Category: Smart Building Initiatives

January 20, 2011 • Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, Sustainability

Get Out Your Playbook … Your Energy Efficient Playbook

by Emily Tewell

It’s about that time again! Get your game face ready, put your fan apparel on, set your recycling bin out, and install some solar panels while you are at it. The Super Bowl is just around the corner.

Over 100 million people will gather Sunday, Feb. 6, to watch the Super Bowl on TV. The site of the big event, Cowboys Stadium, is bumping up their usual capacity from 80,000 to 100,000 in hopes of making this the most highly-attended Super Bowl since the 80s. With so many viewers, parties and high stakes, will energy sustainability really at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts on this day? It just might be. continue

November 9, 2010 • Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, Sustainability

Energy efficiency, smart buildings & city-wide collaboration

by Hannah Miller

Next time you visit the Windy City, you may walk into a building that not only knows to dim the lights when people aren’t around, but also knows when the city as a whole is using too much power and the AC should be turned down – and then gets paid for it.

It has become clear that companies large and small alike can’t afford not to know their energy consumption, spend or greenhouse gas emissions. And once they know it, they can’t afford to leave it unmanaged, following the whim of the weather or the market. Energy management is a fact not only of corporate life, but also of city life. Recently New York City installed real-time wireless water meters in 834,000 homes in the city to better know and track the water usage in the city. ComEd in Chicago hosted a competition for some of Chicago’s suburbs to see which neighborhood could reduce their power consumption by the greatest amount, with 34.9 million kilowatt hours saved throughout the yearlong competition across nine areas in the city. continue

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