Williams Valley upgrades to begin this summer

TOWER CITY — Williams Valley School District will undergo $7.36 million in renovations over a two-year, two-phase plan unveiled to the school board May 14. Superintendent Donald Burkhardt said it can all be done without a tax increase.

Shayne A. Homan, director of Energy Services, and Bill Smith, project engineer with McClure Co., Harrisburg, outlined the plan.

Homan said the district contacted his firm about a year ago, asking McClure to assess the energy needs; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; air sealing and window and roof structures of its elementary and high school campuses.

Under the State Act 39, the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act, the district would be able to negotiate contracts for the scope of work, based on energy savings and having a contractor guarantee performance at the “tail end” of the project. It’s estimated the district may be able to save as much as $2 million over a 20 year period with the efficiency upgrades, Homan said.

The district now spends about $300,000 a year on utilities. The high school uses a combination of propane and electric. The high school’s HVAC system is more than 40 years old. The ventilation system is not alarming but needs to be brought up to code. The high school’s roof is 25 years old and needs to be replaced.

The elementary building uses oil and electric, Homan said. Its HVAC system is 22 years old. Improvements would include converting the elementary boilers to propane, control upgrades, sealing up the building and replacing the 20-year-old roof. The elementary currently has a predictable leak, which has been causing repeated damage to the gym floor.

He said the projects will include improving interior and exterior lighting throughout; transformer upgrades; small motor controls; roof replacements at both buildings; HVAC upgrades for the gym, auditorium and offices at the high school; and fixing humidity issues in the elementary cafeteria.

Phase one of the project would cost $3.8 million and would begin this summer, with the bulk of the work being completed in the summer months, while the students are not in class, according to Homan.

Phase two would cost $3.56 million and would include addressing the high school HVAC issues. Phase two would begin next summer in 2016.

The high school and elementary building now have limited areas where air conditioning is available. After phase one, the elementary cafeteria will also have air conditioning. After phase two is completed, all of the high school rooms, including classrooms, would have air conditioning capability.

Burkhardt said he was excited about the renovations the district will undertake. He called the roofs “in dire need of replacement.” Burkhardt said the district is waiting for the state to release money for low-cost loans; or the district would pay for the project “out of pocket” with available funds and no tax increases will be needed.

Board President Daniel Stroup thanked Director Tedd Johns for spearheading the renovation project with McClure Co.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the preliminary 2015-16 General Fund Budget with expenditures of $15,185,440 and revenues of $14,524,633. All taxes would remain stable under the proposed spending plan. The budget will be on display for 30 days for the public’s review.

•Heard from head archery coach Adam Kravatz, who presented an end-of-season report. Kravatz said the varsity team placed fourth in the state and recorded its best team score ever. The junior varsity team placed ninth. The archery team participated in a Wounded Warrior fundraiser and has been interested in developing a local archery league.

CM N Chadrababu Naidu orders action plan on energy conservation

Sunday, May 24, 2015, Hyderabad: In order to expedite the energy efficiency and energy conservation activities (EE and EC) and to involve all sections of the people/consumers in an integrated approach, Chief Minister N Chadrababu Naidu has directed the officials of State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) and Energy Department to prepare a comprehensive action plan which paves the way for realising expected energy savings.

No doubt, with the consorted efforts of the administrative machinery our state of AP stood number one in the country in the implementation of LED bulbs distribution under DELP scheme and replacement of ordinary street lights with LED street lights. But one should not satisfy with this, we should become one of the role model states in the world,  the Chief Minister said.

Recognising the consistent efforts of state government, in implementation of DELP scheme and for creating LED revolution in the state, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Central Government, has sanctioned a grant of Rs. 50 lakhs in the first phase towards creating awareness on EE and EC.

On this occasion, G Sai Prasad, Secretary to Chief Minister, Ajay Jain, Secretary, Energy and  Infrastructure Investment Department, along with A Chandra Sekhara Reddy, CEO/ SECM, have submitted the cheque of Rs. 50 Lakhs received from BEE, Centre to the Chief Minister, at AP Secretariat, an official statement said here today.

Recalling the history created by Self Help Groups of Andhra Pradesh in community savings, the Chief Minister, has directed the officials to utilize their services in promotion of Energy savings both in Rural and Urban Areas for realizing the targeted goals in Energy conservation for the benefit of the state and as well as Individuals.

Mr Sai Prasad, appraised the Chief Minister that considerable energy savings to the tune of about Rs 90 crores per annum were possible in Guntur and Anantapur Districts alone with the implementation of DELP Programme. – UNI

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You can think of these efforts like a commercial version of Extreme Home Makeover. “We’re going to come in and replace all that old equipment with new, updated technology that will be more efficient and effective; provide maintenance system that keeps the uptime; and provide a better outcome around improved quality of life,” says Madden. “All for what you’re billing today.” Honeywell submits proposals for specific projects, conduct audits, and negotiates the scope of the contract. Once the work is completed, if the savings meet or exceed what has been guaranteed, the government pays the third party that financed the upgrades. “If we miss the targets, we have to make up the difference,” Madden says. Honeywell Building Systems has a high degree of confidence in the proposals it makes because it’s completed more than 5,700 such programs. (In all, according to a 2013 Department of Energy report, energy service companies like Honeywell Building Systems had estimated combined revenues of $6.4 billion.)

Schools announce energy savings

An energy conservation program in Pitt County Schools saved the district more than $256,000 in eight months, the school system reported.

The program, a partnership between the district and energy conservation company Cenergistic, is led by energy specialists Grant Anderson and Fred Collard.

“A big part of what we do is going in early, going in after hours, on weekends, holidays, checking temperatures, checking equipment. Making sure things are running when they’re supposed to be and things are not running when they’re not supposed to be,” Anderson said.

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Pepco Energy Uses Window Film to Save a County on Energy Bills

Arlington, Va.-based Pepco Energy Services Inc., has implemented a Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Florence County, South Carolina. Under a contract, Pepco Energy will implement some-more than $6.6 million of appetite potency improvements, including window film, during thirty Florence County facilities.

The products are “guaranteed to save some-more than $432,000 annually and $7.6 million over a term, while also addressing vicious infrastructure needs,” according to a association statement.

The commissioned appetite potency measures embody installing window film, high potency lighting apparatus such as light-emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofits and H2O charge measures among others.

“This appetite potency plan compulsory no upfront investment by a county, and formed on a appealing rate during that a plan was financed, will some-more than compensate for itself over a tenure of a lease. In further to a County receiving new high potency equipment, we will also advantage from poignant upkeep and other cost savings,” says Kevin Yokim, financial executive of Florence County.

The plan is approaching to revoke Florence County’s appetite use by 20.7 percent relations to plan baseline. After doing of a ESPC project, a county will surpass a appetite potency mandate determined by South Carolina’s appetite potency law, that set a idea of shortening appetite use for state agencies and open propagandize districts by twenty percent by Jul 1, 2020 as compared to year 2000 levels.

According to a matter by Pepco, this plan is approaching to furnish scarcely 3.7 million kilowatt hours of electric savings, 14.4 thousand therms of healthy gas any year. The plan will revoke a County’s CO footprint by 7 million pounds annually, that is homogeneous to a carbon-reducing opening of some-more than 1,000 acres of trees.

Extracting the real value in ESOS

Extracting the real value in ESOS

Hugh Jones, managing director of Carbon Trust Advisory, looks at the compelling business case of energy efficiency and how businesses can take advantage of the UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to improve business performance.

Very often, new regulation and the need for compliance is perceived as a burden on business: in many cases even the policy benefits are obscured by complaints of red tape or financial cost. But the ESOS regulations are different. They are actually not a burden to business at all. They make clear business sense with minimal disruption.

But we know that despite the rock-solid case for putting time and resources into improving energy efficiency, many businesses are still missing out. The rationale is obvious, the technologies are proven, the finance for capital projects is available, and yet businesses have a frustrating tendency to focus on revenue generation and domain specialisation rather than minimising unnecessary energy use.

At the Carbon Trust we have supported tens of thousands of British companies in becoming more energy efficient, and we are yet to come across one that doesn’t have substantial opportunities for further improvement. Many businesses can reduce energy bills by as much as 20 to 30 percent. In almost every case the size of available savings, when coupled with comparatively short payback periods, combine to make the sort of compelling business case that would cause most finance directors to sit up and take serious notice.

For example, the Carbon Trust helped Doncaster-based housebuilder and social housing provider Keepmoat to become one of the first companies in the country to notify the Environment Agency of ESOS compliance. Going through the process of a company-wide energy audit built up a detailed picture of energy consumption patterns and identified opportunities for improvement.

This helped Keepmoat to identify potential savings that amount to around a quarter of the company’s current energy consumption. Some of the more surprising opportunities included a refrigerated vending machine storing nothing but crisps, and an entire office lighting system that had been enclosed following a refurbishment, but was still active. And implementing all cost-effective recommendations could save the company as much as £1.5 million on operational costs every year.

We would urge every business that needs to comply with ESOS to look for the value in going beyond simple compliance. Taking an approach that focuses on meeting the regulations by doing the bare minimum runs a serious risk: that is, missing out on very real improvements in business performance from identifying and implementing cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities, reducing energy waste and lowering overheads.  And businesses should take advantage of this today, so that savings can be realised as soon as possible.

Read more about the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme here and find out how the Carbon Trust can help your organisation go beyond compliance here.

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EU Smart Campus Pilot Achieves 30% Energy Savings

May 22, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

SmartA three-year Europe-wide Smart Campus project targeted energy efficiency in non-residential university buildings and reached a 30 percent energy savings.

Smart Campus was funded by the European Commission, and used Enoro’s centralized meter data management Generis to collect the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validate it and provide the campuses with feedback on how the forecast compared to the actual results.

The Generis platform integrated with several different metering systems as part of the Smart Campus pilots. The project achieved energy savings in different locations and with different test scenarios:

  • In Luleå, Sweden, over 20 percent energy was saved in office space and car heater experiments.
  • In Lisbon, Portugal, new apps were created that enabled the students to vote for the kind of lighting and temperature conditions selected in the campus areas.
  • The pilot campus in Helsinki, Finland, successfully tested several lighting scenarios resulting in energy saving investment plans as well as reaching around 20 percent savings by training the kitchen staff.
  • In the Milan, Italy, pilot using automated system sensors, involving the campus community and implementing new smart solutions resulted in savings from 30 percent up to 60 percent in heating, HVAC and lighting scenarios.

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Solar Gard Returns to Sponsor WFCT 2015

San Diego-based window film manufacturer Solar Gard, has sealed on to be a Sponsor of a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT). The eventuality is set to be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a award-winning Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Reno-Sparks Convention Center and will embody educational seminars, an muster gymnasium and a attendee-favorite Tint-Off™ competitions.

During a conference, attendees will be means to take partial in educational seminars by attention leaders and consultant speakers, network on a uncover building with window film and paint insurance film manufacturers and suppliers, as good as perspective 3 Tint-Off™ divisions.

We spoke with Lawrence Constantin, executive of sales and marketing, on what Solar Gard will be charity on a uncover floor.

WFM: What products and/or services will your association be displaying in a counter over this three-day show?

LC: In further to a extravagantly renouned Clearshield® Pro – a next-generation paint insurance film (PPF) that delivers seamless insurance to some-more automobile areas than ever before – we entice dealers to check out a stretched Galaxie™ automotive film array (now accessible in VLTs of 12, 30 and 45). Gary Benoit, a contriver of Solar Gard’s ComputerCut® film-cutting software, will also be using in-booth demonstrations of this system, now including a back loader!

WFM: What done we confirm to Sponsor a 2015 International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™?

LC: Continuing to grow any year in significance, a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ is such an critical eventuality for a industry. Dealer/installer training and education—as good as strengthening a common window film community—are essential to formulating successful window film entrepreneurs, and any year we demeanour brazen to being partial of this sparkling time together.

WFM: Why is a uncover critical to a window film industry?

LC:  WFCT is where a window film attention comes together. Dealer attendees can bond with manufacturers and yield feedback on products and resources, as good as build relations with associate business owners. It’s a ideal forum for window film professionals to share designation techniques, internal selling ideas and advice, and their possess singular knowledge in handling a successful business operation.

WFM: Does your association have any recommendations for a Tint-Offcompetitors?

LC: We wish all a contestants a best of luck, and can’t wait to declare a talent showcased any year in a Tint-Off™. There’s no off-season for competitors wanting to exam their skills in front of this tellurian audience, so cruise any automobile that comes in or architectural plan you’re awarded as a new event to ideal your technique and urge your speed!

WFM: Will Solar Gard offer any specials during a show?

LC: We’ll really be charity some appealing incentives on both a automotive and architectural films—start formulation now to stop by a counter and save!

Global Window Films Has a New Distributor

Global has found a new partner to assistance discharge a products in seven states.

The window film manufacturer has teamed adult with Dragon Distributing to form Global-Dragon, formed in Kansas City, Mo. The placement core will offer Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi and North Carolina.

“As a placement company, we are really vehement to be aligned with Global Window Films,” says Vince Vogler, boss of VEI companies, Dragon’s primogenitor company. “Global Window Films controls each aspect of a production routine starting during a molecular turn to a finished product. This ensures a tip quality/consistent product day in and day out for a Global Window Films dealer.”

‘SMART CAMPUS’ cuts energy use by 30% – Energy Live News

‘SMART CAMPUS’ cuts energy use by 30%


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A new initiative has helped reduce energy use by 30% in university buildings across Europe.

The three-year ‘SMART CAMPUS’ project aimed to achieve energy savings of up to 20% by changing users’ behaviour in non-residential university campuses.

Funded by the European Commission, the project used Enoro’s computer software ‘GENERIS’ which collected energy usage data from pilot campuses and provided them with feedback.

It resulted in major energy savings in different locations.

In Sweden more than 20% was saved in offices and car heater experiments and in Finland 20% was saved by training kitchen staff in lighting scenarios.

Anders H. Lier, President CEO, Enoro said: “GENERIS collected the energy consumption data from the pilot campuses, validated it and provided the campuses with feedback on how the forecast compared to the actual results.”

Mr Lier said the energy savings can be achieved on a European-wide scale.


HERO PACE program helps homeowners with water and energy savings



The cities of Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista have approved a program to help homeowners conserve water and energy.

The HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy Program is a new form of financing provided to help residents install water-saving technologies, solar, HVAC, energy-saving windows and more. HERO enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make water- and energy-efficiency improvements and pay them off through their property tax bill.

Property owners repay the assessment in five, 10, 15 or 20 years. Interest is tax deductible, and homeowners see immediate savings on electric and water utility bills.

Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista joined five other communities in Solano County in adopting the HERO Program.

Benicia, Dixon, Vacaville and Vallejo, as well as the unincorporated areas of the county, all launched the program in the last 12 months and have funded more than $4 million in efficiency upgrades so far. Fairfield, Suisun City and Rio Vista residents may begin submitting applications for HERO financing this summer.

“Homeowners know that investing in energy and water efficiency saves money in the long run,” said Blair McNeill, vice president of Community Development for Renovate America, the company that administers the HERO Program. “Now most homeowners can access affordable financing to make these efficiency upgrades. HERO is helping homeowners realize tomorrow’s energy efficient future today.”

The HERO Program has now been adopted by 313 communities in California. HERO’s success in California is part of a national trend, with PACE programs now flourishing in 31 states. The new financing model is quickly becoming a cornerstone of America’s push for cleaner power and energy independence.

As California’s drought drags on, eligible retrofits give homeowners a fast, affordable way to lower their water bill and conserve a desperately-needed resource. HERO has more than 50 product lines to help homeowners save water, including high-efficiency toilets, faucets and showerheads; drip irrigation systems; rainwater catchment systems; gray water systems; and artificial turf and drought-tolerant landscaping.

A wide variety of energy-saving products are available through HERO as well. Some of HERO’s most popular products include solar power panel installations, whole-home heating and cooling (HVAC) systems, energy-saving windows and doors, and roofing and insulation.

HERO now serves more than 10 million households in California. It has helped fund almost 32,000 residential efficiency projects, totaling more than $621 million in financing. By stimulating home renovation activity, the HERO program increases demand for contractor services. In this way, HERO has helped to create 5,270 jobs in CA since beginning in earnest in December 2011.

Cities and counties need only pass a resolution in order to make PACE programs like HERO available to local property owners. The program has received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the Urban Land Institute Best of the Best and the Southern California Association of Governments President’s Award for Excellence. Taking part in the HERO Program is 100 percent voluntary for both jurisdictions and property owners. The program is cost neutral to participating local governments.

For more information, visit www.HeroProgram.com.

Free Casino Play for International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off …

The International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT), sponsored, orderly and managed exclusively by Window Film magazine, facilities tip attention players on a muster building any year. Now in a 15th year, a 2015 eventuality will be hold Sep 30 – Oct 2 during a Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev.

Enjoy your time in Reno while relaxing in a oppulance of a four-diamond, award-winning horde hotel, a Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. A ignored room rate of $94 USD per night, and tax, has been done accessible during a Atlantis Casino Resort Spa for participants of WFCT. Be certain to book your room(s) early, as they go quickly. You might call 800/723-6500 and ask for a International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off block and give formula SAGWF. This rate will be accessible by Sep 8, 2015 during 5:00 p.m. PST on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees staying during a horde hotel will suffer nominal Internet and self or cheuffer parking as good as many other amenities. Not to mention, as a new combined bonus, WFCT attendees staying during a Atlantis Casino Resort Spa within a ignored room retard will accept $10 of giveaway play. So, now’s your possibility to strike a jackpot!

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Car Window Tint Fort Lauderdale Available At Pocket Friendly Prices

May 20, 2015

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Two reasons have surfaced a list for homeowners to go for automobile window stain Fort Lauderdale and also for window stain in their homes; comfort and privacy. The bee line for automobile tinting and residential as good as blurb window tinting is vast for West Broward Window Tinting, a association that has been charity this use for many years now.

One of a orator of a association speaks about a automobile window stain Fort Lauderdale service, ‘Traveling needs to be gentle and that is what a automobile window stain does for a automobile owner. Stuck in a trade in a summer object or parking a automobile in an outside lot can lift a interior feverishness of a automobile to a good extent. With a best peculiarity automobile window tinting from West Broward Window Tinting, it is probable to revoke a outcome of a solar feverishness thereby gripping a interiors of a automobile comfortable. Opting for automobile window stain Fort Lauderdale is a contingency or else a excellent leather and suede seats, plush cloth interiors and vinyl dashboards have to mostly bear a brunt of a boiling sun.’  

As distant as residential window stain Fort Lauderdale is concerned, West Broward Window Tinting also offers this use during rival pricing. The ultra violet rays of a object are  are a series one means of repairs to floors, curtains, blinds, domicile furnishings, excellent design and other home contents. West Broward Window Tinting uses a top peculiarity window film, restraint damaging UV rays, shortening glisten thereby safeguarding a house.

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One of a World’s Top Tinters ‘Finally’ Starts His Own Company

After fifteen years of experience, fixation in a International Window Film Tint-Off twice—winning a bullion award once—and apropos a well-respected actor in a window film industry, Randy Humphries has taken a confidant step into entrepreneurship.

After 15 years in a business, Randy Humphries started his possess company, Tint Works in Burlington, Mass.

After 15 years in a business, Randy Humphries started his possess company, Tint Works in Burlington, Mass.

Burlington, Mass.-based Tint Works distinguished a grand opening final Saturday with owners Humphries during a helm. His association offers automotive, residential, blurb and paint insurance and vinyl film designation services.

“It’s been my dream,” Humphries says. “It’s a small stressful, of course, though that comes with opening a business. But now we can do whatever we want—and we suffer that.”

Owning a window film association was a healthy subsequent step for Humphries, who’s set himself detached in a attention in a final integrate of years. In 2013, he took home a pretension of “World’s Best Automotive Window Film Installer,” and in 2014, placed third in a architectural division.

Despite only celebrating a grand opening, things are busy, according to Humphries. “I’m slammed right now,” he says. He hopes to sinecure soon, though for now, he’s a one-man-show.

Humphries competes in a 2013 International Window FIlm Tint-Off.

Humphries competes in a 2013 International Window FIlm Tint-Off.

“Right now, I’m scheduling to where we can hoop it,” he says. “When it gets to a indicate when we can’t hoop it, we’ll go from there.”

Humphries distinguished a grand opening with friends, family and business associates.

“While he is new to being a store owners he is a clever chairman with core family values. His mother is concerned in business and together they are peaceful and open to learning. They possess a training spirit,” says Solar Gard sales and selling executive Lawrence Constantin.

Berkshire Hathaway, GE Invest $22.5 Million in Israeli Energy-Saving Software …

Berkshire Hathaway, GE Invest $22.5 Million in Israeli Energy-Saving Software eVolution

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Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary IES Holding, and GE Ventures have invested $22.5 million in Israeli based eVolution Networks, an energy savings solutions for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs).

Founded in 2011 by CEO Roy Morad and CTO Idan Cohen, the company had previously raised $4 million from Breslau Capital. With the new funding, eVolution Networks plans to expand its worldwide presence and promote its solutions to new industries, such as data center energy management.

CEO of eVolution, Roy Morad, said: “Energy costs are a huge problem for mobile operators, constantly forced to expand their network to support the growing data demand from subscribers and the Internet of Things (IOT). However, the way networks are designed today doesn’t allow operators to wisely “right size” their energy use according to live traffic demand. eVolution Networks’ Smart Energy Solution eliminates this problem.”

eVolution solution analyzes the mobile network’s traffic which needs and adjusts the use of the network’s resources based on real-time demand from subscribers. This adaptive and unique approach to managing the network’s resources has been deployed by Tier-1 operators such as Telefonica Group and has proven to save millions of dollars annually on energy bills.

“This team’s management experience and strong technical background have helped establish eVolution Networks as a leader in the telecommunications energy efficiency market. eVolution Networks is poised for tremendous growth as more customers and business partners realize the benefits provided by the technology,” said Bill Fehrman, president of Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary IES Holding. “This funding will be used to capitalize on this potential, boost the company’s growth worldwide and establish eVolution Networks products and technology as an industry standard.”

Worldwide figures show the telecommunications industry is responsible for 3 percent of the global energy consumption. This translates to an estimated $20 billion spent yearly by mobile network operators. Smart Energy Solution offers an answer by making the networks as efficient as possible through data analysis and advanced load management.

“Given that energy costs are the largest portion of operating expenses for telecom operators, a 35 percent reduction in energy usage with Smart Energy Solution will have a significant impact on profitability,” said Jonathan Pulitzer, Senior Director at GE Ventures. “GE Ventures is investing in eVolution Networks because of this potential for savings and the positive impact on global energy consumption.”

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City of Burlington cuts energy costs 12 per cent in 2014

A bit more complicated than simply remembering to flick off the lights, the city’s energy management efforts last year led to a 12 per cent cost reduction compared to 2013.

Energy savings for the year resulted in a $525,414 windfall, with $241,035 coming directly as a result of natural gas efficiencies in city facilities.

Burlington also saved another $298,579 in total electricity costs for both facilities and street/traffic lights.

At the May 12 Development and Infrastructure Committee meeting, Mayor Goldring praised staff, but asked what the projection for reductions looked like over the long term.

“In 2014 we had a colder winter and natural gas consumption was 10 per cent less than 2013, so obviously you’re doing a lot of things right, but do you keep everybody enthused when there’s less gains to be made?” he asked.

Ahmed Azhari, the city’s energy project management co-ordinator, said “energy awareness” among staff is key to future success.

“To train people and change their mentality on how they look at energy,” Azhari said, explaining their goal going forward.

“Also, keeping up with the energy efficiency technologies is a very important factor, and very effective.”

In 2014, the city initiated 11 projects to improve energy management, including retrofitting five facilities with LED lights.

A friendly competition among staff at six community centres last year also resulted in a 23 per cent drop in energy consumption at those facilities, or $10,000 in savings.

Azhari told councillors energy management consultants recommend the city accept only projects that have a five-year or earlier payback.

The $125,000 budgeted for LED upgrades currently underway at the Locust parking garage reach those targets with annual projected cost savings of $24,000.

Also new for 2015 is a web-based Buildings Energy Management System that allows the city to track energy consumption and cost data using real time meters.

Overall, the city’s efforts resulted in a 460-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, or an eight per cent drop compared to 2013.

Keep Your Cool By Boosting The Performance Of Your Existing Windows

WASHINGTON–(Business Wire)–Homeowners may continue to suffer their singular mirror potion windows and
benefit appetite fit advantages for adult to 80 percent less than a cost
of new deputy windows with a veteran designation of window
films instead, according to a International Window Film Association (IWFA).

In team-work with a National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), the
eccentric group obliged for last how good a glazing
product will perform a duty of appetite saving, a IWFA is
providing entrance to their leaflet that helps consumers and
professionals to rate window films.

“Most veteran remodelers know a NFRC rates a opening of
windows, doors, and skylights, however many do not know it also
certifies a opening of window film,” pronounced Tom Herron, executive of
communications and selling for a NFRC.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates singular mirror windows are in 33
percent of residential buildings and 40 percent of blurb buildings
and comment for about 25 percent of a building’s appetite use or loss.

“Window film not usually works smarter when it comes to appetite savings,
it’s a greener choice,” pronounced Darrell Smith, executive executive of the
nonprofit IWFA. “Window film can be fast commissioned on existing
windows with minimal intrusion to daily slight and it gives new life
to once old-fashioned windows so owners save on energy, avoiding both removal
and ordering costs of a existent windows,” combined Smith.

In addition, many window film products retard adult to 80 percent of the
sun’s infrared appetite to revoke solar feverishness benefit and cooling costs. Other
advantages embody scarcely expelling UV rays that minister to
interior vanishing and repairs a skin.

The NFRC leaflet can be found here on a IWFA website in a Consumer
Section underneath a Literature heading, http://www.iwfa.com/consumer/Literature.aspx
along with other free
consumer booklets
.

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manufacturers that facilitates a expansion of a attention by providing
research, conversion process and compelling consumer recognition of the
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DOE Approves Addition to Biomass Plant at Savannah River Site

SavannahRiverSiteBiomassSourceAmerescoThe Department of Energy is expanding a biomass generation plant at its Savannah River Site. The project is part of the department’s Energy Savings Performance Contract program, in which a private company finances and maintains energy equipment in federal facilities. Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco plans to boost output of the six-year-old 20-MW plant by 3 to 4 MW. Ameresco received $795 million to build the original plant, which uses forest residue and wood chips as fuel, and the expansion.

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Inhofe Seeks to Trim NRC Budget

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Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, chairman of the Environmental and Public Works Committee, thinks it’s time to scale back the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s budget. He said despite a lower-than-expected workload associated with new nuclear licensing and review processes, the commission’s budget has grown by 34% and its workforce by 25% in recent years.

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s workload is decreasing, but regulations are increasing,” he said. “I am going to work with Senate appropriators to adjust the NRC’s budget.”

Inhofe said breadth of the NRC’s oversight is also increasing in an effort to drive up the cost of compliance. “Every increase in regulation makes it more difficult for nuclear energy to remain cost competitive, and I believe there’s an intention to make that happen,” Inhofe said.

More: Nuclear Energy Institute

NRC Revising Rules on Foreign Ownership of Nukes in US

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is changing how it assesses foreign ownership of U.S. nuclear reactors. Current regulations prohibit foreign ownership of commercial reactors, which is creating problems for some planned new commercial nuclear generating stations. Two years ago, NRC ruled that Unistar Nuclear Energy, a subsidiary of French company EDF, could not build a proposed plant on the site of the Calvert Cliffs nuclear station in Maryland.

The commission has told its staff to come up with a plan to set guidelines for partial foreign ownership. NRC said the decision to revise rules takes into account “the realities of today’s interconnected and global nuclear energy markets.”

More: World Nuclear News

DOE Approves Operations at Texas LNG Terminal

Cheniere Corpus ChristiThe Department of Energy has given final approval for the Cheniere liquefied natural gas export terminal near Corpus Christi, Texas. Houston-based Cheniere plans to have the terminal in operation by 2018. The approval grants the facility a license to export up to 2.1 billion cubic feet of LNG per day for up to 20 years to countries with which the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement. Dominion Resources’ Cove Point LNG terminal in Lusby, Md., received the same authorization last week.

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DOE Warns Against Chinese Investment in LNG Projects

FreeportSourceFreeportThe Department of Energy is advising American firms against allowing Chinese investment in U.S liquefied natural gas projects, an industry executive said. Freeport LNG chief executive Michael Smith said the warning has led to a dearth of gas export deals with China. “We were advised by the DOE to be careful who our customers were, because this is very political,” Smith said.

More: China Economic Review

Feds Approve Shell Arctic Drilling Plan

RoyalDutchShellSourceShellThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Royal Dutch Shell’s oil-exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea after the company submitted a renewed and reinforced plan for its Arctic drilling operations.

“We have taken a thoughtful approach to carefully considering potential exploration in the Chukchi Sea, recognizing the significant environmental, social and ecological resources in the region and establishing high standards for the protection of this critical ecosystem, our Arctic communities and the subsistence needs and cultural traditions of Alaska Natives,” BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper said. “As we move forward, any offshore exploratory activities will continue to be subject to rigorous safety standards.”

Shell still needs to obtain other permits, including one to moor its equipment in Seattle’s harbor. A city-hosted hearing on that is scheduled for this week, but protests were already forming by Saturday.

More: U.S. News World Report

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ADI Energy wins place on Army Corps of Engineers contract roster

SMITHFIELD, R.I., May 18 (UPI) – The U.A. Army Corps of Engineers has added ADI Energy of Rhode Island to its list of companies for energy efficiency and renewable energy services.

The work will be performed through task orders awarded under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Energy Savings Performance Contracting Task Order Contract, which carries a total $1.5 billion value.

A total of 14 companies are now recipients of the contract, which is for five years, with a five-year option.

“We are very excited to help the U.S. government become more effective and efficient operators of energy systems,” said John Rizzo, president and chief executive officer of ADI Energy. “This award reinforces our belief that in a collaborative way, we can deliver cost-effective energy solutions that have a fundamental impact on the U.S. economy.”

ADI Energy said its work will involve the design, construction and operation of energy savings projects to help military installations meet mandated energy savings goals.

ClearSign Field Test At Aera Validates Savings In Operating Costs With Industry …

Increase in efficiency validated; Duplex™ Technology now operating at 52 Million Btu/h

Seattle, WA /PRNewswire/ – ClearSign Combustion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLIR) announced today it has validated a measurable and significant increase in energy efficiency in a Once-Through Steam Generator (OTSG) used for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operating at Aera Energy LLC’s Belridge field outside Bakersfield, CA. The unit, now operating at a higher firing rate, continues to provide sub 5 PPM NOx while maintaining steam capacity and quality.

ClearSign Chairman and CEO, Steve Pirnat, said “This is a significant milestone achievement for the company. We have now validated at a customer site, and at full industrial scale, that Duplex Technology can achieve the industry’s lowest NOx emissions, and that it actually increases energy efficiency. To our knowledge, Duplex is the only low-NOx combustion equipment that can make this claim. Proving that effectively lowering emissions doesn’t have to result in a cost penalty is truly a game-changer. This is a win for the environment and a win for the customer.”

ClearSign reports the superior environmental performance of Duplex Technology has been validated at an increased firing rate of 52 Million Btu/hr, while also showing a thermal efficiency improvement of the order of 1% when compared to a baseline case with a conventional low NOx burner without Flue Gas Recirculation (FGR). OTSG systems typically operate with FGR to lower NOx emissions. FGR, however, penalizes thermal efficiency, increasing fuel and electricity costs. ClearSign estimates the comparison of Duplex versus systems operating with FGR will provide an overall energy savings of as much as 3 – 4%, representing a reduction in annual operating expense of between $90,000 and $100,000 at current local natural gas and electricity prices. The validation demonstrated the supply of steam at the capacity and quality required for oil field operations.

In February it was reported that, using ClearSign Duplex Technology, the OTSG unit was operating at 42.5 Million Btu/hr while meeting the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Rule 4320, which requires NOx emissions of 5 PPM or less (corrected at 3% O2).

About Aera Energy
Aera Energy LLC is one of California’s largest oil and gas producers, accounting for nearly 25 percent of the state’s production. With headquarters in Bakersfield, most of the company’s production is centered in the San Joaquin Valley. Aera also has oil field operations in Ventura and Monterey counties.

About ClearSign Combustion Corporation
ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs, develops and markets technologies that drive to improve key performance characteristics of combustion systems, including emissions and operational performance, energy efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness. Our patent-pending Duplex™ and Electrodynamic Combustion Control™ platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a broad range of markets, including the chemical, petrochemical, refinery, power and commercial boiler industries. For more information, please visit www.clearsign.com

Cautionary note on forward-looking statements
This press release includes forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Except for historical information contained in this release, statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding our assumptions, projections, expectations, targets, intentions or beliefs about future events that are based on management’s belief, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. While we believe that our expectations are based upon reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurances that our goals and strategy will be realized. Numerous factors may affect our actual results and may cause results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by us or on our behalf. Some of these factors include the acceptance of existing and future products, the impact of competitive products and pricing, general business and economic conditions, and other factors detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the SEC. We specifically disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

ON THE ROAD: How most window tinting is legally allowed? – Press

Q. Given that a California Vehicle Code prohibits really dim tinting of a front chair side windows of cars, because are so many drivers with bootleg and vulnerable tinting not given citations? Steve Higbee asked that question.

“The formula (section 22708.2 specifically) does concede sunscreens on a front side windows if a motorist has a (documented) medical reason, though a screens contingency not be used after dark,” a Banning proprietor said. “I frequently do see vehicles with a bootleg tinting. What are those drivers perplexing to hide? Texting or some other distracting activities? Just ask large supply drivers about distracting activities that they see from a high perches of their cabs.”

Higbee remarkable what he termed “a high turn of trust” compulsory of all motorists when pushing on open roads.

“One aspect of that trust is a need to make eye hit with associate drivers,” Higbee said. “Since a motorist dim behind those dim windows is invisible to me, it is formidable to settle that essential eye contact. We contingency trust that a associate drivers will stop during red lights and stop signs, and make protected line changes, for example. But if that motorist is radically ‘blinded’ by a dim tint, do we even know if he or she can see anything – generally during night?”

Higbee remarkable that, as an occasional “two-wheeler” driver, he prolonged ago “learned to float meaningful I’m invisible to other drivers.”

“And some of them,” he added, “believe motorcyclists and bicyclists do not go on open roads. Some drivers, too, simply are clueless. Sadly, too many seem to expostulate as if they are a customarily ones on a road.”

A. The car code’s territory 26708 – patrician “material interference or shortening driver’s view” – is extensive and impeded with legalese language.

Some of a highlights:

• A vehicle, in general, legally can be versed with any form of coloured element on a back window(s) and/or a side windows located to a back of a motorist – supposing a car has right-side and left-side outward back perspective mirrors.

• If a back window is tinted, or differently lacks a pure view, a side mirrors any contingency yield a pure back perspective for during slightest 200 feet. The section’s resolution C explains mandate for element that might be practical to a tip area of a front windshield.

• Subdivision D (which seems generally germane to Higbee’s primary concern) allows designation of a clear, colorless, pure element on a vehicle’s front-seat side windows (on both a motorist and newcomer sides of many vehicles) – supposing such element has smallest manifest light transmittance of 88 percent and it meets sovereign reserve standards. It also contingency be designed to raise a existent window’s ability to retard ultraviolet A rays. And such information (plus information about a installer) is documented on a certificate carried inside a vehicle.

“For front-seat side windows, customarily bureau potion that meets sovereign Department of Transportation mandate for a slight stain slope is allowed,” late California Highway Patrol Lt. Mike Soubirous told The Press-Enterprise in a Dec. 9, 2013, trade column. “No additional stain is authorised on these (front side) windows, period. The pure tints accessible on a marketplace indeed have element embedded that knocks out 75 percent or some-more ultraviolet light. That’s some-more than full dim limousine tint, that routinely blocks adult to 35 percent of ultraviolet light.”

How can a assent officer establish that front side windows are tinted?

“With a window rolled down partway, there is a two-to-three millimeter opening that exposes where a stain starts, so it doesn’t flay off a window. And a comparison is stark,” Soubirous said. “CHP customarily will supplement this to a reference if interlude a motorist for something else. Or they might make a stop only for a tint.”

Confused about state or internal trade laws? Send questions and concerns, with your name, e-mail address, phone series and city of residence, to [email protected] Or phone 951-368-9670.

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May 15, 2015: DOE Invests $4 Million to Strengthen Building America Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $4 million in funding to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for homes through its Building America program.

DOE’s Building America program develops cutting-edge innovations and resources with industry partners to spur the residential buildings market to adopt energy efficiency measures that will provide 50 percent savings in new homes by 2025 and 40 percent savings in existing homes by 2030.

A major focus of the work is home heating and cooling. Typically, said DOE, heating and cooling account for 40 percent of a home’s energy consumption, the largest single energy use and more than water heating, refrigeration, and lighting combined. In 2014, U.S. homeowners spent $70 billion to heat their homes and $24 billion to cool them. Improving the energy efficiency of home HVAC systems and building envelopes (roof, walls, and windows) could reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling by as much as 70 percent.

For these Building America projects, teams will focus on developing and implementing solutions to three inter?related core technical challenges: high performance building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating and cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and high performance ventilation systems and IAQ strategies. DOE will fund projects that develop and demonstrate integrated solutions to any or all of these core technical challenges and primarily focus on solutions for the hot/humid, mixed humid, and cold climate zones. Together these climate zones cover most of the country, but have very different requirements. These projects will demonstrate techniques that address these requirements, while promoting energy efficiency at a reasonable cost and preserving indoor air quality.

Home Innovation Research Labs Inc. (HIRL) was selected to conduct three projects focused on advancing solutions for moisture-managed, high performance envelope systems in all three climate zones.

HIRL will develop wall system design guidance, as well as improve methods for assessing and improving moisture durability of envelope assembly systems.

HIRL will also study an innovative approach to roof insulation retrofits, in which nailbase insulated panels are installed over the roof deck before re-roofing. These panels can be installed in one step and result in semi-conditioned attics that can reduce HVAC energy use by at least 10 percent.

HIRL will also conduct additional research into extended plate and beam (EPB) wall systems, which were initially developed in a previous Building America project. EPB offers a simplified method for incorporating 2 inches of continuous rigid insulation into a traditional 2-by-4 framed wall assembly. The EPB wall system is based on the construction technique most commonly used by builders, which increases its chances for market adoption.

The Levy Partnership Inc.: The Levy Partnership’s project will demonstrate highly insulated envelopes and simplified high-efficiency HVAC systems that can routinely achieve 50 percent energy savings over 2009 International Energy Code Commission requirements in all three climate zones in two of the largest affordable housing market segments, which are manufactured housing and Habitat for Humanity International Affiliates. Researchers will develop low-cost, highly efficient comfort system designs to enable these homes to use a single-point ductless mini-split heat pump. These heat pumps would significantly reduce HVAC system costs.

University of Central Florida (UCF): UCF will study advanced whole house residential construction practices for production builders that can achieve 50 percent whole house energy savings compared to houses built to code in hot/humid climates. The project will work directly with leading production builders to: 1) demonstrate and validate a new cost-effective attic insulation system that is much more energy efficient; 2) demonstrate and validate high-efficiency variable-capacity space conditioning systems that better manage comfort and cost tradeoffs in low load homes; and 3) test a new “smart” ventilation system innovation that controls air temperature and humidity while maintaining indoor air quality.

Gas Technology Institute: The Gas Technology Institute will develop a systems approach for managing air sealing, ventilation, and air distribution to improve a retrofitted home’s energy use while maintaining acceptable IAQ. Ventilation energy savings of up to 30 percent are possible from airflow control. The focus would be primarily the cold climate zone.

Integrated Building and Construction Solutions (IBACOS): IBACOS will investigate a proposed Thermal Comfort Rating Method, which will be applied to a new plug and play HVAC distribution system design. This project will result in state-of-the-art comfort distribution systems that perform better, as well as a thermal comfort metric with the potential to help builders and HVAC contractors measure and communicate the value of improved comfort delivery systems in all three climate zones.

Since 1995, Building America has funded research, development, and demonstration in residential building energy efficiency, which has resulted in innovations that support every aspect of the home building industry. For more information, visit http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-america-bringing-building-innovations-market.

Publication date: 5/11/2015

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Westchester communities join to seek lower energy bills

Mike Gordon says he’s pleasantly surprised by the response to his effort to lower people’s energy bills.

The Sustainable Westchester co-chairman has been taking something called “community choice aggregation” on the road, pitching an electricity- and natural gas-buying pilot program from town to town.

The program could bring down the cost of energy bills, and is proving more popular than Gordon — or the green group he helps run — expected.

“It’s kind of an intense time,” Gordon said. “I felt we’d be lucky to hit 20 percent of the county in the end, but most (town) supervisors and mayors are telling me that it’s a fiscal no-brainer.”

Croton-on-Hudson, North Salem, Bedford, Somers and Pleasantville have signed on to the project, which the state Public Service Commission allowed Sustainable Westchester to pilot in February.

Under the program, Sustainable Westchester will bring a group of villages, towns and cities together and collectively negotiate energy prices for their residents. People in those towns who want to stick with Consolidated Edison or NYSEG — or find another energy provider on their own — can do so.

In other states that have run such programs, including Illinois and Massachusetts, participating residents have seen drops in their energy bills. In Westchester, Gordon is projecting $80 million in savings countywide — a 20 percent savings from what residents as a whole pay now.

And he’s hoping one or more cities signs on.

“In our first (round of bidding) we could be north of 40, maybe even north of 50 percent of the (county’s) homes, depending on whether some of the big dogs get in,” he said, referring to Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle.

Currently, New Yorkers pay the fourth-highest energy prices in the contiguous United States. But local residents have been slow to embrace community choice aggregation, even as their elected officials get on board.

“I really don’t want you to be involved in my electricity purchases. You can’t guarantee me savings,” Pleasantville resident Michael Latari told Gordon at an April 27 village board meeting. “I chose to stay with Con Edison.”

In Croton, the concern was over residents having to opt out of, rather than in to, the program.

Kevin McClone worried Croton residents might not be aware of the change.

“I am not for this,” he said, “because of this one stipulation.”

Gordon says people are reluctant to change their default way of getting power.

“They’re afraid of that. I understand that,” he said. “As we move toward new models that will shift paradigms, it requires a little bit of molting of our last skin.”

His hope is to finalize the list of participating municipalities and issue a request for proposals by mid-June. Bids would be due the following month.

The hope, according to Gordon, would be to get a provider to lock in a three-year deal at a price below the past year. Another option would be a deal that would guarantee savings, but not set an exact price.

“It’s fun,” he said. “Every day, the kinds of things that you can do with this kind of local empowerment, they’re unlimited. Suddenly, every player in the market wants to work with Sustainable Westchester.”

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World Champion installer charts new march for success with Solar Gard®

(PRLEAP.COM) 2013 WFCT Automotive Tint-Off Champion Randy Humphries selects Solar Gard as disdainful provider for new window film business

Saturday, May 16, 2015 – Burlington, MA – Solar Gard, a association of Saint-Gobain, a tellurian personality in a development, production and placement of specialty films, is vehement to announce a preference as a disdainful retailer to Tint Works Boston in Burlington, Massachusetts. Owned and operated by Randy Humphries — a multiple-time Window Film Conference Tint-Off (WFCT) endowment personality – Tint Works Boston will applaud a grand opening Saturday, May 16.

“While a series of general designation awards Randy has won over a years is an implausible achievement, what creates him such a good play partner for Solar Gard is his joining to superb patron service, along with a beliefs and firmness he brings to a business,” pronounced Lawrence Constantin, Director of Sales and Marketing – Americas. “We are gay to join Randy for a grand opening and respected to be a disdainful film provider of Tint Works Boston.”

Tint Works Boston offers Solar Gard window film solutions for automotive, residential and blurb business via a Greater Boston area, as good as Clearshield® Pro, Solar Gard’s automotive paint insurance film. Additionally, as a newest member of a Panorama® Dealer Network, Tint Works Boston will lift a premier line of Panorama architectural window films. On Saturday, May 16, Tint Works Boston will applaud with a grand opening featuring installations on high-end and classical vehicles, including a Ferrari 458 California. Representatives from Solar Gard will also be in assemblage to assistance commemorate a opening.

“It is an sparkling day for me and my family,” pronounced Randy Humphries, owners of Tint Works Boston. “We are committed to world-class installations and service. It is that goal of providing a highest-quality work, products and use that sets us detached in this area, and we are assured that with that commitment, business will follow.”

When asked because — over a margin of competitors – Humphries motionless to partner with Solar Gard, he replied:

“I like how Solar Gard treats their people. It’s not a dollar figure to them, it’s a matter of element and that goes a prolonged approach with me. In a end, all we have is a word and we know that Solar Gard lives adult to theirs.”

On tip of his 15 years of experience, Randy Humphries’ accolades embody 2013 WFCT Automotive Tint-Off Champion, 2014 WFCT Architectural Tint-Off – 3rd Place, and countless informal awards.

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About Solar Gard
Solar Gard definitely impacts lives with products that protect, save and renew. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Solar Gard creates attention heading architectural and automotive window films, as good as tradition coatings.

A multiplication of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, a auxiliary of Saint-Gobain, a universe personality in a medium and construction markets, Solar Gard’s architectural solar control window films are proven CO disastrous and revoke tellurian hothouse gas emissions.

Solar Gard products are sole in some-more than 90 countries underneath a Solar Gard®, Panorama®, Quantum® and Solar Gard Armorcoat® brands. For some-more information, revisit www.solargard.com.

About Saint-Gobain
Located in 64 countries and with scarcely 193,000 employees, Saint-Gobain, universe personality in habitat, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to accommodate a hurdles of growth, energy-saving and environmental protection. World personality in high opening plastics, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio (USA). The association employs 4,500 employees in 16 countries. Its product offer includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and liquid systems. For some-more information, revisit www.saint-gobain.com and www.plastics.saint-gobain.com.

New Urea Policy alters energy math, encourages production: CRISIL

The new urea policy announced by the Cabinet on Monday might not be uniformly beneficial for industry. The policy tightens energy consumption norms and aims to increase production by two million tonnes. This, said a CRISIL report, would have a mixed impact.

While the new norms on energy savings would be a credit negative, as these reduce the profit on production up to a specified cut-off capacity, profit can be higher for production beyond that threshold. The policy was announced for the next four financial years. It is aimed at maximising indigenous urea production and promoting energy efficiency in units to reduce the subsidy burden on the government.      

“It will enable the domestic urea sector having 30 urea producing units, to become more energy efficient, would rationalise the subsidy burden and incentivise urea units to maximise their production at the same time,” said a government statement.

It is expected to result in additional production of around 2 million metric tonnes annually. Presently, India is importing about 8 million metric tonnes of urea out of total demand of 31 million metric tonnes.

The new policy is yet to be notified but the government estimates subsidy savings of Rs 2,600 crore in four years by resetting energy consumption norms. There will also be indirect savings of Rs 2,211 crore (total savings will be Rs 4,829 crore) on account of revised specific energy consumption norms and import substitution respectively during the next four years.

The negative impact of the policy will depend on what norms are applicable for each unit and the scope for further efficiencies. The positive impact will depend on capacity utilisation, specifically, the extent of production possible and fixed-subsidy allocated per tonne in order to incentivise production  So far, urea manufacturers have benefitted because their energy consumption has been less than the norms set by the government.

According to CRISIL, this will be directly mopped up from the bottomlines of urea manufacturers as stricter norms will translate into lower gains from energy savings unlike before. However, the policy will push manufacturers to further enhance their energy efficiencies.

Urea production can be divided into two parts: production up to cut-off capacity (nearly 90 per cent of domestic capacities) and production beyond cut-off capacity (nearly 10 per cent of domestic capacities)

For production beyond cut-off, the prevailing subsidy was linked to import-parity prices of urea. But in the last financial year, import-parity price fell, domestic natural-gas prices rose, and consumption of imported re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) increased because of which the production beyond cut-off capacity profit had dried up for most manufacturers. Depending on the domestic-imported gas mix, and the absence of any change in policy, production beyond cut-off had become unviable for some manufacturers.

CRISIL said the New Urea Policy aims to increase domestic output by encouraging production beyond cut-off. But the extent of increase in profits can be ascertained only when the fixed subsidy for it, if any, is known.

The increase in profit will largely offset the impact of tightening of energy norms for production up to cut-off. And fixed subsidy for production beyond cut-off capacity will add to stability in cash flows. For urea manufacturers that haven_t revamped their plants and do not produce beyond 100 per cent capacity, the policy will largely be negative.

Among the companies that are likely to be impacted by the policy are Chambal Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited, Indian Farmers Fertilisers Co-operative Limited, KRIBHCO Shyam Fertilizers Limited, Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited, Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited, National Fertilizers Limited, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers and Tata Chemicals Limited.

Earlier the government had approved gas pooling policy under which gas was provided to all urea units at a uniform price. It had decided in January to allow urea producers to produce neem coated urea up to 100 per cent of production and making it mandatory to produce a minimum of 75 per cent of domestic urea as neem coated, so that farmers are benefitted.

Neem coated urea gives higher crop yields and is not required in high quanitites while using the same plot size as other urea variants. Underground water contamination due to leaching of urea also gets reduced since nitrogen in the neem coated urea gets gradually released to plants. This variant of urea is not fit for industrial use, so chances of its illegal diversion to industries will also be lesser.

The market retail price (MRP) of urea for the farmers has been kept the same at Rs  268 for a 50kg bag. excluding local taxes. Farmers have to pay an additional price of only Rs 14 a bag of neem coated urea.

The government decided to continue the existing subsidy rates for phosphatic and potassic (PK) fertilisers (22 grades including DAP, single super phosphate (SSP), muriate of potash (MOP) etc.) under the Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) policy for the current year. Subsidy rate for DAP remains same at Rs 12350 a metric tonne while it is Rs 9300 for MOP. Separate subsidy for boron and zinc coated fertilisers has also been continued.

There are 19 units producing phosphatic fertilisers and 103 units making SSP. The entire requirement (approximately 30 lakh Metric Tonnes) of MOP is met from imports, since there is no resource of potash in India. About 90 per cent of the phosphates are imported.

Marshall County Schools partnering for an energy savings project


GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County leaders hope to save hundreds of thousands a year with a new energy savings project.

“Marshall County Schools will be partnering with Schneider Electric for an energy savings project,” Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley says.

Wigley says the schools already went through a preliminary report that came back with figures. “It’s an estimated savings of up to 450,000 dollars each year and nine to 12 million over the life of the project,” Wigley says.

The project will look at various energy aspects in the schools, like the lighting, heating, and air systems. The county’s schools are currently undergoing an analysis. The next step would be to implement those changes.

Officials say they’re going to put the potential saving back into the county’s schools.

Wigley says new roofing is a priority. Other new lighting and energy efficiency technology is also on the list.

Officials say this project is one of many steps to cut costs across the county’s schools, and say the company has worked on similar projects with other schools systems in the Valley.

Southland Energy Secures ESPC III Contract – I

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Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the US Army Corps of Engineers. As part of a list of thirteen large businesses and one small business awarded this contract, Southland Energy will now be able to implement energy and water efficiency projects for the US Army and other Department of Defense agencies.

With the ability to contract directly with the federal government, Southland Energy will be able to help the government meet the Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge through the expanded use of performance based contracts, as well as achieve mandated energy reduction goals in accordance with the National Energy Conservation Policy Act.

“Southland Energy is honored to be working with the US Army Corps of Engineers ESPC III Program to help achieve energy efficiency for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. With Southland Energy’s extensive performance based energy efficiency projects, we are well poised to bring innovation to the federal government, while saving energy and reducing costs,” stated Vice President of Southland Energy Natasha Shah.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a comprehensive energy services firm with roots in one of the nation’s leading MEP building systems firms. With the ability to self-perform energy services work through its distinctive design-build-operate-maintain expertise, Southland Energy works with customers to increase efficiency, reduce utility consumption, and lower overall energy costs. Using various creative financing options, Southland Energy’s certified energy professionals deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions that sustainably improve each facility’s bottom line.

SolarTex Window Film & Glass Tinting Wins Two Coveted Awards

Columbus, Ohio-based SolarTex Window Film Glass Tinting has finished good to set itself detached in a aim market.

The association has perceived a Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014, that goes to use providers nationally who say a higher use record, that is reduction than 5 percent of businesses.

“We’re respected to have perceived this award,” says Jarett Hulett, operations manager. “The residential marketplace for window film has always been a fortitude of a business. Receiving these awards gives us compensation that a goals for patron compensation are being met.”

This is a second inhabitant endowment this year for SolarTex. The window film association also perceived a Best of Houzz 2015 Service Award for customer satisfaction.

DC turns to the cloud to boost building efficiency


DC turns to the cloud to boost building efficiency

State and local governments have recently sought measures to increase efficiency for municipal buildings, which can reap benefits both financial and environmental.  While some jurisdictions have opted for efficiency from the get-go by constructing new buildings in accordance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standard, others have looked to retrofit existing buildings with cost-saving and environmentally sound measures. 

One of the latter cities is the District of Columbia, which recently announced it will be implementing BuildingIQ’s cloud-based heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) management solution in eight buildings.

The partnership, facilitated by a Department of Energy grant program, will deliver on the District’s commitment to lower energy consumption, save taxpayer money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. BuildingIQ will work with the DC’s Department of General Services, New City Energy, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to deliver annual savings of $600,000 and generate more than $1,000,000 in free cash flow over the term of the partnership. As a DOE program participant, DGS will also receive numerous cost share benefits, the city said.

BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization platform is capable of automatically developing a model for individual buildings that predicts energy consumption, cost and comfort based on building characteristics, weather forecasts, energy pricing as well as signals from the utility. Additionally, BuildingIQ’s software is capable of making real-time adjustments to each building, directly adjusting heating, ventilation, and air condition system parameters that can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 25 percent. This automated, cloud-based solution requires no manual interaction, thus freeing up labor hours from building staff and engineers.

The cloud-based technology will be used at hospitals, education facilities and commercial office spaces managed by DGS across its portfolio of District-owned facilities.

“We’re excited to make BuildingIQ’s platform part of our climate-driven energy strategy,” said DGS’ Mark Chambers. “The technology will not only maximize operating efficiency and reduce energy costs, but will also provide the city with a valuable revenue stream, through demand response, that will go a long way toward ensuring the comfort, safety and security of District residents and employees.” 

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Mark Pomerleau is an editorial fellow with Defense Systems and GCN.

County to Study Energy Upgrades at Facilities

Grand Traverse County commissioners want to explore whether making county-owned facilities more energy efficient would generate enough utility savings to offset upgrade costs. Commissioners plan to take advantage of a free preliminary analysis offered by Johnson Controls, Inc. to evaluate the county’s building systems.

“We go into your facilities and we find where the waste is as far as your energy’s concerned,” Johnson Controls Account Executive Dave Gehrls explained to commissioners Wednesday night. The company offers what’s called a self-funded asset renewal program, in which it not only analyzes but implements (if the county chooses) energy improvements in county buildings. The company then guarantees the savings generated by those improvements, cutting the county a check if the savings don’t materialize or are lower than expected. The process allows the county to have a reliable funding mechanism for upgrades, said Gehrls, with energy savings going to the county general fund once improvements have been paid off.

“If there’s an opportunity where we can at least get a better handle on what our expenses are and know ahead of time whether or not they can be reduced…I think it would give us a better handle on decision-making as we enter the budget process,” said Commissioner Christine Maxbauer, who invited Gehrls to give the presentation to the board. Maxbauer cited the county’s Howe Arena and Easling Pool building as one example of an underperforming county facility generating high utility costs. Commissioner Carol Crawford pointed out the Grand Traverse County Jail has a “40 degree difference in temperature” in areas of the building, and expressed support for evaluating that as well as other county facilities.

Commissioner Sonny Wheeleock said “there’s certainly value” in taking advantage of the free preliminary analysis, saying the county had “established a long time ago we have some serious energy problems.” Commissioner Alisa Kroupa expressed interest in measuring not only potential energy savings but operational savings in reducing staff time needed to maintain county buildings.

Commissioners authorized Deputy Administrator Dean Bott to move ahead with setting up a memorandum of understanding with Johnson Controls to conduct the preliminary analysis of county facilities.
 

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This Film Distributor is Starting a Tinting School

Ralph Van Pelt, owners of Flex Film Plus, wants his association to be a one-stop-shop for tinters’ needs.

So in further to film and tools, Van Pelt will shortly offer an education.

He had a thought for a Flex Film Tinting School during a start of 2015 and wasting no time, pennyless belligerent in late April.

“There are people who have an seductiveness in learning,” Van Pelt says—and he wants to do those interests.

Flex Film Tinting School

Flex Film Tinting School

Flex Film Tinting School

Flex Film Tinting School

Flex Film Tinting School

The curriculum will embody tinting techniques, business practices and will supply installers with in-depth believe on window film’s makeup, that Van Pelt stresses is pivotal to offered a product.

“If we know what questions to ask about how it’s constructed, we can take a poser out of either it’s going to destroy or not,” he says. He also stresses tinters will leave his propagandize meaningful how to equivocate a pricing war, or “the competition to zero,” as he likes to call it.

Though a Ranburne, Ala.-based propagandize will be geared toward tinters that use all forms of film, Van Pelt’s also regulating it to enhance Flex Film’s patron base.

“When we sight somebody how to tint, they can turn some of your many constant customers,” he says.

The 2500 square-foot trickery should be finished in dual months’ time, Van Pelt says. And nonetheless nothing’s set in mill yet, Van Pelt says classes will cost roughly $1200 for 3 to 5 days of training. The cost will embody training, food and $400 in Flex Film product and tools.

Van Pelt, who will offer as a primary instructor, has some-more than 29 years of knowledge in a window film attention and has qualified for a finals in a International Window Film Tint-Off multiple times.

California drought: Energy saving materials that provide for water savings


By Lorrie Barclay

Since 1977, the energy efficiency standards passed by California’s Energy Commission have saved home owners a projected $74 billion. The savings are calculated by determining the energy savings associated with a more efficient building standard or appliance, according to the Energy Commission.

From one side of a home to another, outside and in, there are a number of different materials and techniques that can provide for greater water savings for the homeowner and the region as a whole, Alexander Ruggie, PR director for Pacific Home Remodeling told Government Security News.

“Despite the advent of new materials, most homes, and even apartment buildings are made with wood. Wood obviously comes from trees which require enormous amounts of water to grow to the point at which they are large enough to make a 2×4 economical. There are plenty of lower energy solutions to the problem of joisting, and they should be implemented not just in California, but for homeowner’s everywhere,” Ruggie added. “Many of these alternatives even use recycled plastics that can’t be aggregated into other forms which would reduce the amount of water and energy needed to create new plastics as alternatives.”

Many homeowners are turning to replace water guzzling lawns with xeriscaped landscaping. Xeriscaped yards reduce the need for supplemental water from irrigation by using drought tolerant plants and plants that natural requirements are appropriate to the local climate. Water sprinklers, used to maintain those lush lawns, can use up to 265 gallons of water per hour. As California is facing one of the most severe droughts on record, many are hoping xeriscaped landscaping will become the norm.

“Xeriscaped yards and landscaping are starting to become the new norm for builders, and municipalities are even beginning to offer up to $3.75 a square foot for replacing water hog lawns with drought tolerant flora, but the trend needs to progress to the point at which it is uncouth to even have a lawn if we are to see a significant change in water resources,” Ruggie added.

New homes being built are starting to take advantage of energy saving materials and building techniques that intrinsically provide for water savings, such as low flow toilets and energy star appliances.

There are other options for homeowners to help with saving on water. Although, solar panels and good quality installation, may not seem like water savers, they help with energy efficiency.

A solar panel generates power for a home which supplants and replaces power generated at a source which requires large amounts of carbon fuel in addition to water boiled for spinning turbines. A solar panel system can eliminate a huge amount of dirty power created through the boil off of water into steam, and while the homeowner may not see the savings from this water, it will be felt in the greater system as a whole, Ruggie added. Good quality insulation saves heat and cooled air from escaping into the environment and thus requiring more power to replace it. Insulation at the homeowner level not only saves water down the line, but it also saves the homeowner come bill time as the R-value of a home dramatically affects the costs of heating and cooling it.

Even something as innocuous as changing the color of your house can have dramatic effects on the environment when considered en masse. The albedo of a home is the amount of light that it reflects back into the atmosphere. Simply changing the color of the roofing shingles to a lighter color that reflects more light will decrease the amount of power required to heat and cool that home and ultimately reduce the amount of water and power needed by the system as a whole for doing so.

Essentially the entire state’s water system is a patchwork of different ideas, technologies and infrastructure that could function much more efficiently if it were totally cohesive and managed from the top down.

Pacific Home Remodeling is a California based home remodeling company with expertise in solar installation, energy efficient materials, and green building techniques.

Huntsville Center contract cuts energy costs

It’s been more than three years since the first of three task orders were completed under an Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, $12 million Energy Savings Performance Contract award. And the customer, the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Systems Center Pacific, couldn’t be happier with the results.

Randy Peacock, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific facilities operations and energy manager, said his expectations have been exceeded.

“I’ve been working energy programs for the Navy since 1992, and this is by far the best energy reduction program I’ve seen the government come out with,” Peacock said.

Located in San Diego, California, SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific is a research, development, test and evaluation laboratory for the Navy’s command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or C4ISR.

The ESPC model used at Huntsville Center is an agreement between the government and an energy service contractor. In consultation with the customer, the contractor provides capital and expertise to make comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements on facilities or implements new renewable energy capability and maintains them in exchange for a portion of the generated savings.

Huntsville Center awarded the $12 million ESPC for SPAWAR in 2011 with task order work by energy service company and prime contractor AECOM Technical Services Inc. completed in 2012.

After performing energy audits, analyses and upgrades in the 3 million square foot, 225 building campus, AECOM footed the bill for up-front refit costs of replacing and upgrading older systems to meet energy savings requirements and will receive a percentage of that cost paid back over time by the energy savings.

Highlights of the work included water conservation measures, chilled water air conditioning upgrades, a heating and hot water retrofit, upgraded air handlers, electronic control systems and lighting upgrades.

The total expected energy cost savings is $23 million during the 19-year term of the contract.

However, the full benefit isn’t just about energy savings, Peacock said, as he’s seen a satisfied workforce spending more time focusing on the SPAWAR mission.

“Prior to 2012 our facilities maintenance call center was averaging about 200 calls a week, and since the task order was completed, we’ve seen a drop in service calls down to an average of about 20 per week,” Peacock said. “Now the lab technicians have dependable air conditioning temperatures in their areas crucial for the type of environmentally sensitive work they perform.”

Although most ESPC work Huntsville Center has performed has been for Army customers, Jason Bray, Huntsville Center’s project manager for the SPAWAR ESPC, said the center is looking to expand its services to all branches of the Department of Defense and using the center’s relationship with the Navy is a premiere marketing tool for future ESPC customers.

“Through a multitude of energy projects, SPAWAR had a vision on how to obtain the Presidential Goal of Energy Reduction by 30 percent by the year 2015,” Bray said. “That plan included the ESPC program, and once the three ESPC task orders were implemented, Peacock started seeing energy reduction with 2012-2015 being the largest drop Peacock has ever seen.”

One of the best marketing tools in any industry, be it private or federal, is customer satisfaction and word of mouth, and Peacock said he’s certain Huntsville Center’s ESPC program will catch on with other Navy commands due to the success seen at SPAWAR.

“We’ve had a lot of high-ranking visitors come through, and we always like to spotlight that through the ESPC we have new or refit controls and equipment with no cost to us. I tell them about the phenomenal savings we’ve seen through the ESPC, so obviously there’s a great amount of interest,” Peacock said.

$1.5 billion ESPC MATOC awarded to 14 businesses








HUNTSVILLE, Ala., May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Thirteen large businesses and one small business will share capacity on a $1.5 billion Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC ) for the design, construction and operation of energy savings projects to help military installations meet mandated energy savings goals.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, made the awards May 8. Funding and work location will be determined with each task order. Services may be performed at government installations or facilities throughout the continental United States and locations in Alaska, Hawaii, Republic of the Marshall Islands, U.S. Territories and Possessions, Germany and South Korea.

In addition to the U.S. Army, Huntsville Center also supports the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy through its ESPC contracts and is available to work with other Department of Defense entities.

American Development Institute LLC of Smithfield, Rhode Island, is the small business receiving a contract.

Large businesses are:

AECOM, Los Angeles, California
Ameresco Inc., Framingham, Massachusetts
Clark Energy Group LLC, Arlington, Virginia
Constellation NewEnergy Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
Energy Systems Group LLC, Newburgh, Indiana
Honeywell International Inc., Columbia, Minnesota
Johnson Controls Government Systems LLC, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NORESCO, Westborough, Massachusetts
Pepco Energy Services Inc., Arlington, Virginia
Schneider Electric Buildings Americas Inc., Carrollton, Texas
Siemens Government Technologies Inc., Arlington, Virginia
Southland Energy, Dulles, California
Trane U.S. Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota

An ESPC is a partnership between the Army and an Energy Service Contractor (ESCO). Working with the garrison on a military installation, the ESCO provides the capital and expertise to make comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements on facilities or implements new renewable energy capabilities and maintains them in exchange for a portion of the generated savings. An ESPC is one of the acquisition vehicles an installation can use to meet the Army’s 30 percent energy and 15 percent water reduction goals without upfront capital costs. Actual energy cost savings pay for the ESPC efforts on a yearly basis.

The period of performance is through May 7, 2024. The ID/IQ contracts will have a base ordering period of five years with one five-year option period, for a total ordering period of 10 years if the option is exercised. There is no guarantee that the option will be exercised on any or all of the awarded contracts.

Not later than 18 months prior to exercise of the option period, the government will evaluate the market to determine if it is in the government’s interest to award ESPC contracts to additional qualified firms by employing “on-ramp” procedures. During a contract on-ramp, the government will advertise, accept and evaluate new proposals with the intention of adding contracts to increase small business participation and refresh the contracting pool based on enhancements in technology that provide the government with better buying power. These proposals will be subject to substantially the same proposal instructions and evaluation procedures as contained in the original solicitation.

During a contract off-ramp, the contracting officer may elect to remove from the MATOC pool firms that have poor performance or have failed to submit acceptable proposals for any of the projects for which they were qualified. Previously awarded task orders will be unaffected by on- or off-ramp actions taken to refresh the MATOC pool.

Huntsville Center is the Army’s leader in Energy Savings Performance Contracting.

Contact:
256-895-1694
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SOURCE US Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville



Garden City saves money and energy – KSN

GARDEN CITY, Kansas – Garden City officials have been discussing energy efficient improvements for about four years.

“We’re charged with delivering the most reliable, cheapest energy we can,” said Mike Muirhead, Public Utilities Director.

A recent audit paved the way to approving $3.5 million in energy efficient improvements.

“The expense that it takes for us to do these upgrades will be offset by the energy savings we have,” said Mayor Janet Doll.

It should take about a decade to recoup the money through savings.  “Anything ten years and out is just pure savings to the city,” Muirhead said.

An effective and simple improvement will be to switch out existing street lights for more energy efficient LED bulbs.  That change alone will save about $120,000 each year.  Plus they’ll improve thermostat controls and insulation in most city buildings.

“I like the fact that our city is progressive and we think ahead and think about our environment,” Doll said.

On top of going green, the changes will help save taxpayer dollars in the long run.

“Ultimately it will help keep costs down, it’s just a no brainer,” Muirhead said.

The changes should all be completed within the next year.

Surprising contribution about a dim side of coloured windows

Travel to many southern U.S. states and you’ll notice a lot of darkly coloured automobile windows. Not only a behind windows, a front ones, too. It’s many a prerequisite in areas that knowledge exhilarated object for many of a year. Tinting does all from assistance overtaxed atmosphere conditioning systems to revoke vanishing of upholstery to restraint damaging UV rays that hurt plastic.

Come north, though, and exceedingly coloured front windows customarily vigilance someone is adult to something. Any window tinting by a manufacturer is legal. Many other forms are not. Manufacturers are wakeful of, and particularly belong to, sovereign standards, settling on something customarily referred to as “factory tint.”

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It’s a things finished thereafter that can leave we holding a ticket. As Ursula Bennett, of Mississauga, found out, shopping a used automobile directly from a play competence not even strengthen you. Dealers aren’t manufacturers. Bennett, along with her husband, owns dual cars with coloured windows: a 2009 Chrysler 300 and a 2006 Dodge Charger.

A few weeks ago, a metropolitan military officer wrote Bennett a sheet for her darkened windows. Bennett was surprised: she’d purchased a automobile used from a Chrysler play she’d always dealt with. She insincere a tinting was legal.

Ursula Bennett and her father bought a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T and 2009 Chrysler 300 graphic here from a Chrysler dealership. They came with coloured windows. Bennett was recently handed a sheet for her darkened windows.Ursula Bennett and her father bought a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T and 2009 Chrysler 300 graphic here from a Chrysler dealership. They came with coloured windows. Bennett was recently handed a sheet for her darkened windows.

Ursula Bennett and her father bought a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T and 2009 Chrysler 300 graphic here from a Chrysler dealership. They came with coloured windows. Bennett was recently handed a sheet for her darkened windows.
Supplied, Ursula Bennett

“I know it can demeanour really dim in some conditions, and during night. But I’d seen identical stain on a same automobile — patrolman cars.” we asked her if a stain was factory. It wasn’t. A hunt online reveals large 300s for sale with some grade of tinting, all finished aftermarket.

The law, with few exceptions, isn’t endangered with how we stain your behind windshield or behind windows. Only Nova Scotia prohibits we tinting anything yet a tip of a windshield, and New Brunswick not even that; Manitoba requires a 35 per cent manifest light dumping (must let 35 per cent of light in) on a behind potion and behind doors. For reference, “limo tint” is a 5 per cent tint. Other than that, Canadian provinces are happy to let we fort it adult as prolonged as we have side perspective mirrors.

Front windows are where a problems start. No range lets we stain a windshield over a bureau rope during a top; and while many jurisdictions won’t let we stain a front side windows either, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Newfoundland offer adult an array of choices. In Quebec, we can stain front side windows adult to a 70 per cent manifest light transference. Manitoba will stop we during 50. A device called a photometer measures this, creation both jurisdictions distant some-more transparent, so to speak, than Ontario and Newfoundland.

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The problem in Ontario and Newfoundland is there is now no quantifiable series — it’s wholly left to an “officer’s discretion.” Laws that leave themselves open to interpretation also leave themselves open to abuse. It’s crazy that these dual places have manners for roughly all ruling cars on a road, nonetheless nothing for something that affects visibility.

And what happens if a Quebec motorist with windows excusable in his or her home range gets stopped in Ontario? Is he or she violation a haunt law? Again, it’s a officer’s discretion. There are instances of tickets released to non-residents, yet some-more mostly a automobile authorised in Ontario competence be ticketed as bootleg in Quebec (as Quebec military have a repute of going after Ontario plates). Police, in general, don’t seem worried adequate to crackdown on cars with U.S. plates, nonetheless again it’s discretionary.

“There is a premonition in a Highway Traffic Act that allows an officer to use his or her discretion,” says Constable Clinton Stibbe of Toronto Police Service. Section 73 (subsections 2 and 3) of a Act states that a front windows can’t be vaporous by a colour cloaking or mist that interferes with a driver’s perspective of a alley or “substantially obscures” someone’s ability to see into a car. It’s adult to a officer to decide.

Ursula Bennett's coloured 2009 Chrysler 300.Ursula Bennett's coloured 2009 Chrysler 300.

Ursula Bennett’s coloured 2009 Chrysler 300.
Supplied, Ursula Bennett

Stibbe creates an critical indicate about a need for a eye contact, something tough to do with coloured windows. As a pedestrian, before we step off a quell when we arrive during a four-way stop, a communication with a motorist requires a grade of not only acknowledgment, yet trust. we have to know what we intend to do, and we have to know that you’ve seen me. Think of how mostly we respond differently since we see someone on a phone or texting. You need this information, and dim tinting obscures it.

Sightlines on many complicated cars are also terrible; blacking out behind windows creates subsidy adult during night a crapshoot. Yes, backup cameras help, yet Canadian continue renders many of them invalid when we need them most. Darkened side windows simply make it harder to see all from parked cars to pets on a alley during night. Lane changes in a dim turn risky. Parking can be a gamble.

Problems like Ursula Bennett’s flog in when conditions change. Black interiors seem darker by coloured potion than lighter ones, a time of day severely alters notice and so do continue conditions. What competence pass an officer’s option one day competence not a next. Without photometers to gauge, your automobile is sporting an appendage we can’t change according to conditions.

Some American states need a aftermarket stain retailer to hide a plaque identifying their work, nonetheless no Canadian provinces do.

With organizations like a International Window Film Association providing updated standards and laws for all provinces and states, there is small doubt that creditable window tinting firms know accurately what is legal. On websites, in quotes and over a phone, they belong to a law. Could they yield tinting deliberate bootleg if a patron pushed? Probably. But but carrying to brand their work, a guilt rests with a customer. Consumers are also giveaway to relief themselves of one of a many do-it-yourself kits, those bubble-streaked messes that couldn’t presumably have been a goal.

Stibbe says darkened windows in a behind of a automobile aren’t many of a military regard here, nonetheless in tools of a U.S. there are exhilarated debates about profiling of cars for only this reason.

“For front windows, it’s a reserve issue; we have to be means to clearly see a driver.” we did a float along with an OPP officer one time; we can tell we walking adult to a automobile on a side of a highway with blacked out behind windows is frightful to this regular, unarmed person.

Considering Ursula Bennett’s situation, we asked Stibbe because a law here isn’t clearer, or enforced some-more consistently: “Hey, those looseness image covers sole during method offices? Those are illegal,” he laughed.

No consternation so many of us are in a dark.