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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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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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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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Three Novel Ways to Save Money and Energy This Season

Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 03:33 / by Jim Newman posted in Commercial Building, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Building Energy, Energy Management Strategies

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Or, “Beat the summer heat without losing your shirt!”

Here in the Midwest we are entering the summer season with hot and humid weather expected for the next few months. During this time, the cost of cooling buildings goes up considerably. High temperatures and high humidity combine to increase the energy used by cooling equipment.

Beyond typical and low or no-cost energy saving measures you should already be doing (see “HVAC Gains with No Budget Pains”), here are three ways to reduce the potential for wasting energy in commercial and industrial buildings. Most people don’t usually consider these, but they can make a huge difference.

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