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TODAY’S FACILITY MANAGER – The HVAC Factor: Wireless Thermostat Conversion

Early in 2011, the City of Oakland (CA), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Quantum Energy Services & Technologies, Inc. (QuEST) established the Oakland Shines Program. This program, which deployed resources gleaned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, represented an ambitious energy efficiency effort for the city. A five million dollar grant enabled QuEST to offer significant financial incentives and to leverage PG&E rebates and assistance. More >

Building Operating Management (BOM) – Energy Efficiency: Working the Plan

Glenborough has built a reputation for energy efficiency across its portfolio. Now it's pushing for a new level of energy performance from its headquarters. The numbers tell the story for Glenborough, LLC, a full service real estate investment and management company. Ninety-five percent of its buildings either qualify for, or have received, the Energy Star label. The average score for the portfolio is 84 on a scale of 100, with Glenborough recognized as an Energy Star 2012 Top Performer. More >

Engineered Systems Magazine – Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats Deliver Smoother Upgrade

Operating and maintaining one of the nation’s top hospitals requires knowledge and experience; Walt Dubois has both. He has spent the last 13 years working at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, a 673-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital in Phoenix. It is composed of nine interconnected facilities and six additional onsite buildings, totaling more than 2.7 million sq ft. Holding both a principal engineer (P.E.) and certified healthcare facility manager (CHFM) designation, Dubois has been an invaluable asset. “This is a dynamic environment,” the facility manager says. “There is no room for complacency here.” More >

HPAC Engineering Magazine — Cushman & Wakefield’s 345 California Center

For Class A office buildings, which compete for the most prestigious tenants and command the highest rents, expectations are considerable. No one makes allowances for, say, a Class A building’s age or the types of systems installed. And so it is for 345 California Center, a 48-story, mixed-use property in San Francisco’s financial district. Looking to keep down costs while improving the tenant experience and making a statement about how technology is being applied to make the building work smarter and better, Chief Engineer Tim Danz sought to upgrade from pneumatic controls dating from the facility’s mid-1980s completion to direct digital control (DDC). More >

Green Building & Design – Glenborough’s VP of Engineering Hones in on Energy Conservation

For every one kilowatt of energy used in an office building, it takes about two or three kilowatts at a power plant to create that energy, and for Carlos Santamaria, vice president of engineering at Glenborough, that’s a few kilowatts too many. Something of an energy-conservation crusader, Santamaria is currently working with consultant teams to install metering, wireless pneumatic thermostats (WPTs), and energy controls and to implement mechanical-system upgrades to Glenborough’s 42-year-old corporate headquarters. More >

The BOMA Magazine – The Green Guide

The Wall Street Journal – NASA Ames Research Center Deploys Cypress Envirosystems’ Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat to Save Energy and Reduce Costs

Cypress Envirosystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq:CY), today announced that its Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) has been installed in fourteen buildings at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. The WPTs replaced almost 1,400 legacy analog pneumatic thermostats in approximately 1.5 million square feet of office and laboratory space in order to save energy, enable ongoing commissioning and reduce maintenance costs. More >

Buildinggreen.com – Cypress Envirosystems Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat named Top Ten Products of 2012 at Greenbuild

This is one of the most exciting and innovative retrofit products we've seen in a long time. It pretty seamlessly replaces an analog pneumatic thermostat with wireless digital controls, allowing much more granular energy automation, management, and data tracking than you will ever get out of a manual system. More >

BuildingGreen.com – BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week: Affordable Thermostat Retrofits: Analog to Digital in 30 Minutes

Replacing manual thermostats in commercial buildings with digital controls is usually expensive and invasive, but new technology costs far less and can be installed in less than half an hour. More >

Energy Solutions – ETAP Technology Seminar: HVAC WPTs – Chuck Frost (Video)

ETAP Technology Seminar presented by Chuck Frost at University of California at Berkeley. More >

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