Guide to Energy-Efficient Equipment Helps Owners and Occupants of Commercial Buildings: Updated 2nd Edition

July 14, 2000

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Wendy Koch, 202-507-4753, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

Washington, D.C. — Owners and occupants of commercial buildings spend more than $80 billion a year on heating, cooling, lighting, and other energy services. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment provides commercial building owners and occupants with practical, up-to-date information on how to reduce energy consumption, improve building systems performance, and increase worker comfort and productivity.

"Achieving energy and cost savings from commercial equipment begins with more informed purchasing decisions," stated Guide co-author Margaret Suozzo, Senior Research Associate with ACEEE. "The Guide will lead building owners and operators to smarter purchasing decisions as well as to better installation and maintenance."

The Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment combines information on what to consider in selecting commercial building equipment with equipment energy performance data. It focuses principally on three areas: (a) lighting; (b) heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC); and (c) motors because of the three area's large contribution to energy consumption in commercial buildings. The revised Guide also includes new information on what to look for in purchasing other energy-using equipment, including distribution transformers, office equipment, and refrigeration products.

For each area, the Guide indicates energy efficiency and other key performance features. It also provides practical installation and maintenance tips to maximize overall performance. For virtually all of the products covered, energy-efficient options are readily available, and optimum energy performance can be achieved without compromising other attributes. Case studies are included in the Guide to illustrate practical examples of energy and cost savings, and other performance benefits of more efficient equipment.

Users can quickly identify the most efficient products by referring to the Guide's lists of the most efficient equipment. Featured listings include luminaires, central air conditioners, heat pumps, chillers, furnaces, boilers, motors, and ice makers. All lists were updated for this new edition, and the lists of efficient motors and ice makers are new features.

The Guide is a valuable and practical source of information for building owners and operators, facility managers, government and corporate energy managers, and procurement officials. Utility energy services and marketing personnel, as well as energy service company representatives, will also find it useful.

Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment by Margaret Suozzo, Jim Benya, Mark Hydeman, Paul DuPont, Steven Nadel, and R. Neal Elliott; ISBN 0-918249-41-4; 185 pages including 14 illustrations and appendices of energy-efficient equipment, list of manufacturers, and additional resources; soft cover; 8 1/2" x 11." Available for $35 + postage and handling from ACEEE, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 801, Washington, D.C. 20036. D.C. residents must add 5.75% sales tax. Phone: 202-429-0063. Fax: 202-429-0193. E-mail: Bulk discounts are available for purchases of 10 or more copies.

Press and review copies may be requested by calling 202-429-0063.

For more information about the Guide to Energy-Efficient Commercial Equipment and other ACEEE publications about energy efficiency and commercial equipment, visit ACEEE's home page at