Tag Archives: Energy

Lighting and Controls in High Performance Buildings

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, defines a high performance building as one that “integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.” (EPACT 2005, Section 914) One of the simplest ways to incorporate these attributes into any building is through the use of high-efficiency lighting and

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The Importance of a University’s Infrastructure

From people to structures, all good systems bear upon on a sturdy and reliable framework. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) infrastructure is the framework of a successful campus. Central equipment, utilities, and buildings are all components of campus infrastructure that help students, faculty, and staff perform to their highest potential. Planning, maintaining, and optimizing your

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Gone Are The Days Of The Card Catalog

As education trends change, educators are continually developing new means of teaching today’s students. These trends have Architects and Engineers thinking outside the box to create academic facilities of the future. Not only are classrooms being affected, but there is a dramatic shift in what students and educators are demanding in library designs. In today’s

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Transpired Solar Walls

Building orientation plays an integral role in the way a building heats or cools during the course of a day. Transpired solar walls, also referred to as solar air heating, are green, efficient, and a cost effective method of supplemental air heating. These solar collectors take advantage of south facing exposure and preheat ventilation air

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The Days of the Simple Wall Switch Are Gone!

The days of providing a simple wall switch to control lighting are GONE. The last few revisions of the energy codes, whether the International Energy Conservation Code or ASHRAE 90.1, has continually increased lighting control complexity. However, with this complexity significant energy reduction, and thus lower operating costs, can be achieved resulting in relatively short

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LED Lighting

What’s with LED Lighting? If you are in the design, construction, or facilities management business you are probably getting inundated with questions about LED lighting. If you looked into LED’s a year ago, you were probably disappointed in the options available, light output, cost, etc. Commercial lighting applications utilizing LEDs as a light source have

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Energy Benchmarking

Approximately 40% of all US energy used in the United States is consumed by buildings making it the largest single category of energy use.   If you are responsible for operating or maintaining one or more buildings, you have some experience in budgeting for the energy usage required to keep your buildings operating.  You may have

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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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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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