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Is Retrocommissioning Worth it for Facility Managers?

Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 02:39 / by Guest blogger Faith Munsell, Star Service posted in Energy Audit, Retro-commissioning, Retrofit, Building Energy, Energy Savings, energy efficiency

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Is Retrocommissioning Worth it for Facility Managers?

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Wayne State’s Administration Building Saves $20K/yr with Simple Energy Facelift

Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 02:35 / by Jim Newman posted in Retro-commissioning, Energy Audit, Energy Savings, Building Energy, building automation, energy efficiency

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In 2015, Wayne State University’s Academic Administration Building, Detroit, MI, was facing many of the same concerns as other office buildings of similar age. Tenants (in this case University employees) repeatedly complained to building maintenance staff that they were “too hot” or “too cold.” And the costs of running the building kept creeping up.

As part of a DTE Energy and Nexant Retro-commissioning (RCx) project for no-cost and low-cost energy conservation measures (ECMs) with short-term payback, Newman Consulting Group (NCG) conducted an ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Analysis and RCx Study on the building. We uncovered several opportunities that would not only make tenants more comfortable, but also save money. The DTE RCx program, however, dictated that any measures eligible for rebates from DTE under their Energy Optimization program could not be included in the ECMs implemented for this project, e.g., LED lighting, high-efficiency motors, or VFDs, to name a few. Still, we were able to make significant improvements.

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IAQ Radio: Indoor Air Quality, Productivity, Health, Energy Conservation and Legal Liability: How to Avoid Problems, or How Much Does a Lawsuit Cost Compared to Good IAQ?

Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 03:26 / by Cliff Zlotnik, IAQRadio.com (Guest Post) posted in HVAC, IAQ, Environmental Law, Retrofit, Retro-commissioning, indoor air quality, sick building syndrome

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On Friday, February 26, Jim Newman was interviewed by Joe Hughes and Cliff "Z-Man" Zlotnick of IAQRadio.com. They asked Jim to join them on air and share more detail from his Keynote presentation at this year's Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Annual Meeting, held in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the ASHRAE Convention. After the interview, Z-Man published the following blog. 

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Developing a Long-term Capital Funding Plan for Managing Your Existing Building

Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 02:02 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Retrofit, Building Energy Quotient, PACE, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Retro-commissioning, Energy Use Index

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Follow these three must-do steps for success.

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The Importance of Optimizing HVAC Efficiency (NFMT)

Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 03:48 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Codes & Standards, Building Energy Quotient, Sustainability, energy efficiency, Energy Audit, Recommissioning, Retro-commissioning

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James L. Newman is a noted speaker at the upcoming National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT), held on October 7th and October 8th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. NFMT Vegas recently spoke with Newman.

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