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Federal Buildings Must Comply with Green Building Certification Rule

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design. To that end, the DOE is issuing a final rule, which goes into effect on November 13, that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are   …Continue Reading

ADR Demonstration Project Begins in Japan

Karen Henry

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, there has been demand to establish systems that enable the stable supply of electric power and build mechanisms for more efficient power use, even when electric power supply and demand are constrained. Kyocera, IBM Japan and Tokyu Community will start a demonstration test of an automatic   …Continue Reading

DOE Converts EnergyPlus from Fortran to C++

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy’s EnergyPlus, which models whole-building energy and water use, is the basis for building energy-efficiency standards and is the engine inside many commercial software products. It has a large and diverse user community. For the first 17 years of its existence, EnergyPlus was written in the FORTRAN programming language. Now, DOE is   …Continue Reading

Hilton Worldwide Achieves ISO 50001

Linda Hardesty

Hilton Worldwide says more than 4,200 of its properties around the world are now ISO 50001 energy management certified. The hotelier achieved the certification following a comprehensive upgrade to its LightStay global environmental management system. Hilton Worldwide achieved ISO 9001 (quality management) and 14001 (environmental management) certifications in 2011, and was fully recertified to both   …Continue Reading

National Lab Creates ‘Autotune’ Building Modeling Software

Linda Hardesty

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are developing software that will automatically calibrate models for simulating building energy use. Building Energy Modeling (BEM) uses computer simulations to estimate energy use and guide the design of new buildings and energy retrofits. Up to 3,000 parameters may be specified when modeling a building’s energy use. Over the last   …Continue Reading

ESOS: The Energy Data Clock Is Ticking…

Graham Boret

Remember, remember the 5th of December… The fundamental ESOS question UK businesses and organizations should be asking themselves right now, is not, “Are we ready for December 2015 compliance?” but “Do we have procedures in place to capture 12 months of consecutive energy data before then?” Be warned – the latest date to start measuring   …Continue Reading

Grocer Picks Elster EnergyICT for Worldwide Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

Supermarket giant Tesco has contracted with Elster EnergyICT to implement Elster’s energy management system across Tesco’s retail and distribution facilities in the UK, Europe and Asia. Tesco has selected Elster EnergyICT’s energy monitoring and management platform Enacto 9.3. The platform reveals hidden patterns in energy consumption helping to reduce energy use. The cloud-based Enacto 9.3   …Continue Reading

GSEP Releases Guidance for Measuring Energy Savings

Karen Henry

A new guide published by the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group offers organizations practical, step-by-step instructions on performing measurement and verification (M&V) processes on energy efficiency projects to assess their impact and performance. By providing a methodology that enables practitioners to credibly assess energy performance impacts, the document, Measurement and   …Continue Reading

Workiva Integrates Urjanet Data Into its Platform

Linda Hardesty

Workiva, a cloud-based business data company, announced a partnership with Urjanet that will allow Workiva customers who use its Wdesk platform to directly tap into Urjanet’s energy data, collected from more than 1,000 utilities. Workiva’s platform, which allows enterprises to compile, report, and analyze critical business data in real time, is used by more than   …Continue Reading

Aviva, SeeControl Create Energy Kit

Linda Hardesty

Aviva Energy and SeeControl developed the EnergySensr platform that marries electrical, natural gas and water sub-meters with a machine-to-machine gateway. EnergySensr allows deployment of energy management within sites, buildings and facilities via a self-installation kit. It provides tools so users can link energy usage to equipment, process, area, zone, facility or other parameter unique to   …Continue Reading

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