Commercial Buildings

Commercial Property Energy Use Down in San Francisco

Carl Weinschenk

The Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance reports that commercial properties in San Francisco are using less energy. The reduction is attributed to conformance with San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. The report – which was a collaboration by Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment – found a   …Continue Reading

Automated Building Envelope Sealing Technology Previewed

Karen Henry

A new building envelope sealing technology designed to effectively seal the outer shell of homes and buildings was previewed at the Aeroseal Success Summit. It is the first automated system used to effectively find and seal air leaks in building structures. The patented technology uses a compressed nitrogen system to push sealant through multiple nozzles.   …Continue Reading

Embracing New Tech Is Key to Greater Energy Savings, Say Experts

Jennifer Hermes

Energy efficiency has entered a new era, one in which diversification will be the key to greater energy savings, writes Dan York, Utilities, State, and Local Policy Program Fellow with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). While CFL programs have, in the past, led to significant savings and made up the lion’s share   …Continue Reading

Helping Building Automation Grow

Carl Weinschenk

Great efficiencies can be gained by the use of information technology (IT) in buildings The goal of total automation is far off, according to a commentary by Smart Building’s Jim Sinopoli at He laid out the building blocks of automated buildings. They include data that are far more granular than system-wide views; fully developed and   …Continue Reading

Walmart Saving Money While Driving Efficiency

Carl Weinschenk

A commentary at Fortune looks at Walmart’s progress in achieving its goal of being powered completely by renewables. A key suggestion by the piece is that these efforts cut costs by hundreds of millions of dollars annually in addition to be socially responsible. That money saved can lead to lower prices for consumers or be reinvested   …Continue Reading

Solutions to Help Reach Building Energy Management Goals

Matt Gates

This article is sponsored by Trane. Improving the performance of commercial buildings is more important than ever. Shrinking budgets, limited staff resources and increasing sustainability and environmental goals are among the challenges that may play a role in the pressure to improve building performance. There are building energy management systems (BEMS) that can help address these challenges and deliver   …Continue Reading

New York City Continues to Blaze Building Efficiency Trail with Launch of Its Data-Driven NYC Retrofit Accelerator

Lindsay Robbins

New York City has announced the launch of the NYC Retrofit Accelerator, the nation’s first city-run, data-driven, one-stop shop service to help owners navigate the process of improving the energy and water efficiency of their buildings. The accelerator does exactly what its name implies. It takes the city’s focus on building efficiency as an essential component of its   …Continue Reading

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

Wireless Can Make for a More Energy-Efficient BAS System

Karen Henry

As building automation systems become more common, so are wireless implementations. Wired and wireless systems have the same reliability requirements; however, wireless technology is more flexible, making it more appealing for retrofit work, according to an article in Consulting-Specifying Engineer. While WiFi is the most well-known and most frequently specified wireless technology, it is comparatively   …Continue Reading

What Does Generation Z Want in its Buildings?

Carl Weinschenk

Facilities Management Journal reports that BSRIA has released a white paper detailing what Generation Z, which are people born in the mid-1990s onward, wants in the buildings that it uses. The paper, “Products and Systems for Generation Z in Reduced Carbon Buildings,” suggests that there is a desire for systems that detect abnormalities immediately and   …Continue Reading