With modern glazing systems and sophisticated designs that minimize glare issues, daylighting for industrial buildings is making a strong comeback.
Desk-based technologies and other electronics that plug into office building receptacles draw a considerable amount of power, some of it 24/7. In fact, “plug loads” account for roughly 25% of total electricity consumed within office buildings. GSA currently owns and leases more than 370 million square feet of building space in some 9,600 buildings nationwide. The size of this real estate portfolio alone suggests the possibility of enormous energy savings, if plug loads can be reduced.
The New Buildings Institute developed what the group says are the first ever plug load energy use metrics, which will allow commercial building owners and managers to more easily gain insight into their buildings’ energy use and become more energy efficient.
This study evaluates the electricity savings that can be gained by installing ductless heat pumps (DHPs) in multifamily and small commercial applications. A total of 12 multifamily units were submetered in two localities; 188 units were included in the accompanying utility billing analysis.
These days, there’s an app for pretty much everything. From gaming to home energy management, tasks are done on handheld devices through the cloud. So why are energy audits still stuck on clipboards and pencils?