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
Proven Milestones to Kick-Start Your SEM Journey
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) is a holistic system of interconnected practices, policies and processes that helps commercial and industrial facilities achieve deep and persistent energy and cost savings. Successful SEM implementation incorporates SEM principles into the daily operations of a building, including by engaging and educating staff members at every level.
Smart Pumps: The Future of Efficient and Reliable Pump Control
Did you know smart pump offer advantages over other pumps with traditional controls and can eliminate potential sources of error such as sensor failures, poorly tuned control logic, and commissioning errors? Read this quick one-pager to learn more about when you should consider a smart pump, how much these products can help you save on constant and variable loads, and product availability.
Commercial Secondary Windows: Better Comfort, More Savings, Easier Compliance
The energy and non-energy benefits of commercial secondary windows are manifold. In addition to reducing energy consumption by 13% or more, improving overall envelope performance by up to 30%, and reducing air leakage and exterior noise infiltration, they significantly boost thermal comfort. Read our article showcasing recent field tests that prove these benefits—and more—in real-world, mild-climate applications.
Portland Law Office Objects to Inefficient HVAC
When SBH Legal moved into a nearly century-old historic building in downtown Portland, Ore., they knew that a variety of improvements would be necessary to modernize building efficiency and provide a comfortable indoor environment for their employees and clients. By embracing an optimized approach to a dedicated outside air system (DOAS), SBH Legal drastically reduced their building’s overall energy use by 60%, while improving the indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant thermal comfort.
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.
Pumps & Motors
Pumping systems are essential to the daily operation of most commercial buildings and industrial facilities. With new energy standards for clean-water pumps taking effect in 2020 and a great new Energy Rating label program from the Hydraulic Institute, now is the time to evaluate the efficiency of commercial and industrial pumps, and circulators.
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.