“Connecting the Watts” – nuts & bolts

This webinar is a continuation of “Connecting the Watts” – Introduction. Here we will discuss the “nuts & bolts” of our proven strategy that reduces energy costs in existing buildings by 3-5% without capital investment.
REGISTER HERE – December 21, 2016 – 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

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USGBC Sustainable Operations of Existing Buildings – September 13, 2016

There are often ample opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts of operating existing buildings. Attendees will learn strategies to engage organizational stakeholders in the opportunity to “waste less” within their facilities.

This presentation will explore areas where sustainable practices can be cost incorporated into management plans and ongoing maintenance practices. We will discuss cost effective […]

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USGBC MN Chapter’s 2016 IMPACT Conference – May 5th, 2016

IMPACT 2016 is Minnesota’s most cross-disciplinary sustainability and green building conference. Education sessions feature leading industry experts on a variety of topics that will inspire ideas in smart and sustainable design, high performance construction, leadership, marketing and company culture. The Expo will showcase what’s next in green building products and services.
This conference is the […]

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City of Minneapolis Building Energy Disclosure Deadline

Next Compliance Deadline is June 1, 2016
All commercial buildings greater than 50,000sqft must report annual energy and water benchmarking results to the City through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

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IREM Round Table – Sustainable Operation of Commercial Real Estate

On Tuesday October 20, 2015, I’ll be presenting a Lunch ‘n Learn to the Minnesota Chapter 45 of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management). I’ll be speaking on the subject of sustainable operations of commercial real estate.

We’ll be examining opportunities to incorporate sustainable initiatives into real estate management practices. In particular we’ll discuss resources […]

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ENERGY STAR Day is October 27, 2015!

Celebrate ENERGY STAR Day this October 27.

Make a commitment to saving energy by taking the ENERGY STAR Pledge.

Take the pledge. Protect the planet. You’ll find additional information here.

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Benchmarking Your Building With ENERGY STAR

When you compare your building’s energy usage and efficiency with others, you get a sense of how your building is performing relative to other similar buildings. That’s really the basis for ENERGY STAR.

And you can do this with benchmarking and baselining. But what exactly do those two terms mean? Aren’t they the same? Well, […]

Understanding ENERGY STAR

Over the next several bog posts I want to discuss ENERGY STAR and what it means to you, the building manager or owner. But to begin talking about ENERGY STAR, I’d like to talk briefly about the scoring system, its inputs, and the potentially fickle nature of the beast.

Now, anyone can go to […]

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    Ways to improve Energy Star Scores without Capital Investment

Ways to improve Energy Star Scores without Capital Investment

There are several no/low-cost ways to improve Energy Star Scores in commercial office buildings. They include having accurate inputs into the EPA’s Portfolio Manager System, effectively “segmenting” your building square footage when it’s advantageous to do so, and tightening-up the heating-AC (HVAC) systems operating hours.

Having accurate building use attributes in Portfolio Manager is extremely […]

City of Minneapolis Building Energy Reporting Ordinance

June 1st of each year is the Reporting deadline for large commercial office buildings in Minneapolis to share building energy and water use information with the City. Next year that information will be made public to encourage “market forces” to motivate (i.e. “shame”) building owners and property managers who own/manage “inefficient” buildings  to invest […]