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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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National Association of Realtors® Says Clients Look for Sustainability

Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 02:29 / by Doug Elbinger, Energy Systems Analyst posted in solar, Green Building, renewable energy, Sustainability, energy efficiency

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In February, 2017, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) surveyed its members pertaining to sustainability issues facing their industry. Highlights from this report that are relevant to Michigan contractors and builders are summarized as follows:

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What Does Sustainability Really Mean Today?

Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 05:34 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Commercial Building, Green Building, LEED, LEED Cerified Buildings, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, environmental justice

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Use of the word sustainability, based on recorded mentions, skyrocketed starting in the early 1980s and has grown exponentially over the past 3 decades. In the past few weeks alone I have attended two exceptional programs on sustainability, and I see many more in the near and distant future as it becomes a hotter topic at the various green building and commercial real estate industry conferences to which I am invited.

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5 Common-Sense Steps After an Energy Audit

Mon, Jun 19, 2017 @ 02:28 / by Guest Blogger Bob Wells, www.hvactraining101.com posted in HVAC, Commercial Building, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, High Performance Buildings

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Just have an energy audit done? Congratulations! It’s a great step toward saving money in both the short and long term, and toward creating a more environmentally-friendly building. But the audit is just the first step, not an end in itself. Don’t let it just sit on the corner of your desk, gathering dust! Whether it’s for business or home, here are some common-sense reminders of steps you can take to implement the audit.

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Is Retrocommissioning Worth it for Facility Managers?

Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 02:39 / by Guest blogger Faith Munsell, Star Service posted in Retrofit, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Retro-commissioning, Building Energy

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Is Retrocommissioning Worth it for Facility Managers?

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