Resources for Office Buildings
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Pacific Energy Center (PEC)
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- Curtis Instruments, Inc. - Peak Day Pricing Case Study (PDF, 266 KB)
- Bank of America (PDF, 208 KB)
- Adobe Systems (PDF, 677 KB)
- Laser Devices (PDF, 192 KB)
- Yahoo! (PDF, 328 KB)
- Office Buildings Fact Sheet (PDF, 121 KB)
- Automated Benchmarking Service Fact Sheet (PDF, 186 KB)
- Retrocommissioning Fact Sheet
- Interior High-Bay Lighting Fact Sheet (PDF, 344 KB)
- LEED Fact Sheet (PDF, 419 KB)
- California High Performance Lighting Program Fact Sheet (PDF, 304 KB)
- Energy Management Solutions for Existing Buildings Fact Sheet (PDF, 345 KB)
- Solar Control Window Film Fact Sheet (PDF, 550 KB)
- Turn off non-essential indoor/outdoor lighting, signage, window displays and office equipment not in use (i.e., printers, copiers, shredders, coffee makers).
- Turn off decorative features, such as fountains, lighting and ambient audio and video displays.
- Pre-cool work areas, then cycle constant air volume heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units or temporarily re-set static pressure in variable air volume HVAC, turn off ceiling fans and room fans, and raise temperature settings.
- Some facilities with package air conditioning units can do load cycling, temperature reset, and possibly pre-cooling.
- Turn off beverage vending machines and shift use of icemakers before or after an event.
- Conduct meetings during events to minimize use of equipment.
- Charge batteries and battery-operated equipment prior to an event, then unplug battery chargers and use only pre-charged equipment during an event.
- Adjust employee schedules and shifts so that times of increased production or energy use occur before or after planned events.
- Complete dishwashing and housekeeping activities before or after an event.
- Turn off or turn down boilers, pumps, fans and equipment not in use, especially in printing facilities.
- Turn off excess elevator banks and escalators (as permitted).
- Turn off or turn down chillers, and reset chilled water temperature.
- Adjust variable speed drive controls to reduce load from fans, pumps and chillers.
- Apply ventilation control – temporarily reducing outside airflow can help reduce cooling demand.