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- Design Brief: Pumping System Troubleshooting
encountered in existing buildings during retro-commissioning
- Design Brief: Understanding Daylight Metrics
it is important to understand the various
daylight terms, calculation methods, and metrics that are used in
the rating systems and by the daylighting community.
- Design Brief: Cool Roofs
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.
- Design Brief: Demand Response
that encourages customers to reduce or shift their
electric power usages under certain conditions to help utilities to
overcome temporary constraints in the electricity supply.
- Design Brief: Outdoor Lighting and Title 24
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
- Design Brief: Integrated Building Design
design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building
operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting
- Design Brief: Energy Management Systems
systems save about 10 percent of overall annual building energy
consumption. An energy management system (EMS) is a computer that
controls the operation of all major building systems, in order to
run the building efficiently and effectively. An EMS can reduce a
building's overall energy use by about 10 percent.
- Design Brief: Efficient Lighting Systems
that reduce energy consumption also improve the visual environment
and provide maintenance savings. Lighting systems offer
extraordinary opportunities for cost-effective energy savings. In
addition, many strategies for reducing lighting energy use often
can improve the visual environment.
- Design Brief: Lighting Controls
productive in a well-lit space that fosters better visual comfort.
Lighting controls can increase the value of commercial buildings by
making them more comfortable, productive, and energy efficient.
These controls work either by turning lights off when they are not
needed or by dimming light output so that no more light is produced
- Design Brief: Glazing
influencing glazing selections, whole-building lifecycle analysis
is the best tool for determining the most costeffective solution.
Few decisions that a designer makes have more impact on the
appearance and utility of a building than the glazing
- Design Brief: Building Integrated Photovoltaics
photovoltaic technology, design teams may supply solar energy to
building systems, integrate the technology seamlessly into the
building design, and provide an economical renewable energy source
for building owners.
- Design Brief: High Intensity Fluorescent Lighting
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.
- Design Brief: Integrated Design for Small Commercial HVAC
methods for rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
(HVAC) systems, significant improvements in operational savings,
energy efficiency, and indoor comfort can be achieved.
- Design Brief: Underfloor Air Distribution and Access Floors
access floor systems can provide energy savings, improved indoor
air quality, and a technology ready environment for today's
- Design Brief: Radiant Cooling
more efficient, more comfortable, more attractive, and more
healthful than systems that circulate air. Unlike most cooling
systems in California, which circulate cold air to maintain
comfort, most radiant cooling systems circulate cool water through
ceiling, wall, or floor panels. "Coolth" from that water is then
absorbed by occupants and interior spaces according to the dynamics
of thermal radiation.
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Suburban Water Systems – Covina
Southern California Edison
Suburban Water Systems by utilizing pump testing services have
motivated them to use energy-efficient technology which has lowered
their energy usage and costs.
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