The Obama administration announced its new regulations for reducing carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants by 30% by 2030, or roughly equivalent to the emissions used to power more than half of the homes in the US for one year. The Clean Power Plan proposal from the U.
As the demand for more energy efficient building technologies, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) grows, Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) have also become more in-demand. ESCOs work with organizations to design and implement retrofit projects that will improve t
Improving air infiltration has often been a matter of “working around” air leakage with heating and air-conditioning system designs rather than fixing the source of the problem. Understandably so, as methods of building air tightness can be complicated or costly; however, avoidance is
It’s the time of year when thermostats and energy bills go up. When it comes to heat loss in buildings and offices, the most common culprit is windows. In many commercial buildings, a large portion of the surface is often windows, where heat loss can become a major issue with a
According to the US. Department of Energy- Buildings Data Book 2011, commercial buildings consume 18.2 quadrillion BTUs and spend over $179 billion per year meeting energy demands. Since 53% of commercial buildings have single-pane glass and these buildings experience a typical 20% to
As of December 2006, “approximately 25% of the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) 1,600 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, and fully 50% are more than 50 years old. Similarly, 30% of the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) 350,000 buildings are h
If you work in the architectural, engineering or contracting fields, searching for quality building products can be a challenge. That’s why McGraw-Hill Construction developed Sweets®— touted as the “construction industry’s most used and trusted source for building product inform
An ESCO, or Energy Service Company, is a company that facilitates the financing, development, and installation of projects that improve energy efficiency. As a building owner or business owner, you are probably faced with a multitude of energy-related projects—whether it’s repla
Many business and commercial buildings in the U.S. are to blame for the majority of our energy consumption and carbon footprint on the environment. But as governmental regulations get tighter, many builders, architects, planners and building owners struggle to keep up. This infographi
As the mayhem Hurricane Isaac unleashed on parts of the south continues to mount, many building owners find themselves without power and worse–dealing with the damage to buildings–such as blown out windows, roof damage and interior damage from window glass projectiles.