Energy Insights 


The Evolution of Data in Managing Building Operations

June 27, 2017

In recent years, building management systems (BMS) have become smart and as a result, the Internet of Things is a topic being discussed by facility managers with greater frequency. As the industry has expanded, people are more aware of control systems and how they function than ever before, but the idea of a BMS is not a new concept. They have gradually evolved over the last 50 plus years into the advanced systems we increasingly depend on and thanks to a variety of new technological advancements, today’s smart building technology is influencing BMS development like never before.  


Topics: Controls, efficiency, building management systems, IoT

The Denser the Data Center, the Greater the Efficiency

June 27, 2017

A dense data center does not inherently mean that it will have greater efficiency (typically, quite the opposite is true). However, implementing increased efficiency measures is necessary to the operation of these facilities as the trend of environments increasing in density continues across the industry.


Topics: Data Center, Energy

Managing Content at the Edge with Efficiency

June 27, 2017

Tier II and Tier III markets are experiencing a rise in hosting demand as content moves to the edge. These smaller facilities in outlier locations extend the “edge” of the Internet further from the traditional Internet hubs such as New York City or Silicon Valley and provide low-latency access for local users.


Topics: Data Center, energy efficiency

Thought Leadership on Higher Education Efficiency

June 15, 2017

School's out for the summer! With college campuses emptying for the next few months, there is more time for staff to focus on other important aspects of the school, like saving money and energy. In fact, college and university campuses are among the most energy-intensive property types in the world and the summer break is a good time for facility managers to consider starting an energy efficiency project.


Topics: university efficiency, thought leadership

Campus Energy Efficiency Programs: How It’s Done

June 15, 2017

This blog post is an excerpt from "The Missed Investment: How College and University Endowment Funds Can Achieve the Highest and Safest Return" by Peter Fairbanks, President of Fairbanks Energy Services.

In the last 3-4 years there has been a significant movement to invest in green improvements on college and university campuses. Being among the most energy-intensive property types in the world, there are numerous opportunities for efficiency projects that address lighting, building system controls, chilled water systems, steam systems and more that have simple paybacks after utility incentives of about 2 to 3 years. Implementing these solutions will help campuses reduce their overall carbon footprint, lower energy costs, and promote a sustainable future in surrounding communities. 


Topics: university, campus efficiency

Jam-Packed June Photo Editorial!

June 15, 2017

Although we are only halfway through the month of June, Fairbanks Energy has been busy attending a variety of events this month! Check out some pictures from Saleforce's World Tour, The Assosication of Energy Engineers Golf Tournament, Eversource's Boston Children's Hospital Walk, The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, and Northeastern University's Massachusetts Family Business Awards. See more below.


Topics: Photo Editorial, university, efficiency, family business

Higher Education And LED Lighting Retrofits

May 26, 2017

LED lighting retrofits make a significant impact on energy intensity, usage, and efficiency in facilities at colleges and universities. Ross Fairbanks digs into the details in a piece featured at Facility Executive, featured below. 


Topics: LED lighting, university

It’s Under Control: An Interview with Ken Rackowski, Executive Vice President, Controls Division, Fairbanks Energy Services

May 25, 2017




Ken Rackowski, Executive Vice President of Fairbanks Energy’s Control Division, is a veteran of the building automation industry. With over 30 years of engineering and management experience related to controls systems and HVAC design, Ken has worked with and modified every type of BMS on the market. We recently sat down with Ken and dove into some questions surrounding his experience and thoughts on trends and best practices for the controls industry.


Topics: Controls, interview

As colleges seek endowment returns, energy investments could be safest bet

May 23, 2017

Peter Fairbanks, President of Fairbanks Energy, authored a piece published in the Boston Business Journal on investing in efficiency improvements at college and university campuses. Read the peice below:


Topics: university, financing, college, efficiency, endowmentfunds

Fairbanks Energy Services Expands to New York City with Opening of New Office

May 11, 2017

Fairbanks Energy Services announces the establishment of its fourth office, located in New York City.


Topics: Energy, New York City, Office

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