Industry News – 8/8/13

Energy Projects Make Kingsbury Labs UNH’s Most Efficient, unh.edu

The system, installed by Maine firms Shift Energy and Colby Company Engineers, cost $130,000; UNH received a grant of $60,000 from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to offset nearly half the investment. With a total reduction in ventilation heating costs of up to 80 percent, the project is anticipated to save between $7,000 and $10,000 per year. With an eye toward continuous reduction of UNH’s campus-wide energy use, campus energy manager Matt O’Keefe is justifiably excited about the savings realized in Kingsbury Hall. “Ventilation heating and cooling has the largest impact and footprint of just about any process in commercial and industrial buildings,” he says. “There’s still a lot of energy being used in these spaces, but it’s as little as possible.” 

 

Government Buildings Go Green to Slash Expenses, buildings.com

The GSA reported that they have met all of their 2012 goals and exceeded some of their 2020 goals as well. These achievements are: a 25% decrease in energy use intensity levels from 2003, a $65.5 million savings and 21% ahead of goal, a 35% elimination of greenhouse gas emissions since 2008, which exceeds its 2020 reduction target, 20% water usage reduction over 2007, a savings of $6.5 million and 10% ahead of goal, and a 36% decline in fleet petroleum consumption compared to 2005. The scorecard does however state that just under 11% of the GSA’s buildings are considered sustainable.