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Real World Energy Efficiency Savings: Theaters

Posted by Luis Bedolla on Nov 16, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Harnessing New Efficiencies in HVAC Usage: A Case Study

 

When it comes to building energy efficiency, not all buildings are created equal.  In fact, there are dramatic differences from building to building that render a “once size fits all” approach to building energy efficiency considerably less than optimally effective.  This is especially true when it comes to HVAC energy efficiency in C&I buildings because these buildings use more than half of the electricity consumed in developed countries like the U.S. and Canada, and HVAC units account for a considerable percentage of this energy. 

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Topics: HVAC efficiency, Building automation, building energy management, building management system, building energy efficiency

Saving Energy Earns You Money

Posted by Robert Palmer on Sep 22, 2017 10:04:32 AM

Keeping up with all the changes occurring in the electric utility industry these days can become rather bewildering. Not only are of dozens of new “smart” and “connected” gadgets available (e.g., thermostats and meters), but also at least as many new, uber-cool software technologies for managing your energy use. And pricing structures for utility rates are also in a state of flux. For example, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently adopted radically new pricing structures for residential users and will surely be modifying industrial and commercial rate structures as well.

Generalizing what’s happening in California to the rest of the country, it looks like time-of-use (TOU) pricing is really becoming a “thing.” TOU pricing is similar to “demand” pricing, but is also distinctly different. TOU pricing rates vary based on the time of day and season, which more closely reflects the actual time-varying cost of electricity. It usually has a three-tier daily rate structure as well as seasonal rates.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, HVAC efficiency, HVAC Control, energy savings, building energy efficiency

Dear Advisor: Advice on Your Most Pressing HVAC Efficiency Questions

Posted by Robert Chiste on Sep 7, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Dear Advisor: I just joined an HVAC engineering design firm, and my boss told me that I only have one week to produce a new HVAC design for our key customer’s flagship building. He also said the design needs to meet the highest attainable sustainability goals because it will be a shining, showcase example of the best-of-the-best for the entire organization.  Help!!!  I’m petrified.

Dear Petrified:  Stay calm and never give up, my friend. Just study what makes a championship basketball team — and follow the same rules.

Dear Advisor: Huh?  

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Topics: Biomimicry, HVAC Control, building energy management, building management system, building energy efficiency