Setpoint Systems receives Xcel Energy 2016 Efficiency Partner Award

Every year Xcel Energy recognizes their top-performing commercial Trade Partners based on energy-saving projects completed. They review commercial projects by total rebate dollars paid, kWh and Decatherm savings by program. Setpoint Systems was one of 28 Trade Partners who qualified for the awards. Setpoint Systems helped clients earn $145,047 in rebates, saving 2,123,155 kWh. We strive to assist our customers …

Announcing Two Like-Minded Delta Organizations Joining Together

Article from Delta Controls web site April 29, 2016 Delta Controls is extremely pleased to announce that Delta Controls Inc. based in Vancouver, Canada, has been acquired by Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V. (DEN), a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Electronics. The owners of Delta Controls have been mindful of securing the long-term future of the Delta Controls family, including the …

Ensuring the Most Energy Efficient Equipment

How can facility managers make sure they’re getting the most energy efficiency out of new or upgraded building equipment? Ongoing energy use measurement and diagnostics will help optimize energy performance and keep building systems operating smoothly. There are new building energy management applications which bridge between data collection to diagnostics, alerts, and work orders, but an excellent facilities manager is …

Advancing Sustainability Through Innovation

A recent Ceres report analyzed 613 of the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States to reveal that while a growing contingent of companies are steadily building sustainability into their business operations, the vast majority are not. As detailed in the report, hundreds of companies are taking steps to reduce their green house gas emissions, but most have not set clear …

Advancing Sustainability Through Innovation

A recent Ceres report analyzed 613 of the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States to reveal that while a growing contingent of companies are steadily building sustainability into their business operations, the vast majority are not. As detailed in the report, hundreds of companies are taking steps to reduce their green house gas emissions, but most have not set clear …

This Building’s Facade Literally Maps Out a Sustainable Future

If all buildings lit up with signs and indicators of how much energy is being consumed and where that energy is going, we’d all be a little more sensitive to our power usage. No one wants to broadcast how wasteful they’re being, right? Perhaps energy-shaming isn’t the answer but it is something to delve deeper into and address — at least some …

Quick Reads on LEED

1. Challenges Seeking LEED Status in Older Buildings Pursuing certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system can create major challenges for maintenance and engineering managers. The task is even greater when the institutional and commercial facilities date back to the days of Thomas Jefferson. “It certainly presents a challenge for us to access the HVAC …

How To Realize Actual Savings From Green Renovation Projects

Here’s how to realize actual savings from green renovation projects. You’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on a renovation with the goal of raising a building’s Energy Star score from 60 to 75 because your CFO wants an Energy Starcertification. Will it work? How will you know? Was the initial goal a real-world possibility based on experience, or just wishful thinking? …

Budding Success with Green Roof Incentives

The silver city townhomes in Milwaukee, WI, earned a $172,278 grant from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District toward its green roof project.PHOTO CREDIT: XERO FLOR AMERICA LLC If you want your next roofing project to come up roses, you might consider growing some up there – and if you really want to gild the lily, plant some incentive funding into the plot. …

10 Smart Building Myths Busted

Smart buildings are a no-brainer and more affordable than most building owners and investors realize. Smart buildings have been proven to save energy, streamline facilities management and prevent expensive equipment failures. Yet, to many property owners and investors, the value of smart buildings remains a mystery. The fact is, in most buildings, we can demonstrate a strong business case for …