Another Satisfied Customer

This is an excerpt from an article on the DCSD website.  Another Parker school that saw massive improvements was Ponderosa High School. Built in 1983, the school received new elevators, new fire alarm systems, new boilers, new HVAC system and control, and a new kitchen. For Principal Tim Ottmann, the greatest improvement came with the new HVAC system.“This is my …

Setpoint Systems Is Expanding and Growing

Setpoint Systems Corporation, a systems integrator of building control systems, is growing and has opened a new branch office at 1055 Elkton Drive, Colorado Springs. Their customer base has doubled in size in the Colorado Springs area, and Setpoint has expanded to better serve their customers. On November 8, a Grand Opening was held and over 200+ individuals visited throughout …

U.S. HVAC Industry – 2013 Review and 2014 Outlook

Climate Conversations As we kick off 2014, it is important to look at the past year in review, as well as consider the economic outlook as it applies to the U.S. HVAC industry.  The unitary market segment did very well in 2013, led by strength in new construction, replacement/add-on, and unitary system exports.  Overall, unitary shipments were up 9 percent …

Home Heating: How Can You Lower Your Costs?

neiljcoleman When the winter chill comes around, the heating bill at your property will naturally increase as you keep yourself warm and cozy. However, if your home is not being heated efficiently, you are essentially letting your hard earned dollars escape into the air as wasted energy. What are some simple and inexpensive ways that you can cut down your …

Seattle Adopts Plan for Saving Energy Resources in City-Owned Buildings

Aims to Achieve 20% Energy Savings by 2020 The City of Seattle has adopted a Resource Conservation Management Plan (RCMP) that outlines how the City will reduce energy use in City-owned buildings 20% by 2020. A 20% energy use reduction by 2020 (compared to the 2008 baseline) would also result in utility cost savings of roughly $2.75 million per year after reaching the …

IBM – Smarter Buildings – IBM Energy & Environment

RO Engineers & Architects http://www.ibm.com/ibm/green/smarter_buildings.html#! ” Employing a smarter buildings strategy can help your organization reduce energy use by up to 50%, and increase facilities utilization by up to 85%.” View original post

A new way to harvest more light to make solar cells more efficient

Gigaom Researchers at MIT have figured out a new technique to make a traditional silicon solar cell — the kind that makes up most solar panels on rooftops — more efficient. The scientists published the findings in Nature Nanotechnology this week. The innovation embeds a two-layer device made of carbon nanotubes and photonic crystals between the solar cell and the sun’s light. …

What are the 17 critical and misunderstone LEED terms?

Designing with Masonry: Greener, Wiser, Wonderful 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms by Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser BuildingGreen, Inc. Jan 03 2014 LEEDuser Moderator The LEED family of rating systems uses specific terms to describe various aspects of its program. Whether you are a designer, contractor, consultant, manufacturer, educator, or owner, it is important to be clear …

California Energy Commission Postpones Title 24 Energy Code until July 2014

Climate Conversations California Energy Commission (CEC) authorities are delaying the implementation of the new Title 24 Energy Conservation Code by six months.  The CEC believes that postponing the effective date is necessary to allow the industry to prepare for the new standards.  This new energy code will have a major impact on new supermarket construction. Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and …