In the new world order of energy, change is one of the guiding principles. Change can be hard, but when it comes to achieving greater building efficiency, the federal government has accepted the challenge.
Building on the success of a two-year-old program, the Obama administration has raised the bar on its Better Buildings Challenge. The expansion comes on several different fronts. READ MORE
FieldAware, a field service software company, conducted a survey of more than 200 field service companies to gain insight into the operational challenges those service companies face and their key areas of focus for improving business processes. READ MORE
On a similar plane, the evolution of digital technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives, from the work environment to the home, from professional to personal. These days, nothing seems untouched by this trend. Looking at one industry in particular, home security has undergone its own technologically driven transformation. READ MORE
While they may not be exciting, standards do as much for progress as technological innovations. In the last few years, design advances, popular support and political rhetoric have combined to make building energy efficiency a sustainable energy force as compelling as renewable power or electric vehicles. READ MORE
Energy Efficiency’s expanding role in the sustainable energy movement can be assessed by various measures. One of them is the use of smart meters. If the results of one recent report are any indication, the technology is catching on. READ MORE
The benefits of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a brighter, more efficient alternative to fluorescent lamps have become common knowledge. It may only be a matter of time before LEDs become the lighting source of choice for consumers.
What is not so widely known is another beneficial use of LEDs—as a wireless network router. READ MORE
It is logical to think of an electric vehicle (EV) as a device that consumes power. After all, it is a car that runs on electricity.
What is slightly less intuitive but equally brilliant is to also think of it as a source of power and, taking that concept a step further, to use it as an ancillary device that supports the grid. READ MORE
Devastating storms, such as Hurricane Sandy, have a nasty habit of hanging around and reminding everyone how destructive they were, even after the winds have died down and the waters have receded.
Residents of two seaside towns in New Jersey got a painful dose of this on Sept. 12, when a fire destroyed more than 20 businesses along the boardwalk. READ MORE