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The Games Begin: Battle of the Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Protection Agency launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge, with more than 5,500 buildings nationwide competing to save energy in commercial buildings. This is the fifth year for the competition, but 2014 is the first year with the theme, “Team Challenge.” Teams of five or more buildings will work   …Continue Reading

Natural Gas Consumption Analysis Reveals Savings Opportunities

Jennifer Hermes

Can a bakery burn less gas with the same equipment? Statistical analysis of consumption data may provide an answer. The good news is that bakers do not need to do it themselves. “We couldn’t explain a ‘hiccup’ in sub-metering data from our bread oven in our Sudbury bakery,” says Darren Borden, Energy Management Engineer at   …Continue Reading

It’s Hard to Access Utility Data

Linda Hardesty

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will review this summer a request to revise rules that restrict the ability of municipalities and building owners to obtain from utilities the annual energy use data for their commercial and apartment buildings. A group of Colorado cities, counties and advocacy groups supported by the Governor’s Energy Office told   …Continue Reading

Aerial Vehicle Maps Building Envelope Problems

Karen Henry

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance has introduced SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Asset Mapping) for use throughout Canada. SkyBEAM uses unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with high-resolution infrared and video cameras to help customers locate and photograph where their facilities may be leaking energy through gaps in the roof, façade or elsewhere; where they may have wet insulation;   …Continue Reading

Philadelphia HVAC Firm Offers Building Performance Services

Linda Hardesty

Philadelphia-area HVAC firm Burns Mechanical launched a new suite of consulting services for its commercial clients called Building Performance Services. The energy benchmarking, energy monitoring services and full energy auditing capability will provide a measurable return on investment in conjunction with maintenance contracts. According to Burns, about 30 percent of a building’s controllable operating costs   …Continue Reading

Urjanet, EnergyPrint Partner for Energy Data Services

Linda Hardesty

The EnergyPrint platform – which provides data management and measurement services to energy service providers nationally – will now be further fueled by Urjanet’s data to more quickly analyze energy cost, consumption, and carbon trends. EnergyPrint’s existing database can now access Urjanet’s big data services that automate the collection, normalization and delivery of data from   …Continue Reading

Utility Offers Energy Efficiency App

Linda Hardesty

Michigan utility DTE Energy unveiled a free, energy efficiency app for its electric customers. DTE Insight links customers’ iPhones (the app for Android phones will be available in late July) to their smart meters to help them discover their energy usage in real time. More than 1.3 million advanced meters have been installed in Southeast   …Continue Reading

How to Comply with California’s Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program

Linda Hardesty

On July 1, the final phase of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program took effect. Owners of nonresidential buildings with a total gross floor area of more than 5,000 square feet must now disclose the building’s most recent 12 months of energy usage prior to any sale, lease or financing   …Continue Reading

Redesigned Building Rating Website Improves User Experience

Karen Henry

The Building Rating website has gone through a comprehensive redesign with the user’s experience in mind. It is now fully responsive, with a layout and navigation that adapts to a range of devices, from mobile phones to desktop computers. Building Rating has four primary features: Learn about a jurisdiction: An interactive map reveals the jurisdictions (cities,   …Continue Reading

Plug Load Logger Provides Equipment Energy Use Data

Karen Henry

Onset‘s HOBO Plug Load Logger measures and records the power and energy consumption of 120V plug loads from office equipment, vending machines and other devices. The HOBO Plug Load Logger provides 0.5 percent measurement accuracy with a measurement resolution of 1 W. The logger can measure up to six parameters: true RMS voltage, true RMS current,   …Continue Reading

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