Big Innovation at a Small Campus Heating Plant

District Energy Magazine featured Adelphi University’s ambitious asset renewal and energy resiliency project, which not only achieved its efficiency objectives but also its targeted business and sustainability outcomes. With its natural gas reciprocating CHP plant, Adelphi has cut electric consumption and increased resiliency, while generating positive cash flow for future infrastructure spending. Continuer la lecture “Big Innovation at a Small Campus Heating Plant”

Cocoa Shells as Fuel: Bioenergy that Boosts Production Capacity

Producing hundreds of tons of chocolate each day is energy intensive. The Barry Callebaut factory in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, the largest chocolate factory in North America, recently revamped its systems to cut down on energy use while increasing productivity. The strategy: the cocoa shells that were previously a waste product are now used as a biofuel in the chocolate-making process.

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Ecosystem Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day

Despite a growing global demand for engineers, the gender gap doesn’t seem to be closing fast enough. In Canada, women currently account for 17.9 percent of engineers and in the US, 14 percent. According to Engineers Canada, “Encouraging and developing women’s interests in engineering begins with programming that engages girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities at an early age.” This effort should also be bolstered by career management initiatives that help to retain employees and advance their careers. Continuer la lecture “Ecosystem Celebrates International Women in Engineering Day”

Procure for Complete Solutions with an Outcomes-Based Approach

An outcome-based approach to procurement fosters innovation and delivers superior value across multiple outcomes, such as facility condition, sustainability and occupant comfort. Georges Bendavid, Director of Technical Services at the West-Central Montreal Health Center, shares his experience with the implementation at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. Continuer la lecture “Procure for Complete Solutions with an Outcomes-Based Approach”

Energy Efficiency Adds ROI to Redevelopment

Increasing rental rates underlies the thinking behind redevelopment strategies, but maximizing efficiency contributes directly to ROI — that was one of the findings of a fascinating panel discussion that focused on the strategies that deliver the best risk-adjusted ROI in today’s market, during the Anchin Construction and Development Forum in New York City. Continuer la lecture “Energy Efficiency Adds ROI to Redevelopment”