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OCTOBER IS NATIONAL ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH

Energy is typically a property operator’s greatest expense. The massive growth of LEED and Energy Star, over the last decade, are demonstrative of a momentous and invaluable trend. While there are innumerable aspects and ways to save energy (see below), the foundation of success is robust yet easy-to-use software. Energy management software must  identify, alert and edify savings opportunities as well as ease the administration burden of reporting, tenant billing and budgeting. The capacity to tie energy software and proactive tenant engagement – tenant plug and light load is upwards of 45% of office energy consumption – provides leverage for even greater NOI improvement.

‘In 2014 there were more than 4 billion LEED certified square feet worldwide, and more than 25,000 Energy Star labels.’  – Green Building Special Report

LEED and Energy Star have become the de-facto standard for any healthy, efficient, productive and overall marketable commercial property. That said, considerable cost savings and efficiencies can be achieved in applying such standards even if every aspect of certification is unattainable. In other words, doing something is better than doing nothing. Energy software can be both a good start as well as a great tool for the seasoned property operator in driving greater NOI.

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ETS’ integrated energy app (powered by industry-proven MACH Energy) offers robust yet easy-to-use energy analysis and management capabilities. Beyond assessing consumption and providing automated energy cost savings opportunities, the app helps drive Energy Star performance / administration, budgeting and tenant billing. Like other Electronic Tenant® Solutions’ apps, the offering provides portfolio-­wide visibility into energy use and Energy Star performance.

Some key attributes and benefits of energy management software:

  • Increase NOI
  • Rapid ROI
  • Recover tenant expense
  • Foster operational consistency
  • Ease tenant billing
  • Automate report generation
  • Mitigate consumption 5 – 10%
  • Expense reduction
  • Alleviation of administrative burden
  • Fine tune operations
  • Control demand / demand response
  • Validate capital improvement investments
  • Low risk
  • Easy implementation
  • Actionable data
  • Increased equipment health/ lifespan
  • LEED / GRESB advancement
  • ETS Maintenance Center integrated
  • Meet tenant expectation mandate
  • Maintain / exceed Industry standards

It’s almost National Energy Awareness month; what else can be done to capitalize a broader awareness to advance energy consumption mitigation?

  • Engage tenant participation in mitigation efforts
  • Lower thermostat settings
  • Match HVAC schedules to occupancy schedules
  • Lower setback temperatures
  • Optimize morning warmup and night setback controls
  • Reduce/eliminate major sources of infiltration
  • Install a desiccant dehumidification system
  • Minimize use of outside air for process ventilation
  • Educate employees on building systems and energy efficiency measures
  • Check/adjust combustion efficiency of gas-fired equipment
  • Minimize the use of gas-fired refrigeration equipment
  • Check for ways to control solar gain to reduce the cooling load on buildings, including cool roofs or solar shading on windows
  • Install revolving doors
  • Install energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors
  • Install LED exit signs
    – Courtesy of USGBC

More on Energy Awareness can be found at the links below:

MACH ENERGY AND ELCTRONIC TENANT SOLUTIONS
OCTOBER IS ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH
CONGRATS EMPIRE STATE BUILDING & MALKIN ON ENERGY SAVING
JBG LAUNCHES JBG GREEN WITH ETS SUSTAINABLE PROPERTY

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Electronic Tenant® Solutions' web-portals and applications are deployed by over half a billion square feet of preeminent commercial property, and has become a leading resource for redefining the tenant experience.

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