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Canada has abundant resources for energy independence; from the Alberta oil patch to the hydro plants in BC and Newfoundland, and the 3,000 MW of wind farms spread across the provinces. Nevertheless, the distribution of that power isn’t always handled as efficiently as it could.

ENEX announces keynote speaker, new Energy Team Training session

Written by  Robert Colman Wednesday, 03 March 2010 09:48

Chris Rickett, Senior Project Manager for Partners in Project Green, will be delivering a keynote address at ENEX this year. Partners in Project Green is a growing community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally-recognized 'eco-business zone' around Toronto Pearson. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner. Join us to hear more about the program from one of the key executives involved in managing Partners in Project Green, and learn how you can benefit from the PPG approach to business.

Rickett will also be moderating an afternoon session on "Energy Team Training" — how to get your energy team started and how to make it effective long-term. Watch for more details on this session in the coming weeks here and on the ENEX website at

The Bloom Box unveiled – is it as groundbreaking as they suggest?

Written by  Staff Monday, 01 March 2010 22:00

Bloom Energy Corporation announced the availability of the much-hyped Bloom Energy Server on February 24th. The patented solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is being touted by the company as a cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable alternative to both today’s electric grid as well as traditional renewable energy sources. But does the “Bloom Box,” as it has been known in the media, really deliver?

Do you have energy management practices that stand out from the crowd? Have you created efficiencies that are saving your company serious dollars? The new Energy Management Energy Excellence Award, sponsored by Fluke Canada, wants to celebrate your success. Enter today!

Chiller system optimization: The Hartman Loop in action at Humber

Written by  Robert Colman Thursday, 25 February 2010 01:39

Humber College is one of many educational institutes that are growing substantially right now to meet the needs of students. To meet those needs requires heating and cooling facilities that can handle growth while running at peak efficiency. So when the College had to replace an old 1970s central chiller plant, management looked for a solution that could match that description. This led them to SA Armstrong Limited and the company’s Integrated Plant Control system with Hartman LOOP control technology – one of the most innovative control technologies on the market today. 

Sustainable roofing – consider your options carefully

Written by  Robert Colman Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:50

Roofs are an important part of the sustainability discussion. Buildings account for about 30 per cent of energy consumed and about 27 per cent of all greenhouse gases created in Canada. Roofs in cities contribute to the urban heat island, which basically makes cities between 2-5 degrees Celsius warmer than surrounding areas, due to a lack of vegetation and soil moisture. When planning a new build or the retrofit of an old roofing system, you can have an impact on this by installing a white, vegetative or high-performance roof. A building owner can offset some greenhouse gases and save energy while adding to a building’s appeal.

Air filtration & energy costs – cutting your unnecessary losses

Written by  Ron Cox Wednesday, 10 February 2010 13:55

One item that comes under scrutiny among facility managers looking to reduce expenses is the HVAC system. It may seem logical to save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year by reducing the frequency of air filter change-outs, or by downgrading to a lower-priced filter. In fact, the small amount of money saved by reducing air filter purchases or by purchasing lower-priced (and lower efficiency) filters pales in comparison to the energy and operating costs saved via robust air filtration maintenance.

2010 to be the year of the smart building app

Written by  Ken Sinclair Wednesday, 10 February 2010 13:39
We just returned from a very successful Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition - AHR Expo - in Orlando, and the buzz was all about how powerful cloud-based web services are radically changing building automation industry. Several vendors demonstrated augmented realities with close-coupled web services that provided iPhone-type mind expanding services at lower than before costs. 

Low tech to no tech: how Minto Midtown’s design and management reduce resource use

Written by  Robert Colman Wednesday, 10 February 2010 12:05

Minto has made a name for itself as a leader in green building practices by adopting  innovative technologies, management practices, and heavy promotion of sustainable buildings. The company is helping to bring green building to the mainstream quickly – and with style.

OPA to the rescue with energy retrofit incentives

Written by  Greg Jones Tuesday, 09 February 2010 16:40
Many thanks to all of you who responded to my question last month about why people won’t invest in energy efficiency with a 50-100 per cent ROI while they still line up for RRSPs returning three per cent. While the comments were interesting, I don’t think we solved the problem.

Are you effectively managing your compressed air? Find the energy savings today.

Written by  Alan Bandes Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:23
It is amazing that while there is much discussion in various media about energy and carbon reduction, most plant personnel fail to realize that there are incredible opportunities for cutting energy waste and carbon gases right under their proverbial noses. These are opportunities that could dramatically improve their companies’ competitiveness.
Whether a building is labeled “green” or not doesn’t necessarily determine its efficiency level — some buildings are just better managed than others. The challenge in managing any property is to get individuals working within it to operate it properly. This is particularly difficult in restaurants where “efficiency” is all about getting people their food as quickly (and pleasantly) as possible. You can’t turn off a deep fryer with customers at the front of the house just to save energy. Or can you? Leslie Burns, Energy Manager for the Harmony Group of companies is finding there is a lot she can do with the teams at Earls, Joey Restaurants and Cactus Club restaurants to shed energy use without affecting customers.
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