Federal Buildings Add Requirements

Federal agencies are now required to install building energy meters and sub-meters, as well as water meters at agency buildings where cost-effective and appropriate, according to a memo reported in FEDweek. The agencies now must ensure that any agency buildings metered for energy and water performance must have that data entered into the EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager to improve performance …

Empire State Building Exceeds Energy Efficiency Savings

The energy efficiency program at the Empire State Building has exceeded guaranteed energy savings for the second year in a row, saving $2.3 million, according to the team that developed the energy efficiency program comprised of the Empire State Building, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. In 2009, the Empire State Building began a comprehensive retrofit at …

No cookie-cutter formula for improving energy efficiency at health facilities

In most facilities, changing a lightbulb is a pretty simple task. But in a hospital, even minor tasks can be complicated. “Trying to change a light bulb in a hospital is not trivial when you’re talking about infection control challenges and patient impact,” Jeff Whitson says. “In a simple office building, you don’t have the same challenges. That’s what I …

Easy Ways to Improve Building Efficiency

A recent FirstFuel survey covering 60 million square feet of U.S. commercial building space has revealed that the majority of operational improvements for energy efficiency can be made with very little or no cost to building owners. Although investing in facility retrofits can help with operational efficiency, an upgrade isn’t the only way to enhance system performance. This research also found that …

Energy Savings: the Data Are in the Details

Energy managers know that every commercial building is complex. The upside to that complexity is that many of these buildings offer large energy efficiency potential. Through identifying efficiency opportunities in thousands of commercial buildings to-date, we have confirmed a simple premise. A commercial building’s energy use data set is like a fingerprint: no two are exactly alike. With that in …