Content about Energy

September 5, 2014

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology is transforming the way commercial buildings are cooled and heated. This smart, energy-efficient, and fully customizable HVAC technology not only provides comfortable air to occupants, but also opens design possibilities for architects and maximizes profitability for building owners. Mitsubishi Electric is leading the HVAC industry with its advanced VRF zoning solutions as America’s #1 selling brand in this market.

September 5, 2014

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology is transforming the way commercial buildings are cooled and heated. This smart, energy-efficient, and fully customizable HVAC technology not only provides comfortable air to occupants, but also opens design possibilities for architects and maximizes profitability for building owners. Mitsubishi Electric is leading the HVAC industry with its advanced VRF zoning solutions as America’s #1 selling brand in this market.

August 27, 2014

Retail facility directors continually look for ways to drive down operational costs, but are limited in their efforts without a strong control system. Installation of a facility control system can provide savings and improve operations of a small-format retail store if adhered to well.

August 27, 2014

The LED revolution sweeping the building industry is now ready for the next stage: intelligent lighting control, which has the potential to transform the retail environment by making it more flexible, better understood and connective with shoppers.

LEDs are inherently dimmable, and many LED products are sold with dimming capability regardless of how the owner plans to control them. Pairing dimmable LED lighting with lighting controls can accelerate energy savings, extend product service life, satisfy energy codes and provide greater flexibility.

August 27, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores is stepping up its use of solid-state lighting in a big way.

The discounter is installing LED ceiling lighting fixtures in new U.S. supercenters, Asda locations in the United Kingdom, and new and remodeled stores in Asia and Latin America — with 157 stores adopting the solution in 2014.

The new fixtures will use 40% less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores, which should help Wal-Mart meet its goal of reducing the kilowatt hour per square foot of energy required to power its buildings globally 20% by 2020.

August 14, 2014

Pizza Hut Inc. is deploying energy management systems from Entouch Controls at 500 corporate stores.

August 5, 2014

J.C. Penney Company will open its first-ever store in Brooklyn, further increasing its New York City footprint, on Aug. 29.

July 29, 2014

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has made a follow-on order for GenKey fuel cell units from Plug Power Inc.

July 8, 2014

LED lighting is a growing trend in buildings today and with very good reason. It delivers significant energy savings compared to traditional light sources, and the illumination, lifespan and color qualities of LEDs continue to impress.

June 26, 2014

Walgreens plans to incorporate energy-efficient LED lighting into its new stores going forward.

June 25, 2014

Smashburger is getting on the right track when it comes to reducing its energy use. The fast-casual, fast-growing better-burger eatery has deployed a Web-based energy management system that helps it identify energy cost-savings while also providing a consistent level of comfort.

June 24, 2014

It’s a common retail scenario: Last year, several sites deployed consistent schedules and set-points and also staged energy-consuming assets into groups that engaged at different times of the day. These executed measures led to significant kWh savings.

June 24, 2014

▲ Investing in energy conservation makes business sense: According to ASHRAE, energy is the second highest retailer operating expense. A new white paper by the Retail Leaders Industry Association (RILA) and Schneider Electric notes that recent weather extremes have increased energy costs for retailers, and the trend is expected to continue. Factor in potential electricity price increases in the near future, and increases in energy costs could be significant.

June 24, 2014

▲ Investing in energy conservation makes business sense: According to ASHRAE, energy is the second highest retailer operating expense. A new white paper by the Retail Leaders Industry Association (RILA) and Schneider Electric notes that recent weather extremes have increased energy costs for retailers, and the trend is expected to continue. Factor in potential electricity price increases in the near future, and increases in energy costs could be significant.

June 20, 2014

Chain Store Age magazine is accepting nominations for its first-ever “POWER BROKERS” list, which recognizes retail real estate brokers who have garnered a top-notch reputation based on tenant rosters, sales and leasing transactions in terms of dollar value and square footage, as well as for demonstrating a positive attitude, high energy, proven results, and in-depth knowledge of the industry.

May 16, 2014

Best Buy has exceeded its goal of reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020 as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge issued by President Barack Obama in 2011.

May 9, 2014

At an event with President Barack Obama, Walmart announced that it will double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020.

May 2, 2014

A stellar retail panel — Mark Friedman, manager of retail facilities, Coldwater Creek; Eric Johnson, director of store planning, design and construction, Brookshire Brothers Ltd.; and Bob Valair, director of energy and environmental management, Staples — shared first-hand accounts of their LED deployments and plans going forward at the SPECS session, “LED Lessons Learned, Strategies for the Future.”

May 2, 2014

Lighting plays a critical role in retail, and is rapidly evolving to meet changing regulations and customer needs. Dr. Laura Prestwood Thompson, director of the TCU Center for Lighting Education, Texas Christian University, discussed how stores and restaurants in 2025 will light their interiors and looked at the technologies and trends that will impact retail lighting during the SPECS workshop session, “Lighting 2025.”

“The quality of light is key,” Thompson said. “You create an aesthetic for your brand that impacts the customer experience.”

May 2, 2014

Technology is no longer the sole province of “IT geeks,” or even marketers and finance executives — it is also now a focal point of such operational departments as store planning, energy management, construction management and real estate.

In recognition of the huge impact technology is having on store operations, SPECS 2014 held a series of hands-on tech boot camps, with the first one devoted to design, development and facilities, the second to operational technology, and the third to social media trends and tools.

May 2, 2014

Walgreens provided an up-close look at its new location in Evanston, Ill. — distinguished as the nation’s first net zero energy store — during a super-session at this year’s SPECS conference. Initial engineering estimates — which can vary due to the weather, store operations, systems performance and other factors — indicate that the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 220,000 kilowatt hours per year.

May 2, 2014

Walgreens provided an up-close look at its new location in Evanston, Ill. — distinguished as the nation’s first net zero energy store — during a super-session at this year’s SPECS conference. Initial engineering estimates — which can vary due to the weather, store operations, systems performance and other factors — indicate that the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 220,000 kilowatt hours per year.

May 2, 2014

Increasingly, retailers are using ambient lighting to impact the in-store experience. Andrew Peck of Enlighten Luminaires spoke with Chain Store Age about retail lighting trends and the rapidly expanding use of LEDs.

What are the biggest concerns when it comes to illuminating merchandise?

Retailers are most concerned about the way products look, and enhancing the shopper experience.

Where does LED lighting fit into this scenario?

May 1, 2014

In an era of Big Data, retailers are finding new ways to leverage that information to improve processes and consumer engagement. However, there’s one area where Big Data can have a big impact that companies in the retail space may be missing: real estate.

Mark Ledbetter, global VP retail strategy for SAP, recently spoke with Chain Store Age about the promise of Big Data for retail real estate, and how retailers can best take advantage of it.

Where does retail real estate data originate?

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