Energy Efficiency: Understanding Audits, Assessments, and Retro-Commissioning

Source: EnergySmart If you’re responsible for a facility’s energy budget, you probably hear frequent claims from various sources about how you can save 10 or 15% on your bills through an energy audit, energy assessment, or retro-commissioning. But if you’re like many energy-decision-makers, you may not fully understand what each of these things entails, and… Read more »

What Will LEED v4 Mean For The Green Building Community In 2014?

Source: Verdanix On November 2013, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) officially launched LEED v4 at its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held at Philadelphia, PA this year. Created by the USGBC in 1998, LEED is a prevalent third-party green building rating system used in over 140 countries and territories globally. It is recommended… Read more »

BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization Program Success

By: Luke Ferdinands BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization program has proven to be a very successful program over the past 5 years. This program has supported re-commissioning projects at more than 250 buildings and, on average, the buildings that completed the investigation phase show a 8.7% overall cost reduction on average, with a 1.6 year simple… Read more »

Why Are Industrial Firms Not Investing In Energy Management?

Source: When oil prices burst through the $100 per barrel mark in 2008, after hovering around $20 per barrel throughout the 1990s, it was a defining moment for industrial firms in realizing the cost of energy will never return to historic levels. So industrial firms have since spent significant sums of money to counteract… Read more »