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Siemens Expands Water Treatment Options for Commercial, Industrial Buildings

Siemens and Silver Bullet Water Treatment have entered into an agreement that will help broaden Siemens’ offerings of non-hazardous chemical water treatments, allowing customers to lease the technology to treat cooling tower water onsite. Siemens recently ran several tests at three of its customers’ facilities to quantify the cooling tower … Read more »

Cox Meets Better Buildings Challenge Six Years Early

Cox Media Group’s facility housing its Atlanta TV and radio stations has met Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge nearly six years ahead of the 2020 goal. The facility reduced its energy and water consumption by more than 20 percent, compared to 2009 usage, and is annually saving nearly 650,000 gallons of … Read more »

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Launches $10M Clean Tech Startup Fund

Wells Fargo has launched a $10 million environmental grant for clean technology startups. The Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, aims to foster the development of early stage clean technologies for commercial buildings. Wells Fargo says … Read more »

No ‘Silver Bullet’ to Cut Buildings’ Carbon Emissions

US commercial buildings can reduce carbon emissions through a range of everyday measures — not a “silver bullet,” CBRE tells Reuters. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services company. Residential and commercial buildings account for about 38 percent of US CO2, according to Department of Energy figures. David Pogue, … Read more »

ASHRAE

Indoor Air Quality Standard Modified

ASHRAE has proposed an alternate compliance path for existing buildings in its indoor air quality standard, in a move that recognizes that the ventilation rate procedure may be difficult to apply in these facilities. Proposed addendum b is one of six addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor … Read more »

Chicago Buildings Cut Carbon, Save $2.5M

Chicago Buildings Cut Carbon, Save $2.5M

Chicago’s biggest buildings have eliminated more than 28,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved $2.5 million in annual avoided energy costs through retrofits, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council report. The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Business Initiative offers a replicable model for other municipalities, the report says. Dozens of … Read more »

Help for Multifamily Building Owners to Cut Carbon Pollution

Multifamily housing property owners can cut carbon pollution and save money under an agreement signed by the EPA and Freddie Mac. The agreement outlines strategies to save water, energy and money for multifamily property owners and residents. Housing industry studies have projected that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more … Read more »

Real Estate Industry Cuts Carbon Emissions 3.4%

Real Estate Industry Cuts Carbon Emissions 3.4%

Jones Lang LaSalle, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Starwood Hotels and Resorts and other global real estate firms cut their collective carbon emissions 3.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, says a report published by the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance. Buildings also reduced their energy consumption by … Read more »

High Performance Buildings: It’s Not Just Energy Efficiency

High Performance Buildings: It’s Not Just Energy Efficiency

Legrand’s whitepaper The Drive for High Performance Buildings finds that performance buildings are driven by several factors beyond energy efficiency including security, information technology, environmental and regulatory forces, and changes in building design and management. The white paper says buildings have evolved over decades, but there’s now a “paradigm shift” in … Read more »

Boston buildings

How to Improve Buildings’ Climate Change Preparedness

Commercial building owners can take steps to increase their climate change resilience by evaluating crucial systems, storm-resistant structure and landscape design, backup power options, and disaster preparedness protocols for facilities staff, says a report by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC). Building Resilience … Read more »

Boston Mayor Wants Building Energy Reporting

Following the trend of several large cities, Boston mayor Thomas Menino announced the filing of the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance with the Boston City Council. As a component of the city’s climate action plan to meet Mayor Menino’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, this ordinance would require all large … Read more »

San Francisco Publishes Energy Consumption Data for 305 City Buildings

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has released a report that details the energy performance of 305 of San Francisco’s municipal facilities during calendar year 2011, including more than 37 million square feet of building area. More at Energy Manager Today.