California has now signaled that it, too, intends to follow Germany down the renewable energy path. In September, the governor signed a bill requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity be generated by renewable energy sources such as solar or wind by 2045. This is an expensive proposition and will significantly boost California’s already high residential electricity costs, which are currently about $.20/kWh.
Sometimes, the best-laid plans in design and construction don’t get translated into practice. What happens once the construction workers leave and the ribbon-cutting is over — the operations and ongoing maintenance — plays a big role in making sure that building lives up to the energy efficiency standards promised.
Following are four examples — a kosher wine shipping center, a chiller plant in a marine research lab, a community pool, and a 10th-floor medical office retrofit — that illustrate just how creative high-efficiency products can be when it comes to unique solutions for everyday issues.
With heating and cooling accounting for nearly half the energy use in a typical U.S. home, it’s not a surprise that the market for energy-efficient products continues to remain strong. According to a recent study by Zillow, energy efficiency ranked among the top priorities during a home search.
It's no secret that the world is going digital. You check your bank account balance on your iPhone, pay your energy bill via email, and can tell Amazon Echo to play your favorite song — or adjust the temperature in your home — it's a digital world. So, thermostat manufacturers are keeping this trend in mind while developing products that will pique customers' interests.
Vancouver-based Fēnix Energy Solutions Ltd. has taken another step toward its vision of creating the greenest cities across North America by launching an operations and maintenance solution focused on harnessing the thermal energy of buildings.
The ordinance now goes to the California Energy Commission for approval
November 17, 2016
The Santa Monica City Council voted to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the city of Santa Monica to be zero net energy (ZNE), believed to be the first ordinance of its kind.
Combines all of its offerings in a single location
October 31, 2016
The ESCO Group has launched a newly revised website that brings together the offerings of all the ESCO Group organizations under one, easy to navigate platform, including: ESCO Institute, HVAC Excellence, Green Mechanical Council, ESCO Press, and more.
Now offers general contractors and property owners mechanical design-build capabilities
September 22, 2016
Cold Craft Inc., which specializes in mechanical installation for new construction, renovation, and retrofit of commercial, residential luxury, and industrial facilities, announced it has added an Engineering and Planning Department.
The benefits of going green will be experienced by residents of River Pointe, a new senior apartment community built to National Green Building Standard (NGBS) requirements. CertainTeed’s SoftTouch™ duct wrap insulation will play a role in delivering that experience, as 24,000 square feet of the product has been installed.