilities. These systems tend to be “leaky,” and finding and fixing these sometimes tiny holes and gaps is a great way to save money. “It is low-hanging fruit in that most people with a compressed air distribution network in their plant have some amount of leakage,” said Bill Barnes,   …Continue Reading


How the IoT Is Reshaping Building Automation

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Transformative Wave. The Internet of Things (IoT) – a spiderweb of smart devices from phones to washing machines to garage door openers – is already changing lives, and the Building Automation Systems (BAS) industry is not exempt. This disruption – positive in most ways – cannot simply be compartmentalized. In   …Continue Reading