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  • Mitigating the effects of extreme heat

    Christopher McHugh on March 23, 2017

    As heat waves have become more frequent and intense, they threaten health, stress water resources, and increase energy demands. New York City is particularly susceptible because of its dense urban environment, which absorbs and traps the heat. Prolonged periods of extreme heat accompanied by high humidity can create a dangerous situation for vulnerable populations while straining the city’s utilities and infrastructure.
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  • Reduced Energy Consumption at Indiana University's Methodist Hospital

    on December 14, 2016

    Methodist Hospital at Indiana Universi‚Äčty Health, in downtown Indianapolis, is the premier hospital in the region, as well as a nationally recognized organ transplant center, the largest neuroscience critical care unit in the country, and one of the largest critical care departments nationally.

    With new air handling units and a retrofit using Phoenix Controls in 20 operating rooms, the hospital is projected to reduce its energy consumption by one million kilowatt hours a year, resulting in a $60,000 annual cost savings.

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  • HVAC codes and standards: cooling and energy efficiency

    on September 23, 2016

    Data from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) shows that the United States consumes 6,963 trillion Btu of energy generated for commercial buildings. Figure 1 shows that 44% of commercial building energy use is for HVAC and refrigeration. National survey data shows approximately 50% of the HVAC energy is used for cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration purposes.
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  • UCI Smart Labs Initiative

    on August 16, 2016

    University of California, Irvine's Smart Labs Initiative has helped them to reduce energy use by an average of 50% in both new and retrofitted buildings. The university has received awards for their program including recognition by the US Department of Energy for beating their Better Buildings Challenge goal, and doing so early.

    In the video, UCI's Vice Chancellor, Wendell Brase, walks through their Smart Labs Initiative and explains the blend of components and resources (including Aircuity) that makes it a success.
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  • Carbon Dioxide May Cloud Thinking

    Marlene Cimons on March 16, 2016

    The article's author, Marlene Cimons, explains how two studies, one published in 2012 and the COGfx study published last fall, suggest that indoor exposure to carbon dioxide can impair performance and decision-making. Although the research focused on office workers, Cimons shares that the findings from these studies pose troubling questions for people in many indoor environments, including schools.

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  • SUNY Plattsburgh

    on February 11, 2016

    Aircuity helps to reduce energy, create a healthier environment and reduce deferred maintenance

    Hudson Hall on the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh campus is one of two main science buildings. Earlier this year, with the help of local representative Green Building Partners, Aircuity was installed in the lab areas of the science building to help reduce energy use while maintaining a healthy environment. In addition to an energy reduction garnering the attention of the New York State Energy Manager (NYEM), Aircuity’s solution also addressed an issue with moisture in the labs and helped identify several faulty controllers in the building.
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