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Best Building Practices Reduce Emissions and Energy Costs

William Opalka

The places to make strides in emissions reductions and energy costs are large institutions and corporate facilities, according to JLL, who says the companies most focused on energy efficiency typically share five strategies: 1)    Keep it simple—at first. Companies need to take small and immediate steps that produce immediate returns. An energy audit will reveal immediate steps that   …Continue Reading


BuildingIQ Wins $1.2M in Contracts in First Quarter

Linda Hardesty

In the first quarter of 2014, BuildingIQ says it signed over $1.2 million in contracts and increased buildings under management by 50 percent, more than triple on a year-on-year basis. The company says it also expanded into two new sectors, deploying its solution in nine buildings across a higher education campus and beginning work with   …Continue Reading


Data Center Efficiency Parallels Paper Recycling

William Opalka

Mention data center on the first Earth Day 44 years ago today and most people might think of the public library, if they grasped the concept at all. In 1970, much of the concern about the environment included bulging landfills and the more than 44 million tons of paper waste generated annually. Today, much of   …Continue Reading


NC Schools Save $687,000 on Energy

Linda Hardesty

The Cabarrus County Schools in Concord, NC, hired Educon – Educational Consulting in 2012 to help several of its schools reduce energy costs. Since implementing Educon’s program, the schools have saved about $687,000 in energy expenses over the past two years – about 10 percent of the school system’s energy budget, reports The Charlotte Observer.   …Continue Reading


USGBC Wants to ‘Bring LEED to Life’

Linda Hardesty

Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED at the US Green Building Council, said LEED Dynamic Plaque, is currently installed at seven buildings worldwide.  “Our goal is to bring the LEED program to life,” Horst told attendees at the Rocky Mountain Green conference in Denver last week. Horst, the chief inventor of the new measuring   …Continue Reading


McKinstry Wins $10.8M ESPC with Federal Center

Linda Hardesty

The General Services Administration Region 8 Federal Center in Lakewood, Colo., signed a 20-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with McKinstry for 15 buildings, reports the Lakewood Sentinel. The $10.8 million contract is projected to result in a total energy savings of 47,000 MMBtu per year. McKinstry has identified about $600,000 in utility rebates for   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Sell, But It Can

Jennifer Hermes

Over the last two years my company has had the privilege of talking with hundreds of building owners, managers, and project stakeholders through the Noesis community about energy efficiency in their facilities. Primarily we were looking to understand how they perceived their energy usage and if/how they could be helped to achieve greater efficiency. In   …Continue Reading


One Degree Thermostat Change Could Save NYC Buildings $145M Per Year

Linda Hardesty

Analyzing publicly available building data, Retroficiency’s Building Genome Project mapped the characteristics of New York City’s 30,000-commercial-building portfolio to develop energy models. The Building Genome Project maps the hundreds of distinct markers that influence how a building consumes energy. These markers, composed of mechanical equipment, construction materials, fuel sources, operational characteristics and more, make up   …Continue Reading


Urjanet Wins Contract with SchoolDude

Linda Hardesty

SchoolDude will leverage Urjanet’s energy data to support more than 6,000 educational institutions’ energy management initiatives. SchoolDude helps institutions better manage their facilities, IT and business operations by streamlining IT help desk management, scheduling preventive maintenance and maximizing facility use and utility consumption. Urjanet’s Big Energy Data services automate the collection, normalization and delivery of data   …Continue Reading


Small Box Retail: Think Outside the Energy Box

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Management Systems (EMS’s) are ubiquitous in the big box retail environment, and even in medium box stores, but have been less so in small box retail (defined for our purposes as facilities under 10,000 sq. ft.), although that appears to be changing. What has been unique about the small box world, and why are   …Continue Reading


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