California Energy Commission approves new Window Film Savings Calculator
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 . . .
Maximize energy performance and savings with an energy management information system
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 . . .
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, 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 . . .