Content related to ‘energy-efficiency’

FM Alert: CABA Report Highlights Role of Controls In Zero Net Energy Buildings


Monitoring and control systems are at the nexus of buildings and successful zero net energy (ZNE) performance, according to a new study from the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA).

Clients, Tenants Worldwide Increasingly Demanding Sustainability

Clients, Tenants Worldwide Increasingly Demanding Sustainability

Clients and tenants worldwide are increasingly demanding sustainability – for both energy efficiency and occupant benefit — and green building continues to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 report by Dodge Data & Analytics. The findings of the report, which received funding from United Technologies, were presented by Bob McDonough, President, UTC Climate, Controls & Security at the recent 2015 Greenbuild International Summit in Washington, DC. “It’s critical that building industry professionals have the latest data and trends to inform designs and decisions,” said McDonough. “This information is valuable as we look to accelerate buildings that will foster sustainable, healthy environments.” The new report surveyed more than 1,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists and consultants in 69 countries to understand their current green building project involvement and expectations for 2018. In addition to expanding the sample size by more than 25 percent over the 2012 study, the new report also has a higher percentage of architect and contractor participation across a larger number of countries. “The greater engagement by practitioners reflects the current green building environment,” said Stephen A. Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights, Dodge Data & Analytics. “Their responses demonstrate that sustainability continues to have a transformative effect on design and construction professionals globally.” (Source: UTC Climate, Controls & Security) Green Building Trends Across all regions studied, respondents increasingly projected that more than 60 percent of their projects would be green projects by 2018, with a doubling from current projects across the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The largest percentage of green building activity continues to be in the commercial building segment, comprising 46 percent of respondents’ future green building projects. Activity in institutional buildings – schools, hospitals and public buildings – is expected to surpass green building projects in existing buildings (38 and 37 percent respectively) by 2018. Green Building Drivers Client demands are a driver for green building activity according to 40 percent of respondents, followed by environmental regulations (35 percent). Both categories increased over 2008 and 2012 responses. An enhanced awareness of the occupant and tenant benefits of green buildings emerged in the 2016 report, with healthier neighborhoods (15 percent), higher return on investment (11 percent) and employee recruitment (5 percent) increasing as drivers. Regarding social motivators, respondents ranked encouraging sustainable business practices as the most important benefit of green building (68 percent), followed by its ability to support the domestic economy, create a sense of community, and increase worker productivity (all 50 percent or higher). From an… …Read More…

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Takes on “Water-Energy Nexus”

Inland Empire Utilities Agency Takes on “Water-Energy Nexus”

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) has launched a landmark water-energy project using advanced energy storage systems to integrate solar, wind, biogas and grid resources in order to optimize renewable generation, reduce demand on the electric grid, and lower energy costs. As part of this first-of-its-kind project, IEUA will install approximately 3.5 MW of advanced energy storage systems at its regional water-recycling facilities and pump stations in Southern California. The agency signed an agreement with San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to design, install, and manage the project. The energy storage systems will range in size from 150 kW to 1,250 kW and will be custom-designed to optimize IEUA’s on-site generation including solar, wind, and biogas resources. The batteries will store excess renewable energy and use stored energy to power facilities when demand on the electric grid is high. The energy storage systems will also provide an added layer of protection against outages and enhance the agency’s ability to share the benefits of renewable resources between facilities. “We are proud of our investments in energy efficiency, renewable generation and sustainable water management practices,” said IEUA Board President Terry Catlin. “Energy storage is the key to maximizing the value of those investments, allowing us to use our resources more efficiently, reduce costs for our customers and participate in building a more resilient electric grid for the whole region.” “IEUA’s leadership when it comes to technology and water management is recognized across the whole industry,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. “Tackling the water-energy nexus head on takes that leadership to a whole new level.  This groundbreaking project is designed to optimize energy resources in the management, treatment and distribution of water while enhancing the reliability and resiliency of both the electric grid and water management systems.” Integrating IEUA’s on-site renewable energy resources will reduce its peak demand from the grid by as much as 14% and reduce total energy costs by 5-10%. The ability to store excess energy also provides the most cost-effective means of sharing on-site renewable generation from among its facilities and provides an added layer of reliability for critical equipment in the event of power outages. AMS will use “Powerpack” commercial battery systems procured from Tesla Energy for the IEUA project. “We’ve invested heavily in clean, efficient resources,” Catlin said. “Using energy storage to optimize those resources and dynamically control consumption is the next crucial step forward in IEUA’s strategic energy plan to go ‘Gridless’ by 2020 with almost no capital outlay by the Agency.” State and Federal energy agencies have found that… …Read More…

Millennials Driving Sustainability In Small, Medium Businesses


Millennials will lead the way for small and medium businesses in future conversations and efforts around conservation, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship, according to the second annual Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey.

Students Benefit From One Of World’s Only Living Buildings


A net zero energy, net zero water, and carbon neutral education center that meets the Living Building Challenge™ has been built on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland.

Smart Buildings Survey: Safety, Security Outrank Going Green


Building operators prioritize the safety and security of their facilities over sustainability and productivity, according to a recent survey of nearly 500 buildings across seven major U.S. cities by Honeywell and KRC Research.

Green Gigawatt Partnership Boosts Renewables in Higher Education


AASHE has launched the Green Gigawatt Partnership (GGP), which seeks to catalyze one gigawatt of green power development by 2020 by recognizing colleges and universities who purchase green power and help more campuses do the same.

Top 10 States Ranked in Energy Efficiency Scorecard


Massachusetts edges out California as most energy-efficient state, Maryland among most improved, according to the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

Motorized Shades Reflect Well On LEED Gold HQ


Intelligent motor controls and best-in-class RB 500 motorized roller shades helped shape the look of the Hub Group’s new headquarters, located in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, IL.