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New climate legislation could add fuel to California’s economy

The California Legislature recently passed a bill that would cut GHG emissions even further by 2030.

When most people think about the economic effects of green building, they think about the cash that homeowners, property managers and businesses save by reducing their use of natural resources and energy. After all, California's energy-saving programs saved its residents nearly $90 billion on their energy bills between 1973 and 2013, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. However, sustainability's impact goes far beyond patching the hole in end users' pockets. The Golden State's commitment to energy efficiency over the last decade has spurred as much as $48 billion in economic growth, according to new analysis by nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The group attributes much of this stimulus, as well as the creation of about 500,000 jobs, to the goals set forth by a piece of legislation known as AB 32. Signed into law in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, AB 32 stipulated that the state would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, achieving 1990 levels by 2020. Since then, California has played host to dozens of new climate policies and seen countless energy-saving innovations arise out of the desert, events to which E2 attributes much of the state's economic growth.  According to E2, California's aggressive energy goals have helped . . . Read More

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Water efficiency linked to ‘surprisingly large’ energy savings in new study

A UC Davis study shows just how much energy water-efficiency can save.

In every green building project, designers put countless hours into developing a plan that not only limits the structure's demand on the grid but also reduces its reliance on natural resources. New research from the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency now shows just how linked those two goals may be, finding reduced water usage can lead to substantial cuts in both energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. To make this connection, researchers analyzed the effect of urban water usage limits mandated to counter California's ongoing drought. By reducing urban water usage by 25 percent between June 2015 and February of this year, the state saved about 922 gigawatt-hours of energy - enough to power 135,000 homes for an entire year, the LA Times reported. Plus, it saved an additional 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking about 50,000 cars off the road, according to GreenBiz. "Reduced water usage can lead to substantial cuts in both energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions."In fact, during peak summer months reducing water consumption alone saved as much energy as most other major energy efficiency programs in California combined, the LA Times reported. Further, water-related savings came with just one-third of the price tag compared . . . Read More

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Benningfield Group to attend ACEEE Conference on Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy-efficiency professionals from around the country will gather at the ACEEE conference on August 21.

To accomplish lofty goals like achieving zero net energy status and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, the energy-efficiency community needs to have a coordinated and focused plan. But how can companies stay connected and up-to-date in such a massive and rapidly-changing industry? That's what the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy sets out to do. From analyzing energy policy and educating businesses to holding conferences that bring the entire industry together, ACEEE has made it its mission to foster a more productive and collaborative community that can advance energy efficiency nationwide. "The ACEEE conference brings experts from around the country together to tackle a range of topics."One of the organization's largest events, the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings brings together experts from around the country to tackle topics ranging from implementing energy-saving technology to analyzing buildings' impact on the climate. For the last decade, Benningfield Group has been lucky enough to not only attend this - and other - ACEEE conferences but also to present workshops on our areas of expertise: important code changes, strategies for making code requirements more digestible and the benefits of working in databases over spreadsheets. This year's presentation This year, Russ King, our Vice President of Energy Efficiency Services, . . . 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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Roy Eads

Roy Eads

Serving as a Senior Technical Manager, Roy brings a wide breadth of knowledge to the Benningfield Group team. Possessing a passion to improve the understanding and implementation of building energy efficiency, he understands the needs of industry stakeholders and seeks solutions to pass on to others. Roy recently joined Benningfield Group after spending 27 years in the construction industry as a restoration contractor and business owner. He began focusing on building energy efficiency in 2006, and has served as a HERS rater, Title 24 energy consultant, and residential mechanical designer. Working directly with contractors in the field, Roy quickly became aware of the need for energy education throughout the trades. As an adjunct professor at College of the Desert, he was instrumental in the creation of the first 2NE A.S. Degree program in the California Community College system, and hopes to implement the program state wide. Roy has earned A.S. Degrees in both Construction Management and HVAC, as well as a Certificate of Building Inspection Technology from College of the Desert, Palm Desert. He possesses multiple California Contractors Licenses and industry certifications, including HERS Rater, BPI Building Analyst, and CABEC Certified Energy Analyst. Roy has served on the Board of Directors of . . . Read More

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Kim Hogan

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  As a Senior Technical Manager at the Benningfield Group, Kim Hogan plays an integral role in helping us certify energy professionals. A Certified Energy Auditor and energy consulting veteran herself, Kim is intimately familiar with California's Energy Codes and Standards, making her the perfect candidate to develop tests that measure the skills and knowledge of professionals seeking recognition. Kim's tireless effort ensures design and construction professionals are educated at the high standard required for consistent building energy compliance. While precise in her understanding of the Energy Standards, Kim is also committed to helping clients achieve their goals outside of compliance. Her careful listening and analytical research skills help her excel in this area as well. Kim is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, where she is focusing on developing skills in Building Information Modeling. Outside of her professional endeavors, Kim volunteers in a public Bible literacy and teaching program. She also enjoys spending quiet moments gardening, sewing and reading. Read More

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Barbara Landrith

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  As our marketing coordinator, Barbara Landrith brings her experience in both construction and marketing to help spread the word about the Benningfield Group's service offerings. Barbara is a skilled multi-tasker who can wear many hats as she tackles and explores new projects and marketing initiatives. Through her passions for creative problem solving and sustainability, Barbara demonstrates two of our most important values every day. Barbara comes to us from a career as a marketing professional for several construction related companies, including the California Landscape Contractors Association. During her career, she has built a vast portfolio of skills, including strategic planning, graphic design, writing, public relations, research, social media, proposal writing, public speaking and more. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science in Business - with a concentration in marketing and a minor in communications - from Sacramento State University. She has also taken several graphic design classes from Otis College of Design and UCLA. When she's not flexing her marketing muscles, Barbara enjoys taking in the beautiful Northern California scenery. Whether she's enjoying a local outing, walking, camping or simply sitting outside with a good book, Barbara enjoys exploring new places and experiencing nature. She also serves her community as a member of the Folsom . . . Read More