A few weeks ago I discovered a very interesting post on a blog (Smart Grid News) by their senior news editor Doug Peeples. It is an interesting article for us here at Enigin.
I would like to share this with anyone considering getting into or already in the energy saving business it will be an intyeresting read:
Commercial and industrial buildings suck up about 40% of U.S. electricity output. So it's a bit of a surprise that the building efficiency concept — and that includes commercial, industrial and residential buildings — took so long to heat up. But it is – finally – and what an obvious gold mine.
This is far from a comprehensive exploration of all things building efficiency. We just wanted to round up some of the innovations and projects that show what can happen by working with what you have.
First some things to think about:
- What's the big deal? According to The Cleantech Group, energy efficiency will overtake solar as a top investment target in 2010 and commercial and industrial buildings are a major focus. Why? Lower investment costs, financial incentives and faster payback.
- What's the government doing about it? The Energy Department is spending millions and millions of dollars on programs to improve building design with more efficient building components, systems and models for both existing building retrofits and new construction. DOE also is whipping out its checkbook for cool new energy efficiency technologies and worker training.
- Who's in the building efficiency game these days? Companies big and small, old and brand new. Some are going it on their own and many are partnering and acquiring: big companies with huge global footprints but little direct experience snatch up the young technology innovators.