Seattle's Energy Efficiency Disclosure Ordinance

In an effort to reduce the emmissions of existing buildings by 20% before 2020, the city of Seattle will require owners of all large commercial and multifamily buildings to benchmark, disclose and report their energy usage data on a yearly basis. 

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Case Study: Water Conservation Best Practices

Last week we wrote about water performance in multifamily buildings and mentioned the deep savings opportunities around water conservation. This week we want to highlight a progressive building owner who took the time to figure out which of their buildings were performing poorly, get a water audit and then enact the recommendations of the audit. 

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Building Metrics: The Commercial Building's Equivalent to the MPG

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' roadmap to address the threat of global warming, the 2008 "Global Warming Solutions Act," calls for an 10-25% statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Much of this reduction must come from the commercial and industrial buildings, as they account for over half of the state's energy use.  Massachusetts is proposing to develop and implement a building energy labeling program that includes both asset and operational energy ratings.  The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) issued this report, which outlines salient issues and strategies. 

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What is WegoWise?

While everyone wants to “go green,” it is often difficult to know where to start. WegoWise can help. Wego (for Water, Electric, Gas and Oil) is an online tool that tracks, monitors and analyzes water and energy use for single buildings and entire portfolios. It is the cornerstone to a successful energy efficiency program.

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