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Energy Efficient Buildings Could Save Chicago $77M

Karen Henry

The City of Chicago released the first set of aggregate building energy-use data collected under its Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance, which required commercial and municipal buildings in Chicago over 250,000 square feet in size to measure, verify and report their energy use to the city by June 1, 2014. The report examines collective 2013 energy-use data   …Continue Reading

A Look at the Peer-to-Peer Energy Benchmarking Process

Karen Henry

By gathering benchmark data, WegoWise helps building managers see how their buildings are performing compared to other, similar buildings so that they can prioritize energy retrofits. The Energy Collective summarized how WegoWise developed its peer-to-peer energy benchmarks. First, WegoWise uses the DOE’s “Guide to Determining Climate Regions by Country” to filter buildings based on climate zone.   …Continue Reading

Energy Fixes Help Brooklyn Co-op Save More than $200K

Karen Henry

Manhattan-based sustainability consulting firm Steven Winter Associates helped Concord Village, a seven building, 1,025-unit cooperative in downtown Brooklyn identify and implement energy-savings measures that resulted in more than $200,000 in savings in the first year, Habitat Magazine reports. Steven Winter started by conducting an energy audit to see how much energy the co-op was using   …Continue Reading

NYC Buildings from 1970s, 1990s Least Energy Efficient

Linda Hardesty

New York City released its third year building energy benchmarking report, analyzing energy and water consumption data in large buildings reported in 2013. The city has over two billion square feet of buildings encompassed by benchmarking legislation. According to the “New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report,” when comparing the median energy use intensity (EUI)   …Continue Reading

It’s Not Utilities’ Fault They Don’t Have Benchmarking Data

Linda Hardesty

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) released a white paper that explores energy benchmarking from the utility’s perspective, finding that although utilities have been billing for monthly energy usage for decades, they have not capitalized on this information. The white paper “Creating Value from Benchmarking: A Utility Perspective,” says this inaction can be chalked up   …Continue Reading

Cambridge, Mass., Institutes Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The City Council of Cambridge, Mass., voted unanimously to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of building energy performance for large commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings. In passing the ordinance, Cambridge joins its neighbor, Boston, along with eight other major US cities – Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia,   …Continue Reading

Component-Level Benchmarking Could Save Commercial Businesses $60B

Karen Henry

Pathian, an energy consultancy, has developed Component Level Benchmarking (CLB), which it is billing as the world’s first energy benchmarking system that can factor out the impact of weather variations on energy consumption. According to the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, more than $200 billion is spent each year to power commercial buildings in   …Continue Reading

It’s Hard to Access Utility Data

Linda Hardesty

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will review this summer a request to revise rules that restrict the ability of municipalities and building owners to obtain from utilities the annual energy use data for their commercial and apartment buildings. A group of Colorado cities, counties and advocacy groups supported by the Governor’s Energy Office told   …Continue Reading

Philadelphia HVAC Firm Offers Building Performance Services

Linda Hardesty

Philadelphia-area HVAC firm Burns Mechanical launched a new suite of consulting services for its commercial clients called Building Performance Services. The energy benchmarking, energy monitoring services and full energy auditing capability will provide a measurable return on investment in conjunction with maintenance contracts. According to Burns, about 30 percent of a building’s controllable operating costs   …Continue Reading

Au Bon Pain Deploys SiteSage Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Powerhouse Dynamics installed its Site Sage enterprise energy and asset management system at additional Au Bon Paincafés in the Boston, New York City and Washington DC metropolitan areas. This is an expansion of a project initiated last year in Rhode Island. SiteSage is designed specifically for multi-site operators of small commercial facilities, such as restaurants   …Continue Reading

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