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03/01/2010

New Guide for No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Available

 
New Guide for No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Available

The IFMA Foundation and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)’s BetterBricks Initiative have partnered together in order to produce a practical, real-world guide for facility managers that will provide them with a roadmap of how to initiate no-cost or low-cost energy efficiency strategies at their facilities to reap immediate savings.

As the fifth in a sustainability series produced by the IFMA Foundation, the “No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Guide” has a goal to provide facility personnel with the tools to get started identifying problem areas and implement no/low-cost solutions to see immediate benefits. These tools have been principally derived from the article, “Common Opportunities: The Top Four,” found on the BetterBricks website.

Several checklists are offered and can be translated into spreadsheet templates to be used by facility managers when assessing their facilities. These are easily tailored to reflect various facility types, allowing for customization for a manager’s specific building.

The guide discusses four top energy saving opportunities, which include:

  • Equipment Scheduling. The first step of a no/low-cost strategy is to determine where energy is being wasted. Unoccupied areas should not have chillers and coolers running. Establishing where this waste takes place is Step 1.
  • Sensor Error. Sensor settings are often out of sync, and this section of the guide demonstrates what to look for, how to make changes, and how to regularly schedule updates to monitor settings.
  • Simultaneous Heating and Cooling. Excessive reheating uses unnecessary energy and if an HVAC system’s setting are out of sync, it forces the air handler to work harder. The guide provides information on how to tune-up these systems.
  • Outside Air Usage. Optimum indoor air quality requires efficient ventilation, and this can’t take place if dampers are stuck open or improperly calibrated. In the “No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Guide,” facility managers will find ways to cut energy costs just by maintaining this system.

The guide is downloadable free of charge at www.ifmafoundation.org, and additional no-cost/low-cost strategies and resources can be found at www.betterbricks.com/operations.

 

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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