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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 14, 2017
Found in 1976, DOE's Industrial Assessment Center program (IAC) helps small- to medium-sized American manufacturers save money and improve energy performance by providing no-cost audits of various manufacturing processes. Across 28 universities, engineering students work with experienced...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 07, 2017
On May 16, the Energy Department recognized Johnson Controls as a goal achiever in the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, exceeding its goal of 25 percent energy savings over the course of seven years. Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in...
by Robert Barrentine, CertainTeed Corporation on Jun 05, 2017
Accumulating accurate and reliable energy data is very important for identifying cost-savings and energy-saving opportunities in industrial systems. Having the right equipment can be critical to making the demonstrable case to management that an investment in energy efficiency can boost...
by Peter Narbaitz, Better Plants Program and Cynthia L. McAllister, C. F. Martin & Co. on Apr 19, 2017
Strong leadership is all about having the ability to see the long view and the foresight and patience to seize the right opportunity. Family-owned and operated for six generations, Better Plants Challenge Partner C.F. Martin & Co. (Martin Guitar) has provided value for its customers since 1833...
by Andrew Held, ICF on Apr 06, 2017
Over 190 industrial organizations – representing close to 2,600 industrial facilities nationwide – have joined the Better Plants program. They leverage the program to save money, develop their workforce, and boost their manufacturing competitiveness. Better Plants partners benefit from the...
by Andrew Held, ICF on Nov 23, 2016
Legrand North America (LNA), a Better Plants Challenge partner, is proud to announce the winners of the Best Performance in building class for the Energy Marathon 2.0. The company-wide, mega event concluded on October 28th, with the selection of winners in each of the three building class category...
by Sachin Nimbalkar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Oct 24, 2016
On October 3rd, Legrand North America, a Better Plants Challenge partner, kicked off the Energy Marathon 2.0, a company-wide internal competition designed to save as much energy as possible through employee engagement and ready-to-implement technologies. The Energy Marathon is a 26.2-day (about...
by Eli Levine and Bruce Lung, U.S. Department of Energy on Oct 18, 2016
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of creators and inventors. Opening the doors to their facilities, companies can dispel notions of manufacturing being ‘dumb, dirty, dangerous, and disappearing’, and showcase how innovation and advanced...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 26, 2016
The Industrial sector racks up an annual energy bill of about $200 billion while running the backbone of the American economy and accounting for 30 percent of all U.S. energy consumption. But the power of American manufacturers is on full display during the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 19, 2016
The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), the largest energy conference and technology expo for business, industrial, and institutional energy users is almost here. Starting Wednesday and running through Friday, September 21 to 23, energy leaders are coming together in Washington D.C. to hear...
by Kiran Thirumaran, Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Jul 11, 2016
Corporate annual energy meetings are a fantastic way to engage employees and disseminate information throughout an organization—they’re a keynote activity in many established company energy programs. The Electrolux Green Spirit Summit is one example, and provides a platform for the corporate...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 29, 2016
As in years past, the 2016 Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) served as a one-of-a kind conference that focused on energy in the industrial sector and complemented DOE’s mission of sponsoring various initiatives to build awareness about energy efficiency and clean energy topics. Making...
by Sachin Nimbalkar on Nov 09, 2015
In October, General Aluminum and the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Plants program hosted a four day In-Plant Training (INPLT) event at a Conneaut Plant in Ohio. The INPLT focused on the plant’s natural gas consumption as the Conneaut area is experiencing a natural gas shortage. The goal was...
by Clifton Yin on Nov 05, 2015
As a Better Plants partner, Owens Corning has reduced its worldwide energy intensity by ten percent from a 2010 baseline. But the company is not resting on its sustainability laurels; last week, it dedicated a 2.4 megawatt solar canopy at its downtown Toledo, Ohio, headquarters that will power as...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 07, 2015
We were reminded of the might of American manufacturers last week, with the release of the Better Plants Progress Report, the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) and World Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2. The Better Plants Progress Report released the cumulative and individual successes of over...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 22, 2015
On September 16th, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall met with Los Angeles city leaders to witness the finishing touches being put on the upcoming La Kretz Innovation Campus, and soon-to-be home of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. When the campus...
by Clifton Yin on Jun 25, 2015
The recently concluded 2015 Better Buildings Summit, in only its second year, had a strong and growing industrial presence. The Summit attracted more than 900 participants to Washington, DC, last month to exchange best practices, highlight demonstrated market solutions, and discuss future...
by Bruce Lung on Jun 23, 2015
This past week, members of the Volvo Group Energy Network North America working with Bremer Energy Consulting Services, Inc., conducted an Energy Treasure Hunt at the 1.5 million square foot Volvo Group Trucks engine and transmission plant in Hagerstown, MD. Based on previous success at the Volvo...