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MetLife Adopts Carbon Neutrality

MetLife will achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2016, becoming the first US-based insurer to do so. To achieve carbon neutrality in 2016 and beyond, MetLife announced the following commitments: Reduce location-based greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2020 against a 2012 baseline. This 10 percent reduction applies to … Read more »

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Insulation Materials Green Seal Standard Coming Soon

Green Seal is developing a new environmental leadership standard for architectural insulation materials, which will include the product categories of fiberglass, mineral wool, polystyrene and polyisocyanurate foam, polyurethane, cellulose, cotton/recycled denim, and possibly reflective insulation and radiant barriers. Green Seal has released a scoping document and is seeking public comment … Read more »

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Spray Foam, Made with Recycled Content, Can Earn Builders 10 LEED Points

Demilec, a manufacturer of spray foam products, has released its newest Heatlok closed-cell spray foam insulation product, Heatlok XT, which now contains more than 20 percent renewable and recycled content. Heatlok XT can now earn commercial and residential construction projects up to 10 LEED certification points. Since launching its recycled … Read more »

Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product … Read more »

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Yum! Cuts 1.2M Metric Tons CO2 Since 2009

Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell has released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. By using more efficient technologies for lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration, the company has saved a record 530 million kWh of energy. Accumulated savings from energy efficiency efforts have … Read more »

Spotlight on Award Winners: NexRev DrivePak Fulfills Energy Program Goals

Spotlight on Award Winners: NexRev DrivePak Fulfills Energy Program Goals

This article is sponsored by NexRev. When it comes to energy management, the best way for companies to improve on their energy goals is to include both the energy team and the facilities team, advises Kenneth Smith, CEO of NexRev. “Both teams must be incentivized to save energy. Energy programs … Read more »

ClearSign Inks Deal for Emissions Control at California Refinery

ClearSign Combustion Corporation, a provider of combustion and emissions control technology for industrial, commercial and utility markets, has signed an agreement to deploy its Duplex burner technology at Tricor Refining LLC’s refinery in Bakersfield, California. Tricor will retrofit a single-burner 15 MMBtu/hr vertical refinery heater with ClearSign’s Duplex burner architecture. The heater was mothballed in 1984 because … Read more »

How to Determine Smart Building Benefits, Costs, ROI

Smart building technology can be expensive, so building owners should look at several areas to achieve the best benefits and highest return on their investment, according to HPAC Engineering. In smart buildings, energy savings are tied to energy information systems, which are used to store, analyze and display building energy … 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 »

Top 10 Smart Building Myths Exposed

Although smart buildings have been proven to save energy, streamline facilities management and prevent expensive equipment failures, many property owners and investors do not see the value in smart buildings, so Jones Lang LaSalle created a graphic that discredits the top 10 smart building myths. A summary of the graphic … Read more »

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to a report by Lux Research. In addition, green buildings are delivering predictable internal rates of return of 5 percent or more. Lux analysts studied utility savings, rental rates, resale … Read more »

Chiller Plant Optimization Strategies

Healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities often use a chiller plant to provide chilled water for air conditioning. It should come as no surprise that chilled water generation is a major contributor to a facility’s utility costs. Organizations are well served to seek ways to optimize their facilities for the best … Read more »