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Supermarkets, Groceries, & Other Retail Food Stores

Supermarkets, convenience markets, & other retail food stores are often very energy intensive. A typical store may spend around $4 per square foot per year.


  • 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 Exterior Lighting
    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: Refrigeration
    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 Built-up 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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  • 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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  • e-News #83: Supermarket Refrigeration
    December 21, 2011
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    e-News #83: Supermarket Refrigeration

    Supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores have the second highest energy consumption of major building types in California, with electricity representing over 80% of this, and with energy-intensive refrigeration consuming the greatest fraction of electricity.

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  • e-News #74: Combined Heat and Power
    July 30, 2010
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    e-News #74: Combined Heat and Power

    A building may contain a vast array of efficiency measures, or it may be old and inefficient. Either way, the electricity used in the building will likely be produced with inherent inefficiencies. The efficiency of fossil fuel based electricity production averages 34% (although new combined cycle plants can exceed 50% efficiency). The ultimate efficiency of any building pulling electricity from the grid is limited by that number.

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  • Design Brief: Chiller Plant Efficiency
    June 13, 2010
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    Design Brief: Chiller Plant Efficiency

    Though more costly to install and more complicated to operate, a chiller plant offers a number of benefits over simple packaged cooling units, including greater energy efficiency, better controllability, and longer life.

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  • Design Brief: Energy Efficiency Practices in Industrial Refrigeration
    January 12, 2010
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    Energy costs are a significant expense for facilities that operate industrial refrigeration systems. In new construction projects, significant energy savings can be achieved by incorporating energy efficiency technologies in the project design. For facilities being expanded or upgraded, ensuring the efficiency of the refrigeration systems can lead to significant energy savings without compromising productivity.

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  • Design Brief: Industrial Process Heat Recovery
    October 26, 2009
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    Process heating is a significant source of energy consumption in the industrial and manufacturing sectors, and it often results in a large amount of waste heat that is discharged into the atmosphere.

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  • Design Brief: Outdoor Lighting and Title 24
    August 5, 2008
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    The California Energy Commission (CEC) introduced new Outdoor Lighting Standards in 2005 to conserve energy and reduce electricity peak demand. The Outdoor Lighting Standards regulate lighting power, controls, and allowed lighting fixture types. Illuminated signs are also covered by the Standards.

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  • e-News #56: Balancing Act: Designing Effective Commercial Kitchen Ventilation
    November 1, 2006
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    The kitchen ventilation system is one of the largest energy-consuming end uses of a commercial food service facility. In a typical restaurant, the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system represents 20 to 30 percent of total energy consumption. The kitchen ventilation system can account for up to 50 percent of that HVAC load.

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  • Design Brief: High Intensity Fluorescent Lighting
    February 2, 2004
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    New high-intensity fluorescents outshine their high-intensity discharge competitors. They are often more efficient and feature lower lumen depreciation rates, better dimming options, instant start-up, and better color rendition.

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  • Design Brief: Skylights with Suspended Ceilings
    March 2, 2003
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    Traditionally, skylight wells in large, low-rise commercial buildings have been custom designed and site built, an expensive and labor-intensive process. This design brief explores the benefits of a better alternative: splayed modular skylight wells specifically designed for use with suspended ceilings.

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  • Design Brief: Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Design
    February 2, 2003
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    By properly designing the exhaust ventilation system for a new commercial restaurant, significant operational savings, energy efficiency, and environmental improvements can be achieved.

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Safeway & PG&E - Partners in Demand Response

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Safeway stores are voluntarily limiting their energy consumption during times of stress on the electric grid.

FreshChoice Keeps Energy Costs Down

Pacific Gas & Electric

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FreshChoice proves small and medium businesses can participate in demand response, while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for its customers.

Imagery Estate Winery - Glen Ellen

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Imagery Estate Winery increased the energy efficiency of their refrigeration system, saved money and reduced CO2 emissions through installing variable frequency drives on their glycol pump.

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