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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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LEED-Certified Buildings: Energy Efficient or Not?

Wed, Apr 09, 2014 @ 12:33 / by Jim Newman posted in Codes & Standards, Energy Codes, LEED Guidelines, LEED 2009, ASHRAE, USGBC, Green Building, LEED Cerified Buildings, LEED Certification, LEED Certified, Sustainability

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Today's LEED certified buildings are more energy efficient than their predecessors.There has been some heated discussion lately about how much energy LEED® certified buildings use. When the US Green Building Council (USGBC) first came out with its Version 1 LEED Guideline in 2000, a building could earn LEED certification without any points in the energy section.  

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Reflections on Independence Day and What Energy Independence Can Mean

Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 01:40 / by Jim Newman posted in Codes & Standards, Triple Bottom Line, Retrofit, Energy Independence, GBI, ASHRAE, USGBC, Green Building, Sustainability, Energy Savings, Energy Audit

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Two Things are Missing from the Energy Independence Discussion

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Energy Performance Disclosure/Energy Use Index – What Does it Mean?

Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 02:32 / by Jim Newman posted in Codes & Standards, Energy Codes, ASHRAE, USGBC, Green Building, LEED Cerified Buildings, Energy Audit

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What Does an EUI Mandate Mean to Facility Managers and Building Owners?

We have been hearing a lot lately about Energy Performance Disclosure and Reporting Mandates for public buildings, sometimes referred to as the Energy Use Index (EUI).  

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