Ten Predictions for Energy Management in 2014

By: Tiffany Richmond Recently Verdantix released a complementary report on ten predictions for energy management in 2014. Verdantix assessed global regulations, innovation, competitive dynamics and corporate energy strategies and identified 10 key predictions for 2014. Building energy management will explode in Japan. Japan’s need for demand side management has accelerated in recent years, as it[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Tame Your Vampires Before They Devour Your Energy Budget

By: Randi Kruse It’s that time of year again. Grocery stores crowded with spooky displays of vampires and goblins, and everyone anxious for the festivities to begin. But there are other ominous signs of trouble brewing quietly in the corners of your office. Did you know that there are vampires gobbling up 10% your energy[…]

Stalled Sustainability Strategy?

Source: Verdantix.com Over the last 3 years Verdantix has monitored an increasing number of sob stories from VPs of Sustainability narrating the same tale of woe: “Two years ago my CEO signed off on a sustainability strategy. We have set goals for reductions in energy, water, waste and resource consumption. We also have plans to[…]

Why Are Industrial Firms Not Investing In Energy Management?

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 to counteract[…]

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

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 Energy[…]

You’ve Collected Your Energy Data. Now What?

By: Tiffany Richmond Over the past several months you have been working hard to collect and input your portfolio’s historical energy data into one centralized database (ideally it’s in an online database) and setting up a process to track the data on a continuous basis. You’ve spent hours on the phone with utilities requesting utility[…]