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‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ for Commercial Building Energy Savings

Linda Hardesty

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago (MCA) offers the following simple tips for reducing energy usage in commercial buildings, according to The Chicago Tribune. Turn off office equipment at night. MCA says turning off one computer and monitor will save $60 annually. A study on virtual energy assessments conducted with nine Boston buildings found that   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE/IES Publish Updated Standard on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

Linda Hardesty

A newly revised standard from ASHRAE and IES seeks to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofits of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency. Published this week, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofit of existing residential and   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Improves with ‘Green Guarding’

Eric Crabb

In the security industry, a key success factor is the ability to sense changing requirements and adapt accordingly. For most security professionals this means recommending the latest access control, visitor management or even secure identity technology. And, this is excellent since there continue to be many advancements in these areas. Often, guards may encourage other   …Continue Reading


How Does Energy Asset Score Differ from Energy Star Score?

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is offering a webinar to explain its Building Energy Asset Score to energy efficiency service companies. The Asset Score is a free, web-based software tool developed by DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) that assesses the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily buildings. According   …Continue Reading


Bright Power Acquires Ecological Partners

Linda Hardesty

Bright Power, a New York City-based energy management provider, is purchasing Ecological Partners, an energy efficiency service provider previously owned by Root9b Technologies. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Bright Power provides energy services for real estate portfolios nationwide, including energy benchmarking, energy auditing, resiliency solutions and energy procurement. The acquisition of Ecological   …Continue Reading


Report: How to Make Your Energy Retrofit Happen

Jennifer Hermes

Facilities managers and commercial property owners increasingly accept that they can save their company significant amounts of money through reduced energy use and lower plant operating costs. But engaging in energy efficiency projects and upgrades can be costly and companies don’t always have the funds to get started. Fortunately, funding options are available for companies that know   …Continue Reading


SMUD Selects Opower, FirstFuel to Engage Business Customers

Linda Hardesty

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has selected Opower for a multi-year partnership to deliver personalized communications to residential, commercial and industrial customers. SMUD will replace a set of existing systems with the Opower platform. Opower will deliver an integrated Web portal across all of SMUD’s nearly 625,000 residential and commercial customers, enabling them to gain   …Continue Reading


Web-Based Tool Monitors Energy

Karen Henry

Energy Ottawa, a subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa in Canada, has released the EnergyFlow Monitor, a web-based tool that helps businesses and landlords identify inefficiencies in energy use. The application collects data from individual meters—electric, gas, steam, fuel oil and water—in one-minute intervals. That data is then transmitted to secure servers and can be accessed online.   …Continue Reading


Energy Improvements to Save Rec Facility $1.8M

Karen Henry

An energy improvement project at an indoor multi-sport recreation facility in Trumbull, Conn., will save the facility an estimated $1.8 million, the Easton Courier reports. The Insports facility secured $1 million in funding for the project through the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. Energy efficiency improvements completed at the facility included solar panels,   …Continue Reading


Brookfield Establishes Facilities Management Business

Linda Hardesty

Brookfield Asset Management reached an agreement to acquire the other 50 percent of its Canadian and Australian facilities management businesses from Johnson Controls for about $200 million. The acquisition will facilitate a merger with its wholly owned businesses in the Middle-East and South America as part of a broader plan to create a global facilities   …Continue Reading