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Can you provide an example of an industrial facility that initiated performance measures and how much was actually saved by doing so?
Ingersoll Rand has identified a 10-year corporate goal of achieving a 25 percent reduction in global energy use. More
- Joe Chisholm, Northwest Territory Service Solutions Leader, Trane
Can you explain what is meant by indicative actions provided by performance analysis vs. predictive actions?
Performance analysis occurs at the early stages (i.e., indicative apple-with-apple comparisons to guide the design in the right direction), whereas predictive actions are those steps taken later on in the process (i.e., detailed analysis and simulations aimed at getting a figure as close to real life consumption as possible, using very detailed information for compliance, etc.). More
- Dr. Don McLean, Founder and CEO, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES)
Will the Florida Inland Port have FTZ status?
Florida Inland Port (FIP) will likely have an FTZ component. The model for this is currently being studied and will be incorporated into the overall development plan. More
- John Carver, Executive Vice President, Ports Airports and Global Infastructure Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
What's meant by installing a HVAC system using "rule of thumb"?
Some contractors will install HVAC systems by using an area square foot calculation instead of actual psychrometric and thermodynamic calculations. More
- Michael Turner, CEO and Forensic Architect, Cognitio Consulting
Can you give us an example of an incorrect installation of green technology resulting in hazardous environmental results?
Just making a building enclosure more "air-tight" without taking a whole building design approach can result in bad indoor air quality with effects like mold, "off-gassing" of chemicals inherent in building materials, and other hazards. More
- Michael Turner, CEO and Forensic Architect, Cognitio Consulting
Which states have the most liberal solar incentives?
California offers generous incentives to residential-, commercial- and utility-scale projects throughout the state that include rebates and tax incentives. New Jersey offers Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs), which are publicly traded financial instruments that represent the environmental benefits of solar (as opposed to the actual energy). More
- Joe Langan, President and CEO, Langan Energy Solutions
Will the government's overhaul of the patent system have any bearing on the commercialization of products coming out of the accelerator?
Being able to rapidly design and redesign your product will be an edge in the new patent system. More
- Michael Alt, Director, Eastman Business Park
How are the academic institutions specifically getting involved at the Technology Accelerator?
It is very common for a company to be formed from technology spun out of an academic institution. More
- Michael Alt, Director, Eastman Business Park
Should CIOs be as critically involved in the location decision for a new manufacturing plant or industrial facility as they are in the location decision for a data center? Please provide an example of an industrial location decision that was focused specifically on a company's IT needs.
The more networked technologically the organization is relative to logistics, enterprise financial, POS systems and inventory tracking, the more often the CIO is involved in all core real estate decisions. More
- Bill Knotts, Senior Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
Is there federal funding available to companies for collaborating with universities?
A number of National Science Foundation programs and numerous DOE solicitations strongly encourage public-private collaboration. More
- Patrick O. Gottschalk, Chair, Economic Development Team, Williams Mullen
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