Energy Articles

Energy efficiency and management, lighting, daylighting, LEDs, CFLs, alternative energy (including solar, wind, geothermal, and others), smart buildings, and other key issues related energy usage are examined here.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Responds To Criticism Regarding Recent Roofing Study

The following column is written in response to the criticism from the EPDM regarding a recent study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National...Read More...

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Data Center Trends: Monitoring Data Centers

Paramount to their operation is keeping tabs on power...Read More...

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FRIDAY FUNNY: The Too Hot, Too Cold Debate Goes Global

Office temperature is often a bone of contention between staff, with some struggling to work from the heat, while others wrap up in sweaters and gloves to stave off a chill....Read More...

Implemented in concert with other sustainability focused strategies, daylighting helps to enhance students’ performance by providing a healthier learning environment. (Photo: Solatube.)

Facility Retrofit: Delivering Daylighting

NEW COLUMN! In this new Facility Retrofit Column, find out how the Douglas County School District in Colorado brings in natural light to classrooms and common...Read More...

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NEW SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: Tremcode from Tremco Roofing

This app provides up-to-the-minute information on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), facilitating material selection for roofing...Read More...

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Refrigerant Management Program Generates More Than 100,000 Metric Tons of Verified Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions

Carrier end-of-life refrigerant management program with EOS Climate generates more than 100,000 metric tons of verified greenhouse gas emission...Read More...

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: WiFi Thermostats

With the increase in smart devices and wireless technology, one facility manager is looking for feedback from others who have used wifi enabled...Read More...

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Renewable Energy: Solar Power And Life Safety

Facilities with photovoltaic installations can pose additional challenges to firefighting efforts, and planning is...Read More...

Data made available through a digital automation system may be used for both informational purposes (such as to facility guests) or as actionable data for the facility management staff. (Photo: KMC Controls.)

HVAC Trends: Controls Conversion

For HVAC systems, moving from pneumatic to digital streamlines operations and...Read More...

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FRIDAY FUNNY: What Time Is It?

For facility managers, daylight saving time can mean re-synchronizing numerous clocks (unless your facility has invested in atomic clocks throughout), confirming that automated systems have adjusted their programming, and making sure any other time based tasks start and stop according to their schedules....Read More...