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Woolworth Building Office in New York Becomes a Retrofit Lab

Woolworth Building Office in New York Becomes a Retrofit Lab

For a skyscraper built in 1913, the iconic Woolworth Building in New York City has surprisingly modern features. One of the building’s tenants, the architectural firm M Moser Associates, is harnessing those aspects in the pursuit of high building standards for an office floor retrofit, FastCo.Design reported today. “Whenever we … Read more »

NYC to Slash GHGs 80% by 2050

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has made a pledge to decrease the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. The pledge will be formally announced before the start of the UN Climate Summit today. On Sunday, the mayor announced an initiative to support the … Read more »

Efficiency Retrofits Save $4.3M Over 1 Year

Efficiency Retrofits Save $4.3M Over 1 Year

Efficiency retrofits of 236 properties showed a combined water and energy savings of $4.3 million over a one-year period, according to research by Bright Power and the Stewards of Affordable Housing. Although retrofitting commercial buildings has previously been shown to be profitable, convincing affected parties of the value of multifamily … Read more »

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M&S to Announce ‘Green’ Lease Policy

Marks & Spencer will next week unveil a “green” property lease policy intended to better manage new buildings’ environmental performance, and retrospectively add green clauses to 70 existing leases, the retailer says. M&S says all new leases or retrofit agreements will facilitate sharing of data on gas, electricity, water usage … Read more »

Davis & Warshow Unveils US’s First Net-Zero Lighting Cost Facility

Kitchen and bathroom supplier Davis & Warshow has converted its entire 209,000-square-foot Queens, N.Y., distribution center from fluorescent tubes to LED tube lighting. The company says it now has the largest single-facility LED tube installation with the most energy-efficient lighting in watts per-square-foot in the US. It is also the … Read more »

Iowa Cold Storage Taps SmartWatt for Retrofit

Iowa Cold Storage, a Midwest-based provider of temperature-controlled warehousing, logistics, and transportation for food products, is saving more than $30,000 per year in total lighting costs following a lighting retrofit. SmartWatt Energy’s Chicago office performed a construction-grade energy audit of the facility, and then created an action plan to replace … Read more »

Lime Energy Saves PA County $300k in Energy Costs

Lime Energy has completed a large-scale energy retrofit project expected to save 75 municipality-owned facilities in Allegheny County, Pa., more than $300,000 in annual energy costs. In addition, the efficiency measures are expected to save the county about 2.3 million kWh of electricity and 30,000 gallons of water annually, Lime … Read more »

Ameresco Wins Texas School ESPC

Energy efficiency and renewable energy company Ameresco Inc. has signed an energy savings performance contract with the McAllen Independent School District in Texas. Ameresco has begun construction on energy efficiency measures at 39 facilities district-wide in McAllen. Once complete, the measures are expected to save the school district more than … Read more »

Orion Lighting to Cut Electricity 70% at Two Kenco Warehouses

Logistics and warehousing service company Kenco has installed Orion Energy Systems high-intensity fluorescent (HIF) technology at two of its Chattanooga, Tenn., logistics facilities – a move expected to cut light-related electricity consumption by 70 percent, the company said. The company calculates that its greenhouse gas emission reductions over the fixtures’ 20-year … Read more »

Soffe Cuts Lighting Costs 65% with Retrofit

The M.J. Soffe Company, a manufacturer of active apparel, expects to cut lighting costs by 65 percent with an energy efficiency project at its Fayetteville, N.C. headquarters. The subsidiary of Delta Apparel has engaged Piedmont Service Group to upgrade 2,500 lighting fixtures during the next four months. Piedmont will install … Read more »

Durable Refit Materials Can Reduce Buildings’ Carbon Footprint

Using durable construction materials in maintenance and renovation projects can lessen a building’s the long-term carbon footprint, according to Texas A&M University research. The research, by architecture Ph.D student Manish Dixit, compared the relationship of energy used in maintenance and renovation processes, or “recurrent embodied energy,” to the building’s service … Read more »