Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Energy Saving Checklist for Commercial Buildings

Energy Saving Checklist for Commercial Buildings

Pop quiz: Which sector pumps the most CO2 into the atmosphere — industry, transportation or buildings?

Are you surprised to learn that the correct answer is “buildings”? It’s true. Buildings account for 39 percent of U.S carbon emissions — more than either industry or transportation. Furthermore, emissions from commercial buildings in particular are the fastest growing of any sector.

Commercial buildings energy conservation is of prime importance to climate change mitigation. It’s also a big motivator for property owners and managers who want to reduce their operational costs. Making energy-saving improvements is therefore a win-win proposition for both the environment and the commercial sector.

When planning commercial building energy-saving upgrades, it can be helpful to consider the different elements of the building and assess where each can be improved:

Lighting

Dollar for dollar, many building performance experts consider lighting to be the lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to energy efficiency improvements for commercial buildings. Switching to LEDs and other high-efficiency options can save up to 75 percent of electricity costs compared to less efficient lighting technologies such as standard incandescent bulbs. Other smart commercial lighting strategies include using timers and smart technology to reduce usage; implementing daylighting options; and using task lighting rather than illuminating an entire room.

HVAC

Heating, cooling and ventilation are responsible for the lion’s share of commercial building energy use in the U.S. This is another area where substantial savings can be realized. HVAC improvements include implementing proper shell measures, such as insulation, air sealing and energy efficient roofing; installing energy-efficient equipment; and operational measures such as smart controls and regular maintenance.

Water Conservation

Did you know that 13 percent of U.S. electricity consumption goes into pumping and purifying water? Installing water-saving fixtures, fixing leaks, and other water conservation methods are therefore an important aspect of energy conservation in a commercial building.

Office Equipment

Companies can reduce their electricity consumption significantly by replacing outdated computers, monitors, printers and other office equipment with energy-efficient ones. When selecting new equipment, look for the ENERGY STAR label — these units use 30-75 percent less electricity than standard equipment.

Employee Education

Don’t forget the human element. Even the greenest building won’t realize optimal energy savings without proper use, so employee education is critical. Energy-saving HR practices such as teleconferencing, telecommuting and carpooling help, too.

For more ideas on how to save energy in your commercial building (including a bonus section on transportation and distribution), check out this energy-saving checklist.

Author bio: Steve Fountaine is Owner of Premiere Works, which serves the Washington, D.C., southern Maryland and northern Virginia areas. Services include commercial painting, construction, contracting, build-outs, office renovations and more. 
This Energy Saving Commercial Checklist was created by Premiere Works

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Solar Power was once so expensive that it was only used in space ships and satellites


Solar Power was once so expensive that it was only used in space ships and satellites. Now things have taken a U -turn. Bloomberg New Energy Finance outlook concludes that solar power is now becoming cost competitive and may soon be more popular in developed markets like Germany and US. Even in India and China things will turn sooner than projected earlier. India’s solar power prices may be set to fall below those of thermal (coal) energy. This is based on an expected cost of around Rs2.90 per unit for the solar power projects at Bhadla in Rajasthan that have received 51 bids. This price is less than the average rate of power generated by the coal-fuelled projects of India’s largest power generation utility, NTPC Ltd, at Rs3.20 per unit. State-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), which is running the bid process for 750 megawatt (MW) of solar power capacity at two parks, has received bids totalling 8,750 MW. The bidders include some first-time participants in India, such as Saudi Arabia’s Alfanar.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mahammed Shahzore Khan from Hyderabad has build a unique ambulance. This is attached to a motorcycle.

Mahammed Shahzore Khan from Hyderabad has build a unique ambulance. This is attached to a motorcycle. It has a side car attached to it. An oxygen cylinder is installed on its side while a portable stretcher and a first aid kit lie at its rear. The Blue beacon makes sure that it gets the priority like a regular ambulance. He was moved by articles talking about the lack of availability of ambulances in several areas, which had forced people to carry patients on motorbikes or in push carts. What particularly moved Khan were cases in which poor patients couldn’t afford a full-fledged ambulance.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bengaluru girl to get a minor planet named after her in the MilkyWay


Bengaluru girl to get a minor planet named after her in the MilkyWay. Sahithi Pingali, a class 12 student from the city’s Inventure Academy, has reached the stars with her award-winning research project on ‘An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies,’ focusing on the lakes in Bengaluru. The Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that takes the responsibility of naming minor planets, recognized the young scientist’s achievements at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. The decision to christen a minor planet after Sahithi was motioned after she came within the top levels at the international forum.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Tata Motors has taken a path breaking step of removing designation to create flatter organization.

Tata Motors has taken a path breaking step of removing designation to create flatter organization. Designations such as general manager, senior general manager, deputy general manager, vice-president and senior vice-president are among those that will be gone. Such a drastic step in a large organization is unheard of. How the employees will react to such a step only time will tell. Around 10000 will get affected. We hope it works well for the organization.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Chinese authorities have planned to use facial recognition and finger printing technology to weed out cheaters from taking the annual university exam

Chinese authorities have planned to use facial recognition and finger printing technology to weed out cheaters from taking the annual university exam. The exam helps students to get good white collar jobs in China. These are in addition to cellphone-signal blockers and wireless detectors. They even plan to deploy drones to keep an eye on malpractices.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tata Motors & ISRO reveals India's first hydrogen fuel cell bus in India

Tata Motors & ISRO reveals India's first hydrogen fuel cell bus in India. The Hydrogen Powered Starbus Fuel Cell bus is a zero-emission mass transport solution, for inter-city commute and has been developed in partnership with ISRO . Combining hydrogen gas and oxygen, the fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor, with water and heat as a by-product. This is the first time an Indian manufacturer has ventured in this direction.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Carbon capture is essential to the fight against climate change. World’s first commercial carbon-sucking modular plant goes live in Zurich.

Carbon capture is essential to the fight against climate change. World’s first commercial carbon-sucking modular plant goes live in Zurich. The Direct Air Capture comprises of three stacked shipping containers with six carbon collectors. Fans suck ambient air into the collectors, and a filter takes in CO2. Waste heat will power the plant and the captured CO2 will be sold to agriculture or energy industries for reuse via underground pipeline. This is an interesting technological advance. Reference Climeworks. Watch https://lnkd.in/f2xK7sp

Monday, June 5, 2017

Clean and Green – Hospitals around the world that do more to care for their patients and the environment

“Clean and Green – Hospitals around the world that do more to care for their patients and the environment”. It looks at some of the top hospitals in the UK and around the world and how they have been built with the environment in mind.
https://www.gapmedics.com/uk/blog/2017/05/08/7085/
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India’s GSLV-Mk III successfully launches GSAT-19 into orbit

India’s GSLV-Mk III successfully launches GSAT-19 into orbit . The GSLV Mk III D1 is a three-stage vehicle with indigenous cryogenic upper stage engine designed to carry heavier communication satellites into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). The GSLV Mk III D1 is capable of lifting payloads of up to 4,000 kg into the GTO and 10,000 kg into the Low Earth Orbit. The most innovative development on GSAT-19 is that for the first time there will be no transponders on the satellite. Instead for the first time, Isro is using a whole new way beaming data down using multiple frequency beams and hence it is dubbed "a high through put satellite".

http://www.wikio.co.uk