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August 3rd, 2016 High Performance Portfolio – Briefings & Templates from Better Bricks

Quick overviews detailing the interactions between energy and commercial real estate, these briefs and templates will help you to digest the essential facts and take action. Organized according to the High Performance Portfolio Framework, look below to find the information you require: Assess Energy Management Checklist Carbon, Energy, and Your Building Green Building Rating Systems Commit Sample Energy Management Policy (Template) Energy Efficiency: Myths & Misperceptions Plan Organizational […]

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July 29th, 2014 How demand response programs work

  When you flip a light switch, you expect your lights to turn on right away. Electricity usually stored anywhere, which means your utility has to produce electricity right when it’s needed. When electric demand goes up and down, your utility must match it in real time or risk power outages or wasteful over-production. Power […]

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July 29th, 2014 Finding a demand response solutions provider

In contrast to other commodities that can be stored, electricity has to be consumed at about the same time as it is generated. Therefore, matching the demand and supply for electricity, at any given point in time, is critical for power generation. Traditionally, a large part of this real-time matching was accomplished by having surplus […]

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July 29th, 2014 How submetering works

Submetering is the installation of code-compliant metering devices to measure actual energy consumption after the primary utility energy meter. Submetering allows you to monitor energy usage for individual tenants, departments, pieces of equipment or other loads individually to account for their actual energy usage. How submetering works The following are basic steps for submetering implementation. […]

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July 29th, 2014 Determining whether your space is separately metered for electricity

Some buildings have a single (master) electric meter that provides power to the entire building. Other buildings have separate meters for each individual tenant space. The former situation applies to many older, smaller buildings; the latter is true of newer, larger buildings. So what if you’re separately metered? If your space is separately metered, it […]

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July 29th, 2014 Estimating electricity consumption for master-metered buildings

Introduction Some buildings have a single (master) electric meter that provides power to the entire building. Other buildings have separate meters for each individual tenant space. The former situation generally applies to many older, smaller buildings; the latter is usually true of newer, larger buildings. If you are unsure whether your building is single-metered or […]

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July 29th, 2014 Companies that provide submetering solutions

Submetering is the installation of code-compliant metering devices to measure actual energy consumption after the primary utility energy meter. Submetering allows you to monitor energy usage for individual tenants, departments, pieces of equipment or other loads individually to account for their actual energy usage. List of companies that provide submetering solutions Multifamily Utility Company Inc. National […]

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July 29th, 2014 Energy efficiency training for the workplace

Check out these PowerPoints from our last training on Energy Efficiency. We uncovered common hidden energy drains in offices, learned about ComEd initiatives, and discovered how you can earn Green Office Challenge points by reducing your energy consumption! VOA Associates First we’ll hear from VOA Associates about how energy is used in a typical office. […]

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July 29th, 2014 Download sample documentation for energy management best practices

Sample energy management best Practices Please click on the links listed below to get examples of energy management best practices. BSR: Energy Management Handbook U.S. Dep. of Energy: Federal Energy Management Program Carbon Trust: Energy Management McKinstry EEM: Best Practices for Energy Management   Efficient buildings – from insight to action.  

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July 29th, 2014 Eliminating “vampire power”

Vampire power (aka ‘standby power’, ‘phantom load’) is defined as the use of electricity or natural gas to provide a continuous energy supply to our favorite appliances and other products between uses. In 2010, it was estimated that 10% of all power used in the U.S. was attributed to vampire power. Millions of dollars and […]

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