Comfort Institute released finding from a new study that indicates leaks in ductwork located in conditioned space can have a significant impact on energy savings. The study, conducted by Comfort Institute in combination with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA), showed that the amount of conditioned air seeping through the building envelope and escaping to the outside of the home was reduced by an average of 11.4 percent after the ducts were effectively sealed.
Georgia Tech has an ongoing commitment to sustainable design and architecture. At their Atlanta campus, the University has invested in advanced Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems to provide comfortable and energy efficient indoor environments for more than 23,000 enrolled students.
Known as the “Green Mountain State,” Vermont generates significant amounts of its electricity from renewable energy sources and boasts the smallest carbon footprint in the country. To make sure it stays green, Vermont's Public Utility Commission in the year 2000 created Efficiency Vermont. The innovative program is an energy resource for all in-state rate payers with the end goal of saving energy and putting money back in their pockets.
Museum recognized for its energy efficient approach, lowering carbon footprint and reducing energy cost
January 22, 2018
The Science Museum of Minnesota, one of the most visited museums in the upper Midwest and a national leader in providing informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, invested in a more sustainable solution after learning that building upgrades could save millions of dollars in energy costs by decreasing fossil fuels and high-energy sources coming from their building.
Integrated Facility Services (IFS) installed the energy-efficient HVAC system at the $26 million O’Fallon Justice Center, which opened in December, 2017. The 96,000-square-foot justice center houses the O’Fallon Police Department and Municipal Courts, Missouri. The construction manager was McCarthy Building Companies and the architect was Wilson Estes Police Architects.
Venstar announced that the PizzaRev chain is using Venstar’s Wireless Temperature Sensors and ColorTouch touchscreen thermostats with Venstar’s Skyport™ Cloud Services to keep its stores cool and comfortable despite the use of 900-degree pizza ovens.
“Venstar’s Wireless Temperature Sensors and ColorTouch thermostats give us the ability to remotely manage and control energy usage and costs at our stores while keeping our customers comfortable,” said Jonathan Castillo, maintenance manager for PizzaRev.
The city of Atlanta embarked on transforming the abandoned Imperial Hotel, now called “The Commons at Imperial Hotel,” which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into subsidized residential housing, designed specifically for residents with special needs and supportive service requirements. After a thorough review process, Conditioned Air Systems (CAS) was awarded the contract to help deliver energy savings and efficient heating and cooling options throughout this multi-pronged project.
Global developer Taurus Investment Holdings (Boston) has officially opened its $2 billion sustainable community, Whisper Valley, in East Austin, Texas. The company’s vision is to attract buyers who want to lead a socially responsible lifestyle with affordable and energy efficient homes in a sustainable development.
Business 101 revamped as SMART Business Development, offered to all members
November 6, 2017
Behind the work, training, bids and contracts is the business of sheet metal work, and for decades, training coordinators and instructors have taught Business 101 to their members at their home training centers. The class was geared to educate members on the financial, human resources and general operation of a business using in-person classes, books and expertise.
DCAS demonstrates retrofits for inefficient buildings
October 23, 2017
Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) Commissioner, Lisette Camilo, announced the 50th installation of wireless pneumatic thermostats (WPT), a sustainable technology that will save time, money, and energy in older buildings. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal to transform New York City’s municipal buildings for a low-carbon future, as outlined in "One City, Built to Last," the DCAS has identified, tested, and vetted this new innovative wireless digital thermostat.