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Advances in BEMIS Make Being Energy Efficient Easier and Smarter

Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 12:42 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, energy efficiency, Energy Use Index, energy management system, Building Energy Management Systems, indoor air qulity, Energy Management Strategies, BEMIS, Cloud Based BAS, energy conservation


Energy Efficient. Cost Effective. That’s the goal of the building engineer or facility manager. Today’s building energy management information systems (BEMIS), combined with IoT (Internet of Things), makes being both energy efficient and cost effective not only possible, but so much easier – and smarter.

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What’s Preventing You From Having an Energy Audit?

Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 02:53 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, ASHRAE, PACE, energy efficiency, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Recommissioning, Energy Use Index, Building Energy


Energy audits are one of the best ways to discover money-saving opportunities in an existing building. A commercial or industrial energy audit, also called an energy analysis, will identify how much energy a building uses, how efficiently it uses that energy, and where changes and improvements can be made that will impact both the occupant comfort and the bottom line.

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How BEMIS Can Help Optimize HVAC Efficiency and Save Money

Thu, Mar 03, 2016 @ 03:26 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Retrofit, Energy Codes, energy efficiency, Energy Audit, Energy Use Index, building automation, BEMIS


In a recent study, The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (www.aceee.org) found that “Commercial buildings could save up to $60 billion if investments in energy efficiency were ramped up by just 1-4%.”

When I was interviewed a year and a half ago and posted this blog in advance of my talk at NFMT Vegas 2014, there weren’t many companies promoting, or providing, building energy management information systems. Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and Building Automation systems (BAS) were definitely part of the conversation, but there wasn’t much out there at that time about Building Energy Management Information Systems (BEMIS). Today they are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why.

NREL_slide_75_crop.jpgA quality BEMIS will have a software-based front end that can run reports as well as conduct diagnostic testing and provide a clear picture of the building’s performance – through easy-to-understand visuals.  And today’s BEMIS does more than simply offer reports. It provides feedback, incorporating the tools and reporting capabilities from the BAS as well as fault detection, diagnostic tools and automated system optimization technologies.

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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


Follow these three must-do steps for success.

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