Archives: benchmarking

Urjanet Partners with ENERGY STAR on Portfolio Manager

Linda Hardesty

Urjanet is partnering with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program to enable energy managers to integrate their utility bill data directly into Portfolio Manager. Before the EPA released Portfolio Manager’s REST-based API in July 2013, some users with large building portfolios found that getting their energy data into Portfolio Manager via manual data   …Continue Reading


Not So Fast: Energy Benchmarking in Kansas City

Linda Hardesty

Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James is sponsoring an ordinance to require mandatory energy benchmarking in the city, but he is getting blowback from building owners, reports the Kansas City Star. Building owners are voicing their opposition to the plan via the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Metropolitan Kansas City, which represents commercial buildings. A   …Continue Reading


Atlanta Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed legislation to undertake a series of measures, including energy benchmarking and audits, to boost efficiency in its commercial buildings. Under the Atlanta Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance, the city will collect energy benchmarking data and require periodic energy audits and potential improvements to existing building equipment and functions. Using   …Continue Reading


Portland Likely to Require Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Portland City Council held a hearing last week on a new Energy Performance Reporting Policy and will make a decision whether to approve it on April 22. A spokesman for the city said, “it looks positive” that the new mandated energy reporting for commercial buildings will be approved. If so, Portland will become the   …Continue Reading


Energy Star Rating Drops, Says DC Buildings’ Benchmarking Report

Linda Hardesty

The District of Columbia recently released its second batch of data from its mandatory energy benchmarking, showing that the median Energy Star score for buildings dropped slightly. The first benchmarking report, covering private commercial buildings during 2012, found a median Energy Star score of 77 out of 100. But the median reported Energy Star score for private   …Continue Reading


Measurabl Benchmarks Over 400 Commercial Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The EPA’s Energy Star program named Measurabl as a Partner as a result of Measurabl’s contribution to energy conservation in the commercial real estate sector by benchmarking over 400 buildings in Energy Star Portfolio Manager, far exceeding the partnership minimum requirement of 10 buildings per year. Measurabl also completed a $2.05 million round of venture   …Continue Reading


Roundy’s Deploys Ecova at 165 Locations

Linda Hardesty

Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets picked Ecova to provide utility expense and data management and Energy Star benchmarking. Ecova will assist the retailer in monitoring and reducing energy use and reporting carbon emissions at about 165 locations. Leveraging the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform and the Ecova Big Data Warehouse, Roundy’s will gain a better understanding   …Continue Reading


Energy Management Plans Required for Salt Lake City Buildings

Linda Hardesty

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker issued an Executive Order to maximize energy savings at all Salt Lake City facilities. The order creates a multi-department Energy Management Steering Committee and requires city facilities to develop annual energy management plans and track results. Although the city has been benchmarking its own energy use, the new mandate requires   …Continue Reading


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