Six Steps to a Winning GRESB Audit

Carl Weinschenk

National Real Estate Investor offers six strategies to prepare for the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), a program that rates real estate portfolios for sustainability performance. The suggestions are: Focus on reporting “stakeholder engagement” and “performance indicators.” Utilize the easiest sources to get data. Take a realistic view of the organization’s sustainability policies. Create   …Continue Reading

Assessing Data Center Energy

Carl Weinschenk

Data Center Knowledge this week tackled the important but tricky issue of assessing energy usage in a data center. More specifically, the question focused on is how to determine power usage effectiveness (PUE). The challenge is finding a reliable and consistent means of separating power used for IT equipment with infrastructure energy use. The line   …Continue Reading

Advanced Protective Relay Market to Grow

Carl Weinschenk

The advanced protective relay sector is growing in sophistication and giving utilities new features and capabilities, such as sub-second monitoring and data collection, according to Navigant Research. These devices are used to manage and control transmission and distribution grids, and the data they collect on grid conditions is highly actionable and otherwise valuable. Navigant found   …Continue Reading

Meter Analytics Firm Aquicore Gets Seed Money

Carl Weinschenk

Aquicore, a company that increase meter intelligence, has gotten $3.1 million in seed money from the 1776 Seed Fund of Washington, D.C. Aquicore partners with meter manufacturers to help building managers access the data, which can be monitored and analyzed. The company doesn’t partner with utilities, but it can help them achieve their energy efficiency   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Proposes “Backbone” for Building Rating Programs

Karen Henry

ASHRAE has proposed a standard that would serve as the “backbone” for the content of building rating programs. According to ASHARE, various building rating systems are used to rate buildings, and each yields varying results. By providing a non-commercial consensus standard that can be used in international, national and regional legislation, policy making and regulation   …Continue Reading

The Importance of Energy Storage System Software

Carl Weinschenk

David Miller, the Director of Business Development for Greensmith, describes the importance of software to energy storage systems in a commentary at Clean Technica. The proper software optimizes system performance, runs complex applications and future-proofs systems as technology shifts. There are important elements to consider during the design, integration and operational phases. Overall maintenance also is   …Continue Reading

Embue Tops in Z-Wave Labs Program

Carl Weinschenk

The Z-Wave Alliance – an open consortium aimed at pushing the Z-Wave wireless communications protocol – announced that Embue is the summer winner of its Z-Wave Labs program. Z-Wave is an automation protocol for homes. Embue, which released its product last year, is developing technology that will enable multifamily property managers to reduce energy and   …Continue Reading

Refrigerator Monitors Temperatures for Pharmacy Products

Linda Hardesty

Phononic introduced SilverPoint a Wi-Fi enabled temperature monitoring system, which is embedded in Phononic’s Evolve family of cold storage products: a compact refrigerator (1.8 cu. ft.); a freezer (1.8 cu. ft.); and an undercounter refrigerator (5.5 cu. ft.). In addition to the embedded firmware, cloud-based software connected via Wi-Fi provides advanced temperature monitoring options. The   …Continue Reading

Wireless Sensors Monitor Temp, Humidity, Lighting

Linda Hardesty

Paragon Robotics data loggers use wireless sensors to access office building information from HVAC systems, allowing users to view gas, water and energy usage or lighting and occupancy. The sensor information, accessed locally or remotely, can be used to track individual suite performance and tenant usage. Paragon wireless dataloggers can be installed in individual office   …Continue Reading

Arizona City Selects EnergyCAP for Utility Tracking

Linda Hardesty

The City of Chandler, Arizona, has selected EnergyCAP software for its new utility tracking system after a formal competitive bid process. With EnergyCAP, the City will improve bill-processing efficiency, manage and analyze utility data, identify energy and cost savings, and document the benefits of energy conservation efforts. In addition to tracking 2,300 electric, gas and   …Continue Reading