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Using energy-efficient design and technologies in new office buildings can cut energy costs significantly. But strategies for connecting a facility with its exterior environment have the potential to also enhance the interior environment, resulting in much more valuable employee productivity increases.


  • e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances
    September 18, 2014
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    e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances

    New Sources & Controls... Through the past 20 years, new lighting technologies have been a major driver of increasing energy efficiency in buildings. Lighting specifiers and consumers have embraced CFLs, LEDs, and other highly efficient lighting options. How can even more efficiency savings be mined from the lighting end use?

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Lighting Control for Additions and Alterations
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential HVAC Controls
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Fenestration
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Lighting Mandatory Controls
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Daylighting and Daylighting Controls
    November 22, 2013
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
    December 16, 2012
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    e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting

    We need light outdoors at night for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience, including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night sky.

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  • Office of the Future
    October 15, 2012
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    The Office of the Future

    The 'Office of the Future' video presents case studies of two exemplary pilot projects in existing buildings that are yielding measured energy savings of over 50% and 66% respectively.

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  • Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidebook, Volume I
    July 9, 2012
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    Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidelines

    The HVAC Simulation Guidebook Volume I (2nd Edition) has been updated to cite new research and reflect recent changes in the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 2008). It contains three chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to simulate the following advanced HVAC technologies:

    • Underfloor Air Distribution
    • Energy Efficient Chillers
    • Advanced Control Sequences
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  • e-News #76: Vertical Transportation
    October 21, 2010
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    e-News #76: Vertical Transportation

    Elevators in modern buildings are faster and more comfortable than their counterparts decades ago. But even when you are standing inside an innovative looking elevator cab, it is hard to identify the green features in the elevator and recognize their energy savings. This issue of e-News details major sustainable features in elevators and escalators and some design considerations.

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  • e-News #62: How Low Can You Go?
    January 30, 2009
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    e-News #62: How Low Can You Go?

    We simply must do everything in our power to slow down global warming before it's too late," said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September 2006, when he signed Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This landmark legislation, also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations and market mechanisms that will reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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  • Design Brief: Cool Roofs
    January 12, 2009
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    On a sunny summer day, a typical roof surface can reach temperatures that are nearly 100°F above the ambient temperature. A cool roof, by contrast, stays at or near the ambient temperature due to the characteristics of its outer layer.

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  • e-News #57: Designing Office Buildings to Perform Better Than Title 24
    December 1, 2006
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    As designers and developers of new office buildings in California know, designing a building to meet the state's Energy Efficiency Building Standards isn't a goal-it's the law.

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  • Design Brief: Integrated Building Design
    June 12, 2006
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    Design Brief: Integrated Building Design

    Using the integrated energy design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting productivity.

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Advanced Energy Design Guide - Offices: 50% over 90.1-2004

ASHRAE (with AIA/IES/USGBC/DOE)

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For small to medium offices up to 100,000 ft2, including a wide range of types, such as administrative, professional, government, bank or other financial services, and medical offices without medical diagnostic equipment (2011 234 pages).

Case Study: Bank of America Finds Opportunity in Energy Efficiency

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Bank of America employs HVAC upgrades and retro-commissioning to cash in on big energy savings - over $335,000 annually.

Case Study: Brookfield Office Properties — Long Beach, California

Southern California Edison

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This "Office of the Future" demonstrates the benefits of introducing advanced energy-efficient design and highly controllable lighting equipment into office spaces.

Case Study: The Irvine Company — Irvine, California

Southern California Edison

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Commercial real estate company deploys a wide array of energy-saving technologies across its properties.

California Department of Public Health, Building P

Pacific Gas & Electric

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The California Department of Public Health has worked closely with PG&E to increase the ENERGYSTAR rating of Building P at their Richmond Campus. Through utilizing many programs and employee efforts, the decrease in energy usage has produced large cost savings.

Glenborough Identifies Load Reduction Opportunities

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Glenborough has decreased the energy used by the buildings it manages by updating lighting, replacing inefficient compressors and installing new energy management systems

Laser Devices - Monterey

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Laser Devices in Monterey replaced their T12 lighting with efficient T8 and T5's, installed occupancy sensors, LED exit signs and window film, with receiving many rebates. With these energy efficiency changes, Laser Devices' have lowered their energy costs and increased visibility.

Menlo Business Park

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Menlo Business Park requested a PG&E Energy Audit and took advantage of the many benefits, including On-Bill Financing, utilizing different technologies and controls to improve their business. These effors have decreased their energy use and enhanced  their relationships with current and prospective tenants.

Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Installations

Energy Center of Wisconsin

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This study examined the environmental and economic performance of three hybrid ground source heat pump installations.

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