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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)
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
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.
Can you provide some background on the EPAct? And, is there a resource for information on tax savings for energy-efficiency measures?
In 2005, Section 179D of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) was established. It is a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for qualifying structures. More
- Julio Gonzalez, Engineered Tax Services
Some have argued that Vivek Wadhwa's claim that industry clustering isn't important is off the mark, i.e., companies still like to locate where others in their field are located. How would respond to that?
Most successful clusters have been created organically - rather than by design. The concept of creating a brand spanking new research park adjacent to a university and hoping to lure large-scale corporate relocations just hasn't worked. More
- Les J. Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Studley, Inc.
Why are ED agencies still so focused on attracting "new economy" companies when their viability has been in question?
It is important not only to focus on attraction of companies, but also to balance an economic development portfolio of programs around retention, re-invention, startups, and attraction. More
- Richard A. Bendis, President and CEO, Innovation America
What kind of in-house expertise does a firm need in order to properly perform a location search? Can you provide an example of a company that called in expert consultants after undertaking the process themselves and realizing they did not have the expertise to perform the due diligence? How did this affect the site search process and results?
Many problems can arise if a site search isn't started by an experienced team or if they get involved too late in the process. More
- Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive/Program Manager, SSOE Group
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