Active Airflow

— By Del Williams —   How UVC light inactivates viruses and other airborne pathogens, thus improving indoor safety.   With commercial facilities taking precautions against viruses as never before, an effective new tool in their arsenal is a new…

Power Trip

— By Rick Orman — Why power surges are the hidden threat to restaurant business operations.   The last decade has seen the rapid adoption of digital equipment in quick-service and full-service restaurants. It’s not uncommon to see mobile devices,…

COVID-19 and HVAC

— By Clive Samuels — Creating safer and healthier indoor air quality.   The spotlight is on indoor air quality as COVID-19 continues to change the way we look at the world. While there is more to learn about SARS-CoV-2,…

Fresh Air Solutions

— By Steve Peldiak — Communal air solutions in retail and restaurant locations.   Sanitation conversations around indoor air quality (IAQ) at restaurants and retail locations will be critical to their longevity and bottom lines. 2021 has seen the arrival…

Better For Your Bottom Line

— By Tom Szafranski — Managing energy efficiency in a commercial kitchen.   Energy efficiency can often be an overlooked component of commercial foodservice equipment; in reality, an energy-efficient unit is not only better for the environment, but better for…

Curtains Rise

— By Phil Thomas — Air curtains with COVID-19 disinfection: How to present stores and restaurants that customers are confident to enter during a pandemic.   Confidence is one game-changing factor restaurants and retailers must restore to regain patrons and…

Ready for a Restart?

— By David Ramirez and John Prall —   Have you disconnected your refrigeration equipment during quarantine? Check the measures to protect your equipment when turning it back on.   During these times of coronavirus pandemic, quarantine and lockdown procedures,…

Shifting Priorities

— By Elizabeth Orlieb — HVAC systems are no longer an afterthought post COVID-19 lockdown.   Discussions on HVAC systems and maintenance best practices have become prominent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With this development comes the recognition that HVAC in…

Sevan Refreshes 21,000th Retail Space

Downers Grove, Ill. — Sevan Multi-Site Solutions, Inc., a global leader in innovative design, program management, construction services and data analytics, has reached a major milestone and completed refreshing its 21,000th retail space. For 9 years, Sevan has provided solutions…

Delta Controls: Signature Vendor Spotlight

— Interview with John Mitro —   R&R: Where are you based and how long has the company been in business? John Mitro: Delta Controls is headquartered near Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada, and has representation in every major market…

Be the Change

— By Jamie Johnson — Seven energy-saving changes businesses can make to save on energy costs.   Operating a business has various costs, some we have control over and some that we don’t. In my business, I love the costs…

Building as a Battery

— By Keith Gipson — Using a building’s thermal mass for efficient energy management.   Efficient energy usage has been, and continues to be, one of the hottest topics in the building management industry. Each year, businesses spend tens of…

Saint-Gobain Helps SCHEELS Avoid $487k in Annual Energy Costs

Minneapolis — Saint-Gobain’s SageGlass, manufacturer of the world’s smartest dynamic glass, has completed an energy study done in partnership with SCHEELS, a sporting goods and entertainment chain with 27 stores in 12 states. The study compared electricity usage at two…

Light & Liability

— By Ted Stouch — Parking area liability: are you vulnerable? In a retail or restaurant setting, a dark and foreboding parking lot or garage is a business owners’ worst nightmare. While a perfect setting for a horror movie, in…

URW to Launch 3 New Solar Projects in the U.S.

Los Angeles — Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), a premier global developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations, has revealed details of its global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program — the most ambitious of its kind for a listed retail real estate company.…

Peak Efficiency

— By Jay Black — LEDs are the secret to success when it comes to reducing facility costs. Facility maintenance and management can no doubt be expensive, hence why many managers are left to find options that can help them…

Comfort Zone

— By Steve Tudhope — AutoZone goes the extra mile to reduce energy usage and drive the future. Memphis, Tennessee-based AutoZone is the leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories with more than 6,200 retail stores in the United…

OptimalLED Poised for Growth in Lighting Industry

Toledo, Ohio — OptimalLED Inc. is growing as it adds new lighting representatives and lighting manufacturers to its already impressive lineup. Founded in 2008, the Toledo, Ohio-based lighting company has grown steadily over the years to become one of the…

Remote Control

Energy management systems vs. connected thermostat solutions: which is right for your chain?…

Modern Times

The 20-year evolution of EMS (Energy Management Systems) to BMS (Building Management Systems).…

Energy Control Consultants Teams Up with ServiceChannel

Davie, Fla. — Energy Control Consultants, Inc., a leading provider of building management systems to the retail industry, has joined ServiceChannel’s solution partner ecosystem to provide building control system integration and monitoring services. The collaboration and technical integration with ServiceChannel,…

Solid R.O.I.

California shopping mall cuts lighting costs by 77% using sensors and high-efficiency LEDs — and the project will pay for itself in less than 4 years.…

Film Studies

Restaurateurs have a lot on their plates. Those plates can be pretty expensive, too.…

EKTOS Named Red Lobster Vendor Partner of the Year

Woodinville, Wash. — EKTOS®, a premier energy management provider catering exclusively to restaurants, has been honored by Red Lobster®, the world’s largest seafood restaurant company, as Vendor Partner of the Year for 2018.…