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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the August edition of the Energy Management e-newsletter. This month, we bring you tips about lighting retrofits, refrigerant sealants, IT upgrades, cloud computing, and much more. It's remarkable how many aspects of a building's operations can help improve your energy efficiency bottom line when managed correctly.

Many of our readers have downloaded the brochure for ENEX, our Energy Excellence conference and trade show. Please note that the dates for the event have been changed. ENEX will now take place in the Spring. Stay tuned for updates on the dates and location. We're anticipating an excellent line-up of speakers, so I hope you can join us.


Rob Colman
Editor, Energy Management


EPA names top 20 organizations running on their own green power

Avante invited to participate in residential energy gateway design

Onsite power project showcases GE Energy's Jenbacher technology to reduce emissions and costs

Bentall LP launches ForeverGreen purchasing program

CEA member utilities Improve overall sustainability performance in 2008


Hot water heating renewal series: Domestic hot water
By Mike Zongor
Hot water is used for a number of different purposes, of course. Unfortunately, it can also present a significant health risk; exposure to 60°C (140°F) water can cause first degree burns in as little as 2 seconds and third degree burns in as little as 5 seconds. It's important to keep boilers working to code.

Building cloud connections
By Ken Sinclair
There is a new focus on building cloud connections in the online world — a big shift from what used to be when I first started writing my website years ago. The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on how the Internet is depicted in computer network diagrams and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals. more...

Lighting efficiency series: Conserving capital
By Greg Jones
In the last article we looked at various options to increase your energy savings through the use of sensors, dimming ballasts and control systems to fully optimize the lighting system. Maximizing energy cost savings can help make a project more attractive from an investment perspective. Equally important is finding the best way to achieve the energy savings with minimum capital cost. In the majority of cases, the optimum solution for an existing building is a lighting retrofit. more...


Sustainable IT: Earth Rangers LEEDs the way
By Robert Colman
Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that teaches hundreds of thousands of children through school and online programs about what they can do to protect the environment. For this reason, it's important to them that their headquarters have as little impact as possible, which is why they've built the Earth Rangers Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario, to a LEED Gold standard. It is now one of the most energy-efficient facilities in Canada, using 79 per cent less energy than similar buildings its size.

EllisDon's Bankers Court project achieves LEED Gold certification
CALGARY, AB — EllisDon's Bankers Court has received LEED Core and Shell Gold certification with the USGBC. EllisDon was the Construction Manager for the office tower, which was completed in July of 2009. The building achieved 38 LEED credits during the final review process, and Gold level certification was announced July 30th, 2009.

Sealants play HVAC/R maintenance role
By Paul Appler
Refrigerants escaping into the atmosphere from leaking heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) equipment are major contributors to global warming, and a significant drain on the efficiency of the equipment. And it's mind boggling how many pieces of HVAC/R equipment there are in commercial buildings. more...


Ontario Energy Network Luncheon, Sept 22, Don Drummond, Senior VP and Chief Economist, TD Bank Financial Group

Green Building Festival, September 23-24, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Northeast B.C. Natural Gas Summit, Sept 30 - Oct 1, Metropolitan Centre, Calgary, Alberta

Atlantic Power Summit, October 5-6, Delta Brunswick Hotel, Saint John, NB

Gearing up for a Low Carbon Economy, October 6-7, The Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary

Climate Change - Legislation, Regulation & Emissions Reporting, November 9-10, Toronto, Ontario

APPrO 2009: The 21st Annual Canadian Power Conference and Networking Centre, November 17-18, Toronto, Ontario

Check out the Calendar of Events on the Energy Management website for more upcoming industry seminars, conferences, shows and training sessions.

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