Aim is to standardize building energy rating programs
September 11, 2015
While many building rating programs exist, there is not anything in the industry that standardizes the contents of those programs, ensuring users are knowledgeable about what impacts their ratings. A proposed standard from ASHRAE, now open for public comment, would serve as the “backbone” of such rating systems.
Gives Building Owners and Renters Information to Make Informed Decisions about How They Use Energy
May 4, 2015
The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. Two days later, the Portland, Oregon, City Council unanimously adopted its own benchmarking ordinance, making Atlanta and Portland the 12th and 13th U.S. cities, respectively, to adopt such policies.
University Expects to Save Approximately 10 Percent on Utilities
March 20, 2015
IBM has announced a new smarter buildings partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the first higher education institution to pioneer use of a new cloud-based analytics system for reducing energy and facility operating costs.
Building Energy Modeling Software Is Brought Up to Date
October 24, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that its EnergyPlus™ software, which models whole-building energy and water use, has been rewritten in the C++ programming language for improved performance. EnergyPlus lets users model design and operation alternatives — including HVAC system changes — on building energy performance.
Thirty-nine percent of the total energy used in a building is wasted. But 84 percent of a building’s total energy consumption could be efficiently controlled through an effective building energy management system (BEMS).
Lincoln Property Co., a national real estate services firm that manages One Burlington Business Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, for an equity firm, turned to Schneider Electric for assistance when the owners decided to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Intelligent Agent Technologies to be Used to Optimize Building Performance
September 3, 2014
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is converting one of its laboratories into the equivalent of a small office building in order to develop and test smart software technologies designed to slash energy use in commercial buildings.
Standard Supports Commonality in Reporting Performance
April 9, 2014
ASHRAE has announced the availability of the newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Program to Potentially Save $11 Million in Energy Costs
December 2, 2013
FirstService Residential, one of North America’s largest residential property management companies, is bringing the cost- and energy-saving initiatives of affiliate FS Energy to nearly 100 of its managed properties in Florida.
Servidyne Systems LLC, a leading building optimization company focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability, has announced an expansion of its efficiency solutions to include a continuous improvement program called Active Fifth Fuel Management™.