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California Energy Commission approves new Window Film Savings Calculator

A newly-approved tool helps schools qualify for energy efficiency funding.

This March, the California Energy Commission approved a tool that is helping local schools pay for energy-saving window films.The all-new Window Film Savings Calculator makes it easier for school districts to ensure their installation projects qualify for funding under the state's Proposition 39 grants, which can cover up to 100 percent of energy efficient upgrades for school buildings.Designed by the International Window Film Association, the tool gives local education agencies a quicker, more cost-effective way to demonstrate their projects' potential savings to the CEC. According to a release from the IWFA, the calculator has the potential to replace burdensome full-building energy simulations, which were previously required to determine the effect window films would have on a building's performance."Before this approval, there were existing, simple calculators already approved and in use for many of the other such upgrades, but none for window film installation," said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA in the release. "This year-long effort to develop and make available a tool which met the specifications of the CEC for the sole purpose of analyzing a window film installation as a standalone upgrade measure under Proposition 39 program guidelines will prove valuable to California schools.""Installing reflective window films . . . Read More

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Maximize energy performance and savings with an energy management information system

Energy management information systems help a variety of stakeholders improve energy performance.

For designers, it is not merely enough to build an energy-efficient building - they must be able to prove it is as efficient in practice as they planned it to be during the design phase. For building operators, it's not enough just to have green technology installed on their sites, they have to optimize their energy savings in order to get the most out of their investment. To accomplish these goals, parties at all phases of the energy-efficient building process can take advantage of Energy Management Information Systems.Energy Management Information Systems  EMIS are comprised of several parts: the sensors and instruments required to collect energy efficiency data, the data infrastructure and software tools necessary to turn that data into actionable insights and the management structure to see those actions are carried out effectively. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada, EMIS are best thought of not as independent to a building's other functions, but as integrated with them.The Office's publication on EMIS states: "Energy use efficiency is only one aspect of process (and business) performance and should be considered in conjunction with other business objectives such as output, yield, quality, reliability, environment and profit." This dynamic, multidisciplinary approach is what . . . Read More

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Energy Efficiency Leadership Team

When it comes to implementing a resource efficiency project, there can be dozens of parties involved: From the building's eventual tenants to its landlord, building designers, contractors, software designers and even the state- and federal-level policy makers, energy-efficient construction is truly an interdisciplinary task. No one party can operate effectively without cooperating with and understanding the perspectives of other members of the project. Through the application of integrated design principles, Benningfield's Energy Efficiency Leadership team ensures all specialties successfully collaborate to develop and operate sustainable built environments.At Benningfield Group, that cohesion of ideas is reflected in everything we do, from the way we approach day-to-day problems to the strategic approach we take in achieving clients' holistic goals. Central to all of these efforts is a leadership team that truly personifies the collaborative nature of excellence in energy-efficiency: Ben Rupert Ben Rupert, our new VP of Operations, is our in-house policy and commercial/industrial energy efficiency program expert. With years of experience working in both the private and public sectors, Ben was responsible for managing and developing some of the most unique performance-based commercial energy efficiency programs in Washington state. His public sector experience also allows him to share insight into how policy is created and implemented . . . Read More

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Vinovisit

We maintain and enhance software solutions for the administrative side of VinoVisit.com. VinoVisit offers bookings for winery tours, tastings and winemaker dinners at six different wine regions in California. Users can search winery profiles with maps, videos and review, book and share single or multi-day itineraries. Our work includes software design, database design, application development and testing as required to support the VinoVisit website and other software applications. Read More

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eWinery Solutions

eWinery Solutions provides the wine industry with website and content management tools for wineries. Their services include basic web page creation as well as tools to manage online wine sales, wine club registration, wine club shipments and online event registration. We manage eWinery's interfaces to outside systems. This consists primarily of writing web services so that other systems have access to eWinery functionality and the eWinery database. It also includes writing integrations with other web services provided by other systems, such as ShipCompliant which handles shipping logistics for the wine industry. Read More

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AmericasMart Atlanta

AmericasMart Atlanta is a large merchandise mart in Atlanta. This is a wholesale marketplace that retailers attend in order to select what merchandise they want to sell. We maintain and enhance the AmericasMart website using the Joomla framework with custom modules and templates. We also create and maintain all related database-driven applications including the company's mobile app. These applications include dynamically created exhibitor lists, dynamic building floor plans of showrooms, invoicing, payment processing and online exhibitor data. Read More

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Brent Boli

Brent

As an analyst, Brent supports the data environment of a number of projects here at the Benningfield Group. From gathering insights to producing reports on our clients' varied data sets, Brent's technical approach to problem solving makes him a valuable asset to our project management team. Before coming to work with us in March 2016, Brent developed his analytical skills as a Research Assistant for the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. Brent received his Bachelor of Arts from California State University Sacramento.When he's not busy working on his dissertation, Brent enjoys spending his time outside of work playing and learning new games in the company of his friends.  Read More

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Addison Day

Addison

Addison is responsible for testing our software projects to ensure they meet our high standards for quality. A thoughtful worker who is quick to offer a helping hand whenever he can, Addison's enthusiasm makes him a great addition to our software team. Currently studying general education at American River College, Addison's internship has given him a chance to pursue his interest in software development since he came on board in February 2016. An eager contributor to any project he can assist on while at the Benningfield Group, it should come as no surprise that Addison can also be found tutoring other students on campus or volunteering at a local community service event - he is truly committed to helping those around him! Despite his busy schedule, Addison makes sure to find time to relax, getting lost in a book or spending time with his friends and nephews whenever he has down time.  Read More

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Ben Rupert

Ben Rupert

As our VP of Operations, Ben puts his wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors to work helping Benningfield Group tackle unique commercial and industrial projects. A Certified Energy Manager and an incredibly involved member of the energy efficiency community his entire career, Ben's background in and understanding of energy and environmental policy make him an invaluable asset. Ben is also beginning his apprenticeship here in business operations, and by year's end will manage a number of operational elements within the company. On board here at Benningfield Group since February 2016, Ben is winding down his role as the Energy Manager for King County, Washington's Department of Executive Services. His work optimizing energy usage and reducing operating costs throughout the county, as well as his commitment to taking on diverse energy projects, give him unique insight into public sector energy management, which complements his prior experience working for Washington State's largest investor-owned utility. Ben's passion for energy efficiency speaks to his love of our planet. As he furthers his own personal and professional goals, he strives to help create socially responsible and ecologically restorative communities. Ben's other loves include his friends and family, especially his wife and daughter. Outside of . . . Read More