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Secondary Windows Rejuvenate 1970s Office Building
Built in 1975, Hurley Development’s 915 Broadway office building in downtown Vancouver, Wash., features floor-to-ceiling windows in every perimeter office—6,000 sq. ft. of windows in total. While all of these single-pane windows let in a vast amount of natural light, they also brought in far too much heat in summer, and too much cold air in winter. This thermal leakage not only led to tenant comfort complaints, it also inflated energy costs by forcing the aging HVAC equipment to strain to maintain indoor temperatures.Case Studies
Strategic Energy Management: Commercial Energy Talk Cards
These print-ready cards provide key learning points and discussion topics on energy efficiency to engage your team in discussions on a variety of SEM tools, approaches and methods. The Commercial Energy Talk Cards will help you increase participation and reinforce energy efficiency practices for key systems in your commercial facility.
Oregon Department of Transportation Drives Up HVAC Savings and Indoor Air Quality
Learn how the Oregon Department of Transportation upgraded a 66-year-old office building with a combination of mini-split heat pumps and, later, a high efficiency energy-recovery ventilator to improve the building’s comfort, efficiency and indoor air quality.
Adoption of Electronically Commutated Motor Pumps Increases as Energy Savings Add Up
Recent advancements in motor controls have had huge impacts on the circulator pump market. Specifically, circulator pumps with what are known as Electronically Commutated Motors, or ECMs, trigger an intelligent speed control system that provides substantial energy savings. This is because speed-controlled pumps automatically adjust their output to changing demand, whether it's because of outside temperature, amount of sunlight, overall activity, or other heating sources.
Commercial Secondary Windows: Ideal Buildings and Applications
Commercial secondary windows can solve a host of building energy and comfort issues, including thermal discomfort, exterior noise disruption, sun glare, draftiness, high utility bills, high peak load and HVAC system stress caused by extreme temperatures. However, studies show that secondary windows will provide the most benefit for existing buildings and windows with certain characteristics. Find out whether your building might be a good fit for secondary windows.
Kick-Start Your SEM Journey
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a holistic approach to energy management that achieves deep and persistent energy and cost savings in Commercial and Industrial facilities. This guide provides a high-level overview of key activities and milestones that would be achieved during the first years of SEM implementation at your facility. Contact your utility energy efficiency program representative for specific information about tools and financial incentives they offer to support SEM adoption.
Advanced lighting starts with control. Discover how commercial building lighting design and modern technologies can combine to affect your budget, market differentiation, aesthetics, and tenant comfort.
Let the natural light in and keep the elements out, all while saving energy and money. Find out how commercial building windows play a critical role in improving tenant comfort, reducing energy consumption, and cutting costs.
Better comfort and energy costs start with the right HVAC. Understand how heating, cooling and airflow all directly contribute to the energy efficiency and tenant comfort of your commercial building.
Pumps & Motors
Pumping systems are essential to the daily operation of most commercial buildings and industrial facilities. With new energy standards for clean-water pumps taking effect in 2020 and a great new Energy Rating label program from the Hydraulic Institute, now is the time to evaluate the efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps, and circulators.
Strategic Energy Management
Every effective energy-efficient building starts with a plan and leads to reduced energy costs. Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is the map to creating sustainable energy-saving practices that identify where energy waste is occurring and how to improve energy consumption and support building operations.
Energy efficiency upgrades that save 35% or more in energy costs could make all the difference in showcasing your commercial building’s value. With so many factors in the market, energy-efficient benefits may be the differentiator between you and your competitors.
From HVAC and lighting controls to secondary windows, there are many solutions for an efficient commercial building. Knowing how to integrate those solutions so they work together in an energy-efficient system may mean saving time and money. Whether it’s a retrofit or new commercial project, learn how to apply an integrated design.