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There are two fundamental concepts related to how much energy cooling systems must use: sensible heat and latent heat. So which type of heat, sensible or latent, requires more energy to remove?
Electricity costs for most commercial buildings are based both on the maximum power and the total amount of energy you use. Power and energy are different concepts, with very different costs, yet financiers, journalists, and pretty much everyone struggles to differentiate them.
There is another way to achieve carbon neutrality that is little know about in business circles but well regarded in the energy and environmental community. They care called carbon allowances. Like Renewable Energy Certificates, carbon allowances have as a strong suit that they are verifiable. They are also limited in number, and cleared through the government and therefore much less susceptible to fraud.
Using the principles of thermodynamics, we can keep people comfortable in a building while using energy in smarter ways. Thermodynamics teaches us numerous tradeoffs and rules that allow us to get the right temperature in the right place at the right time for the least amount of energy.
The difference between efficiency and efficacy is representative of the many issues that get ignored when discussing lighting and energy. But failing to understand this difference or the other nuances of lighting and energy, can turn what looks like great energy savings in theory into a poor investment.
Solar and energy efficiency have much in common. When used together, solar and energy efficiency provide a powerful tool to increase revenue, deliver a more financially attractive project, and give building owners a more compelling reason to act.
From our experience working in buildings, it’s not surprising why measures may not perform as expected. It takes rigorous management to maintain performance.
It can be hard to discern what is actually best for managing energy usage in your particular building, especially because all tools come with real costs and limitations. Products should match the complexity of the building you run and the resources you have.
If you have ever worked with an energy efficiency consultant to study your building, you may know how deceptively simple the advice can be. Actually achieving those energy reductions is a messy business.
For decades, “full-spectrum lighting” has been a popular but misunderstood topic. While the marketing of “full-spectrum lighting” has been successful in convincing many buyers than it offers improvements over traditional fluorescent lighting, the reality is it does not. And it’s generally a waste of money, too.
A&B Properties, Inc. (ABP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE:ALEX), has partnered with Carbon Lighthouse, an energy services company, to implement a two-month pilot to identify energy efficiency initiatives for its commercial assets in Hawaii.
Engineers will focus on improvements like: finding ways to minimize field time, expanding our data collection efforts, automating data analysis algorithms, expanding our modeling capabilities, and applying new methodologies to maximize energy savings.
This position is perfect for someone with 3+ years of experience in the commercial solar industry who enjoys taking on a wide range of responsibilities, including: engaging in direct customer sales with building owners, preliminary solar energy and financial modeling, proposal development, market research, and contributing to scalable tools and infrastructure.