Sustainability


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    Jupiter generative AI tool aims to strengthen climate risk predictions for businesses

    The addition to Jupiter’s ClimateScore Global analytics tool can help building operators understand climate impacts on building costs, enabling them to protect their facilities from disruptions, the company’s CEO says. 

    By June 24, 2024
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    Data center, AI load growth could threaten grid reliability: Conference Board

    Although AI tools could enable more efficient electricity generation, storage, transmission and use, near-term AI demand could slow the energy transition, a report says.

    By Brian Martucci • June 20, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Facilities Dive

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    By Facilities Dive staff
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    Honeywell launches plug load management solution to cut US energy waste

    The Connected Power system can monitor, manage and automate outlets, reducing wasted energy on “left-plugged-in” idle appliances, the company says. 

    By June 20, 2024
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    New leaders at USGBC to propel green building initiatives

    The move to hire John Law as director of technical development and Paul Mathew as a senior fellow will drive sustainable urban planning and building decarbonization efforts as part of its strategic plan, the organization says. 

    By June 18, 2024
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    How can more companies use 24/7 clean energy? Hourly matching is ‘not the hard part,’ analysts say

    Despite the availability of technology to match emissions with energy generation on an hourly basis, insufficient data and renewable generation pose real barriers, decarbonization leaders say.

    By Emma Penrod • June 17, 2024
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    CBRE partners with Climate X to help property owners tackle climate change

    The agreement will help clients calculate climate-related risks and return on investments for retrofits or acquisitions that can boost resiliency, the real estate services firm says.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Budderfly’s CEO on accelerating clean technology adoption in commercial buildings

    Al Subbloie discusses the slow adoption of ground-source heat pumps and highlights the benefits of outsourcing energy management and using software to boost efficiency and cut carbon emissions.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Geothermal system is a US first

    The networked, utility-owned system in the pilot could replace fossil fuel for heating and cooling across 36 buildings, including five commercial buildings.

    By Ysabelle Kempe • June 10, 2024
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    $45M available for energy efficiency retrofits: DOE

    Washington, D.C., and five states are receiving funds for revolving loan programs that small businesses can tap for energy audits, upgrades and retrofits, the U.S. Department of Energy said.

    By June 7, 2024
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    DOE releases zero-emissions building definition, part 1

    The definition will bring clarity to support decarbonization efforts and enable clean energy technologies that can make U.S. buildings more comfortable, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

    By June 6, 2024
  • Ameresco starts $33M energy efficiency overhaul at US National Archives

    The modernization project aims to generate $2 million in annual savings and cut fossil fuel use by 72% in the federal agency’s two locations, the company says.

    By June 4, 2024
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    New retrofit playbook offers road map for building emission reductions

    The free online resource provides assessment tools, guides and case studies of over 10 buildings, including New York City’s Empire State Building, says RMI, part of the team that developed the playbook.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Improved monitoring can offset building emissions reduction costs: R-Zero

    Occupancy sensing technologies can help to automate HVAC cycles, lighting and cleaning schedules to match occupancy changes, save energy and boost comfort, according to the firm’s Building Intelligence Index.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Schneider Electric, Capgemini unified energy management platform aims to boost efficiency

    The Energy Command Center combines AI, machine learning and IoT to optimize building assets consuming energy and help organizations accelerate their sustainability efforts, the companies say.

    By May 29, 2024
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    Turner goes all in on EV tech for carbon reduction

    The New York City-based contractor has committed to making its vehicle fleet electric by 2028 while piloting low-emission equipment on various projects.

    By Matthew Thibault • May 29, 2024
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    Honeywell, Enel aim to boost energy savings with automated demand response

    Automating demand-response processes can boost reliability and lower energy consumption during peak periods, easing the process of coordinating manual adjustments, Honeywell executive Craig Henry said.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 28, 2024
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    Boston Logan installs building management system, lifting airport modernization project

    JM Electrical, the Boston-based contractor that installed the system, says the centralized control will monitor HVAC, lighting and plumbing systems to optimize energy use and boost operational efficiency.

    By May 24, 2024
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    Verizon rolls out first US electric vehicle fleet in Rhode Island, plans for 7 more in 2024

    The $4.4 million deployment at the Smithfield Garage Work Center hosts 45 electric vans and trucks ahead of a wider EV rollout across the eastern U.S.

    By Brian Martucci • May 24, 2024
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    Bronx Zoo’s energy overhaul promises nearly $500K in annual cost savings, NYC officials say

    The move to replace pumps, waste heat recovery units, coolers and controls at the zoo’s cogeneration plant is part of a $17 million project that also includes water-loop rehabilitation and two boiler replacements.

    By Brian Martucci • May 22, 2024
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    Schneider Electric purchases IRA tax credits from solar manufacturer

    The senior director of renewables for Schneider’s sustainability business called the Inflation Reduction Act’s transferable credits a “revolutionary development.”

    By Lamar Johnson • May 20, 2024
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    CBRE selects EV+ to install chargers at 10K commercial properties

    As chargers gain value as amenities for tenants or employees, the firm is working to partner with more EV infrastructure providers, a CBRE executive says.

    By May 20, 2024
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    Meta to bring 210 MW of solar energy to Indiana

    The tech company’s agreement with Solarpack will help deliver renewable energy to support Meta’s data center operations in the state and build on its decarbonization goals.

    By Zoya Mirza • May 17, 2024
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    Dartmouth College overhauls campus heating infrastructure with $500M sustainability push

    The university's transition from a steam-based to a hot water-based heating system is expected to boost efficiency by 20%, providing a road map for other campuses to cut their carbon footprint.

    By Ben Unglesbee • May 16, 2024
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    Clean energy tax credit market poised to grow under new transferability rules

    The transferability mechanism makes it easier for clean energy project developers and owners to sell IRA tax credits for cash.

    By Brian Martucci • May 16, 2024
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    Hotel energy, water consumption rose amid post-pandemic travel surge

    Cornell University's latest Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index noted a general increase in energy and water consumption for the first time in 10 cycles.

    By Noelle Mateer • May 14, 2024