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Honeywell Integrates LEED Dynamic Plaque

Linda Hardesty

The US Green Building Council is integrating its new LEED Dynamic Plaque near-real-time monitoring tool with building automation technology from Honeywell. The LEED Dynamic Plaque assesses facility performance in the categories of energy use, water consumption, waste output, occupant transportation and human experience, aggregating data to provide an overall performance score that reflects the LEED   …Continue Reading


Building Energy Management Software Market Grows to $514M by 2019, Says Verdantix

Linda Hardesty

In the period to 2019, the building energy management software market will grow at an annual rate of up to 15 percent, according to a new report from analyst firm Verdantix. The report, Building Energy Management Software Market Size and Forecast 2013-2019, shows that firms in the retail, consumer products and business sectors in Germany,   …Continue Reading


DOE’s Process for Licensing Energy Management Software is ‘Fragmented,’ Says IG

Linda Hardesty

The Inspector General for the Department of Energy says the agency is not adequately managing its software licensing process, including software for energy management, reports FEDWeek. The IG said employees routinely overpaid for software licenses and were not doing a good job of keeping an inventory of purchased software. FEDWeek reports that purchase data on   …Continue Reading


Texas Battles EPA on Carbon Emissions Rules

Devon Bass

Representatives and officials from the state of Texas are pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new federal standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, saying that they will disproportionately affect the state and that the new guidelines might be out of compliance with previously-passed legislation. In an ongoing effort by the Obama administration   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Conducts $10M Energy Efficiency Project for CU-Boulder

Linda Hardesty

McKinstry is conducting an energy efficiency project for the University of Colorado Boulder that will save the university an estimated $573,000 annually. Construction of the project began in September and addresses updates to the MacAllister Building. A technical energy audit performed by McKinstry in early 2014 revealed several opportunities for energy saving measures, including new   …Continue Reading


Trane Upgrades Building Automation System

Linda Hardesty

Trane now offers its BAS R’newal building controls upgrade program to help update existing Building Automation Systems (BAS). R’newal provides a migration plan to improve the functionality of an aging system, allowing facility managers to take advantage of new technologies, like open systems with mobile access, wireless communication and Web-enabled remote access. Trane has created   …Continue Reading


Federal Buildings Must Comply with Green Building Certification Rule

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design. To that end, the DOE is issuing a final rule, which goes into effect on November 13, that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are   …Continue Reading


How to Achieve Optimum Light Levels

Karen Henry

Too much or not enough light in a building can cause occupants to suffer from headaches and eyestrain. Before investing in expensive retrofits, an article in Buildings recommends that building owners and facility managers measure their light levels to determine if the problem might be simpler, and less expensive, to solve. A light meter is a   …Continue Reading


Vayu Opens Wholesale Gas Market to Mid-Sized UK Businesses

Karen Henry

Irish gas and electricity supplier Vayu launched Vayu Energy Smart, a product that gives mid-size gas users access to day-ahead wholesale gas prices based on the System Margin Price (SMP) index. The SMP index has been an average of 20 percent cheaper than the fixed market this year. At any time during the contract, businesses   …Continue Reading


Blue Pillar Expands Energy Management to Multi-Site Facilities

Linda Hardesty

Blue Pillar launched two new energy management software platforms – Aurora and Avise Foresite – for centrally managed buildings and campuses. Blue Pillar is targeting its new software to highly complex single-site and multi-site facilities where power is critical to 24X7 operations such as hospitals and military bases. A spokeswoman for Blue Pillar said the   …Continue Reading


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