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thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.

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A couple of trends  - energy savings and sunglasses emerged at the Building Operations Management Association’s (BOMA) 2015 Every Building Conference and Expo in Los Angeles last week.  

Saving Energy

There were several announcements and educational sessions on saving energy held at the conference.  BOMA International released an update to the BOMA Energy Performance Contracting Model (BEPC).  It is a tool kit that provides a framework and supporting materials to help private building owners and operators execute energy efficiency retrofits.  It offers a starting point from which to navigate through the complexities of an energy performance contract.  In addition to simplifying they process, the toolkit is also designed to provide transparency on pricing and performance expectations.

Since 2008, the BEPC toolkit has been used to facilitate projects in more than 20 cities across five continents, including at Los Angeles’s AT&T Tower. Los Angeles Better Building Challenge's Dave Hodgins said that these projects and lessons learned from them, as well as changes in the energy retrofit energy industry, have been taken into account to develop this update.  He added that "During the recession, top owners still made energy efficient updates, but went for the low-hanging fruit," Dave says. "But now they're making major capital decisions to upgrade equipment, so this is great timing."

The largest impact the elevator industry can have on energy reduction is through the modernization of outdated and energy-inefficient technology.  We learned at BOMA that there are over a million elevator and escalators in the U.S. but a significant portion of them are over 25 years old. To determine if the time is right to invest in an elevator modernization, read these warning signs.  But just because the economic climate has improved, don’t disregard that “low-hanging fruit.” For example just the installation of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in your elevator can reduce energy costs by up to 80 percent. Check out other affordable elevator upgrades.

And The Sunglasses … 

Sunny southern California must have been on every expo participants’ mind because many pairs were available at a lot of booths.  But we definitely did it best. 


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