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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
Energy Policy vs. Energy Plan: Definitions, Commonalities and Differences
Despite the importance of both an energy policy and an energy plan, the definitions of these respective terms are not uniformly agreed upon across all SEM practitioners. To help guide consistency and cohesion within the SEM community, this document defines these two discrete activities while outlining their differences and the ways they relate to and support one another.
Smart Pumps: Go With The Flow
What lies beneath the brick, concrete, and glass of a commercial building is an intricate network of technology that works together to keep a building operating at all times. We talk about the big things, such as HVAC and lighting, but we rarely discuss the technology behind how water in buildings is used and how it gets to its final destinations. So let's talk about pumps.
Maximizing HVAC Efficiency, Flexibility, and Resiliency with High Efficiency Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
Dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) are a proven solution for reducing energy consumption as they optimize the control and functionality of ventilation and thermal comfort independently. A very high efficiency approach to DOAS pairs a high efficiency heat/energy recovery ventilator (HRV/ERV) with a high efficiency heat pump, while following design principles that optimize performance.
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.