Commercial Buildings in Winter: Energy Efficiency Checklist

Posted on December 20, 2018

Winter means colder temperatures, especially in locations across the U.S. like the Midwest and Northeast. And with those colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it can take a lot of energy to keep buildings warm, comfortable, and well lit. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting are the biggest users of electricity in commercial buildings, according to the EPA. So, addressing how much energy these systems use can make a big difference in energy consumption, save money and ensure comfort for tenants.

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Winter, Energy Audit, LED Lighting, HVAC

Energy Efficiency in Biotech and Pharma

Posted on December 6, 2018

Energy consumption in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors is significant. In fact, because of higher standards for environmental conditions, the overall energy usage intensity (EUI) for pharmaceutical plants is fourteen times higher than other types of manufacturing facilities: The average commercial office building built after 2000 has an average EUI of 81.4 kBtu/sq. ft. (257 kWh/m2), while the average pharmaceutical plant has an EUI of 1,210 kBtu/sq. ft. (3,819 kWh/m2).

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, LED Lighting, HVAC, Building Retrofits

Energy Efficiency in Higher Education

Posted on November 16, 2018


In the U.S., higher education facilities spend an average of $1.10 per square foot on electricity costs, 31% ($0.34) of which are lighting costs. In most colleges and universities, laboratory and residential buildings are the biggest energy users. At Harvard University, for example, while laboratory buildings make up only 22% of the buildings on campus, they use 49% of the total energy; residential buildings and dorms account for 18% of the university’s energy consumption. 

Topics: Energy Efficiency, Higher Education, LED Lighting

Fairbanks Energy Services and RENEW Energy Partners Help Chelsea, Massachusetts-Based Signature Breads Save Over Two Million Kilowatt Hours Through Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Posted on August 9, 2018

Design and installation of LED Lighting and Building Management System by leading energy conservation provider has yielded an annual saving of more than $200,000 while securing utility incentives and rebates of more than $320,000

Topics: LED Lighting, Energy Efficiency, Building Management Systems

FES Project Spotlight: Parking Areas

Posted on March 30, 2018

With near 2 billion parking spaces in the U.S., and a third of them being located in parking lots, the parking garage sector accounts for a significant amount of real estate in cities and towns nationwide. Within this market, building owners spend more than $6 billion to light their parking lots and garages. By upgrading traditional parking garage fixtures to LEDs, significant advantages can be obtained in regard to finance and safety.

Topics: Parking Garages, LED Lighting

The Benefits of Modern Lighting on Parking Areas

Posted on March 21, 2018

As any seasoned facility manager can tell you, there are ample opportunities to reduce a company’s energy usage both inside and outside of their buildings. Production facilities, warehouses and labs often use the most power, but external areas, such as parking lots and garages, must not be overlooked. When prioritizing the energy optimization projects at your facilities, take the time to examine how these locations are performing.

Topics: LED Lighting, Parking Garages, Energy Efficiency

Fairbanks Energy Services Saves Edward-Elmhurst Health Over 15,000,000 kWh Annually Through Numerous Lighting Upgrades and Other Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Posted on March 20, 2018

Leading energy conservation firm has implemented a range of LED lighting and other energy saving solutions for Chicago-area healthcare system, resulting in a total annual savings of $1.9 million

Topics: Chicago, LED Lighting, Healthcare

New York Local Law 88: Why the Right Time to Upgrade Your Lighting is Now

Posted on December 15, 2017
 
 
The impressive reductions in operating costs and energy usage from modern LED lighting have been a catalyst for the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives across the country. New York City, one of the largest and most energy intensive areas in the U.S., is no exception.

Topics: LED Lighting, New York City, Local Law 88

Fairbanks Energy Services Secures Validated Power Savings for vXchnge

Posted on October 3, 2017

Installation of efficient lighting and modern controls leads to proven annual energy savings of 244,000 kWh for vXchnge’s Chappaqua, New York data center while also securing significant utility incentive

Topics: VXchnge, Data Center, LED Lighting

Higher Education And LED Lighting Retrofits

Posted on 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, Higher Education