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
Heat Pump Water Heaters in Multifamily New Construction: Design Charrette Findings
A host of unique building design and installation challenges have prevented the widespread consideration and adoption of heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) in low-rise multifamily housing. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) worked in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon to host a one-day design charrette with industry experts, to identify barriers, including those pertaining to design, installation and market adoption, to HPWHs in multifamily housing, and then propose practical solutions to overcome them.
The Proven Persistence of Very High Efficiency Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
In December 2023, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory validated the performance persistence of a leading approach to commercial HVAC design known as very high efficiency dedicated dutdoor air systems (very high efficiency DOAS). Across eight buildings, PNNL not only proved the yearslong staying power of the approach’s efficiency (48% when compared to a code-minimum system), but they also validated consistent long-term enhancements to the buildings’ Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).
Keep ’Em Separated: The many benefits of decoupling.
A key design component of the very high efficiency dedicated outside air system (very high efficiency DOAS) approach, the decoupling of ventilation from heating and cooling systems reduces energy use while significantly improving indoor air quality.
Field Evaluation of Very High Efficiency Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems Finds Persistence of Savings
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) evaluated the long-term performance of Very High Efficiency (VHE) Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOASs) installed in eight buildings.
Video: New-School HVAC Approach Improves Comfort and Air Quality for K-12 Students
When a 25-year-old HVAC system increased energy costs and negatively impacted the learning environment for students and teachers, the administrators at Monument School in Monument, Ore., sought a healthier and more efficient solution. Hear from school and utility staff members on how the very high efficiency DOAS approach to HVAC design dramatically reduced the rural K-12 school’s monthly energy costs, significantly improved their air quality, reduced viral spread, and provided a far more comfortable and productive learning environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.