Evanston, IL, Aldermen Vote for Benchmarking

Carl Weinschenk

Large buildings in Evanston, IL, will be required to benchmark energy performance, according to the Daily Northwestern. The newspaper of Northwestern University, which is in Evanston, reported that aldermen voted 7-2 this week to compel buildings of more than 200,00 square feet to benchmark. More than 550 buildings in the city will be impacted, the   …Continue Reading

The City Energy Project Grows

Carl Weinschenk

A lot of information has been amassed about how communities can cut energy use. Two goals of the CEP are to make sure that data is effectively implemented and shared.

Denver May Track Building Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

The Denver City Council’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness subcommittee moved forward with an ordinance that would require commercial and multifamily buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to measure and report energy use, according to Denverite. The proposal is slated for a vote of the full city council on Dec. 19. The story says that   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Goes Hand in Hand with Renewable Certification Efforts

Carl Weinschenk

LEED, the WELL Building Standard and BREEAM are important because they save energy, improve owners’ images and allow higher rents to be charged. Energy managers are on the front lines of implementation.

Goby and EnerNOC Partner

Carl Weinschenk

Goby and EnerNOC have entered into a strategic partnership. EnerNOC is an energy intelligence software firm, while Goby provides smart analytic platforms for commercial real estate. Under the agreement, EnerNOC will sell Goby’s sustainability and reporting capabilities. Goby, in turn, will resell EnerNOC’s energy intelligence software packages and leverage its reverse auction platform capabilities. The   …Continue Reading

The Thread Group Expands to Commercial and Professional Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

The Internet of Things (IoT) has huge potential to benefit commercial structures. It can drive energy efficiency by more closely controlling when systems are on and off and reporting usage in a more granular manner.   Thread is one of the initiatives aimed at creating a networking standards that make these advances possible. Earlier this   …Continue Reading

Carbon Disclosure Project Recognizes Yahoo!

Ken Silverstein

The Carbon Disclosure Project, which evaluates companies based on their efforts to fight climate change, has recognized Yahoo as one of its leaders. According to the project, it has set meaningful targets and then verified its outcomes.

Augury Inks Deal with LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing

Carl Weinschenk

Augury, a company that uses Internet of Things (IoT) and big data technology to improve building operations, has announced a deal with LBA Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing of Kansas City. The press release says that Augury will provide its technology to LBA’s clients. The HVAC firm will use Its Auguscope to “listen” to equipment   …Continue Reading

NorthStar ACE Protects Telecom Backups

Carl Weinschenk

NorthStar has introduced NorthStar Advanced Connected Energy (ACE), a system aimed at batteries used as backups by telecommunications networks. The company says that 15 million to 20 million such batteries are purchased annually for this purpose and that more than half of these must be replaced prematurely due to improper management and maintenance in warehouses and   …Continue Reading

In the Quest for Efficiency, Nothing is More Important than Quality Measurement Tools

Carl Weinschenk

Whether the tools are cutting edge or old school, the key to efficiency is deep knowledge of how energy is being used.