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Video Case Study: Legacy Companies' 75F BAS Installation at HOM Furniture

By Sarah Baker on Jul 17, 2019 11:50:09 AM

Legacy Companies, Inc. is the Twin Cities' leader in commercial mechanical contracting, and has been the service contractor for HOM Furniture for the last few decades. When HOM Furniture was interested in boosting their energy efficiency and came across the 75F product line, Legacy was the go-to to install the system.

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Optimizing Chillers and Boilers to Improve Energy Efficiency

By Sarah Baker on Jun 18, 2019 7:03:00 AM

 

Huge Energy Reductions at a Low Cost

What defines the load for chiller and boiler plants? It’s how the water is used throughout the building and it makes sense that the most effective way to improve plant performance is to reduce the load in terminal units, such as air handling units (AHUs), coils, and radiators. That’s where 75F excels. IoT sensors and machine learning predict and optimize terminal units to dramatically lower water consumption to save as much as 46% of the utility cost.

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HOM Furniture Saves $18,400+ in Electricity Costs in First 5 Months with 75F

By Sarah Baker on Apr 18, 2019 1:40:00 PM

HOM Furniture is one of the nation's largest furniture retailers serving customers in the upper Midwest, with an average store size of 100,000+ square feet. Since 2010, they have been tracking their utility and energy performance data with EnergyPrint's Utility Dashboard – a cloud-based energy management software – to better understand their energy usage. 

With energy as one of HOM Furniture's top 3 operating expenses – costing them over $227,000 annually – they were looking for a more cost-effective solution to increase energy efficiency across their portfolio of retail stores. Watch the video to learn what HOM Furniture's Real Estate Manager, John Pierce, loves most about 75F Outside Air Optimization package...you know, besides the $18,400+ in electricity savings!

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How Can Class A Buildings Get Smarter?

By Sarah Baker on Nov 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Your office is brand spankin’ new. It’s got all the bells and whistles. Maybe a robot delivers coffee to your desk every morning – or maybe you just landed a great location and a great architect. You’re proud to have a Class A building. But is there anywhere else to go from here?

As we say in Minnesota, you betcha. Your office may be modern – but is it smart? Are your employees comfortable? And, is it saving you money? 

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How Can Class C Buildings Get Smarter?

By Sarah Baker on Nov 29, 2018 10:06:23 AM

So maybe your office building isn’t the greatest. It’s been around for at least 20 years, and it’s starting to show its age. There’s a perpetually-leaky ceiling tile. The pipes make a rattling noise (or, is it something living in the pipes?). Your employees come into work huddled under blankets until the afternoon, when they switch to portable fans.

If this is the case, you probably have a Class C building. If you’re preoccupied with the day-to-day building maintenance and repairs of an aging building, a smart building upgrade may sound like overkill. But Class C buildings actually have the most to gain by becoming smart.

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5 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Building

By Sarah Baker on Nov 29, 2018 9:07:40 AM

On some days, your employees are coughing and sneezing. On others, they appear to be sluggish and sleepy, experiencing what many have deemed the "2:30 feeling" since the airing of 5-Hour Energy's advertising campaign.

So what can you do about it?

Although a company curfew and extra caffeinated coffee could be the solution for a few, it may not solve the overarching issue. Why? Because many offices suffer from "sick building symptoms," including bad indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact indoor air quality is likely to be 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality. Given that most of us spend 90% of our time indoors, improving your building’s indoor air quality can significantly affect employee and customer health, comfort and productivity, sometimes increasing cognitive ability by 101%!

So what can you do to improve the indoor air quality in your building?

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