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? …

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 …

Next Generation of EcoSmart LED Light Bulbs Offer Advanced Technology

Completely Updated Line of LED Light Bulbs Achieving Higher Efficiencies with Greener Technology and Competitive Pricing SATELLITE BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 01, 2014– Starting today, homeowners can lower energy cost without sacrificing lighting quality by installing a new generation of EcoSmart LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs. Lighting Science, a leader in LED-based lighting, produced the bulbs to be the most …

How Bundling Energy Efficiency Projects Helps Justify Large Capital Upgrades

A key step in justifying many large capital upgrades is to bundle them with other work that has a quick payback. There are a wide range of quick win strategies to bundle in with more complex endeavors. Low-cost or no-cost projects can be implemented by facility managers in conjunction with standard operations and maintenance procedures. For example, the facility manager …

Steps Beyond Simple Payback To Justify Large Energy Efficiency Investments

When top management relies solely on simple payback based on energy savings, it can be difficult to justify energy efficiency projects involving very large capital investments. Those projects may be uncovered by energy audits, which — with current state legislation and energy incentives — are becoming an increasingly popular means for identifying and implementing campus and building renewal projects. Energy …

Retrocommissioning Improves Energy Efficiency In High-Performing Buildings

LEED certification and Energy Star benchmarking continue to grow in popularity for existing buildings as pressures mount to control operating expenses. As a result, energy efficiency is now mainstream, and managing a building’s energy performance is standard procedure among an ever-growing number of facility managers. Energy Manager Patrick Johanning is one of them. Johanning works for an international commercial real-estate …

Super Bowl’s Green Stadiums: MetLife and Others Tackle Energy Efficiency

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey Photograph courtesy Jim Sulley, NRG MetLife Stadium will light up in bright orange, blue, and green lights when the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The striking display that rings the top of the stadium is powered by LED light bulbs, which are already energy-efficient—but they are made even more so by …

How To Ensure High-Performance Buildings Have High-Performance Operations

As high-performance buildings become a more common standard, being able to operate those buildings to meet that standard is critical. Here’s how to make sure your high-performance building has high-performance operations. Growing occupant demand, investor pressures, and building code requirements have led to a new standard of sustainability for high-performance buildings. As a result, many markets are mandating comprehensive sustainability …

Zero Net Energy Buildings Gain Ground

Commercial zero net energy (ZNE) buildings have more than doubled in number since a 2012 report, says the New Buildings Institute (NBI).  A new report, 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update, says that 213 North American structures qualify, up from 99 in the initial report. ZNE verification of buildings is based on review of one-year of measured energy data including building energy consumption and …

Electronic Design Europe News Brand Building A Path To Better Building Efficiency

Europe’s energy-inefficient buildings consume 40% of available energy. Lighting, air-conditioning, and heating are the main culprits. Buildings in Europe devour a prodigious 40% of total available end-user energy (see figure above). Obviously, curtailing that inefficiency becomes imperative, particularly in light of the European Union’s (EU) goals to reduce CO2 emissions by 20%, improve energy efficiency by 20% and achieve 20% …