Energy Efficiency

Resources to help facility and property management professionals run more efficient buildings and facilities. The archive for Energy Efficiency articles.


Modulating Boilers Lower Energy Use, Heating Costs For Massachusetts School

With failing oil-fired boilers and an aging, inefficient heating system, Elm Street School in Gardner, MA, turned to modulating boilers from Weil-McLain to spark energy efficiencies and lower heating costs.

ENERGY STAR Baseline Shift: How EMS Can Help Prepare Your Facility

Whether you want to identify cost savings, optimize energy usage, or monitor ENERGY STAR score fluctuations, energy management software offers an easy and effective method of adapting to the upcoming benchmarking shift.

Facility Executive | March / April 2016 Issue

This issue looks at smart lighting trends, how to choose carpet and flooring, physical security planning, and energy efficiency for data centers. Plus, wellness and water conservation.

Education Case Study: Wellness In Action

At The George Washington University, LEED Platinum facility design fosters its mission of public health education.

DCIM For Facility Management

Facility departments gain a holistic view of operational impact with data center infrastructure management tools.

The HVAC Factor: New Life For An Aging Chiller Plant

Completed in December 2014, this renovation project serves as an example of how a historic utility plant can be improved to address significant elements and concerns.

Best Practices For Data Center Management

Conditions have never been better for data center operators to reduce their power consumption and enjoy a healthier bottom line.

Trends: Lighting Takes Center Stage

Advances in design and technology have transformed lighting over the past several decades from primarily utilitarian functions to also playing a significant role in aesthetics, energy efficiency, and ergonomics.

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas.

SmartStart Program Incentivizes Hotel To Upgrade To LED Lighting

After learning about financial incentives provided by New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, the Holiday Inn Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands realized that substantial improvements to the hotel’s energy efficiency would be cost effective.

Subway Station Is First To Earn LEED® Silver Rating

Designed as a demonstration of an environmentally responsible 21st century rail transit center, the MTA's Fulton Center is the first subway hub in New York to achieve a LEED® rating.

New Product Flash: 3M Thinsulate Window Film

This window film features a patented construction that helps reflect interior heat back into a facility.

University of Richmond Test Bed To Use Bisun Solar Panels

The array is the first American commercial system to use SolarWorld’s mono-PERC bifacial modules.

Top Construction Trends For The Next Decade

Efficiency and sustainability will shape the future of nonresidential construction, according to a recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) survey.

FM Alert: Help Develop New Building Safety, Fire Prevention, And Energy Efficiency Codes

International Code Council Committee Action Hearings are scheduled for April 17-27 in Louisville, KY.

Partnership To Renew Higher Ed

AASHE has teamed up with multiple organizations to help boost green power purchases on college campuses.

Hilton Worldwide, Whole Foods SWAP Facilities

Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swapped energy management teams at their facilities in San Francisco as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge SWAP, resulting in a reality-style web series.

Global Green Building Expected To Double By 2018

Strong growth is anticipated globally and in the U.S. green building market, but the nation lags globally in measuring the benefits of building green.

Question Of The Week: Section 179D Reinstated

Will you pursue the recently extended Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (Section 179D)?

Analyzing Payback Of Roofing Insulation

Model energy codes are calling for higher R-values in building envelopes, including roofing insulation.

China’s First Green Skyscraper

Sustainable architecture, engineering solutions, and a unique building design come together to make the Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China one of the most innovative skyscrapers in the world.

New Shade Fabric Boosts Energy Efficiency 50% At Automotive Facility

Located in Houston, Christian Brothers Automotive Company’s new headquarters building needed help to combat the harsh Texas summers.

Illinois Is USGBC’s Top State For LEED Green Building

Illinois retained its top national position on USGBC’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list for the third year in a row, with 161 LEED certifications representing 3.43 square feet of certified space per resident.

Institute for Special Education Gets NY’s First Solar Schools Project

The New York Institute for Special Education in the Bronx will be the site of the state's first solar schools project and will have solar panel arrays installed thanks to a power purchase agreement with SolarCity.

FM Alert: United Nations HQ Wins 2015 Beyond Green™ Award

Top prize in the NIBS Sustainable Buildings Industry Council's 2015 Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards went to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, NY for its sustainable renovation project.

New Product Flash: Daylight Dimmer From Solatube

This addition to Solatube's SkyVault daylighting solution provides commercial facilities the option to dim natural lighting when desired.

Testing Thermal Performance Of Building Envelope

Modern building envelope design does not always perform as expected.

Star Wars Episode 7: The Galaxy Goes Green

Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens earned a 2015 EMA Green Seal Award from the Environmental Media Association (EMA).

Pfizer Inc. To Install 5.6 Megawatt Fuel Cell System

Biopharm giant Pfizer Inc. will install of a 5.6 megawatt fuel cell power generation system to provide reliable and low carbon electricity and steam for its 160-acre research and development facility in Groton, CT.

Facility Executive | November/December 2015 Issue

This issue takes a comprehensive look at smart facility technologies, the Internet of Things, maintenance software, and energy management. Plus, mitigating disaster.

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