Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

u-s-department-of-energyThe Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will help businesses cut energy costs through improved efficiency, while also reducing carbon pollution. Last year, commercial buildings consumed about 20 percent of all energy used in the United States at an estimated cost of nearly $180 billion, and are responsible for 18 percent of total U.S. carbon emissions.

The projects announced today will generate data, case studies, and information intended to help commercial building owners adopt new energy efficient technologies, including advanced ventilation, building energy use optimization software, more efficient commercial refrigeration fan motors, and advanced lighting controls. The selected projects include:

enVerid Systems (Houston, Texas) – enVerid will retrofit building ventilation systems with modules that remove indoor air pollutants such as carbon dioxide. This enables the indoor air to be recycled while greatly reducing the amount of outside air ventilated into the building and reducing the loads on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Facilities could experience significant energy savings with this retrofit technology. Ten separate commercial building demonstrations will be conducted over 3 years.

BuildingIQ, Inc. (Foster City, California) – BuildingIQ will optimize HVAC energy use across commercial buildings using Predictive Energy Optimization (PEO), a cloud-based software application that runs on top of existing building automation systems. PEO uses data from weather forecasts, utility tariffs, demand response event signals, and occupant schedules to automatically adjust energy-consuming building systems. These adjustments are based on building-specific modeling that PEO uses over time employing building use data, as well as predictive algorithms and advanced control strategies. Sixteen separate building demonstrations will be conducted.

QM Power, Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) – QM Power has developed high efficiency 7-16 watt fan motors that are often used in commercial refrigeration systems. QM Power intends to install and demonstrate approximately 12,000 high efficiency fans in more than 50 grocery stores throughout the U.S., focusing on open display case retrofits that could result in significant efficiency improvements. If fully adopted, the motor application has the potential to achieve more than 0.6 quads in energy savings and reduce energy costs by $1 billion.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (Lexington, Massachusetts) – The project is designed to further the implementation of advanced lighting controls (ALCs), which turn off or dim lights when they are not in use. The project will demonstrate and evaluate two or more ALC technologies in 10 buildings, which should experience significant energy savings compared to a traditional lighting retrofit without controls. Designers and installers will be trained to use the technologies. The demonstration results will be used to support development of utility incentive programs to help further drive adoption of ACLs.

The Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. For more information on building technologies, visit the Building Technologies Office website.

EPA Launches the 2014 National Building Competition — See the List of Competing Teams!

EnergyStarIt’s finally here! Last week U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the 2014 National Building Competition. In addition to individual building competitors, this year’s battle features a new special theme: “Team Challenge!” At the end of the competition period, FEMP will recognize the highest-performing federal government building that participates in EPA’s 2014 competition.

EPA provides a suite of free technical and communication resources on the competition website that you can leverage for your own energy management efforts. Use these free tools, read stories from past competition winners, and follow #ESNBC for inspiration throughout the year. If you have any questions about the competition or using Portfolio Manager to measure, track, and report your building’s monthly energy consumption, please contact the Energy Star HelpDesk.

Let the games begin!

List of Competing Teams

Energy Department Invests $14 Million in Innovative Building Efficiency Technologies

DOE1The Energy Department today announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early- stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes. These projects will help building managers and homeowners reduce energy demand, save money and accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

Seven incubator projects will be funded with nearly $6 million to improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), water heating, sensors and controls, and building energy modeling. Additionally, eight frontier projects will receive $8 million to address energy efficiency in advanced clothes dryers, windows, and building thermal insulation. Frontier projects seek to improve the efficiency of existing technologies by incorporating new, innovative materials or components.

Cost-shared with a $3 million investment from industry, the projects are intended to dramatically reduce energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings. In 2013, this accounted for nearly 40 percent of all energy use in the U.S., an estimated cost of $413 billion.

“Investments in advanced energy-efficient technologies will help families and businesses reduce energy costs, while reducing carbon emissions,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “These innovative approaches will improve smart-building technologies, including lighting, lighting controls, highly insulated walls and windows, as well as increase efficiency measures that complement a building’s entire energy management system.”

The incubator projects selected for funding are:

University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) and Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, New York) – A gas-fired combined water heater, dehumidifier, and cooler that uses membrane-based absorption to cool and dehumidify an interior space, and uses water condensed during dehumidification to heat domestic hot water.

ORNL (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) with Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) (Livermore, California) and University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland) – A high-performance refrigerator that uses a novel rotating heat exchanger that allows for evaporation without the need for a defrost cycle.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) (Berkeley, California) with California Energy Commission (Sacramento, California) – A hybrid energy modeling method that combines physics-based simulations with in-situ measured temperature data to create a more robust model for retrofit analysis.

SNL (Livermore, California) with Creative Thermal Solutions (Urbana, Illinois) – An ultra-efficient air conditioning and heating system based on an air-bearing rotary heat exchanger for building-scale HVAC systems.

QM Power Inc. (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) with United Technologies Research Center (East Hartford, Connecticut) – A higher efficiency HVAC electric motor with a novel parallel magnetic circuit path that will lower the cost of the motor by reducing the size of the conductor loop and using less powerful magnets.

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) with Intwine Connect LLC (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) – Transforming ordinary buildings into smart buildings by developing low-cost, user-installable building sensors that are powered without wires or batteries and instead harvest power from vibrational energy in the environment.

ORNL (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) with Richman Surrey LLC (Scottsdale, Arizona) and University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Tennessee) – Improving energy efficiency in small and medium commercial buildings by non-intrusively monitoring load and equipment health of HVAC systems.

July 2014 Issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update

DOE Building AmericaDear Building America colleague: The July 2014 issue of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Update newsletter is now available! This month’s issue highlights examples of zero energy ready homes across the country that are delivering outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.

Read this issue to learn about:
* A 2013 Top Innovation Spotlight on Zero Energy Ready Single Family Homes
* July 11 deadline for feedback on effective power words
* A Building America webinar on boosting space conditioning in multifamily buildings
* The country’s first affordable zero energy ready home—benefitting a U.S. veteran
* Residential building success stories: Proud Green Homes and a multifamily retrofit
* Building America Solution Center’s new Zero Energy Ready checklist
* The latest publications from Building America: measure guidelines, case studies for new and existing homes and technologies, and more!

Read the full July issue for the latest news and information from Building America.

Learn more about the Building America program. And, please forward this notice to interested colleagues.

Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve

BelimoEnergyValve714Belimo July 11, 2014 Webinar on Communicating with the Belimo Energy Valve with WebView, Data Analysis Tool, and BACnet.

Learn how the Energy Valve standard analog signal and feedback wiring communicates its data to the Building Management System (BMS) via BACnet MS/TP or BACnet IP. The built-in web server collects up to 13 months of data that can be downloaded to external tools for further optimization. To register, click here!

The Belimo Energy Valve Video Training Class

The Belimo Energy Valve, in addition to winning the 2012 ControlTrends Awards Commercial product of The Year, is a unique product that measures, controls, and improves performance of HVAC equipment. This means energy savings and happier tenants. In this free video training class learn what the Belimo Energy valve can do and how to apply the Belimo Energy Valve to your applications.

More Great Energy Savings Products from WattStopper — New Optional Neutral Wall Switch Sensors

WattStopper_logoMarketing message from WattStopper’s Director of Product Marketing, Carlos Villalobos:

I am pleased to announce a new family of Optional Neutral Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors, featuring WattStopper’s patent pending Neutral Sense Technology. This latest innovation from the brand you can trust for rock-solid reliability allows contractors to use any of these devices for two-wire OR three-wire applications, without any special configuration. Optional neutral sensors are available in affordable PIR and fully featured PIR and dual technology models. They simplify ordering, installation and reduce returns.

Catalog # Description
WS-301 Passive Infrared Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
PW-301 Passive Infrared Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
PW-302 Passive Infrared Dual Relay Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
DSW-301 Dual Technology Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor
DSW-302 Dual Technology Dual Relay Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor

Product features include:
• Compliant with 2011 NEC requirements, or compatible with existing wiring
• Single and dual relay sensors in 6 colors
• Fully featured to complement previously released WattStopper sensors

Dual voltage 120/277V optional neutral sensors in white and ivory will be available on April 1, 2014. The complete product line will be available May 7, 2014.

Best regards and good selling,

Carlos Villalobos
Director Product Marketing
WattStopper
408.806.1621
Carlos.Villalobos@WattStopper.com
www.wattstopper.com

Controlco Partners with Control Network Solutions to Bring Innovation to Lighting Controls

dali_cloudIndustry leaders add Big Data capabilities to NiagaraAX® platform. OAKLAND, March, 2014 – Lighting controls demand increasingly more attention from building managers across the globe. In California alone at the end of 2013, the state’s Department of Energy updated its Building Energy Efficiency Program with a lighting requirement that demands multi-level lighting controls (at least three to four levels), putting strain on existing systems that aren’t able to integrate at this volume.

To address the difficulties that building managers face in the wake of changes to the lighting industry, Controlco, an Oakland-based distribution and systems integrator, has partnered with the UK’s Control Network Solutions to offer their revolutionary elitedali™ software to customers in the United States and beyond.

Elitedali™, a driver for NiagaraAX® that has been disrupting the market since it arrived four years ago, integrates light fixture data directly into the Niagara framework for Big-Data-style analysis. Since each lighting fixture in a building may have within it at least 40 data and command points, there are many opportunities for data mining that have traditionally been outside the reach of Niagara. The elitedali™ driver enables NiagaraAX® to control, maintain, manage and visualize massive numbers of DALI® (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface, a global IEC standard for intelligent light fixture communication) light fixtures and reduce the time required to replace light systems and monitor energy usage.

global_dali“DALI is the only global standard enabling the control of lighting according to occupancy and daylight while managing maintenance requirements,” Mike Welch, managing director for Control Network Solutions, says. “The contrast with the combination of elitedali™ and the NiagaraAX® framework is that it provides the most vendor-independent solution available today. It also simplifies the infrastructure for accessing lighting data and control.”

“Integrating elitedali™ into our customer offerings was a natural step for us,” Brian Turner, president of Controlco, says. “We’ve long been known for developing problem-solving drivers on the NiagaraAX® platform. As we’ve been watching the lighting industry become more complicated, it made sense to combine our engineering and implementation expertise with CNS’s innovative and truly market-disrupting driver.”

By harnessing the power of data visualization, the ubiquity of cloud computing and opening up what was once limited and proprietary, elitedali™ gives building managers access to detailed information on their lighting usage. With the combination of hands-on expertise from Controlco engineers, integration into existing systems is seamless.

About Controlco: Controlco delivers leading-edge automation and control solutions, products and services that improve business performance and peace-of-mind for commercial and industrial building operators. With state-of-the-art software and industry leading products as well as a full suite of value-added services, Controlco offers total solutions all energy management needs.

About Control Network Solutions: Based just 45 minutes from London, UK, CNS is a Niagara AX® Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner. It has a successful track record of creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions to the SMART buildings control environment world. They are based upon open standards network communication protocols and compatible with the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and demands for “big data” cloud based analytics. Control Network Solutions has developed a suite of products for the Framework including elitedali™ for lighting, and cns-enocean™ for wireless/battery-less switches, sensors and actuators.

ENERGY.gov Announces $10 Million for Innovative Commercial Building Technologies and Unveils New Commercial Buildings 101 Video


March 5, 2014: The Energy Department today announced a $10 million funding opportunity to help demonstrate and deploy energy efficiency technologies for commercial buildings, including projects that will bring next generation building systems and components to a broader market faster – helping to save building owners and businesses money by saving energy.

The Department also released a new video in its Energy 101 series highlighting how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design and innovative technologies to improve energy performance. These proven strategies, including daylighting, shading, and plug and process loads, support the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative, which is aimed at making commercial buildings 20% more efficient by 2020.

Currently, commercial buildings consume more than 18 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of primary energy use annually, or about 18% of all the energy used in the nation in 2012. If building owners adopt these cost-effective technologies, the annual energy consumption of commercial and industrial buildings could be reduced by 6 quads.

This funding opportunity supports the demonstration and deployment of technologies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions in commercial buildings: sub-metering; plug load strategies; open refrigerated display case retrofits; daylighting; shading; advanced compressor rack and refrigerant systems; and retro-commissioning strategies and technologies. The funding will support the testing and validation of technology performance in real buildings, as well as the creation of materials to help building owners, designers, service providers, and energy efficiency program managers to gain a broader understanding of these energy-saving solutions.

The Energy Department seeks proposals from industry, regional organizations, non-profits, utilities, and similar organizations. Applicant teams will develop a plan to demonstrate and deploy selected technologies at regional or national scale. Learn more about this funding opportunity announcement or register for the upcoming webinar.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE supports innovative technologies that reduce both risk and costs of bringing energy-efficient building technologies online. Learn more about the Department’s efforts to help homes and buildings save energy.