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Lighting-as-a-Service: A Bright Idea!

Both public and private sector organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of LED lighting — the most notable being: Increased energy efficiency/reduced energy costs: With 80% – 90% energy efficiency, LEDs use significantly less power than traditional fixtures. (Fluorescent bulbs are at approximately 40% efficiency, and incandescent bulbs only 10%) Longer life/reduced maintenance: LEDs last …

Apr 30, 2018

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Education

NYAPPA To Hold Summer Conference This Week

The New York Association of Physical Plant Administrators (NYAPPA) is holding its summer conference July 11-13 in Buffalo, New York. The conference, aimed at networking and providing educational sessions, will take place on the campus of SUNY-Buffalo. SUNY officials, vendors serving the industry and plant administrators will all be in attendance. Ryan Robinson, an energy …

Ben Stewart

July 7, 2017

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Education

Optimal Learning Environments Are Fanned With A Comfort Range

Public school districts across America lack robust budgets and are plagued with student performance pressures and stressed teachers. Add in trying to teach in classrooms that are too hot or cold and that equals unfocused students. Some states, like New York, recently passed legislation that requires schools to have air-conditioning, said Michael Deru, an engineering …

Ben Stewart

June 29, 2017

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Education

School Superintendents of Alabama Holding Annual Summer Conference

The School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) is holding its annual summer conference this week at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. SSA, the professional association for school superintendents, aims to give superintendents networking and collaboration opportunities, sound public policy development and advocacy and professional learning resources. Hundreds of educators and the vendors who …

Ben Stewart

June 21, 2017

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Education

Four Ways Performance Contracting Can Turn Outdated Infrastures in Schools to an A+

Cash strapped public schools throughout the United States educate billions of students annually on a shoe-string budget. School leaders earmark every penny toward educational programs and additional staff members, leaving them with little resources to optimize their aging and failing energy equipment and infrastructure. Windows and doors are drafty, HVAC units aren’t heating or cooling …

Ben Stewart

May 18, 2017

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Commercial & Industrial

What is a Building Energy Audit? Everything You Need to Know to Implement a Successful Energy Systems Optimization Project

As facilities age, the result is often dim lights, failing mechanical equipment, drafty windows and doors, and poor air quality that cause building occupants to be uncomfortable or less productive. Facility management can either turn to their partnerships with disparate specialty trade contractors as equipment fails or proactively find an energy systems optimization contractor. Energy …

Ben Stewart

April 7, 2017

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Education

Still Time to Raise Your Hand for Proposition 39 Funding

K-12 school districts in California have just five months to start the process to improve their facilities and comfort of their students using Proposition 39 funding. To take advantage of the $2.5 billion in Proposition 39 funding, the wheels have to be in motion well before the state’s August 1, 2017 deadline. The measure directs …

Ben Stewart

March 1, 2017

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Bundled Energy Projects

K-12 School Districts Benefit From An Energy Systems Optimization Approach

As a K-12 school district undertaking an energy efficiency project, it is crucial to look for a partner who has a wide range of expertise and takes into consideration all of your needs and constraints: the needs of your students and teachers, the ability and experience to work in sensitive environments, and the expertise to …

Ben Stewart

February 27, 2017

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Education

Coast College District and SmartWatt: Lessons in Building Automation Systems

Whether operating a single red brick school building or a sprawling university campus, education institutions consume a significant amount of energy. Due to a lack of financing, bureaucratic red tape, or a combination of the two, schools are slow to modernize resulting in outdated, inefficient energy and building automation systems that waste money and impede …

Ben Stewart

January 24, 2017

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