Update: Orlando Passes on Electric, Water Use Reporting…For Now

Carl Weinschenk

Earlier this week, Energy Manager Today blogged on issues related to municipalities’ moves to require buildings to report their energy usage. One of the cities cited was Orlando, FL, which is considering such a measure. Last night, the Orlando City Council voted to delay taking action on the measure, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The   …Continue Reading

Are Energy Reporting Requirements a Slippery Slope?

Carl Weinschenk

Making building owners report energy usage leads to more efficiency. But how big a step is it toward mandating changes?

The Smart Building Landscape is Evolving Quickly

Carl Weinschenk

Smart building technology is complex, but the bottom line is clear: The opportunities to cut costs and improve building performance are growing

Schneider Electric, Honeywell Named Navigant’s Top BEMS Vendors

Carl Weinschenk

Schneider Electric and Honeywell were named the top intelligent building software solution providers by Navigant Research. The firm looked at 15 vendors in the building energy management systems (BEMS) sector. The press release says that these systems differ significantly though they exist under the same umbrella. The report – “Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Building Energy   …Continue Reading

Spring Hill Gets Matching Grant from TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation

Carl Weinschenk

Spring Hill has received an energy grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for a number of energy efficiency projects. The city was awarded $26,409.78 for projects including reduction of dangerous emissions and energy efficiency upgrades. The money will be used to reduce electricity and HVAC consumption at the Spring Hill Water   …Continue Reading

New Seasons Tabs Ecova for Energy, Sustainability Management

Carl Weinschenk

New Seasons Market has chosen Ecova to provide energy and sustainability services at its 18 locations in the Portland, OR area. The press release says that Evoca will provide the chain with utility expense management, telecom expense management, waste expense management and Energy Star reporting services. Ecova says that the use of the technology will   …Continue Reading

Submissions Now Accepted for Energy Manager Today Awards

Jennifer Hermes

Energy Manager Today has opened its submission period for the 2016 Energy Manager Today Awards. Products that help companies improve energy management are eligible for a Product of the Year Award. Companies that implement projects that successfully improve energy management metrics can submit the project for a Project of the Year Award.   As companies know, the   …Continue Reading

Dubuque Meeting Hears About Energy Audits

Carl Weinschenk

A presentation given this week by Alliant Energy on retro-commissioning to Dubuque business people and municipal officials detailed how the process can improve operations in their offices and facilities. TH Online reports that the meeting, which was held at Diamond Jo Casino, was attended by about 60 people. The group was told that buildings are   …Continue Reading

New York City Study Conclusion: Benchmarking Works

Carl Weinschenk

Researchers found that simply informing owners of how their buildings are performing results in improvements in energy efficiency and greater use of renewables.

BREEAM USA Takes Aim at In-Use Structures

Carl Weinschenk

The international program is coming to the United States — and invites commercial building tenants to participate in assessments.