Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Carl Weinschenk

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. The facility will use solar power and return unused energy to   …Continue Reading

FAA Pays to Upgrade Airport Hangar Heating

Carl Weinschenk

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) in Maine has received $1.558,098 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade two hangars at the Brunswick Executive Airport, according to The funding, the story says, was awarded through the FAA’s Military Airport Program. It will cover installation of radiant heating in hangers 4 and 5 at the   …Continue Reading

Electric Vehicles: Big Benefits, Big Challenges

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers and facility managers should think about electric vehicles on two levels. The first is practical: How will the organization set up charging stations and handle the increased energy load that will result? In the longer term, companies need to maximize this potent new approach to transportation.

Drama Aside, Tesla’s Acquisition of SolarCity Makes Sense

Carl Weinschenk

Whether it closes or not, Tesla’s proposed acquisition of SolarCity is a tangible example of how technology crosses industry borders. Musk and Tesla, of course, made their biggest mark in the electric vehicle arena, not building energy management. But a key element of Tesla’s portfolio – advanced batteries – is increasingly important in buildings, which seldom go for a Sunday drive.

Schneider to Help Cut Energy Use By Boston Mass Transit

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric said this week that it is working with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to reduce utility spending and carbon emissions in Boston area transportation.

Report: Aircraft Lighting Segment to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

A MarketsandMarkets report says the global aircraft lighting sector will expand at a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.08 percent and reach a total value of $2.55 billion by 2021. The report says that several factors will drive the market going forward. These include growth in the number of aircraft built, increase in low cost carriers the   …Continue Reading

Flying High: Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Airports

Carl Weinschenk

Airports are boring places for people waiting for delayed flights or in long lines at security checkpoints. Among many other groups, including kids with dreams of Disney (or grandma), inveterate travelers – and energy managers – airports are dramatic places to spend time. Airports are unique places for energy managers. David Bannard, a partner in the law firm   …Continue Reading

Air Quality is Iffy and Could Get Iffier, says American Lung Association

Ken Silverstein

The quality of air that most Americans breathe is better than it used but that it still iffy. That’s according to the American Lung Association, which says that 166 million of us live in places where ozone levels or particle pollution is not good. The Guardian reports that soot and smoke from wildfires out west   …Continue Reading

Atlanta Airport Earns ISO Certification

Carl Weinschenk

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is the first in the United States to earn ISO 50001:2011 certification, according to AECOM. The certification is awarded for creating a “systematic framework to manage energy performance and drive continual improvement.” AECOM worked with the Department of Aviation (DOA) and Asset Management and Sustainability (AMS) to ensure that   …Continue Reading

Preparing Buildings for Electric Vehicles

Carl Weinschenk

Energy managers of buildings with garages have a harder job than those that let people park on the street. For instance, the mandate to keep the air in the garage safe and comfortable is the subject of ever-changing regulations and evolving technical options. These folks gradually are being given a new responsibility, which will grow   …Continue Reading