Why Benchmark Your Building Using Portfolio Manager?

posted on 25 Aug, 2013 | Commercial

Since 1992 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) has used the voluntary labeling program ENERGY STAR, to measure the efficiency of everything from major appliances, office equipment, lighting, and home electronics, to large scale items like new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.  For the latter, ENERGY STAR produced the Portfolio Manager tool, “ an online tool you can use to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. (EPA)” This tool has become the industry standard, touting 40% of total US commercial building space having been benchmarked via the Portfolio Manager tool.  As the popular saying goes, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” and it has been proven by over 100,000 buildings that benchmarking a building is the first step in better managing operating costs and making lasting building improvements. There are many reasons why...

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Green Trainings and the Growth of Green Jobs

posted on 25 Aug, 2013 | Training

With 110,000 Green Jobs created in 2012, and growth projected to continue, pursuing a nationally recognized green certification is more valuable than ever before. Two such credentials, offered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) are the LEED Green Associate (GA) and the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) designations.  The LEED GA exam is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), a third-party organization established in 2008 to administer the USGBC's LEED building certifications and professional accreditations.  The only mandatory prerequisite to sit for the LEED GA exam is to be at least 18 years old, however, the exam’s Candidate Handbook recommends applicants to “have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing.”   The LEED AP exam requires individuals to have passed the LEED GA exam and have specific experience working on a LEED project.  This approach results in all LEED...

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