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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

Montgomery County Enacts Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

Montgomery County, Md., has become the first county in the United States to require non-residential buildings to benchmark their energy. The county’s legislation requires building owners to measure the energy efficiency of their buildings and make that information public. It is designed to work with the recently passed PACE program passed in Montgomery County. Nine   …Continue Reading

Chicago Approves ASHRAE Certification for Benchmarking Data Verification

Linda Hardesty

The City of Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the new benchmarking and transparency ordinance. BEAPs can audit and analyze residential, commercial and industrial   …Continue Reading

Private Sector Pressure Threatens to Water Down Md. County Benchmarking Bill

Leon Walker

Concerns voiced about a proposed energy benchmarking bill by the real estate sector in a county in suburban Washington, DC, have led to changes that favor the private sector, reports the Washington Business Journal. Introduced as part of a package of green bills aimed at forcing the private sector in Montgomery County, Md., to reduce   …Continue Reading

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