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Building Energy Efficiency: Why is it so Darn Hard to Sell?

Businesses nationwide would save about $1 billion each year in energy costs if they replaced their 10-20 ton commercial units with units that meet this specification. http://www.advancedrtu.org/find-a-product.html The US Department of Energy launched the Advanced RTU Campaign to encourage the replacement of existing rooftop units (RTU) with new high performance units.  These replacement RTU could … Continue reading

The economics of Rooftop Units (RTU). Energy efficiency depends on your choices.

Rooftop Units (RTUs) are everywhere. Over 45 percent of the commercial real estate space in the US is cooled, and/or heated by packaged units. This equipment is usually exposed to the elements, on a rooftop or outdoor space. Exposure shortens equipment life, so well cared for RTUs have a life expectancy of about 15 years. … Continue reading

Real-time Asset Management. Re-thinking FM to the core.

I am the CEO of a Software as a Service company that is fundamentally changing how facilities are operated and maintained. We started the company in 2011 because we realized that making buildings more energy efficient had to start with better information about the buildings themselves. To get better information we need better operational processes … Continue reading

Buildings: Designed for performance, operated to budget

There is seldom a line item in a building’s operating budget for change. Our industry is struggling with improving the energy and operational efficiency of our building stock. The problem is not the availability of efficient building technologies or systems, but the difficulty in bringing knowledge, resources, and commitment together to actually change each individual … Continue reading

Is energy data the missing piece of the energy efficiency puzzle?

This week I was invited by the White House to attend the 2014 Energy Datapalooza in Washington DC. Approximately 160 private and public sector guests, came together to connect, collaborate, and converse about how we can reduce costs, save energy and protect the environment. The session opened with comments from Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology … Continue reading

Some Clear Thinking about Energy Efficiency in Buildings

There are four basic questions that need to be answered before we can make any meaningful change in energy efficiency in buildings. 1) What is the building’ s energy consumption? 2) Who is consuming energy? 3) How is energy being consumed? 4) What can be done to change building performance, without affecting productivity or comfort? … Continue reading

Forget about energy efficiency. Concentrate on building quality.

We spend far too much money and time monitoring energy consumption, and worrying about energy efficiency, with little result. Don’t get me wrong. We need to use less energy, but the approach we are using isn’t working. A goal of energy efficiency isn’t enough. We need to look at buildings holistically, and focus on making … Continue reading

Importance of Metrics in FM Best Practices

How are you measuring up? Whether it is school report cards, performance plans and reviews at work, sports box scores, physical attributes (weight, height, 40 yard dash), we often create social norms or something like the bell curve around a lot of these metrics. Arguably many of these are not accurate or effective measures of … Continue reading

BuiltSpace: Better Building Management

BuiltSpace’s integrated, collaborative facilities management solution brings all your building information into one place, in the cloud, available from almost any mobile device or computer. BuiltSpace integrates people and the physical building, using machine readable QR codes to identify spaces and equipment, allowing stakeholders to effectively, and efficiently, work together improve their built environment.

Putting the fossil fuel energy era in perspective. Four generations beginning to end?

This past weekend I attended a Vancouver Heritage Foundation event to place a plaque on the site of the first gasoline station in Canada, at the corner of Smythe and Cambie in downtown Vancouver. Established by my grandfather’s cousin, and manned by his Uncle, the Imperial Oil station opened in June 1907. Just over 100 … Continue reading

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