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Lessons from the ASHRAE Conference: The 4th Step to Achieving True Sustainability in Buildings

Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 01:32 / by Jim Newman posted in solar, Energy Independence, Green Design, renewable energy, clean energy, High Performance Buildings, Sustainable Design, resilience, resiliency

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If steps 1, 2 and 3 are Energy Efficiency; Green Building; and High Performance, what’s next? Resiliency!

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New Technology, Cloud-Based BAS Lead To Energy Efficiency

Tue, Dec 05, 2017 @ 03:02 / by Jim Newman posted in Commercial Building, energy management system, building automation, Building Energy Management Systems, Building Energy, Energy Management Strategies, BEMIS, Cloud Based BAS

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Jim Newman recently contributed an article on how new technologies, and new ways of financing them, are impacting energy efficiency in new and existing buildings. NREL slide 75 crop.jpg

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1st Sustainable Detroit Forum Moves the Issues Forward

Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 12:01 / by Doug Elbinger, Energy Systems Analyst posted in Triple Bottom Line, Net Zero Building, USGBC, Sustainability, High Performance Buildings

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Event Introduced Innovative Ideas and Communities, Generated Ideas to Keep Sustainability Movement Going

On October 25, 2017 the USGBC Detroit Region presented an event designed to connect and cross-fertilize the sustainability communities of Detroit. The event was hosted at the McGregor Memorial on the Wayne State University campus. The NCG team was there as a sponsor and participated in many of the activities that day.

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Why Go to Greenbuild Conventions?

Tue, Nov 07, 2017 @ 02:59 / by Jim Newman posted in GreenBuild, USGBC, Green Building, LEED, Sustainability, energy efficiency

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Jim Newman Previews Greenbuild 2017, Boston, MA, Nov 8-10

Greenbuild 2017.pngWhy do I go to USGBC Greenbuild Conventions?? Because during those conventions I learn more about the exciting things happening in the green building and sustainability industry than I can anywhere else.

If you have been to a Greenbuild Convention, you know there are great speakers, not only on the state of the “Green” industry and where it is going, but also how it is being used around the world. Go to Greenbuild so you can:

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Why Your Energy Star Rating May Go Down in 2018

Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 03:05 / by Jim Newman posted in ASHRAE, Energy Audit, EPA, Energy Star

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And What You Can Do About It in 2017

The good news is that EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager is getting a much needed data update.

The bad news is that it may cause some Energy Star scores to go down.

How Portfolio Manager Works

ENE_prt_v_c.jpgAs you probably know, Energy Star Portfolio Manager (ESPM) is a well-known and widely used program for comparing energy use among existing buildings. Building owners and managers use ESPM to see how well their building performs with regards to energy use. The ESPM rates the building on a 1-100 scale against buildings of similar size and use. It also takes into consideration climatization so that buildings in different climate zones can be compared with each other. 

Energy Star requires a score of 75 or better to earn Certification. For details, click here. If your score is below 75, or you would like to see a higher score – and lower utility bills – consider implementing some low-cost or no-cost Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) with relatively fast paybacks. Other ECMs might be more expensive with long paybacks. In that case you may want to consider alternative financing, such as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE (Click to learn how PACE can help you.)

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