Quick reads on variable refrigerant flow systems

1. Variable-refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems: Weighing Benefits And Limitations Variable-refrigerant flow (VRF) systems have been used for the better part of three decades in Europe and Asia. While clearly not as common in North America, the design has been catching on — mostly for its ability to respond to fluctuations in space load conditions. Because of this, it excels at saving money …

Building Operators are Crucial to Energy Advancements

According to a study of energy-use behavior that focused on medium and large office buildings in California, reducing energy use in buildings requires more than isolated changes to technologies or individual behaviors. The study, Behavioral Strategies to Bridge the Gap Between Potential and Actual Savings in Commercial Buildings, conducted by the California Air Resources Board and the University of California Davis, recommends that future …

Net zero energy for retail is possible

Jason Robbins, Walgreens manager of mechanical engineering, and Jamie Meyers, manager of sustainability at Walgreens, discuss the energy-efficient technologies used in the net-zero drugstore in Evanston. Imagine paying pennies for your utility bill. Better yet, imagine paying nothing. That’s the chimera architects, scientists, and building owners have chased for decades. “Net-zero” energy is a simple enough concept; it’s the idea …

Facility Managers Can Educate Tenants To Reduce Complaints

One effective strategy for minimizing the number of complaints is to educate building occupants about the situation that is generating the complaints. Consider this story from Joan Woodard, president and CEO of Simons & Woodard Inc. Canada geese can be pests, so you’d think a story involving them would be about complaints around the noise, their waste, or how aggressive they …

California’s First Net Zero Energy Library

Editor’s Foreword: During my college years, I used to swing by the West Berkeley Public Library on University Avenue after shopping at the nearby art stores for my studio projects. I remember its dismal entrance, dim lighting, and run-down furniture squeezed into tight quarters. I’m so excited to learn that it has been replaced with a beautiful, modern, and green building, …

Smart HVAC Controls Market Expected to Reach $26.60 Billion by 2020 – New Report by MarketsandMarkets

(PRWEB) April 15, 2014 According to a new market research report of “Smart HVAC Controls Market by product type (Temperature, Ventilation, Humidity, Integrated), Components (Sensors, Controlled devices, Smart Vents), Application (Residential, Commercial), Operation & Geography – Analysis & Forecast to 2014 – 2020”, published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.22% from 2014 to 2020, and …

7 Sustainability Strategies for Commercial Buildings

The office building industry accounts for nearly 20% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International. A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community. Get Connected. Local utility companies often offer demand response …

First Fuel software aims to make energy efficiency easier, quicker

First Fuel aims to make it easier to boost energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA Swapnil Shah doesn’t have anything against cleaner-burning fuels or renewable energy. He just thinks North American businesses – and the buildings they operate in – should be using less energy, no matter the source. “The ability to reduce consumption in those buildings can …

Minnesota Open House- Thank You!

Early this month we had our open house at our Minnesota office, to celebrate the grand opening of our new state of the art facility. We are so thankful for everyone that attended, our Minnesota team had amazing conversations with all each and every one of you. Thank you! -Minnesota Team, Setpoint Systems Corporaiton Here’s the original announcement: We are …

Building Automation and Managing The Corporate Facility

Today’s facility and IT managers are facing multiple challenges in managing corporate facilities. The corporate facility includes various areas such as the commercial building, manufacturing floor, warehouse, remote sites, and data center. All of these corporate facilities require different attention from the managers to meet the corporate sustainability goals set forth by the executive team. Goals that mainly revolve around …