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

April 10th, 2014, No Comments

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 why [...]

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

January 21st, 2014, No Comments

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 by [...]

BC Hydro’s Continuous Optimization Program Success

November 12th, 2013, No Comments

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 [...]

Why Are Industrial Firms Not Investing In Energy Management?

September 10th, 2013, No Comments

Source: Verdanix.com
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 [...]

Change to BC Hydro’s Incentives for Energy Audits (Power Smart Energy Study Program)

July 30th, 2013, 1 Comment

By: Tiffany Richmond
Effective Wednesday August 28th, 2013 BC Hydro is changing the incentives available to commercial clients for energy audits. The funding, known as the “Power Smart Energy Study Program”, currently funds 100% of eligible costs. After the change only 50% funding will be available. Further details can be found below.
BC Hydro’s [...]

Proven Energy Savings from Re-commissioning and Real Time Energy Monitoring

January 14th, 2013, No Comments

By: Randi Kruse
Leading organizations in energy management are constantly keeping abreast of outlying variables that affect their building’s overall cost and consumption data. With electricity prices seemingly on a never-ending rise and consumers and board members demanding organizations to run sustainable operations, it’s no surprise that companies are jumping at the chance to take their [...]

Energy Incentive Series: The Retrofit Program

December 10th, 2012, 1 Comment

By: Tiffany Richmond
The next incentive discussed in our series is the Retrofit Program. This program is a part of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) saveONenergy program.
What is it?
The Retrofit Program provides substantial financial incentives for replacing existing equipment with high efficiency equipment and for installing new control systems. Up to 50% of project costs are available. [...]

Re-commissioning Benefits – Isn’t Preventative Maintenance Enough?

November 8th, 2012, 1 Comment

By: Luke Ferdinands
Existing building commissioning – which I will refer to here as re-commissioning for simplicity’s sake – is quickly becoming a part of leading organizations’ business strategy.  A strategic approach to re-commissioning existing buildings can generate not only energy savings, but a host of other benefits for both facility owners and tenants. 
Why is Re-Commissioning [...]

The Business Case for LEED Part 2: What is the Process? Why Should I Certify?

October 31st, 2012, No Comments

By: Jordan Hall
In part one – understanding which rating system is best for you – I introduced LEED and discussed the various rating systems that are available and the unique characteristics of each.  But before you determine which rating system applies to your project, it’s important to understand that not everyone can apply for LEED certification.
Building [...]

The Business Case for LEED Part 1- Understanding Which Rating System is Best for You

October 26th, 2012, No Comments

By: Jordan Hall
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is made up of tens of thousands of member companies, chapters, students and community volunteers that are moving the building industry forward.   They are 79 chapters, 14,000 member organizations and 162,000 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professionals strong, and they share the same vision of [...]