Knowing how to set and meet energy efficiency benchmarks is the foundation of any energy management strategy. BetterBricks connects you with the resources, training and tools you need to improve your building.
Secondary Windows Rejuvenate 1970s Office Building
Built in 1975, Hurley Development’s 915 Broadway office building in downtown Vancouver, Wash., features floor-to-ceiling windows in every perimeter office—6,000 sq. ft. of windows in total. While all of these single-pane windows let in a vast amount of natural light, they also brought in far too much heat in summer, and too much cold air in winter. This thermal leakage not only led to tenant comfort complaints, it also inflated energy costs by forcing the aging HVAC equipment to strain to maintain indoor temperatures.learn more
California Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers Regulations Pave the Way for Northwest
New energy codes and regulations around fan efficiency is starting to take effect in states across the country, including in Montana, Oregon, and Washington. With these changes comes a shift in the way fan efficiency is measured. Download this fact sheet from the California Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20) to get a glimpse of what’s coming soon for fan codes and regulations in the Northwest.
Podcast: Understanding Fan Energy Index (FEI)
The new Fan Energy Index (FEI) rolled out in the ASHRAE 90.1-2022 provides a comprehensive fan energy-saving metric that offers greater clarity and energy savings opportunities. Greenheck breaks down everything you need to know about FEI in their recent Consulting Specifying Engineer podcast: Understanding Fan Energy Index (FEI).
Fan Efficiencies and Energy Regulations 101
In the past five years, manufacturers and regulators have adopted the new FEI metric to characterize fan efficiency, which offers a simpler and more versatile approach to fan selection and compliance verification. Learn how energy codes and regulations have recently shifted and what to know and expect from the roll-out of ASHRAE 90.1-2022 and the new FEI metric.
The Best Solutions Come in Easy-to-Use Packages
Central heat pump water heater (CHPWH) systems serve the domestic hot water needs of a building in one central plant. Though they have become a key decarbonization technology by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy and costs, their complex design and installation requirements can pose barriers to widespread adoption. Packaged CHPWH systems reduce this complexity by simplifying design and installation.
Advanced lighting starts with control. Discover how commercial building lighting design and modern technologies can combine to affect your budget, market differentiation, aesthetics, and tenant comfort.
Let the natural light in and keep the elements out, all while saving energy and money. Find out how commercial building windows play a critical role in improving tenant comfort, reducing energy consumption, and cutting costs.
Better comfort and energy costs start with the right HVAC. Understand how heating, cooling and airflow all directly contribute to the energy efficiency and tenant comfort of your commercial building.
Strategic Energy Management
Every effective energy-efficient building starts with a plan and leads to reduced energy costs. Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is the map to creating sustainable energy-saving practices that identify where energy waste is occurring and how to improve energy consumption and support building operations.
Energy efficiency upgrades that save 35% or more in energy costs could make all the difference in showcasing your commercial building’s value. With so many factors in the market, energy-efficient benefits may be the differentiator between you and your competitors.
From HVAC and lighting controls to secondary windows, there are many solutions for an efficient commercial building. Knowing how to integrate those solutions so they work together in an energy-efficient system may mean saving time and money. Whether it’s a retrofit or new commercial project, learn how to apply an integrated design.
By moving heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly, gas or electric heat pump water heaters are up to three times more energy efficient than conventional water heaters. Explore a variety of commercial products and applications for this efficient water heating solution.
Pumps, Motors & Fans
Learn how to identify, improve and measure the efficiency of motor driven products, such as pumps, fans, and compressors, to achieve significant savings potential.