Dave’s World: Conferences, Clients and Energy

Here’s another post from Dave HewettBuildingAdvice senior advisory consultant and  former Chairman of BOMA International. It’s part of a series of guest posts from his blog, “Dave’s View,” a from-the-hip view of issues facing commercial real estate executives published on his site, ecobuildertoday.com.


This past week was a week of conferences and travel. I was in Colorado by invitation of a BuildingAdvice at the Mechanical Service Contractors Association (MSCA) Annual Conference in beautiful Colorados Springs’ Broadmoor hotel.

While there, I snuck away to Las Vegas for a few hours (about 28) to attend the Facilities Decision Conference and Expo at the invitation of the Building Owners and Managers Institute International.

I was privileged to speak at both conferences, but was most encouraged by what I was hearing. The big message was all about listening to the customer, and using energy baselines and monitoring.

It is good for all of us to remember the old adage that you cannot measure what you do not know. I continue to see the dire importance of baselines, and yet, a small percent of people who are using them. Whatever the task, this is important; with energy it becomes essential.

I am surprised by the fact that building owners and managers as are not at 100% use of energy measurement products, given how easy it is to use the free Energy Star Portfolio Manager and other energy services delivery platforms such as BuildingAdvice.

Software like BuildingAdvice and Portfolio Manager ensure that the impact of potential savings from energy conservation measures is clear to a building owner in size and scope. Moreover, BuildingAdvice gets consistently high marks from its national HVAC contractor base for usability, simplicity of reporting, and speed of information delivery. Our developers work hard with individual clients to address their specific needs in order to make BuildingAdvice better with each upgrade. BuildingAdvice comes with a team of energy experts reachable by phone or email to help contractors with data input and interpretation, recommendation implementation, report customization, and any other issues that may arise.

A quick word of caution, if we do not do this voluntarily, we will be forced to do it by the same government that allows us this voluntary method. Mandatory energy benchmarking has already come to New York, Seattle, and other city and county municipalities (for a national listing, go to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency).

A free government sponsored product for energy measurement is available, and still so many buildings have yet to adopt it. If you are using it CONGRATS to you, if you are NOT, check it out and start SAVING energy today. In my next blog I want to explore some ideas on monitoring and low- and no-cost ways to take you from a baseline to monitoring and on to SAVING!

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