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Building Operating Management (BOM): Zeller Realty, ComEd, Cypress Envirosystems, JLL: Project Upgrades Tenant Experience at Chicago Office Building

Chicago — The illuminated crown at the top of 311 South Wacker (see photo) is prominently featured in the Chicago night skyline. The 1.3-million-square-foot Class A commercial office building was built in 1990 and acquired byZeller Realty Group in 2014. The new owner significantly upgraded the infrastructure and amenities to provide an upscale tenant experience, committing to projects that aligned with its environmental sustainability goals. Total project cost was $878,197. With incentives from the ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program, Zeller upgraded the building's energy management system and common-area lighting. It installed and connected 944 wireless pneumatic thermostats to an Internet-enabled energy management system that tracks and controls electricity use through a computerized network of monitors and sensors.   More >

Zeller Realty Group News — State-of-the-art Energy Saving Systems at 311 South Wacker generate $402K Energy Award from ComEd

ComEd presents its largest energy award for a commercial building to Zeller Realty Group Chicago – ComEd presented a Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Award of $402,318 to 311 South Wacker–its largest award given for a commercial real estate project. Zeller Realty Group, the building’s property manager, installed a state-of-the-art energy saving system and LED lighting to earn this substantial award for the West Loop office tower. “311 South Wacker is the first major office tower in Chicago to install wireless Pneumatic thermostats connected to a cloud-based intelligent building system. A total of 944 thermostats were installed by our engineering team in record time,” said Consolato Gattuso, Vice President of Technical Operations, Zeller Realty Group. “The system allows sophisticated algorithms to utilize real time data to make operational energy saving decisions.” More >

JLL News – 311 South Wacker: Smartest Building in Chicago

Zeller Realty had a vision when it bought 311 South Wacker, a 1.4-million-square-foot iconic office tower in downtown Chicago, in 2014 – to make it the city’s model of energy efficiency. With the help of ComEd, JLL and Cypress Envirosystems, they have done it. First, the site team replaced the old thermostats with wireless pneumatic thermostats through Cypress Envirosystems. 311SWackerphoto More >

US GSA’s Green Proving Ground Identifies the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat as a Best Practice

The wireless pneumatic thermostat (WPT) is a new technology that can be retrofitted to an existing pneumatic control system. WPTs give conventional pneumatic controls the energy-conserving functionality of more contemporary control systems, such as direct digital controls (DDC), but at a fraction of the cost. More >

Automated Buildings – The University of Toronto Selects Cypress Envirosystems for their 2014 Green Ribbon Award

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 20, 2014 – Cypress Envirosystems today announced that it has been selected by the University of Toronto for its prestigious Green Ribbon Award highlighting extensive work in improving the efficiency of buildings throughout its campus with the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT). The University recognizes outstanding achievements in campus sustainability annually by awarding the Green Ribbon to only one external partner, in addition to students, faculty and staff. The University of Toronto’s Green Ribbon is the latest in a series of key customer and industry awards that Cypress Envirosystems has received. Cypress Envirosystems and its products have also been awarded the Building Operating Management’s (BOM) Top Products Award, Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) News Gold Award, Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Best Emerging Technology Award, Building Green’s Top-10 Products Award, and many others. More >

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 >

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