Lighting represents a substantial portion of the annual energy use and expense of any commercial building despite building owner and occupant energy -conservation and efficiency efforts. According to the U.S.
In the quest for more widespread adoption of energy-efficiency measures, cost is one of the biggest challenges, as it is for so many of the new technologies considered integral to green building. However, in one state, officials may have found a solution.
In the ambitious task of retrofitting existing structures with the latest energy-saving technologies, one critical area is the nation’s aging stock of affordable housing. One of the biggest obstacles to making the needed improvements is the lack of adequate financing.
Sometimes, big change comes in small steps. For example, consumers have long since bought, literally and figuratively, into the notion that they can do their part to save energy by making seemingly innocuous changes to their daily lives, such as purchasing only compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Verizon signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that could lead to the development of innovative ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
Better known for its heroics on the battlefield, the U.S. Army is leading by example on another front: the fight to save energy. Earlier this year, the Army announced six installations that will participate in its pilot net-zero energy conservation program.
The ongoing energy-efficiency work at the Empire State Building has achieved another milestone on its journey toward sustainability leadership in the commercial real estate community by receiving its second Energy Star certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
It may be energy auditing. It may be retrocommissioning. It may be recertifying a green building. In any case, the move to monitor, benchmark and improve a building’s performance is taking hold and triggering a ripening market for electrical contractors.
The House of Representatives voted on a repeal of the so-called “bulb ban” on July 12, 2011, but failed to reach its needed two-thirds majority, concluding with 233 members in favor of the repeal and 193 against it.
Rising energy prices, government incentives and enhanced public image are driving energy efficiency in buildings to new heights as a growing number of building owners races to reduce energy consumption, according to the results of the fifth annual global Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey.
Like doctors, various organizations and authorities periodically attempt to gauge how their industries are doing by issuing studies that, in a sense, take a temperature reading on specific subjects. In this case, the mercury is green. In June, Siemens Corp.
My last two columns introduced the first two pillars of the electrical contractor’s energy services business: conservation and efficiency. This column discusses the third pillar: energy production, which involves helping the customer reduce its recurring utility energy expenses.
In the Herculean effort to wean the nation off fossil fuels, energy efficiency and renewable power share a common obstacle: cost. Despite growing national awareness and popular support, their prohibitive price tags prevent most American homeowners from making an upgrade.
In the quest to transform the use of electricity in the United States, efficiency measures face some of the same obstacles to widespread adoption as their green-energy cousin, renewable power. In particular, cost is the great inhibitor.
Because surfaces and objects in typical spaces reflect light, they can play a part in lighting efficiency as extensions of the lighting system. By controlling room surface reflectances, light levels can be improved, creating opportunities to save energy.
The energy revolution is influencing America’s electricity consumption. Data released recently by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory shows a discernible change in the country’s energy use. On one hand, Americans used less energy overall last year.