Whether the tools are cutting edge or old school, the key to efficiency is deep knowledge of how energy is being used.
Orem, with a population of almost 90,000 (according to the 2010 census), is the fifth largest city in Utah. An ongoing project has grown from street light replacements to encompass a wide variety of energy upgrades and retrofits. The city’s initial goal was to replace 5,128 street lights. Before the issuance of a request for …Continue Reading
Making building owners report energy usage leads to more efficiency. But how big a step is it toward mandating changes?
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
Researchers found that simply informing owners of how their buildings are performing results in improvements in energy efficiency and greater use of renewables.
The global growth of green building is accelerating, driven by benefits ranging from health and comfort to image, branding, and tax breaks. More than half of the institutional and commercial construction in the U.S. is expected to be green in 2016, and significant growth is forecasted in developing markets. The main benefit from green building is lower operating costs from savings in energy, waste, water and maintenance; energy efficiency depends heavily on insulation.
Many facility managers and building owners approach the summer season with a mix of dread and resignation, as they brace for the inevitable financial hit from higher cooling costs.
The energy world is changing at an unprecedented pace. The way large organizations acquire, manage and use energy is dramatically different today than it was ten years ago. And ten years from now, it will likely be different still, as technological, regulatory policy and business model innovations continue to yield new opportunities for energy management. …Continue Reading
Building management systems, energy management systems and similar software-based tools and platforms clearly create efficiencies and save money. The ways in which they do this are growing more innovative. It’s all good.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently published a toolkit developed by the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator in partnership with 18 cities and utilities. The DoE says that “Energy Data Access: Blueprint for Action Toolkit” provides best practices adopted by cites and utilities to help building owners “measure and track energy use, and benchmark the energy …Continue Reading