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Three Reasons Building Owners Turn Down Energy Audits

Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 01:55 / by Jim Newman posted in IAQ, EBOM, ASHRAE, LEED, Energy Savings, Energy Audit, Recommissioning


... and five tips to help overcome them

Energy audits are one of the best ways to discover money-saving opportunities in an existing building. A commercial or industrial energy audit 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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Energy Jumpstart Helps Existing Buildings Qualify for LEED EB: O&M

Thu, Apr 11, 2013 @ 02:07 / by Jim Newman posted in EBOM, ASHRAE, USGBC, LEED, Energy Savings, Energy Audit


Since its inception, LEED EBOM (Existing Building: Operation and Maintenance) set a high standard for existing buildings in terms of energy use. Prerequisite #2 in the Energy and Atmosphere section was an Energy Star Portfolio Manager score of 69 or higher. (For more about Energy Star Certification, click here) For many older buildings, that was too far a stretch.

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Four Reasons NOT to Attempt LEED EBOM Certification

Tue, Apr 02, 2013 @ 03:00 / by Jim Newman posted in USGBC, Green Building, LEED, Energy Savings, Energy Audit


Myths and realities about the process and the results

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How Architects can Influence Green Schools

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 12:28 / by Sara Kravitz posted in Codes & Standards, LEED Design, Green Design, USGBC, Green Building, LEED, LEED Cerified Buildings, LEED Certification, LEED Certified, Energy Savings


Five ways they are Unique and Five ways they are the Same as other LEED buildings 

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Wasted Energy is Wasted Money

Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 10:52 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Codes & Standards, Green, ASHRAE, LEED, LEED Cerified Buildings, Sustainability, Energy Savings, Energy Audit

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