Workshop: Saving Energy Costs by Implementing an Energy Management System

When: Nov 8, 2017, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Penn State Center at the Energy Innovation Center, 1435 Bedford Ave, Suite A, Pittsburgh PA
Cost: $0.00
Register at http://penntap.psu.edu/events/saving-energy-costs-implementing-energy-management-system/

Are you a facility, operations, or plant maintenance manager or staff? Let PennTAP show you how implementing an Energy Management System (EnMS) will reduce your organization’s energy costs.

This workshop will:

  • Help you understand the structure, goals and many benefits of an EnMS
  • Outline the steps involved in implementing and maintaining an EnMS at your facilty
  • Provide a step-by-step walk through of the Department of Energy’s online tool – 50001 Ready Navigator

Workshop: Common Energy Tips for Manufacturers and Steps to Implementation

When: Oct 11, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Penn State New Kensington, Art Gallery, 3550 Seventh Street Road, Upper Burrell PA 15068
Cost: $0.00
Register at http://penntap.psu.edu/events/common-energy-tips-manufacturers-steps-implementation/

Are you a facility, operations, or plant maintenance manager or a building operator?  PennTAP and FirstEnergy will provide an informational session on energy efficiency improvements and cost-saving opportunities for manufacturers. Topics covered include lighting, compressed air, building envelope and more.

This workshop will:

  • Help you identify opportunities to conserve energy, reduce carbon emissions and save on overall utility costs
  • Share information on Pennsylvania Act 129 and how to access grants and rebates

Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average building wastes about a third of the energy it purchases. The Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) self-install program allows public facilities to start saving money and energy right away without any upfront investment, while simultaneously learning about next steps in becoming more energy efficient.

Qualified Illinois public facilities receive both a free facility audit and free energy efficient products to start saving energy.

What is a Zero Energy Building?

Most buildings today use a lot of energy — to keep the lights on, cool the air, heat water, and power personal devices. Even installing solar systems will not significantly counter the heavy energy load.

There are, however, some buildings that strike a balance; or even tip the scales the other way! These are called zero energy buildings.

Shading and Lighting Retrofits Slash Energy Use in New York “Living Lab” Office Demonstration

Read the full story from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

By using advanced lighting and automated shades, scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that occupants on one floor of a high-rise office building in New York City were able to reduce lighting energy usage by nearly 80 percent in some areas.

The dramatic results emerged at a “living laboratory” set up to test four sets of technologies on one 40,000 square-foot floor of a building.

‘Expert in a suitcase’ cuts power bills 10% in small commercial buildings

Read the full story from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The knowledge and expertise of a seasoned energy efficiency professional has been packed into a high-tech suitcase.

The Sensor Suitcase is a portable case that contains easy-to-use sensors and other equipment that make it possible for anyone to identify energy-saving opportunities in small commercial buildings. The automated and reusable system combines hardware and software in one package so its users can identify cost-effective measures that save small commercial buildings about 10 percent on their energy bills.

Jointly developed by two Department of Energy labs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Sensor Suitcase has been licensed by two companies that plan to provide products or services based on the technology. The licensees are GreenPath Energy Solutions and Cultural Quotient.

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?

Read the full story at e360.

Analysts call it the “energy performance gap” — the difference between promised energy savings in green buildings and the actual savings delivered. The problem, researchers say, is inept modeling systems that fail to capture how buildings really work.