Taking advantage of demand response to cut building operating expenses: how a hybrid chiller system can helpWritten by Joe Zwers Wednesday, 10 March 2010 12:31
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 www.energyexcellence.ca.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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.