Posts Tagged ‘greenbiz’

Summer HVAC Wrap + BetterBricks Video

September 1st, 2011 by Jim Crowder

Before the summer winds to a close, The Building Advisor feels it deserves a look back. In addition to soaring heat waves, the summer’s energy efficiency news was telling.

First, go to our latest webinar on Getting to the Decision Makers – a summer triumph from BuildingAdvice in providing HVACs with the tools they need to educate building owners and managers on energy efficiency cost savings.

Best video series ever! Building Night Walks from NEEA’s BetterBricks’ YouTube Channel. Sorta like “The X Files” meets your life.

Here is one:

Johnson Controls (JCI) issued its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) survey last June, ['s article here] asking executives responsible for energy use and real estate decisions how they feel about energy and how it’s affecting their business decisions. The top line bullet from over of over 4,000 property managers surveyed?

“Energy cost savings, government incentives and enhanced public image [are] the biggest motivators for energy-efficiency investments.”

Read the executive summary here, direct from the horse’s mouth.

CNBC (finally!) evaluated the report’s findings with a good, long look in this week’s article “Energy Price Volatility Now A Major Factor In Corporate Efficiency Drive.” As Trevor Curwin pointed out,

“‘Bottom-line energy costs savings’ is the biggest single reason for property managers to consider spending on energy efficiency projects, but ‘energy security’ jumped into the top-five list of concerns from out of nowhere.”

JCI’s research shows the average payback time for an energy efficiency project is 3.1 years. While “government and utility incentives” are huge drivers for the energy efficiency marketplace, the “Achilles heel” of most efficiency improvement projects is still financing.

Tom Konrad

Tom Konrad

Forbes blogger Tom Konrad did a great series on energy services stocks in June. His post The Sector Information Technology Forgot looks at how demand response – programs that offer incentives for business owners who curtail their facility’s energy use during times of peak demand - plays into energy efficiency programs, particularly EnerNOC’s.

Along that line, EnerNOC went public in June, and shortly thereafter the company announced Memphis City Schools Selects EnerNOC’s EfficiencySMART(TM) Insight to Improve System-Wide Energy Use.

Summer daze got you bored of reading? The recent proliferation of HVAC multimedia from your favorite trades should be enough to keep you entertained during lunches as the weather cools. Check out Contracting Business’ video portal, or the NEWS’ new podcast directory.

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Energy Efficiency Chatter: We Couldn’t Have Said It Better

September 3rd, 2010 by Jim Crowder

Is it us, or does it feel like it’s all about us lately?

Building Retrofits Need an Extreme Makeover -Reuters – “the industry as a whole needs a robust set of data on post-retrofit performance and payback before they will be convinced that the opportunity to reduce operating costs is real, the risks are low, and the ROI is high enough to justify investments in efficiency.”

Image by Ben Heine

How the Fate of PACE Could Influence the Clean Energy – PACE financing is a potentially revolutionary way to retrofit commercial, residential, and industrial properties with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. The program overcomes one of the largest hurdles to investment in clean energy — the upfront cost.”

Creating 625,000 jobs and saving $64 billion through energy efficiencyGrist – “Efficiency Works” [PDF], a major new report by Bracken Hendricks, Bill Campbell, and Pen Goodale, finds that a straightforward set of policies aimed at upgrading just 40 percent of the residential and commercial building stock in the United States would:

  • Create 625,000 sustained full-time jobs over a decade.
  • Spark $500 billion in new investments to upgrade 50 million homes and office buildings.
  • Generate as much as $64 billion a year in cost savings for U.S. ratepayers, freeing consumers to spend their money in more productive ways.

Universal Benchmarking Is Essential in the Fight Against Global WarmingHuffington Post – “We need the benchmark numbers to motivate change. Without them, how will we measure progress? How will we create the most effective policies and incentives?”

Image: Ben Heine’s photostream on Flickr

Existing Buildings Have ‘huge untapped’ Potential for Energy Efficiency Savings, Study Finds

July 16th, 2010 by Jim Crowder
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80% of these babies' energy use is useless.

“Up to 80 percent of commercial building energy is going up in smoke,” said F. Noel Perry, founder of Next 10, an independent organization that supports research, education and action to improve California.

Next 10 has issued a new study, “Untapped Potential of Commercial Buildings: Energy Use and Emissions,” which suggests that energy use by commercial buildings could be reduced by up to 80 percent through energy efficiency measures, based on national averages. The full report is available here.

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That's right, F. Noel Perry said it: you're wasting your energy

Green and mainstream pubs have jumped on Thursday’s report, from Environmental Leader (“Commercial Buildings Guzzle 37% of CA’s Energy”) to the San Francisco Chronicle’s blog The Thin Green Line, which wrote:

“Indeed, an average building’s energy use can be cut by half just with low-cost, low-tech improvements to lighting and insulation.”

Next10‘s study points out that behavioral changes, or tenant use (adjusting lighting schedule, etc.) in commercial buildings can provide energy savings at very low costs. It is nice to see BuildingAdvice’s tried and true “low- and no-cost savings adjustments” line is truly a viable claim.

It’s real, folks: there are cash saving things you can do for your building that don’t cost anything.


Unlock that savings.

GreenerBuildings pulls out the point that while there is an emphasis on energy efficiency in new construction, it is actually existing building stock that represents the biggest potential for energy reduction, yet remains largely unaddressed by state legislation.

The GreenBiz blog writes, “California’s commitment to reducing electricity consumption of state-operated buildings by 20 percent by 2015 covers new and existing structures. Certain voluntary measures in the state’s Green Building Standards Code, known as CALGreen, are scheduled to become mandatory in January 2011 for new commercial and residential construction. But there is no equivalent that applies to existing buildings.”

Images courtesy of, Next10, Kewal Gala’s photostream on flickr, and inhabitat.