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Kick-starting Your Energy Management Program

Linda Hardesty

Better Buildings Challenge Partners Shorenstein and Allegheny College describe solutions that helped them develop successful energy efficiency programs.


Energy Efficiency: the Hidden Benefits

Jennifer Hermes

I was fortunate to have been the construction and environmental manager for the largest conversion from No. 6 oil to natural gas so far in NYC. Three large boilers, providing heat and domestic hot water for 8 high-rise apartment buildings and other areas, were upgraded in preparation for the fuel switch. It is now two   …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


Arlington County Saves Energy with Better Buildings

Linda Hardesty

Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) describes how the county partnered with the community, commercial and residential sectors to develop solutions to save energy.


Energy Efficiency Finance in Plain English: An Intro to Leases

Jennifer Hermes

According to our most recent survey of C&I energy efficiency professionals, the most cited barrier to energy efficiency project approval is the lack of budget. Whether upgrading a chiller, installing solar, or bundling projects under a whole-building retrofit, energy efficiency projects require large upfront investments, which many building owners have not budgeted. As a result,   …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


NRDC Releases Report Card on Chicago’s Commercial Building Initiative

Karen Henry

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has issued the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Building Initiative Best Practices Report to document approaches taken to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency improvements in the commercial sector, as well as best practices and key lessons learned in the first two years of Chicago’s Commercial Building Initiative. The report documented several key   …Continue Reading


NYSERDA Spends $1M to Jumpstart C-PACE

Linda Hardesty

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is providing about $1 million to the Energy Improvement Corporation (EIC) to jumpstart its Energize NY Finance program over the next two years. The Energize NY Finance program uses Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance and property tax laws to provide long-term financing for   …Continue Reading


GDF SUEZ Offers Web-Based Demand Response

Linda Hardesty

GDF SUEZ Energy Resources plans to distribute Viridity Energy’s VPower to any interested customer over 1 MW in aggregate demand. The VPower demand response suite combines usage, pricing and system data to show energy managers how to control their consumption. With VPower, commercial and industrial energy customers can monitor their energy usage, minimize their peaks,   …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


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