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3 LED Performance Points

3 LED Performance Points | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
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Essentially, you want your efficiency (lumens/watt) to be as high as possible, your Color Rendition Index (CRI) to be 90% (very close to an incandescent bulb), and your Controllability for brightness to be as high as possible and even being able to adjust the 'warmth' of the light (6000 at lunch like the noon sun, 3000 in morning/evening to feel warmer)

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Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Buildings — Prof. Leon Glicksman

LGO Web Seminar Series Leon Glicksman, Professor of Building Technology and Mechanical Engineering, MIT Opportunities for Energy Efficiency in Buildings Pres...
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I've not watched the whole thing (yet) but I'm guessing this is a great intro into some of the new technologies available...

 

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‘Standby Mode’ Wastes 400 TWh per Year - Energy Manager Today

‘Standby Mode’ Wastes 400 TWh per Year - Energy Manager Today | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
The world’s 14 billion online electronic devices – such as laptops, PCs, modems, printers, game consoles and set-top boxes – waste around $80 billion each year because of inefficient technology, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report, “More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected   ...Continue Reading
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Do you encourage tenants to turn off their equipment rather than sit in standby mode?  There is a LOT of energy being wasted...

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Case Study: Thermal Energy Storage Saves California Winery Nearly $30K a Year

Case Study: Thermal Energy Storage Saves California Winery Nearly $30K a Year | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Wilson Creek Winery in California's Temecula Valley is best known for its award-winning Almond Champagne, yet the winery's commitment to environmental agriculture and facilities management has led the winery to an equally innovative approach to energy management. Temperature control is vital to the aging process of wines, and Wilson Creek's facilities-including a 40,000-square-foot main building used for fermentation, tasting, retail, administration and special events-require cooling eight months of the year. By 2010, Wilson Creek Winery President Bill Wilson had identified controlling energy costs as a major priority. Wilson Creek's heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor SunRize Mechanicals Inc. proposed a two-part solution to slash costs without reducing reliability or the steady temperature essential to wine production. First, Wilson Creek would replace lower-efficiency (10-15 SEER AC) units with more efficient models and retrofit some existing split AC systems. Next, SunRize proposed installing a system of Ice Bear thermal energy storage units in tandem with the new, higher-efficiency air conditioning. A major appeal of the Ice Energy proposal was the availability of a substantial rebate from Southern California Edison (SCE) that would provide 45 percent of the upfront costs for qualified energy efficiency investments. After researching Ice Energy's history of reliability of more than 15 million hours of energy storage, Wilson decided to roll out a fleet of Ice Bears across the winery grounds and buildings.
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Thermal storage works very well in the right climates or for specific situations - a church that has a high cooling load but for only short periods in a week can reduce their energy delivery costs as well as purchasing power during less expensive periods.  Proper modeling of the climate/situation is the key!

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Thermal storage works very well in the right climates or for specific situations - a church that has a high cooling load but for only short periods in a week can reduce their energy delivery costs as well as purchasing power during less expensive periods.  Proper modeling of the climate/situation is the key!

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'Risky Business' Report Aims to Frame Climate Change as Economic Issue - Wall Street Journal

'Risky Business' Report Aims to Frame Climate Change as Economic Issue - Wall Street Journal | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
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'Risky Business' Report Aims to Frame Climate Change as Economic Issue
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Maybe the Wall Street players will finally get the message?

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Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings - YouTube

Learn how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design to save energy and money while enhancing performance and comfort. This video highlights ...
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A description of some of the energy saving aspects of the NREL facility in the US... mostly applicable for new design projects, but there may be some retrofit ideas that could work for you.

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Greywater system at NRDC's Santa Monica Office - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)

Greywater system at NRDC's Santa Monica Office - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog) | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Greywater system at NRDC's Santa Monica OfficeNatural Resources Defense Council (blog)The Santa Monica office has seen savings on their water bill because of the effectiveness of the grey water system.
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Water (and related sewer charges) are the fastest growing utility costs in most areas - and the problems are only getting worse. These grey-water systems are worth a look!
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Morguard Releases 2013 Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Report ... - Canada NewsWire (press release)

Morguard Releases 2013 Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Report ...Canada NewsWire (press release)... to drive environmental improvements.
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Morguard has achieved some great results since 2010 - and we were part of that! Our utility tracking system has been used by several Morguard groups to help identify savings - and we're just getting started, as both Oxford and Manulife are using our system for components, or all, of their CSR's as well!
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IBISWorld: Techniques for Lowering Utility Bills - Energy Manager Today

IBISWorld: Techniques for Lowering Utility Bills - Energy Manager Today | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Energy management control systems, energy efficient doors, appropriate HVAC and the installation of solar panels are four key ways buildings can help fight rising utility costs, according to research by IBISWorld. Commercial buildings in particular, such as hospitals, shopping centers and offices, have been taking a significant hit as they account for one-fifth of domestic energy   ...Continue Reading
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Good article with some specific examples of cost saving measures suitable for office towers.

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.@IBISWorld: Techniques for Lowering Utility Bills - #Energy Manager Today via @Chris105energy

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BUILDINGS April 2014 Digital Edition

BUILDINGS April 2014 Digital Edition
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Great article on efficient lighting strategies...

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BUILDINGS April 2014 Digital Edition #energy #sustainability via @Chris105energy 

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City businesses participate in annual 'Earth Hour' - ABC17News.com

City businesses participate in annual 'Earth Hour' - ABC17News.com | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
ABC17News.com City businesses participate in annual 'Earth Hour' ABC17News.com According to the Office of Sustainability's website, "Earth Hour" is the single largest environmental event in the world as lights go out simultaneously in what's...
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A good article on Columbia, Missouri's efforts this year
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Tenant Star program drives efficiency for commercial spaces

Tenant Star program drives efficiency for commercial spaces | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking provisions aim to cut utility bills for landlords and tenants while reducing carbon emissions.
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I was asked just a couple of days ago about how involved tenants want to be regarding energy management in their buildings - I'd have to say, I think they WANT to be involved!

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Office energy efficiency linked to improved business performance

Office energy efficiency linked to improved business performance | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Whilst staff costs typically account for around 90% of business co...
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British Council of Offices suggests that improved energy efficiency in an office building may save  £50 per square metre... worth taking a look!

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Optimization Strategies for the Chiller Plant - Energy Manager Today

Optimization Strategies for the Chiller Plant - Energy Manager Today | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities often use a chiller plant to provide chilled water for air conditioning. It should come as no surprise that chilled water generation is a major contributor to a facility’s utility costs. Organizations are well served to seek ways to optimize their facilities for the best possible performance and energy usage,   ...Continue Reading
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The article is brief - I think the best points are,

  1. if you have a wide range of chiller operating requirements, it may make sense to add a small unit that will operate at a higher efficiency for low load ranges.
  2. add VFD's to the chiller equipment to lower energy use during low load periods
  3. consider adding a free cooling loop which can provide cooling when outdoor temperatures are low enough
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Atco Gas program puts cogeneration units into Alberta buildings

Atco Gas program puts cogeneration units into Alberta buildings | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
With help from the province’s climate-change management fund, Atco Gas has developed a new way to help Alberta building owners cut operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The utility has launched a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) program aimed at owners of small- to mid-sized municipal, commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings.
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Energy efficient office buildings - Sustainability Victoria

Energy efficient office buildings - Sustainability Victoria | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Sustainability Victoria programs can deliver efficiency gains for #MelbsWest businesses http://t.co/QQpjzHa2ab
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A great program for mid-tier buildings in the state of Victoria, Australia - even if you don't have buildings there, you should take a quick read to see how progressive governments are assisting their commercial sectors!

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Why your furnace should also be generating electricity

Why your furnace should also be generating electricity | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Cogeneration is the simultaneous generation of both electricity and heat.

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A great article on commercial cogeneration units - and it highlights an installation at the Centennial Building, one of our customer's sites (Oxford Properties).  We're also assisting other clients with this kind of install - watch for more articles to come!

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Managing Energy Savings - Clean India Journal

Managing Energy Savings - Clean India Journal | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Does anyone have any thoughts on using human behaviour modification to reduce energy waste in the work environment & offices? ...
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Some funny stories in here - example? Someone managing a building where people were leaving windows open because someone had run into the thermostat with a garbage bin... and other more serious ideas too!

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Energy efficiency: Employee awareness & office energy-saving - Carbon Trust

Energy efficiency: Employee awareness & office energy-saving - Carbon Trust | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Improve energy efficiency in your office with free energy-saving guides, and download employee engagement materials, posters and stickers (RT @iiEConsultancy: Raise employee awareness with these downloadable posters and stickers!
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Energy Secretary in Detroit to discuss energy-efficient lighting project | Alban Inspect

Energy Secretary in Detroit to discuss energy-efficient lighting project | Alban Inspect | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is in Detroit to discuss the city's major LED lighting project.
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LED lighting for parkades, stairwells, exit signs, and other areas with lights that stay on continuously make a ton of sense!
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ACEEE Recommends End-to-End Energy Retrofit Programs - Energy Manager Today

ACEEE Recommends End-to-End Energy Retrofit Programs - Energy Manager Today | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) says energy retrofit programs that provide streamlined, end-to-end support tend have more satisfied customers. Effective programs identify savings, help procure funding, provide technical assistance, and offer incentives for ongoing optimization, according to ACEEE’s report “The Promise and the Potential of Comprehensive Commercial Building Retrofit Programs.” Utility   ...Continue Reading
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The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) says energy retrofit programs that provide streamlined, end-to-end support tend have more satisfied customers.

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Mandated energy, water-usage tracking likely for Toronto in two years

Mandated energy, water-usage tracking likely for Toronto in two years | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
Following the lead of major U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago, Toronto has begun the process to implement a city-wide scheme to measure the consumption of energy and water in office and multi-residential buildings. If the process goes as observers expect, a program could be in place by the fall of 2016.
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Many building owners and managers already go way beyond these requirements in their monitoring - and most of our customers appreciate that we will be able (upon their approval) to enter their information for them.  A win-win all around!

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6 Lighting Retrofits with Dramatic Benefits

6 Lighting Retrofits with Dramatic Benefits | Energy Saving Ideas for Office Buildings | Scoop.it
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Some of these retrofits are more expensive than others, but all are worth taking a look at.

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Wallowa Resources Slashes Energy Costs with Biomass Heating System ... - PR.com (press release)

Wallowa Resources Slashes Energy Costs with Biomass Heating System ...
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Discusses a biomass project in Oregon and the national US programs to support biomass initiatives
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YEGEarthHour2014Forecast.pdf

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We've just published the expected energy savings for Edmonton, Canada's Earth Hour Capital for 2014... let's see how well we do!

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