Elevators, escalators, aisles of merchandise, display cases, dressing rooms, food concessions, cash registers—we navigate through these brightly lit temperate spaces regularly without a thought to the power needs that go into facilitating our shopping experience. With on- and off-peak hours of operation, varied occupancy, and a goal of providing consistency to customers, retail stores are great proving grounds for energy management. Now imagine walking out the doors of a shopping mall or big box store a few hours after sunset. Between the parking lot and the greater surroundings, does a haze define the ambiance; are buildings and street crossings lit up in ways that are either jarring to the eyes, or somewhat indistinct? Or can you clearly see exactly what you need to safely enter your car and drive in a community dotted with well-contained, localized lighting? Is the night sky peacefully dark except for the moon and stars, or is it just something you can vaguely recognize is “out there”? We are running several articles in this issue of Business Energy that speak to the demands and difficulties of managing energy, human comfort, and environmental stewardship in today’s urban and suburban landscapes. They testify to the expertise and thought coming forth from many product manufacturers, energy managers, builders, and agency stakeholders, in spite of constant and sometimes conflicting codes and considerations. One is our Facility Focus by Dan Rafter, “Large Retailers Increasingly Ready to Tackle Energy Efficiency” (pg. 10); another is Pete Hildebrandt’s “A Darker Future May Be a Better Fit for Businesses and Communities” (pg. 32), a feature about protecting the night sky from light pollution, which helps limit energy waste while conserving beauty. Ed Ritchie’s “The LED Lighting Revolution Continues” (pg. 26) article also discusses applications for retail, as well as hospitality and office spaces. It makes sense to look at these very visible buildings, parking lots, and roadways in this Energy Efficiency Issue. Energy efficiency, while more than a buzzword, is still a developing practice. Yet, if stores like Big Lots and Staples, and installations like the Oakland Bay Bridge, can scale down their energy use, no doubt the rest of us can, too. There is a great deal of technology available to help us. On May 14, Forester University, our online professional education division, will be hosting Jared Higgins on the subject of the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) update. You can sign up at Forester University’s website ( http://bit.ly/1CqcQY2 ) to participate, or watch the archived webcast after the fact. Higgins bears the titles of Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, Commissioning Process Management Professional, and Green Globes Partner. He is a Corporate Associate and Team Leader for Mechanical Engineering with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., prominent in his work in both mechanical systems design, and energy services including policies and codes. He is also one of six national Vice Presidents of AEE (the Association of Energy Engineers) after having initiated and served in leadership in his local chapter. He has written papers for AEE and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, and has spoken on energy modeling and other topics. Higgins will discuss the history, goals, and various provisions of the IECC, originally published in 2000. Prior to that different states and regions had their own codes and best practices until a group, the International Code Council, formed to bring about consolidation. Higgins told me that he did some work on it during the last update, in 2012. He held a regional road show, visiting such places as municipalities and school districts around Texas to offer education about audits and building permits. “Most people, they know about the health and safety codes,” said Higgins, but when it comes to the energy efficiency codes it’s the one that isn’t weighted as heavily, “because it doesn’t impact health and safety.” A road show is a very grassroots approach, and sometimes that is what it takes to funnel a grand message down to individual implementers who may be very busy as well as unaware. IECC is aiming to get to where all new construction is at net zero and has begun to address existing buildings, too. BE Editorial Advisory Board David Baldwin President Aquarian Technology Systems Lexington, OH Jeff Dummermuth Director, Energy and Engineering Big Lots Stores Inc. Columbus, OH J. Michael Edwards Principal Power Recruiting Group Houston, TX Justin Fortmeyer, P.E. Project Manager Patton Air Conditioning Fresno, CA Jim Moxley Assistant Vice President of Facility Management Healthsouth Corp. Birmingham, AL James W. “JT” Thielman, CFE Director of Operations–SMG SeaGate Convention Centre/ Huntington Center Arena Toledo, OH David Van Holde Senior Engineer & Project Manager SBW Consulting Inc. Seattle, WA Barry Worthington Executive Director, US Energy Association Washington DC Michael Zimmer Executive in Residence & Senior Fellow Ohio University Athens, OH
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