Mc Gowan is CEO of Energy Control Inc., an energy service company and system integrator. He is an author and has published five books including Direct Digital Control on Fairmont Press. The Association of Energy Engineers admitted him to the International Energy Managers Hall of Fame in 2003. Mc Gowan is chairman of the GridWise Architecture Council under the DOE’s Office of Electricity and sits on the Technical Advisory Board of Engineered Systems.
From a collaborative effort to rebuild after World War II to “microgrids” and buildings selling back un-used electricity, the basic concept has gone under several names and come a long way. Here, the authors discuss how facilities pursuing high performance can make sense of the many energy-related services and programs to help finance capital improvement projects and infrastructure upgrades.
What makes a building green and intelligent? With a growing focus on net zero energy buildings after the Energy Independence and Security Act became law in December, a host of new questions will attempt to reconcile green, intelligent, and net zero energy. For many building professionals, this is just confusing and it leaves most of us wondering if we are missing a major opportunity.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.