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WegoWise turns five years old today.

Anniversaries and birthdays are important. They're an excuse to pause for a moment and reflect; to take stock of the past and appreciate the present.

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BERDO: Complying with Boston's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

Boston and Cambridge are requiring building owners to benchmark their energy and water use in 2015. BERDO and BEUDO will help their respective cities meet significant greenhouse gas reduction goals over the next few years. Buildings in Boston account for 70% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, and that statistic is even higher in Cambridge at 80% . That is more than double the emissions from the transportation sector!


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Tenant Utility Tracking in Multifamily Residential Buildings

For a multifamily apartment building, creating an accurate benchmark of utility consumption can be hampered by inability to access data from tenant-paid spaces.  In order to track and analyze the way that a building is using water and energy, a property owner or manager must reach out to tenants, requesting usage histories for the spaces they occupy.

Whole-building electricity usage (kWh/sf) involves both common-area usage (green) and tenant-usage.  Note how the vast majority of usage comes from tenant-spaces, and that the least-efficient tenant here (yellow) uses more than triple the electricity as the most efficient (dark blue).

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6 Window Treatments that Lower Energy Costs

Besides contributing to the design aesthetic and general coziness of a room, window treatments help minimize heat transfer from windows. Drapes, blinds, shutters and shades can all block sunlight from heating up the house on hot days and keep warm or cool air from escaping through leaky windows. Some materials do a better job than others.

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Building Energy Disclosure Laws: The WegoWise Guide

Deadlines for several building energy disclosure laws are right around the corner. April 1 is the deadline for San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA.  New York City and Cambridge, MA are coming up on May 1, with Boston, MA on May 15. Are you impacted by these compliance laws? This quick reference guide to energy disclosure laws gives you an overview of current policies, deadlines, and fines so you can be prepared (and even sign up for our compliance service).

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Tidal Wave! Don't Let Water Costs Flood your Utility Budget

Water consumption in multifamily buildings can be staggering. In fact, our database of over 26,000 buildings shows that water costs account for one third of utility spending. Learn how to benchmark your water usage and see how targeted retrofits equate to big improvements on net operating income.

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Special Discount for NESEA BuildingEnergy 15

WegoWise presents March 3-5 at NESEA's BuildingEnergy 15. Learn more about this event attended by 3,500 engaged building professionals who are shaping the vision of a sustainable built environment, and register today with these exclusive discount codes. 

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The Best Energy Efficiency Blogs

For Valentine's Day, we're bringing you our picks for the best energy efficiency blogs. Some highlight green living, while others focus on sustainable technology, building energy laws, and state benchmarks. Here are our favorite green blogs that not only share energy-saving tips and give insights for the built environment, but also feature upcoming events, videos, environmental programs, and the latest news in the green energy sector.

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