Heating downstairs versus upstairs

Check out this three part blog post on the Building Evidence blog that outlines Ian Shapiro’s continued research on heating systems in two-story buildings. “…I now have data for several buildings, and it all says the same thing:  The majority of heating that happens in two-story buildings happens downstairs.” Continue reading…

Eliminating Energy Use in Existing Buildings: Easier Than We Think?

Check out this snippet from a recent post @Building Evidence: …the focus of a talk on existing buildings raised a few eyebrows and people have been coming to ask:  Can it possibly be easy to eliminate energy use in existing buildings? Here is a summary of the talk: Climate change is real. The widely-accepted goals … More Eliminating Energy Use in Existing Buildings: Easier Than We Think?

Taitem helps lead the Ithaca 2030 District effort

Taitem Engineering joins 13 other Ithaca agencies, organizations and businesses to launch the Ithaca 2030 District, signing on to an ambitious challenge to reduce energy use, water use and transportation carbon emissions 50% by 2030. Led by the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI), this public-private collaboration works to create a groundbreaking high-performance building district … More Taitem helps lead the Ithaca 2030 District effort

Energy Efficiency Strategies To Reduce Energy Permanently

Load-reduction improvements in buildings will permanently reduce energy use. They are a gift to the building and to facility managers for future decades. Below is a link to Ian Shapiro’s article at facilities.net that explores load-reduction improvements that reduce the installed cost of energy improvements AND permanently reduce energy use in buildings. Take note and … More Energy Efficiency Strategies To Reduce Energy Permanently

Micro-apts in NYC – tiny, affordable, sustainable

You might be thinking, “But most apartments in NYC are ‘micro.’” These are different. Carmel Place is the first micro-unit apartment building in NYC. These LEED-certified modular units were manufactured at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and were then stacked together 9 stories high along with stairs, an elevator, and other shared spaces. The building at 335 … More Micro-apts in NYC – tiny, affordable, sustainable

Utility Bills Bash

Taitem solar clients often call with concerns about their electricity bills. To get answers and receive the greatest benefits from their solar array, we invite clients to a party and refresher course to answer common questions like: What credit am I receiving? Do I need more solar? Is my system producing enough? How do I … More Utility Bills Bash