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Is Energy Star Going Away?

Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 03:05 / by Jim Newman posted in ASHRAE, bEQ, Building Energy, Building Energy Quotient, Energy Audit, IAQ, 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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Developing a Long-term Capital Funding Plan for Managing Your Existing Building

Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 02:02 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Retrofit, Building Energy Quotient, PACE, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Retro-commissioning, Energy Use Index

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Follow these three must-do steps for success.

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ASHRAE bEQ Updates Include “As Designed” Rating for New Buildings

Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 10:48 / by Jim Newman posted in Codes & Standards, bEQ, Building Energy Quotient, Energy Codes, ASHRAE, Energy Audit

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With more and more cities and states adopting Energy Use Index (EUI) requirements, the popularity of the ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) voluntary building energy labeling program has been growing. While independent of other rating systems, it actually complements those existing green building and energy rating and labeling programs.

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The Importance of Optimizing HVAC Efficiency (NFMT)

Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 03:48 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Codes & Standards, Building Energy Quotient, Sustainability, energy efficiency, Energy Audit, Recommissioning, Retro-commissioning

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James L. Newman is a noted speaker at the upcoming National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT), held on October 7th and October 8th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. NFMT Vegas recently spoke with Newman.

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Unexpected Benefits of “Greening” Your Building’s HVAC System

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 01:53 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Commercial Building, bEQ, solar, Building Energy Quotient, Green, ASHRAE, Green Building, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Energy Audit

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If reducing your utility bills is the goal - smaller, more efficient equipment is one way to get there.

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