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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.
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.
Alexander & Baldwin Partners With Carbon Lighthouse To Reduce Energy Consumption At Commercial Real Estate Properties
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) (NYSE: ALEX) has teamed up with Carbon Lighthouse, a pioneer in Efficiency Production, to dramatically reduce the energy consumption of three well-known Oahu commercial properties, continuing A&B’s commitment to enhancing local communities and supporting sustainability throughout the state. Following a successful energy efficiency pilot last summer, A&B selected Carbon Lighthouse to implement its data-driven energy savings process at Pearl Highlands Center, Kaka`ako Commerce Center and Manoa Marketplace. The energy efficiency initiatives are expected to result in a lifetime reduction of more than 9,700 tons of carbon, equivalent to conserving over 22,600 barrels of oil.
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.
The YMCA of Superior California has highlighted its environmental stewardship by signing on to work with Carbon Lighthouse to make its property in Sacramento, CA carbon neutral. The facility will undergo a package of energy efficiency upgrades that will reduce its energy use and utility bills.
Carbon Lighthouse Sponsors U.S. Alpine Championships, Making it the First Ever Carbon Neutral U.S. Skiing Championship
Carbon Lighthouse is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, taking place at Squaw Valley ski resort March 20th through the 24th. The event is the culmination of the professional ski season and brings together the U.S. Ski Team, including several Olympic athletes such as gold medalists Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety.
Carbon Lighthouse, a leading energy solutions provider, today announced that it has completed a retrofit on the Flood Building, a historic downtown San Francisco office and retail building. Cumulatively, the retrofits will save the tenants of the Flood Building over one million dollars in lifetime energy costs while eliminating 870 tons of CO2 per year over the twelve to fifteen year lifespan of the project.