Tools For Your Super That Could Save You Money

The April edition of The Cooperator listed some tips on common tools and fixes your building staff should be aware of. These tools and tips could save you from unnecessary expenses. How many of these does your building super do/have?

  • Use a moisture reader (to detect leaks before opening a wall)
  • Portable floodlights with chains (illuminate exterior work areas such as new concrete to prevent vandalism)
  • Wire mesh that can be cut to size for drain covers in parking areas (clean weekly to prevent buildup)
  • Sandbags for low-lying areas that are prone to flooding (put them out before a big rainfall)

The entire article with some additional tips can be found here.

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Carrier, Bosch Form Joint Venture

Carrier, Bosch Form Joint Venture

“Geothermal heating is one of the most cost-effective and environmentally responsible heating and cooling options available to consumers,” said Richard Soper, president, Bosch Thermotechnology Corp. “Establishing a relationship between Carrier and Bosch will allow us to leverage our research and development resources, and continue to deliver high-quality manufactured products to our customers.” —achrnews

Retrofitting Lights in Retail Stores

“.. retail stores have relied on electric lighting, often over-lighting products and unintentionally making the products difficult to see due to the poor quality of the light, while also relying on a massive amount of energy. Luckily, there’s a relatively simple solution to this issue.”–Josh Hathaway

Outside Air Economizers and Proper operation in Data Centers

“Correctly designed outside air economizer systems can result in significant energy and economic savings for data centers. Without proper attention to the above items, the introduction of outside air can pose additional risks to data center operation and uptime. However, if one takes into consideration these issues, a properly designed HVAC system will yield positive results.  Three issues to pay attention to: 1) Proper Mixing of Outside and Return Air, 2)Temperature and Humidity Changes 3) Building Pressurization”–Robert F. StyWhat about using liquid to cool servers instead of air? http://www.midasgreentech.com/

PECI Training Program Rises to Meet Commissioning Demand

PECI will conduct the first ever in-person commissioning lab in support of our Commissioning Authority Training. The lab in February will take place Sacramento City College, CA. We’ll be using a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically for training purposes while remaining a fully functioning occupied building. One of the really cool things about this site is that, although it’s relatively small, it contains the kind of complex HVAC systems you’d find in a large commercial building; that means students won’t have to walk half a mile between the chiller and the air handler! “

Tech industry is intersecting with green building and sustainability in 5 ways

Tech industry is intersecting green building and sustainability

“List of issues that are generally most critical for technology industry companies when considering new office premises within New York City. You’ll note how green components specifically weave their way into items 3 through 5.”