Cambridge City report on Net Zero Action Plan

Cambridge, MA is on the path to becoming a net-zero community. A net zero-energy community (ZEC) is one that has greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy for vehicles, thermal, and electrical energy within the community is met by renewable energy. In 2015 City Council unanimously adopted the Net Zero Action Plan, a 25-year plan that addresses both new and existing buildings and includes target dates for reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions from buildings in Cambridge.

The Community Development Department is committed to reporting annually on progress towards implementation of the Net Zero Action Plan (NZAP) for buildings. Fiscal year 2017 (July 2016 – June 2017) is the second year of NZAP implementation. FY17 included actions in all five categories of the Plan: 1 – Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, 2 – Net Zero New Construction, 3 – Energy Supply, 4 – Local Carbon Fund, and 5 – Engagement and Capacity Building. Key accomplishments included the launch of the Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Pilot programcompletion of the Low Carbon Energy Supply Strategy study, and initial investigation of the feasibility of a Local Carbon Fund. The report gives a status update of each action and summarizes quantitative indicators that can serve as baselines for measuring future progress. For the full report, click HERE.

BACnet — A Foundation for Building Analytics

Since its approval as an ANSI/ASHRAE standard in 1995 and as an ISO standard in 2003, BACnet has become the most common network protocol in modern building automation systems. Although BACnet was not originally designed to enable analytics, it has a number of features that have facilitated the implementation of analytics applications, not the least of which is that BACnet offers a standard method for third-party analytics applications to access data in building systems. However, this article focuses on other features of BACnet that help building owners to implement analytics in their facilities.  Continue reading “BACnet — A Foundation for Building Analytics”

Global Pharmaceutical Manufacturer saves $152,173 in annual energy costs in a single R&D building while improving comfort, sustainability, reliability and compliance.

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The Challenge

GPM had a global objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption by 20% from 2012 levels, by 2020.

To this end, GPM was interested in implementing energy conservation measures and technologies, which help achieve these goals while improving the overall reliability of their operations.

Results achieved

• Energy savings financial summary

• Energy savings: $152,173 (annual)

• Simple payback: 0.19 years

• Net present value: $177,856

• Other operational benefits
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A New Deal for Buildings A White Paper from CABA

Redefining how we build, manage and maintain facilities in the 21st century

The past decades have brought about dramatic developments in technology, business practices, and approaches. Today, the building automation industry is grappling with the impending disruption brought about by information technology, specifically the “digitalization of everything” under the moniker of the Internet of Things.

In mid-2017, Cimetrics saw the need to start a new discussion on how the industryNewDeal should best adapt itself in the age of data. We started an online blog A New Deal for Buildings. The blog became the inspiration for a white paper to be created under the auspices and guidance of CABA (the Continental Automated Building Association), the industry body that lies at the center of industry discussion, education, and advancement.

The authors of the CABA white paper are made up of key thought leaders and CABA members. Their objective was that the paper lays out the background, issues, tenets, driving forces and specific actions for the industry to take. The authors know that they are not omniscient and seek input from all in the industry to further the mission of the New Deal.

The white paper was released at the recent AHR Expo in Chicago. The paper received strong positive reviews by the industry, with many indicating that it will form a roadmap in how they propose intelligent building solutions, leveraging the immense power of analytics to create value from service transparency.

Presentation NewDeal blog

From left: Anto Budiardjo (New Deal blog), John Petze (SkyFoundry),
Jim Lee (Cimetrics), and Ron Zimmer (CABA).

Alternative Method for Busy Building Owners to Join the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign

U.S. DOE is now offering an alternative method for busy building owners to join the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign. As we wrote in our previous article, this campaign is designed to promote the use of energy-saving building analytics platforms, also known as energy management information systems, in commercial buildings. DOE says that these platforms can achieve 10-20 percent energy savings in commercial buildings.  Continue reading “Alternative Method for Busy Building Owners to Join the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign”