While owners of commercial buildings have been looking to improve energy efficiency for quite some time, the market for building energy management systems is still emerging. According to a report from Pike Research, many of the companies in this growing market are now turning to utilities as a market channel for their products and services.
When Platte River’s headquarters rated just a seven on a scale of 100 on Energy Star scoring, Jeff Menard, facilities and security manager, decided to evaluate the building for areas where energy efficiency could be improved. Menard enlisted the help of Haynes Mechanical Systems to come up with a plan.
Jes Munk Hansen of Grundfos North America joined Pia Olsen Dyhr, Danish minister for trade and investment, at a congressional forum in Washington, D.C., to discuss how Grundfos’ home country, Denmark, is meeting the economic, environmental, and energy challenges of the coming decades and how the U.S. can apply these lessons.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Hoshizaki America Inc. as a 2012 Award for Excellence in Energy Star Promotion winner for “outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts promoting energy-efficient products.”
Public input is being sought on revisions to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100-2006, Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings. Last year, ASHRAE and IESNA announced they were revising the standard to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to the retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency.
Honeywell has announced a water metering and infrastructure renewal program with the Western Virginia Water Authority in Roanoke, Va. The plan will upgrade water meters across the Authority’s customer base and improve energy efficiency at its facilities.
Save Energy Systems Inc. is a start-up company focused on energy efficiency that has launched with what the company says is a new, low-cost system that optimizes commercial HVAC systems and reduces electricity bills.
According to a Harris Poll, majorities of Americans are doing some basic things to be more energy efficient like turning off lights, televisions, or other appliances when not in use (82 percent), replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones (58 percent), and looking for Energy Star labels when replacing appliances (55 percent). But there are other things majorities of Americans are not doing.