Category: Energy Management and Lighting

This Halloween, Protect Your Facilities from Energy Vampires, Creepy Crawlers, and More Scary Problems!

Although it’s time for Halloween, don’t be frightened by energy vampires, water witches, scary ghosts, and creepy crawlers. Here at Facilities Management Advisor, we want to give you a treat (and it’s not a candy bar). We know that what might scare you the most is not the bogyman, but high energy costs and the […]

DOE Announces $84.5M for Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a Notice of Intent (NOI) announcing $80 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make public K-12 schools more energy efficient and lower their energy costs, including some of the nation’s highest-need schools. The funding is the first tranche of the Renew America’s Schools grant program created by […]

The 5 Aspects of Facility Energy Management

It is important for facilities professionals to learn not only how to manage energy but also how to incorporate conservation and sustainability into their facilities. James Myers, P.E., ProFM, principal of Myers Services, recently gave a webinar on the “5 Aspects of Energy Management,” sponsored by Avetta and ABM, for Facilities Management Advisor. He has […]

Improving Building Maintenance with Thermal Camera Inspections

Thousands of professionals today in the field of building diagnostics are using a range of thermal cameras for electrical inspection, optical gas imaging, and even to lend support to industrial automation. In facilities management, infrared camera technologies are most often deployed and used as handheld devices, but they are also available as unmanned aerial systems or […]

The Cybersecurity Threats Facing Smart Buildings

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so Facilities Management Advisor chose to repost this highly relevant article, originally published in April 2022. The threat of cybercrime impacts all businesses, no matter how big or small they are. The more advanced our operations become through modern software, the more open they are to outside attacks. […]

U.S. Manufacturing Partners Save $10.6B in Energy Costs Under ‘Better Plants’ Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2022 Better Plants Progress Update, a report highlighting more than 270 manufacturers and water utilities who partner with DOE to increase energy and water efficiency. Collectively, these partners have saved $10.6 billion in energy costs, 2.2 quadrillion British thermal units (Btus) of energy, and more than 130 million […]

GSA, Southern Co. Partner to Boost Efficiency at a Dozen Federal Facilities in Georgia

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is partnering with energy company Southern Co. to increase efficiency in 12 federal buildings across Georgia, reducing GSA’s carbon footprint and improving overall sustainability. The upgrades will focus on lighting, HVAC, water conservation, and more. Two Southern Co. subsidiaries—utility Atlanta Gas Light and distributed energy provider PowerSecure—are coordinating the improvements. […]

Inflation Reduction Act Has Historic Climate and Energy Investments

On Aug. 16, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), a comprehensive package that includes nearly $370 billion in historic climate and energy investments. “The Inflation Reduction Act invests $369 billion to take the most aggressive action ever—ever, ever, ever—in confronting the climate crisis,” said Biden. U.S. Environmental Protection […]

Webinar Watch: 5 Aspects of Energy Management

Utilities are generally the biggest non-personnel piece of a facility’s budget. At a time when energy prices are at an all-time high with no relief in sight, Facilities Management Advisor’s free webinar will explore ways to manage a facility’s utility use and energy budget. Thursday, August 25 Webinar | 5 Aspects of Energy Management Time: 2:00 PM – […]

Johns Hopkins University Meets Two-Thirds of Energy Needs with New Solar Project

Supported by a landmark commitment from Johns Hopkins University, a brand-new solar facility is now up and running, providing the university with two-thirds of its annual electricity use from clean power. With this agreement—one of the most substantial clean energy pledges by any higher education institution in the U.S.—Johns Hopkins achieved its goal to cut greenhouse gas […]