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Canada GBC Calls for National Building Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-28
In Ottawa, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has issued a post-election statement congratulating the re-elected Liberal government of Justin Trudeau and urging the Prime Minister to spur Canada's building industry towards a low-carbon future.

The CaGBC statement also noted that Canada's building stock contributes up to 17 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions and that Investing in a low-carbon workforce transition would be a key driver to help Canada's construction workforce develop, construct and manage high-performing energy efficient green buildings. The CaGBC also called for the government to Stimulate the country's retrofit economy through the Canada Infrastructure Bank and to establish national building energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements. (Source: The Canada Green Building Council, Commercial News, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Building Energy Bechmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  

Energy Efficiency Policies Job Creators, says ACEEE (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-06
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Florida -- which ranked 4th in energy efficiency jabs in 2017 -- could gain an additional 135,000 jobs by embracing new policies including: appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards; regular energy audits; greater use of combined heat and power (CHP); and an update of building energy codes; building energy benchmarking and other energy policies.

Specifically, the ACEEE noted that the state should set stronger energy savings goals for their utilities. By setting energy savings at a mere 1 pct per year, they said that alone could give the state more than 100,000 jobs. (Source: ACEEE, Energy Insider, Mar., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  

BRE, USGBC Partner on Built Environment Initiative (Ind. Report)
BRE, US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-16
UK-based BRE Group and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) are reporting their partnership aimed at making the global built environment more energy efficient and more sustainable.

The partners aim to highlight the role that buildings can play in improving environmental and to encourage buildings and the built environment globally to raise sustainability standards and deliver greater value. The partnership also aims to promote their joint and separate expertise and a new approach to building energy benchmarking and building performance solutions.

BRE offers advisory services, innovative research, sets and monitors industry standards, develops and delivers professional training courses, and provides independent, third-party certification services related to built environment issues. (Source: USGBC, BRE, Construction Index, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: BRE, Niall Trafford, CEO, +44 (0)333 321 8811,,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  

Pittsburgh Wins $2.5Mn in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
Date: 2018-10-22
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that Pittsburgh -- the Steel City -- is a winner in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge -- a $70 million initiative aimed at accelerating efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future.

Pittsburgh will use the money to create and implement a building energy benchmarking policy, develop a statewide clean energy financing program, scale renewable power through community solar programs, encourage a shift in transportation energy use operation, and reduce over-all energy consumption by 50 pct.

About 100 of America's largest cities applied to the challenge, submitting bold plans to cut carbon emissions, Bloomberg said. All aimed to reduce air pollution and citywide emissions with specific projects to reform transit and buildings sectors -- two areas traditionally responsible for 80 pct of all citywide emissions. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle were also Challenge winners. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, TRIB Live, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmark,  Climate Change,  

NYSERDA Recognizes Westport for Cutting Energy Consumption, Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Town of Westport as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative provides grant funding to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, The Town of Westport:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the town's municipal buildings.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the town's code officer:
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall, and other upgrades and initiatives.

    Program funds are provided through the NY Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: NYSERDA, Town of Westport, June, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Town of Westport,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  Clean Energy Community,  

  • Elmira Joining NY Clean Energy Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NY Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In the Empire State, the Town of Elmira board has unanimously pass two resolutions that would see the community join the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Community program.

    Under the program, municipalities or towns can implement ten impact items to promote energy efficiency or renewable energy. Recently, the town of Elmira passed resolutions on solar energy permitting and on building energy benchmarking. The town is also considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the conversion of city street lighting to LED.

    Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions. Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects, according to the program website. (Source: Town of Elmira, WENY, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA,; Clean Energy Communities Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  LED,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Municipalities Join NYSERDA Clean Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In the Empire State, the community councils of Hanover and Silver Creek are reporting participation in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program . The program aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt various efficiency "impact actions." Municipalities that complete four of the 10 available impact actions will receive a $5,000 grant and be eligible for future NYSERDA grants.

    The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.

    Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090,; Clean Energy Communities Program,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Milwaukee Touts 2nd Building Energy Benchmarking Jam (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2018-03-30
    To date, the City of Milwaukee has reduced energy use intensity by 5%, saving taxpayers on energy-consumption costs. The city of Milwakee is reporting it met previously this month with business and energy industry leaders to discuss energy efficiency opportunities and technologies and how the city can take advantage of them. The meeting -- tagged the second "Benchmarking Jam" -- was part of the city's public-private partnerships and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge and community engagement strategy.

    Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) partners have achieved particular energy-efficiency success by securing PACE financing for energy efficiency projects. The city encourages local businesses and K-12 schools to implement energy efficiency projects and to participate in the city's comprehensive energy efficiency program which aims to assist 200+ buildings, particularly Class B & C commercial buildings, small commercial buildings, and K-12 schools, in every aspect of energy efficiency projects, including assessment, financing, and implementation. To date, more than 100 non-city buildings are participating in BBC-MKE. The City of Milwaukee has committed to reduce the energy used in city buildings by 20 pct by 2022. (Source: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge, Energy Manager, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge Download Better Buildings Challenge details HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  

    Green Bldg. Investments Top $3.4Tn by 2025, says IFC (Ind. Report)
    World Bank International Finance Corp.
    Date: 2017-12-01
    A recent study by the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) has found that investments in "green" or environment-friendly buildings could top a cumulative $3.4 trillion by 2025 "if countries adopt better building codes and standards, create targeted financial incentives such as green-building certification and mandatory benchmarking of energy use, encourage new utility business models; green mortgages and energy-service companies.

    In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 pct of the country's total annual power consumption and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 pct annually.

    Since 2005, the IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors. (Source: World Bank, International Finance Corp., ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  World Bank International Finance Corp.,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    MACH Energy Finds Strong Support for ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Oakland, California-headquartered energy and water management software and services specialist MACH Energy has published the results of its research paper ENERGY STAR: An Analysis Of Economic Benefits To The Built Environment on the role of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program in building management and commercial real estate. MACH found strong support for ENERGY STAR, with industry groups and leaders making unequivocal statements touting its benefits, and the detrimental effects on entire industries and workers should the program be eliminated.

    MACH's survey of building professionals including property managers, asset managers, engineers and others found: 78 pct would be concerned if ENERGY STAR funding was reduced/removed; 75 pct are not familiar with building energy benchmarking tools aside from ENERGY STAR; 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage; 61 pct are required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's energy consumption.

    In the US, buildings account for 40 pct of total energy consumption. With increased sensitivity to energy costs as well as adoptions of building energy benchmarking regulations, ENERGY STAR is a more important tool than ever to help improve energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR certified products and buildings helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015 alone, according to the EPA. MACH counts hundreds of commercial, REIT, hotel, and corporate building owners as customers, encompassing hundreds of millions of square feet. (Source: MACH Energy, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: MACH Energy, Jon Moeller, CEO,; ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MACH Energy,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

    Energy Efficiency Investments Rising, says Johnson Controls (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2017-10-13
    According to Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) 2017 survey of more than 1,500 facility and management executives in the U.S., Canada, and 10 other countries, global interest and investment in energy efficiency is on the rise, with 70 pct of organizations surveyed paying more attention to energy efficiency than a year ago.

    Consistent with previous year's studies, investments in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment were the most popular energy efficiency- related improvement made last year. Investments in "smart" buildings, energy management, energy efficient lighting (LED), energy storage and energy security were also on the rise among survey respondents. Building energy benchmarking and certification, along with government policy were found to be the key drivers for energy efficiency upgrades and investments. (Source: Johnson Controls, Facility Exec, Oct., 2017) Contact: Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  

    Edmonton Launches Building Energy Benchmarking Pilot (Ind. Report)
    City of Edmonton
    Date: 2017-06-07
    On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta reports it has kicked-off a voluntary Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure energy benchmarking program. The three-year pilot will track the energy efficiency of 300 buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. There are an estimated 4,500 buildings of this size in Edmonton.

    In exchange for providing the program with building information, owners will be offered financial and non-financial incentives such as tenant information workshops, awards recognition and a rebate of up to $1,500 for each building that undergoes commercial energy audits. They will also be advised of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs for which they may qualify. The city will use the information gathered to set future benchmarks for building owners and develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city has committed 20 of its own building to the program, including City Hall. (Source: City of Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Lisa Dockman, Snr. Environmental Project Manager, (780) 442-5311,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

    Building Energy Benchmarking Delivers Savings (Ind. Report)
    National Electrical Manufacturers Association
    Date: 2017-05-10
    According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), facility managers in New York City found that 84 pct of facility managers who benchmarked their facilities' energy use in accordance with city and regional ordinances made a low- or no-cost operational change to improve their buildings' performance while 82 pct invested in new equipment to improve energy performance. The most common energy-saving investments included lighting and lighting controls, heating and cooling upgrades, and energy management systems.

    Various Studies have shown that commercial, multi-family and public buildings that benchmark their energy consumption have cut their energy use intensity and increased their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager scores faster than buildings that are not held to similar benchmarking ordinances. These findings help support the conclusion that implementing benchmarking laws can act as a catalyst to increase building efficiency. (Source: National Electrical Manufacturers Association, PR, CFM&D, 8 May, 2017)Contact: National Electrical Manufacturers Association, (703) 841-3200,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  

    CaGBC Pitches Bldg. Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-05-05
    The Canadian province of Manitoba, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is recommending the province's recently released budget committing $1.7 billion to strategic infrastructure for the years 2017 and 2018, with $641 million for health, education and housing infrastructure and $370 million for municipal, local and other provincial infrastructure, focus on energy efficiency initiatives.

    Though green infrastructure was not specified in the budget, the CaGBC is calling for building energy efficiency retrofits as well as a comprehensive building energy benchmarking program to gather performance data on the energy and water use of large buildings.

    According to CaGBC, the Manitoba green building industry supported over 5,500 direct jobs and generated $438.8 million in GDP. (Source: CaGBC, JOC News, 2 May, 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy BenchmarkingGreen Building,  Canada Green Building Council ,  

    Windy City Wins Energy Efficiency Partner of the Year (Ind. Report)
    Chicago,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-04-24
    In recognition of its energy efficiency strategies and initiatives the City of Chicago, and its building energy benchmarking ordinance in particular, the City of Chicago is receiving the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for leveraging ENERGY STAR tools and resources, including integration of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® as a critical tool and vital program component. The city's building energy benchmarking ordinance requires commercial, industrial, and residential buildings more than 50,000 square feet to track and report whole-building energy use.

    Chicago is also being recognized for:

  • Partnering with multiple organizations to create the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Working Group, including the U.S. Green Building Council -- Illinois and the City Energy project, to provide over 40 training sessions on Portfolio Manager:
  • Increasing enrollment in the number of customers obtaining data from utilities from 300 buildings to more than 3,300 buildings between 2014 and 2016:
  • Generating approximately $11.6 million in energy costs/year and 188,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually in energy savings across buildings that benchmarked consecutively for three years:
  • Facilitating more than 10,000 support interactions through the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Help Center;
  • Assisting more than 100 properties, on a pro bono basis, with benchmarking and data verification:
  • Supporting 15 properties in the National Building Competition BOOTCAMP, including two properties also participating in the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge. (Source: City of Chicago, US EPA, April, 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Chicago,  Energy Efficiency ,  Energy Benchmarking,  ENERGY STAR,  

  • Denver Mandates Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-09
    Following on our Dec. 23rd report, the Denver City Council has now passed the city's Energize Denver Program ordinance aimed at cutting multi-resident and commercial building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by requiring energy benchmarking. The new ordinance is a key component of Denver's efforts to achieve its 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80 pct by 2050.

    Beginning this year, commercial and multi-family buildings over 25,000 sq-ft in Denver will be required to track and report their EPA ENERGY STAR score. In 2018, buildings over 50,000 square feet will be required to report their score. The ENERGY STAR score measures and tracks their energy use, will be made available to the public on an annual basis. (Source: City of Denver, Institute for Market Transformation, Facility Exec., Jan. 2017) Contact: Denver City Council,; EPA ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  ENERGY STAR,  

    Denver Mandates Com. Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2016-12-23
    Denver City Council has approved new energy-efficiency and energy benchmarking regulations requiring commercial building owners to determine the Energy Star score of their properties using the U.S. EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool, beginning in 2017. The rule applies to buildings that are 50,000 square feet and larger, but after the first year will apply to buildings 25,000 square feet and larger. The city will then publish the scores in a searchable database.

    The recommendations initially required for property owners to improve energy efficiency in their buildings every five years in addition to the benchmarking and transparency requirements. Those recommendations were met with stiff resistance from the city's commercial real estate sector. (Source: Denver City Council, Denver Business Journal, 20 Dec., 2016) Contact: Denver City Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmark,  

    Orlando Legislates Building Energy Benchmarking (Reg & Leg)
    City of Orlando
    Date: 2016-12-12
    In the Sunshine State, the Orlando city council reports approval of the Building Energy and Water Efficiency Strategy (BEWES) ordinance, effective May, 2018.

    The ordinance requires buildings of 50,000 square feet or more to to annually benchmark and report their energy and water consumption. It also requires energy audits for buildings that perform below the national average in terms of their energy use.

    The ordinance, which aims to help building owners identify low-cost energy efficiency improvements, is expected to save building owners and tenants an estimated $208 million in energy costs over the next 15 years as well as avoid an estimated 1.1 million metric tons of carbon pollution. Orlando's bui;ldings sector accounts for over 72 pct percent of the city's energy consumption. (Source: City of Orlando, NRDC Blog, 8 Dec., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmark,  

    City Energy Project Targets Building Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    NEMA, City Energy Project
    Date: 2016-11-23
    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a home energy efficiency advocate, reports that ten new U.S. communities have joined the City Energy Project (CEP), bringing total membership to 20.

    The CEP, a joint effort of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council, is a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

    A 2016 survey found that 77 pct of facility managers in New York City made operational changes to their buildings to save energy as a result of the city's building energy benchmarking policy, and 75 pct of facility managers invested in new energy-efficient equipment to cut energy waste as a result of the ordinance. This finding is consistent with the latest report from New York City that energy use intensity was reduced by 11 pct in office buildings and 5 pct in multifamily buildings over four years. (Source: City Energy Project, NEMA Currents Blog, Nov., 2016) Contact: City Energy Project,; NEMA,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News City Energy Project,  Energy Efficiency,  

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