Energy Management System

Smart Computer Use Hikes Energy Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

The facility manager’s job, of course, is to improve energy efficiency. In most cases, this involves HVAC and other elements relating directly to the operation of the building. But the specific activities going on within the building are vital as well — and the potential source of great gains in efficiency. The advent of the Internet   …Continue Reading


WGL Extends Energy Management Platform

Carl Weinschenk

Measuring energy usage and cost is one of the primary steps toward improving a facility’s energy efficiency. Without good numbers – very good numbers – the ability to incrementally grow efficiency is impeded. Last week, Washington, D.C.-based WGL Energy Services said that it is extending the capabilities of its energy management platform. The free tool   …Continue Reading


BuildingIQ Introduces Managed Services

Carl Weinschenk

BuildingIQ this week introduced a Managed Services package. The company said that the platform will maintain the quality of a building’s HVAC  in conjunction with its Predictive Energy Optimization Package in four ways. The managed services staff offers a comfort command center, a remote HVAC Controls RCx (an assessment of the building’s HVAC control system),   …Continue Reading


GreenGen Monitoring Two Companies in MD

Carl Weinschenk

Energy monitoring systems by Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen) have been installed at Thorlabs and Medifast, two companies in Maryland. The projects were performed in conjunction with the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland. RMI has a grant to work with Maryland businesses to identify energy efficiency opportunities in the BGE Energy territory. The Maryland Energy   …Continue Reading


JM Family Enterprises Goes Big with cr360

Carl Weinschenk

JM Family Enterprises, which is 21st on Forbes’ list of America’s largest private companies, is using sustainable software from cr360 to cut costs and increase efficiency, according to a press release posted at Environmental Experts. The release says that JM, which among other holdings own subsidiaries that distribute Toyota and Scion vehicles, is using cr360   …Continue Reading


How a BEMS Partner Can Help Improve Building Performance

Matt Gates

Building owners and facility managers are continually monitoring building conditions while trying to balance performance and occupant comfort with the cost of running a building efficiently. It’s an important balancing act. Efficiency is important but it cannot come at the expense of comfort, which can impact a person’s productivity and health, as well as overall   …Continue Reading


Specifying Energy Management and Integration Software for Buildings

Jim Sinopoli

The procurement process for an energy management system (EMS) in new construction would typically use a design-bid delivery method where requirements are specified and the qualified bidder with the lowest bid is awarded the job. It is a process that may work well when the procurement is for hardware or equipment and materials where very   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Goal for 2016: Bridge the Knowledge Gap

Carl Weinschenk

The high level takeaway from research conducted by Digital Lumens and Peerless Research Group is that facility managers understand how important efficiency efforts are and have a good idea of what they want to accomplish – but haven’t yet figured out how to achieve those goals. There always is a gap between the time that an   …Continue Reading


Environmental Leader Q&A Podcast: Tracking Energy Data Can Cut Costs 5% in 4 Years

Carl Weinschenk

Knowing what an organization’s energy commitments can shave as much as 3 percent to 5 percent off expenditures during the first three or four years, according to  DJ Amis, the Director of Product Management for Urjanet. That low-hanging fruit can be the impetus to a more extensive program — and a great win to show the folks   …Continue Reading


Is the Relationship Between EMS and BEMS Changing?

Carl Weinschenk

New reports from Navigant Research and Grand View Research raise two interesting questions: What is the relationship between energy management systems and building energy management systems (EMS and BEMS)? How are the definitions of these two terms changing as technology evolves and energy efficiency becomes a priority? The Navigant research predicts that the global building   …Continue Reading