DOE releases data on how to achieve 50% energy savings in stores and other commercial buildings
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy and the DOE national laboratories have released technical support documents that suggest how to achieve 50% energy savings in four key commercial building sectors: general merchandise, grocery store, lodging, and medium office buildings.
The initiative is taking place less than two years after launching the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative, which aims to achieve marketable net-zero energy commercial buildings by 2025.
The technical support documents were created by the DOE national laboratories under the direction of DOE’s Building Technologies Program. They describe the assumptions, methodologies, and analyses used to reach 50% energy savings over ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 The technical support documents demonstrate that higher levels of energy performance can be achieved in the commercial building industry. These reports are often the basis for Advanced Energy Design Guides –“how to” guides that target architects, engineers, and other design practitioners.
The recommendations for general merchandise stores, include:
- Reduce lighting power density by 47%, and install occupancy sensors in the active storage, mechanical room, restroom, and office zones;
- Add a vestibule to the front entrance to reduce infiltration;
- Equip rooftop HVAC units with high-efficiency fans;
- Install daylighting sensors tuned to a 46.5 fc (500 lux) set point;
- Reduce south facade window-to-wall ratio by 50%;
- Replace baseline exterior walls with better insulated constructions; and
- Reduce plug loads to 10% of peak during off-hours in high plug load stores.
Macy’s boosts ‘Believe’ campaign
NEW YORK Macy’s announced that it is expanded its “Believe” campaign this holiday season to support the Make-A-Wish Fundation.
This year, the retailer is launching a national Santa Tour, an honorary National Believe Day, a “Yes, Virginia” animated special, a new TV commercial featuring Queen Latifah, and an interactive Believe Web site at macys.com/believe.
“Macy’s Believe effort really inspired people last holiday, and customers and communities across the country responded in a big way,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Not only did we collect more than a million letters and hit our $1 million goal for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but we saw wonderful and unexpected examples of schools and communities coordinating letter drives to help support this effort. To build on that excitement this year, Macy’s Believe campaign will layer on new elements including taking Macy’s Santa on tour, designating a special Believe Day to celebrate the holiday spirit, and premiering a new animated holiday special that tells the ‘Yes, Virginia’ story. This holiday, America will be inspired to Believe again.”
Report: B&N says consolidation key to business health
During an investor presentation on Oct. 27, Barnes & Noble said that in order to survive its stores need to do well in addition to its online division.
According to Publishers Weekly, executives spoke of consolidation and how this would help the health of the business. The book retailer currently operates 700 superstores. Taking steps toward reducing the number of stores, B&N will close all of its Dalton outlets by the end of January.