“There are three inputs: building type, size and location. Building owners and operators expect that buildings with certain characteristics spend “X” dollars per year on energy—but they don’t always know how efficient they are, or how they compares to other buildings. BenchmarkMyBuilding.com leverages several government datasets—including EnergyStar’s TargetFinder and the Energy Information Agency’s CBECS data—to…
Multifamily property owners and managers are often unaware of how their buildings’ energy performance compares to that of similar buildings. This lack of information can make them reluctant to invest in energy efficiency and, more broadly, can lead to the undervaluing of energy-efficient buildings in real estate appraisals. To address this market failure, localities across…
Although the portfolios of six participating firms did reach the 70% or higher average savings goal, the reason many firms fell short could be attributed to a lack of energy modeling. Energy modeling requires an investment, and making the argument to include that cost from the start can sometimes be intimidating for architects. Click here to…
Santa Barbara County Passes New Energy Efficiency Policy for Municipally Owned and Leased Facilities
Congratulations to Santa Barbara County, who has just passed a new “County of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards Policy for County Owned and Leased Facilities.” This comprehensive policy was passed by the Board of Supervisors on August 30th, and includes requirements for staff energy training, reporting of
New Waste and Materials Tracking in EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager Helps Building and Energy Managers Save
The EPA has launched a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers.
Upcoming Aug. 2016 Fed. Government Webinars – Benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, Energy Efficiency Financing, Waste Management, Resilient Solar Retrofits, and More
A list of August 2016 webinars is shared below from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Agency Newsletter. For details, scroll down. ENERGY STAR Webinars
The San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning & Building is offering an exciting career opportunity for Senior Planner in the Energy unit. This position will be responsible for managing and supporting local government programs under the Energy Watch
CEC Workshop 7/22: Staff Proposal for Draft Regulations: Building Energy Use Data Access, Benchmarking, and Public Disclosure Provisions of Assembly Bill 802
California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop to seek input on staff’s proposed draft regulations to implement the building energy use data access and public disclosure provisions of Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015).
The U.S. DOE recently updated the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) website. The update allows users to search by zip code to get an energy profile for their respective city, including climate and emissions data, electricity and natural gas usage and/or expenditures by sector, vehicle fuel use, renewable energy economic potential, and more.
The Energy Network, in partnership with VCREA, is hosting a workshop in the Ventura Region on 6/30. Benchmarking Lunch n’ Learn 6/30: Hear about the current state of benchmarking policy and join in discussion about specific impacts to local
This week, the Del Mar City Council voted unanimously to adopt a plan that aims to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half in less than 20 years. Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan outlines how the city can combat climate change. It will
A new eBook, Building Energy Benchmarking & Transparency Laws: Simplifying Compliance and Creating Value for Your Organization, provides benchmarking values and best practices for local governments and building owners and managers alike. Read a short
Upcoming Federal Agency Webcasts: Ask the Expert, EPA Portfolio Manager Training, Renewables for Tribes and Residential and More
See the below upcoming webcasts as shared in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter: This message provides details about 15 upcoming webcasts offered by federal agencies and
The date for the Energy Data Access Committee (EDAC) Quarterly meeting is finalized; below are the details. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 8, 2016 and specify whether you
This week the mayors of Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, and Vancouver joined the leaders of the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and the