Honeywell Set to Recoup $2 Million ‘Smart Building’ Capital Investment in 3 Years

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Honeywell expects to recover its cost on a $2 million “smart building” retrofit project in Brooklyn, New York, in three years. At the core of the project is installation of a building management system to monitor energy facilities, and utility submeters to give building managers insight into energy usage patterns. Both will help determine how […]

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Boston College: Graduating Honors

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For Boston College, a multi-campus Jesuit university in Massachusetts with more than 14,000 students, increasing its energy efficiency isn’t a fad. It makes serious economic sense. So far, BC’s efforts have resulted in annual energy savings of more than 4 million kilowatt hours and cost savings of more than $650,000. The university is retrofitting existing […]

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Federal Buildings: Lighter Shade of Green?

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Some U.S. federal buildings are becoming more energy efficient, saving taxpayer money in the process. Others are not, according to an analysis by Government Executive of the results of the 2012 Energy Star National Building Competition. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building, for example, which houses most White House offices, used 23.6 percent more energy in […]

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Steinway & Sons Prove Efficiency is Timeless

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When his factory’s boiler abruptly shut down in the summer of 2010, Steinway & Sons facilities manager Bill Rigos immediately thought it was a mechanical failure – only to find that they had shut down automatically because the load from the factory’s solar array was supplying all the demand. That’s just one pleasant surprise Steinway, […]

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Bay-Area Exploratorium Reopening Serves as Facilities “Learning Lab”

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ACTIONECO, March 5, 2013 – When the Exploratorium, a San Francisco landmark science museum and learning laboratory, reopens April 17, it hopes to become the world’s largest net-zero-energy museum. Its technologies, aided by a move to a new location on the bay, are expected to generate enough energy to sustain itself its operations and potentially […]

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Manufacturing Sector Energy Use and Energy Intensity Drops

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Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. Taken together, these data indicate a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of […]

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