Under the Hood of the WegoScore (Part I)

Last week we launched the WegoScore for multifamily buildings, the simplest useful metric for monitoring multifamily building utility performance.

I want to address one subtle, but important aspect of the WegoScore: the score maps directly to the efficiency of a building, not just how it stacks up to other buildings. We think this is the best way to score buildings.

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Improving our CO2 calculations

WegoWise has a great feature that lets you see the environmental impact of your energy consumption in terms of CO2 emissions. Recently, we changed how these calculations are performed, making them more precise. This all happened behind the scenes, so users saw a feature upgrade without needing to learn any new interfaces. The details behind these changes are interesting, though, and we'd like to tell you about it.

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Anatomy of a design change: the new Summary View

Design is at the core of how we think about our product. But have you ever wondered what this actually means in practice? A couple days ago, we launched a new version of the Summary View, and thought this might be a great way to open the curtains a bit for you.

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WegoWise building summary redesign

Announcing the WegoScore

At WegoWise, we've learned how to condense many streams of building utility data into simple, informative graphs and reports. With this information, building owners and stakeholders can make targeted upgrade investments to save energy, money, and time.

Today, we are releasing the WegoScore for multifamily buildings, which further distills a building's energy and water use into just three numbers. Each building is graded on a 1-to-100 scale for its total energy use, carbon emissions, and water use. These high-level metrics will help enable quick comparisons to similar buildings, showing managers and owners how their buildings measure up to the rest of the built environment.

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A user's WegoScore

Simplify your utility allowance calculations: A Closer Look At MSHDA

Your utility allowance report submission deadline is drawing near. You've requested the tenant utility data from your utility and, after weeks of waiting, are dismayed to see it now requires manual entry into a spreadsheet in order to do the calculations necessary to determine the new allowances. Then it all gets repeated for the next development's due date. And the next. Sound familiar?

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Three Ways Utility Benchmarking Will Save You Money

One of the best things about helping your buildings use less energy is that it will simultaneously help your wallet spend less money. Thank goodness for that! The world of energy management would be a dark place if the economics of energy efficiency didn't make sense. This is one big reason it's important to understand how to take advantage of energy management's best practices.

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Quick Comparisons of Building Ordinance Policie

Here at WegoWise, we take utility benchmarking very seriously. So it makes us happy to see that city governments have recently been catching on to the importance of energy benchmarking, with new policies being implemented all over the country that require building owners to report their energy and water use. 

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Understanding Utility Benchmarking Software

As you get started thinking about how to manage the utility consumption and expenditure in your building or across a portfolio of buildings, utility benchmarking software tools should surface as the first step in your utility management plan. Utility benchmarking is, fundamentally, an act of providing context for the data you're collecting; it tells you how your building is performing compared to other similar buildings.

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Boston's Carbon Cup is Changing Big Business

Boston, Massachusetts is one of our nation's greenest cities. Greenovate, a program created to organize and implement more efficient public works, has been a smashing success thus far and shows no signs of slowing down. It has programs that include: recycling trash to power homes, replacing traditional taxicabs with hybrids, replacing outdated city lights with highly efficient LEDs, and implementing electric motorbikes as transportation. This movement's goal is to reduce Boston's greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. A massive reduction like this, however, needs strong outside participation. That's why the city has decided to reward big businesses for their contributions to Greenovate with the Carbon Cup Award.

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