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Cambridge, Mass., Institutes Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The City Council of Cambridge, Mass., voted unanimously to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of building energy performance for large commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings. In passing the ordinance, Cambridge joins its neighbor, Boston, along with eight other major US cities – Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia,   …Continue Reading

Direct Energy Expands Energy Services Portfolio

Linda Hardesty

Direct Energy Business has more than 250,000 North American business customers and has been rolling out a portfolio of devices and software to help businesses save energy. Earlier this month, Direct Energy announced a partnership with Nest Labs to offer a Nest thermostat to small businesses in conjunction with a fixed rate for electricity from   …Continue Reading

Nationwide Energy Partners Saves with Data

Karen Henry

Nationwide Energy Partners is using a proprietary data collection and analytics platform to extend energy efficiency and cost savings to residents and developers of condominiums and multifamily communities. The data collection and analysis program can provide analytics on such things as individual unit energy consumption, common area usage and leak detection. Nationwide Energy Partners analyzes   …Continue Reading

Component-Level Benchmarking Could Save Commercial Businesses $60B

Karen Henry

Pathian, an energy consultancy, has developed Component Level Benchmarking (CLB), which it is billing as the world’s first energy benchmarking system that can factor out the impact of weather variations on energy consumption. According to the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, more than $200 billion is spent each year to power commercial buildings in   …Continue Reading

Stage Stores Hires for Lighting Maintenance, Electrical Services

Linda Hardesty

Action Services Group, a US lighting maintenance and electrical services company, won a contract with Stage Stores for interior lighting maintenance for three of its retail brands: Bealls, Goody’s and Peebles with store locations across the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. The on-demand   …Continue Reading

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

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