Dashboards and Beyond – Register for July 18th webinar

The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is a program led by the U.S. Department of Energy that encourages the use of a wide variety of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover those energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run.

Several times a year the Campaign offers webinars of broad interest to those interested in EMIS topics – this summer you are invited to “Dashboards and Beyond: Designing Energy Information Systems for Success.”  Continue reading “Dashboards and Beyond – Register for July 18th webinar”

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”