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Small Box Retail: Think Outside the Energy Box

Energy Manager Today Staff

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


Schneider Follows Nest’s Smart Thermostat Lead

Linda Hardesty

Given all the coverage about Google’s purchase of Nest Labs, a maker of smart thermostats for residential use, it was only a matter of time before energy management vendors in the commercial space capitalized on the buzz. Now, Schneider Electric is offering a thermostat and programmable room controller targeted to enterprises – the new SE8000   …Continue Reading


Luxury Apartments Opt for Ecosystem Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Meriton Serviced Apartments (MSA) installed the Ecosystem wireless occupancy-based energy management system in 178 of its luxury apartments in Sydney, Australia. Ecosystem is a part of a suite of energy retrofit products offered by Delaware start-up Efficiency Grid, which specializes in the hotel industry. The project was managed by Efficiency Grid’s Australian service provider, Smart Hotel   …Continue Reading


USGBC Creates a Building Monitoring Tool

Linda Hardesty

The LEED Dynamic Plaque will be revealed at the Rocky Mountain Green conference in Colorado this week. The LEED Dynamic Plaque measuring device will give users a real-time display of how a building is performing in the areas of energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. The aim is to measure LEED buildings’ performance post-occupancy   …Continue Reading


Could Energy Management Systems be Hacked?

Linda Hardesty

The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, formed a Cybersecurity Committee to promote best practices in cybersecurity of building automation systems (BAS). Previously not considered vulnerable, these systems have typically had only minimal security in place, says the alliance. As a result, a BAS can be used by unauthorized   …Continue Reading


Building Systems Communicate with Each Other

Linda Hardesty

Oxford School District in Oxford, Miss., signed an energy services agreement with Johnson Controls to provide the high school’s heating, air conditioning, lighting and building management systems, which will save the district $6 million in energy and operational costs over the next 15 years. The new 220,000-sq-foot building is powered by a modular central energy   …Continue Reading


Cimetrics Unveils Energy Dashboard

Linda Hardesty

Cimetrics introduced its Analytika Energy Dashboard – a software as a service management tool. Analytika Energy Dashboard provides visualizations for all building and central plant commodities including electricity, natural gas, oil, steam, hot water, chilled water, domestic water and process water. The dashboard’s performance tracking and measurement and verification includes comparisons to other buildings, to   …Continue Reading


Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading


Company Pitches Energy Management for the Little Guys

William Opalka

The so-called internet of things has a new player as Smartcool Systems provides a tool to automate energy efficiency and energy management in small commercial buildings. A collaboration with an energy management system (EMS) is showing savings of 25 percent. The company signed a software licensing agreement in December with smartACR, which is developing an automated   …Continue Reading


Top 6 in Building Energy Management Software

Linda Hardesty

In the global market for building energy management software, six suppliers – Envizi, eSight, IBM, Schneider Electric, Siemens and Verisae – are market leaders, according to independent analyst firm Verdantix. Verdantix’s report, Green Quadrant Building Energy Management Software 2014, compares 14 building energy management applications to help corporate buyers select energy management software. The analysis   …Continue Reading


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