Keynote address outlines eight steps for urban leaders to improve energy efficiency in buildings
November 14, 2016
Efficient buildings align economic, social, and environmental opportunities, creating so-called triple-bottom-line benefits. That was the main takeaway from a keynote address delivered by Clay Nesler, vice president, global energy and sustainability, building efficiency, Johnson Controls Inc.
With HVAC systems being among the largest consumers of energy inside school buildings, it comes as no surprise that energy efficiency is one of the top drivers for the replacement market in institutional settings.
Most people don’t think of radiant heating systems as being very popular in warmer climates, such as Arizona, Texas, or Florida, but that may not be the case anymore. Consider Verde Sol-Air Services, Camp Verde, Arizona, which started offering radiant heating systems about 15 years ago.
For buildings that have up to three chillers with a combined cooling capacity of 400 to 2,000 tons
October 4, 2016
Optimum Energy has released OptimumEDGE™, a patented, quick-start HVAC optimization solution designed to shave chiller plant energy use by 13 percent on average — and cut water use as well — without affecting building operations or occupant comfort, said the company.
BSRIA Inc. reports that from 2012 to 2016, sales of condensing boilers grew from 30 percent of the commercial market to over 60 percent, and that number is expected to climb to 80 percent by next year.
Contractors are challenged with presenting and selling the industry’s most efficient products to consumers. Manufacturers are largely responsible for improving efficiency within their product lines while at the same time ensuring their products are desirable, affordable, and ahead of all the other roadblocks the industry may throw their way.
A recent American Home Comfort study from Decision Analyst reinforces this revelation, reporting that, for the first time in years, homeowners are more trusting of the internet for HVAC information than they are their contractors. In today’s marketplace, customers are opting to educate themselves on HVAC products via the internet prior to a contractor’s arrival.