Sustainability

The Changing Landscape of District Energy

by Tim Burkhalter February 8, 2016

Dependent on uninterrupted energy and reliable power to keep their facilities operational, university and campus professionals across our nation grapple with many of the same challenges faced by people responsible for large corporate headquarters, hospitals and military bases in planning and operating efficient, reliable campus utilities. When the grid goes down, it’s crucial that these […]

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Envisioning a Sustainable Future for Your Next Infrastructure Project

by Doug Dietrich July 6, 2015

Sustainable design is no longer a novelty. A recent study estimates nearly 50 percent of non-residential construction is green, and that number continues to grow. You are likely familiar with the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification framework developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s become a well-accepted method for evaluating and […]

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Integrating Combined Heat and Power into High-Rise Buildings

by Michael Dempsey June 9, 2015

Will a combined heat and power (CHP) unit work in your building? It’s worth the consideration. Typically, a high-rise building gets its electricity from a large utility power plant, supplemented by boilers to provide heat and chillers for cooling. CHP is a cogeneration system, where two forms of energy — electricity and heat — are […]

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Wichita’s Water Supply Management Earns International Recognition

by Brian Meier May 13, 2015

We’re thrilled and honored that our work on the Wichita Equus Beds Aquifer Storage & Recovery (ASR) project was among the four amazing projects nominated for this year’s Global Water Awards Project of the Year. To be in the running alongside remarkable projects from the Netherlands, Canada and California is an honor itself. But we’re […]

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Rebalancing Electric Delivery: Cost, Reliability and Environmental Impact

by Block Andrews May 5, 2015

Electric utilities must face potential market changers. No matter our point of view on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan, there is no doubt the current political administration, energy markets and financial community like energy sources with lower carbon emissions and particularly those sources that don’t require intensive capital expenditures. The mandate to […]

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Distributed Energy Resources and the Value of the Grid

by Mike Beehler April 24, 2015

Our power grid, more than a century old, is the largest interconnected machine on Earth. According to the National Academy of Engineering, widespread electrification — supported by the grid — is the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century. Our legacy grid serves us well. Demands on the grid are more intense than ever, yet […]

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