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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


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