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Wed, Sep 05, 2018 @ 03:51 / by Guest Post by Klas C. Haglid, PE, RA, CEM, BPE posted in Retrofit, ASHRAE, Building Energy, Internet of Things, Energy

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This past June, Klas Haglid of Haglid Engineering attended the ASHRAE Annual Conference in Houston, TX. I always recommend attending these kinds of advanced learning events. They will help you in your job and your career! I did not attend this year as I was speaking across the state at the BOMA International Conference and Expo in San Antonio. So while I could not be there in person, I am grateful for the other industry leaders like Klas who attend and share their key takeaways with us.
                                                         - Jim

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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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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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Is Energy Star Going Away?

Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 03:05 / by Jim Newman posted in IAQ, bEQ, Building Energy Quotient, ASHRAE, Energy Audit, Building Energy, Energy Star

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Note: Since this was article was originally posted, a budget passed Congress that does not significantly reduce EPA funding. So we believe the Energy Star Program is safe - for now. It’s good to know, however, what else is out there from the private sector, for example, ASHRAE bEQ as is discussed below. Our industry needs to be well-versed in all the options, not on a just-in-case basis, but on a what’s-best-for-the-customer basis. (updated 5/10/2017)

Since its inception in 1992, the Energy Star label has gained tremendous popularity, and today thousands of products (mostly small and medium home appliances) sport the Energy Star logo. Use of this program, run by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), had saved $362 billion on energy bills and prevented nearly 2.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere. If this program goes away, as is being proposed by the current administration, we risk losing many of the gains that have been made.

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PACENation Rising – We are Just Scratching the Surface of the Potential of PACE

Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 11:45 / by Jim Newman posted in Commercial Building, solar, Retrofit, Green Building, PACE, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Building Energy

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From their first meeting of less than 50 people just a couple of years ago to almost 500 this year, PACENation reflects the potential this groundbreaking policy has on the future of the built environment. PACENation is the national, non-profit advocacy organization for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.

In 2016, PACE passed the $3 billion mark in cumulative financing (commercial and residential). “What we’re really seeing is the birth of an industry. It isn’t just about burning less hydrocarbons, it’s also about saving money,” John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado told the crowd.

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