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Update: Orlando Passes on Electric, Water Use Reporting…For Now

Carl Weinschenk

Earlier this week, Energy Manager Today blogged on issues related to municipalities’ moves to require buildings to report their energy usage. One of the cities cited was Orlando, FL, which is considering such a measure. Last night, the Orlando City Council voted to delay taking action on the measure, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The   …Continue Reading


Are Energy Reporting Requirements a Slippery Slope?

Carl Weinschenk

Making building owners report energy usage leads to more efficiency. But how big a step is it toward mandating changes?


New York City Study Conclusion: Benchmarking Works

Carl Weinschenk

Researchers found that simply informing owners of how their buildings are performing results in improvements in energy efficiency and greater use of renewables.


BREEAM USA Takes Aim at In-Use Structures

Carl Weinschenk

The international program is coming to the United States — and invites commercial building tenants to participate in assessments.


Reach Out to Finance Execs With Data They Understand

Carl Weinschenk

Many approaches to gathering energy data from buildings and the equipment running within them are available. The challenge is finding ways to benefit from the mountain of data that is created. Ways must be found to use the data to build business cases and be understood by the C-level executives who ultimately must sign off on projects.


The Lowest Hanging Fruit: Saving Energy By Finding Easily Fixed Problems

Carl Weinschenk

Organizations interested in the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency go to great lengths to reduce consumption. Some approaches – such as LED retrofits – are relatively easy. Others, such as the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) — are more intensive and carry a steeper price tag. What about just turning off and disconnecting the things that shouldn’t be turned on?


Pittsburgh Excels in the 2030 Challenge

Carl Weinschenk

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that sits at the confluence of three great rivers. It is home to three storied professional sports teams and several great universities. It also is the leading city in the Green Building Alliance’s 2030 Challenge.


For Data Centers, Knowledge is (a Tool to Reduce Consumption of) Power

Carl Weinschenk

Data centers get an oversized amount of attention because they use an oversized amount of energy. It’s been that way for a while, and will continue to be so. Increasingly, sophisticated measurement and management of what actually is happening in the data center is the key to reducing energy use and increasing efficiency.


CoStar, DoE Making Energy Data More Accessible

Carl Weinschenk

The CoStar Group last week announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) that will make far more information about commercial and industrial buildings’ energy efficiency easily accessible.


India Launches Net-Zero Building Portal

Carl Weinschenk

The Indian Power Ministry, with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched the country’s first Web portal aimed at net-zero energy use in buildings.