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
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.
‘It Makes Sense’: How LLLC Pays for Itself Financially and Environmentally at a Manufacturing Plant
After learning about their unparalleled flexibility, control, and energy savings, laser manufacturing facility Novanta updated their facility to Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC). In addition to being recognized as a leader for energy efficiency, Novanta anticipates the project will result in a significant 224,996 in annual kWh savings.
Project Spotlight: Central Heat Pump Water Heaters
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 systems reduce this complexity by simplifying design and installation.
BetterBricks Industry Voices: David Berg
A discussion with David Berg, Hurley Development’s former Property Management Vice President, on the transformative, year-round value of commercial secondary windows, their reliability during extreme weather events, and their surprisingly easy installation process.
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.