DOE recognizes new energy standard
New York City — Commercial and high-rise residential buildings, along with federal buildings, must now meet requirements in the ASHRAE/IES 2007 energy standard after rulings issued by the Department of Energy.
Prior to the new rules, federal and commercial buildings had to meet requirements in the 2004 standard.
ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, has been established by the DOE as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.
As a result, states are required to certify by July 20, 2013, that they have reviewed and updated the provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency, including a demonstration that the provisions of their commercial building codes regarding energy efficiency meet or exceed 90.1-2007.
The DOE also has issued a rule that requires new federal buildings, for which the design for construction begins on or after Oct. 11, 2012, to meet the requirements of 90.1-2007.
Leonard Green and CVC complete acquisition of BJ’s
Westborough, N.H. — Private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and CVC Capital Partners on Friday completed their $2.8 billion acquisition of BJ’s Wholesale Club. The move, which takes the chain private, sets the stage for a stock delisting, effective Monday before the markets open.
The deal was announced in late June after months of speculation. BJ’s shareholders approved the buyout on Sept. 9. The chain currently operates 190 warehouse clubs in 15 states.
FacilitySource holds annual Leadership Symposium
Columbus, Ohio — Information sharing, expense benchmarking, innovative technologies, energy management systems, disaster preparedness and international facility management were ranked as the most important agenda topics by attendees at FacilitySource’s 5th annual Leadership Symposium, on Sept. 19-22.
The event brings together multi-location operators in the retail, restaurant, and other industries, along with their service provider networks. In all, over 400 representatives from service provider companies and over 50 client representatives attended the conference.
In addition, FacilitySource had its international leadership in attendance from the United Kingdom and Spain to discuss international retail maintenance and management options and opportunities. FacilitySource currently supports over 1,000 locations in the European market.
According to FacilitySource CEO, Bill Hayden, subject matter discussed included facility maintenance and management trends, such as disaster contingency planning, technology updates, and techniques for sharing critical operating data across retailers.