Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Heating Degree Days Penobscot Bay Pilot, February 12, 2015 Every industry does it. We use words that mean so much to us that we don’t realize that they’re meaningless to the rest of the world. This series – Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed – attempts to change that. Have a “green” word […]
McDonald’s eyeing net zero energy restaurants Fierce Energy, February 3, 2015 With the help of Rocky Mountain Institute, McDonald’s Corporation is investigating the feasibility of developing net zero energy (NZE) fast food restaurants. Net zero energy means that in a year, an energy efficient building and the site on which it sits produces as much […]
HVAC Retrofits Can Slash Energy Consumption Sourceable, January 13, 2015 According to Peter Bush, CEO of Aeris Environmental, the upgrading air conditioners and refrigeration systems provide the single biggest opportunity for Australia to achieve large-scale reductions in carbon emissions. While green retrofits often focus on lighting systems and the installation of high-efficiency lamps, Bush points out that air conditioners and refrigeration […]
The push for more efficient air conditioners and heat pumps aims to significantly reduce the 30 per cent share of residential electrical energy use devoted to cooling and heating, but the benefits of improved energy efficiency ratings count for nothing if the equipment is not installed properly, the report says.
Sefaira, a supplier of software for high-performance building design, has announced a new product for HVAC design engineers that it says enables unprecedented collaboration between architects and HVAC designers from the earliest stages of design, bringing together performance analysis and building information modeling (BIM) workflows across multiple members of the project team.
The Michigan Public Service Commission says there was a nearly four-fold return on utilities’ energy efficiency programs in 2013. State natural gas and electricity providers spent $253 million on programs to weatherize homes and replace inefficient water heaters, HVAC systems, and boilers with efficient models.
Program participant Tim Hortons is leading by example on this front, Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said during a press conference on Nov. 10 at a Tim Hortons restaurant at 2951 Bank St. south of Hunt Club Road, one of 245 Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario that have been renovated this year with energy saving features.
Last year, Jim Urbanski, Energy Manager at Wicomico County Public Schools in Maryland, spent 20 hours each week scheduling heating and air conditioning for after-school events. This year he spends just 20 minutes to schedule two weeks of events. That is a 99% reduction in labor hours, and he isn’t done yet.