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Are You Eligible for Lighting Rebates & Incentives?

Act 129, which was signed into law October 15, 2008, requires utility companies to reduce consumption for electricity by 1% by 2011 and 3% by 2013. Additionally, the Act requires a 4.5 percent reduction in peak demand by 2012. In an effort to encourage customers to reduce energy consumption, utility companies are offering a variety

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Proper Design & Equipment Selection for Telecommunications Rooms and Data Centers

There are many factors to consider when designing for telecommunications rooms and data centers. The most critical factors include the amount of power and the appropriate cooling system needed to fit the requirements of the space, as well as a method for backing up your systems. High-density processing and data storage requires a significant amount

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Documented Costs & Benefits of Building Commissioning

“Commissioning is one of the most potent and yet least understood strategies for managing energy use, costs, and associated greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector.” – Evan Mills, Ph.D. Building owners and managers often ask what are the costs and benefits of building commissioning. A report completed by Evan Mills, Ph.D. of the Lawrence

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Are the Lights on When Nobody’s Home?

Saving energy is near the top of almost every facility manager’s list of priorities these days-it makes a lot of sense from an economic standpoint as well as being a good steward of the environment. After cooling and heating systems, the largest consumption of electrical energy in a building is the lighting system. The following

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BIM—the Next Generation of Design Technology

A relatively new technology is quickly making an impact on the design and construction industry. Building Infor­mation Modeling (BIM) introduces a new way for architects, engineers and construction professionals to deliver coordinated, accurate and computable information about a building or project throughout the design and construc­tion process. Through the use of software programs, BIM allows

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Electrical Arc Flash: Does It Really Apply To Me?

It seems that over the past several months we have been hearing more and more about the hazards and codes related to electrical arc flash. There have been many seminars, conferences and training sessions popping up that are intended to raise awareness and explain the requirements associated with this electrical phenom­enon. One reason we are

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Are You Prepared For An Extended Utility Outage?

The last two Winters have brought ice storms to South Central Pennsylvania causing extended power outages for facilities that lasted for two or more days. In fact, your facility may have been of the many affected by these storms. If not, were you prepared for these power outages, or just lucky? The summer season is

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Defining Owner’s Project Requirements

There are generally three reasons to consider a construction project for your organization: Modifications to existing space to accommodate shifting business requirements, improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs Expansion of existing buildings to accommodate growth or program changes New construction to support growth plans and address market needs. No matter the reason for the

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What is Systems Validation?

You are probably familiar with the term commissioning, but did you know that there is a more cost-effective alternative to traditional commissioning? We call this process systems validation. Systems validation encompasses the foundation of commissioning but in a more customized, streamlined process. Systems validation can be an effective way to ensure your building’s systems function

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Get Your Shovel Ready…Funding Relief for Your Next Project Could Be On Its Way

We have all heard the buzz about grant and other funding opportunities that were recently developed for en­ergy-related projects; however, making sense of what programs are available, when they become available, which options apply to your project and how to apply for this funding can be challenging and confusing. The initiative to develop grants, low

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