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  • LEED v4 is Here: What You Need to Know

    September 28, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    LEED is the most highly recognized sustainability certification worldwide with over 15.3 billion square feet space in over 160 countries certified. In the United States, (more…)
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  • Clean Air Requires Efficient Buildings

    September 21, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    As a property manager you live and breathe commercial real estate, but have you considered how commercial real estate changes the air you breathe? (more…)
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  • 3 Global Trends Emerging from 2016 GRESB Results

    September 14, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    If your firm hasn’t already worked with GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) you likely soon will. (more…)
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  • In Their Own Words: Top Disruption Innovators on Embracing Change

    September 6, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    The best innovations surprise and shake up the world for the better. (more…)
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  • How Millennials Are Defining Sustainability As Key to Profitability

    August 31, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    Millennials will make up 50% of the workforce within five years. (more…)
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  • BOLD Awards 2016: Meet the Judges

    August 30, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    For the 2016 BOLD AWARDS we gathered a team of expert judges who know building technology inside and out. (more…)
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  • Your Work Matters: Nominate Someone BOLD

    August 29, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    Commercial real estate professionals literally keep the world running. Even if they never think about it, from the moment a tenant walks through the door of their building they are benefiting from the work you do. (more…)
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  • Renewed Focus on Enforcing and Instituting Energy Efficiency in New York City’s Buildings

    August 24, 2016 | Jonathan Lemmond
    New York City’s energy conservation code applies to new, existing, commercial, and residential buildings. (more…)
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  • Looking Back at the BOLD Awards 2015

    August 23, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    Behind every great achievement are individuals who have the courage and talent to bring an idea into reality. Last year, we began a new tradition dedicated to formally recognizing and celebrating innovators in the real estate industry. (more…)
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  • ‘Internet of Things’ Tech Is Driving Office Life Into the Future

    August 18, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    Imagine a workspace where your coffee machine automatically knows how much coffee to brew based on how many people have entered the office today. Or, office plants that tell you exactly when they need to be watered. (more…)
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  • Sustainability Marketing by GE: How General Electric Transformed Itself

    August 11, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Making the decision to be sustainable is easy; executing is much harder. Especially if you’re one of the largest companies in the world. (more…)
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  • 3 Ways Property Management Companies Are Getting Social (And Why You Should, Too)

    August 4, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Ello, Hyper, Snapchat, Facebook, Yik Yak – there are so many social media platforms nowadays to stay connected. (more…)
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  • How Real-Time Data Can Cure Your Measurement and Verification Headaches

    July 28, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    With CRE tech becoming more common in day-to-day operations, our world is now incredibly data-driven. (more…)
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  • How More Property Managers are Managing Smarter

    July 25, 2016 | Michelle Szemanski
    Property managers want less cost-prohibitive upgrades, but may not believe there are realistic opportunities for older buildings. (more…)
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  • 5 Ways The Top Performing Buildings Are Saving Water

    July 20, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    With intensified droughts and a growing population, the demand for water has never been greater. (more…)
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  • Weather Normalization For Savvy Management Decisions

    July 13, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    For property managers and building engineers, the temperature outside is more than just small talk at the water cooler. (more…)
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  • Why the Best Facility Managers Choose Real-Time Water Data for Accurate Billing

    July 6, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    Water prices have been rising by 7% annually; as a leader in commercial energy management, curbing these costs is vital to maintaining your bottom line. (more…)
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  • Aquicore Runs For Clean Energy in CELI 5K

    July 4, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    You may not expect to find a software company running the trails, but that’s exactly where the Aquicore team was last weekend during the second annual Clean Energy 5K. (more…)
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  • How Real-Time Energy Data Keeps Your Property On Schedule

    June 29, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    When the goal is to reduce the size of your utility bills, using operating schedules can eliminate waste. Enormous savings are possible with even small adjustments. (more…)
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  • How To Use Historical Energy Data To Improve Your Building

    June 23, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    You collected your old utility data. Check. It’s in your energy management platform. Now what? (more…)
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  • Why Every Second Counts: The Importance of Real-Time Energy Monitoring

    June 15, 2016 | Roger LeBlanc
    You already know that data driven energy management is the key to better building management. (more…)
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  • Series A Milestone Marks New Standard for Connected Environments in Energy Management

    June 8, 2016 | Logan Soya
    Yesterday, we reached a milestone in Aquicore’s history: the announcement of our Series A round. Washington, DC-based Kiddar Capital led the $5 million funding round (more…)
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  • Increasing Tenant Satisfaction With Cool Office Spaces

    May 25, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    With all the commercial space available, tenants have the freedom to be picky about their office spaces. In order to stay competitive in the market, building owners and property managers must make a commitment to sustaining and improving their buildings constantly. One of the best ways to ensure tenant satisfaction is to make sure your current tenants are comfortable. (more…)
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  • How Historical Consumption Data Helps Real Estate Professionals Run Buildings Better

    May 18, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Experience and mistakes teach us how to operate in a better way. What if we could record that same type of information for buildings?  (more…)
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  • Optimizing Your Building Schedule For Summer Weather

    May 12, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Keeping tenants cool in the hot summer months often means two things: 1. They are happier with the property management team because they are nice and cool. (more…)
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  • Why You Should Invest In On-Site Renewable Energy Generation

    May 4, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Renewable energy generation for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings has steadily increased over the past 10 years. (more…)
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  • How To Take Advantage Of New Energy Financing Solutions For Building Retrofits

    April 27, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Retrofits are vital to keep buildings running in tip-top shape. After establishing a proper measurement and verification process, it’s time to tackle one of the largest challenges of a retrofit project: financing. (more…)
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  • 3 Simple Ways To Be More Sustainable On Earth Day

    April 22, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Earth Day is a reminder that living sustainably is necessary to the survival of the planet. (more…)
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  • Energy 101: Peak Demand Charges On Your Electricity Bill

    April 20, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Peak demand charges are the most important part of an electric bill, but they are often overlooked (if anyone even looks at it). (more…)
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  • Establishing Measurement and Verification Practices Before Retrofit Financing

    April 14, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Retrofits are a popular way to keep a building running efficiently; with the right upgrades, a building can reduce monthly energy bills, maintain reliable equipment, and streamline building operations. However, the actual act of retrofitting a building is a complicated process. (more…)
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  • Energy 101: Pro Tips On Reading Your Electricity Bill

    April 6, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Like most people, you receive an electricity bill every billing period. However, do you actually make the time to read through the charges? (more…)
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  • How To Analyze Your Submeter Data In 4 Simple Steps

    March 30, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Picking the right meters for your building is a challenge you’ve already tackled. You’re collecting water, electric, and gas data from those meters like a pro. But now, a new challenge awaits: what do you do with this information? (more…)
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  • Keep Buildings Efficient: Retrocommissioning, Continuous Commissioning, and Retrofits

    March 24, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    When a new building is constructed, its brand-new gleam often boasts the latest in energy efficiency, amenities, and tenant comfort. Over time, these buildings lose the optimization that they once had as the equipment and operations within the buildings become outdated. (more…)
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  • How Energy Benchmarking Laws Improve Commercial Buildings

    March 17, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Submitting energy data for energy benchmarking is all too often a pain point for building operators and property managers. Digging up old energy bills, understanding what specific information is required, and inputting the data into a filing service takes a lot of time, without a return – aside from checking off “compliance” in the to-do list. (more…)
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  • 5 Key Benefits To Submetering Tenant Spaces

    March 10, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    The next generation of tenants can afford to be picky. With the number of highly coveted amenities increasing every day, tenants are taking advantage of the space and leasing options available. So, why not offer the best benefits? (more…)
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  • 3 Steps To Better Energy Efficiency For Your Older Building Operations

    March 3, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    When assessing your portfolio, which properties do you select to upgrade in your next project? (more…)
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  • Utilizing Submeter Data For Better Building Management

    February 25, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    When working to achieve a particular goal on your property, submetering is often your answer. Coupled with a good energy management software, submeters provide insights that enable property managers to go far beyond traditional operations information. Utilizing the right submeter technology, a property manager can build better relationships with tenants, promote building sustainability, and cut back on expenses. (more…)
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  • Why Engineers Want To Submeter Their Buildings

    February 18, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Submetering a building has become a relatively common practice in building operations, yet not all property managers have taken advantage of the benefits that submetering offers. (more…)
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  • 4 Reasons Building Tenants Want Their Space Submetered

    February 15, 2016 | Samantha Dubrow
    If your tenants have not asked you to submeter their space already, they will soon. Submetering will help your tenants ensure that their leasing structure is fair, see the return-on-investment of their energy-saving projects, and identify themselves as sustainability leaders. (more…)
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  • Why Your NOI Increases Over Time With An Energy Management System

    February 11, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    That an energy management system provides key leverage for an asset manager looking to increase net operating income (NOI) on an investment property. However, the low-hanging fruit of energy savings doesn’t end there; by lowering operating expenses, an asset manager can also increase the value of the property over time. (more…)
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  • Integrated Software Will Disrupt Commercial Real Estate Technology

    February 4, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Commercial real estate has, until recently, been able to avoid the far-reaching grasp of technology. Integrated software will be the reason these floodgates open. (more…)
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  • How To Increase NOI On Your Commercial Real Estate Investment Property

    January 28, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    A good energy management strategy has been proven to reduce operating expenses and add value to commercial real estate assets. However, asset managers are often hesitant to invest in energy efficiency measures due to three common misconceptions: (more…)
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  • Integrations & Open APIs: How Connectedness Will Improve Tech

    January 21, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    As tech enters every edge of our lives, the importance of developing and selecting an appropriate technology stack is increasingly apparent. Even if being tech-savvy isn’t your forte, you’ve probably already benefitted from this development; for example, your mapping app can alert you when there’s traffic on your normal route home. (more…)
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  • What DOE’s New Efficiency Standards Mean For Commercial Real Estate

    January 15, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    To close out 2015, The US Department of Energy (DOE) passed a number of efficiency standards with little fanfare, despite the huge implications on building operations, expenses, and the health of the planet. These standards will reduce emissions by more than 900 million metric tons of carbon pollution as part of the Energy Department’s goal to reduce carbon emissions by 3 billion metric tons by 2030. (more…)
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  • 10 Things Your BAS Can’t Do (That Energy Management Software Can)

    January 8, 2016 | Kelia Cowan
    Building automation systems are powerful tools. By automating the centralized controls of a building, property managers are able to program a building to start up, heat or cool to a particular temperature, and shut down all in one place. (more…)
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  • A New Tool For You: Aquicore’s Real Estate & Energy Dictionary

    December 23, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    “What’s that word I’m thinking of?” When it comes to commercial real estate and energy, you’ll never have to ask that question again. (more…)
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  • Navigation and Filtering Made Easier: Product Upgrades

    December 18, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    When you log onto Aquicore’s platform, you’re looking for particular information, and you want to see your data as quickly and easily as possible. (more…)
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  • Real Estate Investing 101: Institutional Investments & REITs

    December 18, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Particularly with the volatility in US markets over the past 10 years, real estate has become a much safer investment than the stock market or treasury bills. With the growth of REITs, this type of investment is finally accessible to the everyday investor. (more…)
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  • How To Manage Leases For Your High Growth Company

    December 10, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    A blessing in disguise: your company is outgrowing (or has outgrown) your current office. While it’s great that the company is performing well and hiring great talent, your office has suddenly become a crowded place of dread. (more…)
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  • In Landlord Balancing Act, Submetering Is The Secret Tool

    December 8, 2015 | Zach Aarons
    It’s no secret that large commercial and residential buildings consume a vast amount of energy every day. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 30% of energy consumption in US commercial buildings is actually wasted; meanwhile, the Department of Energy estimates that a simple 10% reduction in commercial building energy consumption would result in $40B collected savings. (more…)
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  • Bringing COP21 Home: Bill Gates’ New Energy Fund & Why It Matters

    December 3, 2015 | Logan Soya
    As international leaders meet at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit, another announcement hit innovators a bit closer to home. Bill Gates, in conjunction with a group of like-minded philanthropists, announced the Breakthrough Energy Fund to support clean energy innovation for decades to come. (more…)
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  • 3 Tips To Optimize Building Operations For Winter Weather

    December 1, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Insights from Lee Dunfee, Cushman & Wakefield’s Senior Vice President of East Engineering Operations.   Welcome to December! Although winter technically doesn’t start for a few weeks, winter weather has already started. With mornings and nights dipping into the 30s – or well below that, if you’re in Chicago – it’s time to optimize building operations for the best efficiency. (more…)
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  • 4 Sustainability Leaders Celebrated at the bold Awards 2015

    November 20, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    In the entrenched commercial real estate industry, advancing change has been a particularly unique challenge. Luckily, green building leaders have worked tirelessly to create a better, more sustainable built environment for us all. (more…)
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  • 20 Industry Leaders Selected As Finalists for The Bold Awards 2015

    November 12, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Although buildings receive all sorts of awards, we realized there’s a gap in the system. While beautiful, exciting buildings are created and operated every day by amazing individuals, there are few – if any – awards recognizing the people behind innovations and achievements in the green building space. We want to fill that hole to make sure our amazing leaders receive the credit they deserve for transforming the built environment. (more…)
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  • 3 Ways Corporate Offices Benefit From Real-Time Monitoring

    November 5, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Corporate culture is a competitive advantage, plain and simple. So, providing the best technology to optimize sustainability advances company initiatives and enhances the office for employees. Real-time energy monitoring improves sustainability in buildings while making the lives of both tenants and building operators better. (more…)
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  • 4 Ways to Upgrade Your Sustainable Office On A Budget

    October 29, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Sometimes, the demands of the office can seem overwhelming. With ever-tightening budgets and increasing demand for new amenities, operations managers are constantly being asked to provide more with less. Balancing these two commands is never easy. (more…)
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  • Beyond Energy Benchmarking: Key Partnerships Drive Success

    October 27, 2015 | Meredith Marsh
    We are all familiar with the adage “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” which is particularly true when it comes to managing the energy consumption and emissions of our buildings. Cities and counties across the US are beginning to mandate energy benchmarking to encourage property managers to understand their consumption and – hopefully – reduce their energy use. (more…)
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  • How New Real Estate Tech Companies Are Shaping Traditional CRE [Part 3]

    October 22, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Identifying and implementing the best real estate technology tools for your team are the most challenging pieces of the commercial real estate tech puzzle. Logan Soya, Founder and CEO of Aquicore, sat down to discuss the best way to approach this challenge with Scott Sidman, Senior Vice President at Building Engines. Part one of the Q&A segments from CRE Tech Talks podcast covers the foundations of Aquicore, while part two covers the way tech has restructed commercial real estate. Now, let’s turn it over to Scott and Logan. (more…)
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  • Real Estate Technology Tools Evolving the Industry [Part 2]

    October 15, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    The commercial real estate technology space is constantly evolving, as Logan Soya, Aquicore’s Founder and CEO, discussed with Scott Sidman, Senior Vice President at Building Engines. Part one of the Q&A segments from CRE Tech Talks podcast includes Logan’s Olympic dreams, the foundations of Aquicore, and how Logan has positioned Aquicore to stand out among competitors – check it out if you haven’t already. In part two, the conversation turns to the restructuring in the industry as technology takes over. (more…)
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  • CRE Tech Revolution: An Interview with Aquicore CEO Logan Soya [Part 1]

    October 8, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Last month, Aquicore CEO Logan Soya sat down to discuss commercial real estate technology with Scott Sidman, Senior Vice President at Building Engines. On the agenda: empowering and preparing your team for the commercial real estate technology revolution. We will be sharing question and answer segments from the podcast over the next few weeks. Now, let’s turn to Scott and Logan. (more…)
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  • Budget Control through Energy Procurement- When Timing is Everything

    October 6, 2015 | Katharine Pelzer
    This is the third installment of a three-part series on buying energy for your buildings’ needs. Read more about energy pricing and energy suppliers published in previous weeks. Most of you reading this blog are already taking the right steps to control your energy costs. You’ve watched the webinars about your lighting options; you’ve done the audits and consulted with engineers; and, if you’re Aquicore clients, you’ve quickly learned how much reducing your energy demand can benefit your bottom line. (more…)
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  • 3 Sustainability Steps To Gain A Competitive Advantage

    September 29, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    In years past, property managers aimed to offer the newest, sleekest, trendiest amenities to attract tenants. Nowadays, the next generation of tenants are looking for even more. (more…)
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  • Real-Time Energy Management: The Solution For Today’s Commercial Building Needs

    September 24, 2015 | Logan Soya
    We’ve been using energy to power buildings since the late 1800s, but even today it is commonplace for building owners to not know where energy flows inside of their buildings. (more…)
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  • Complying with DC’s Energy Benchmarking Law: Knowledge is Power

    September 17, 2015 | Anna Buglaeva
    Energy benchmarking is a relatively new requirement in the District of Columbia, and many have been left in the dark about the rules. Buildings represent 75% of DC’s energy consumption and carbon emissions, so the Department of Energy and the Environment requires that private commercial and residential properties greater than 50,000 square feet must report their monthly energy and water consumption to the City of DC. These reports were due by April 16, 2015. (more…)
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  • Shopping For Energy? Research Your Suppliers

    September 15, 2015 | Katharine Pelzer
    This is part two of a three-part series on buying energy. Read more about pricing questions published last week. The remaining three questions will be published next week. Assessing an energy supplier can be a challenge when you go it alone. After all, there’s no Michelin for energy suppliers. (more…)
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  • Are You Taking Advantage of Energy Data Disclosure Requirements?

    September 14, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Today, Monday, September 15th 2014, all non-residential Boston buildings over 50,000 square feet were required to submit their energy and water data through Energy Star’s portfolio manager, to comply with the Boston Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance. From there, each building will receive an Energy Star Score, which will be published for the entire city to see. (more…)
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  • Sustainability Projects Need Data Tracking

    September 10, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Embarking on any sustainability effort requires much more than deciding to recycle more often. Even a well-designed plan can fall through if tracking success is not executed well. But that’s far ahead; let’s start at the beginning. (more…)
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  • Shopping For Energy? Pricing Questions To Ask Yourself First

    September 8, 2015 | Katharine Pelzer
    This is part one of a three-part series on buying energy. The remaining five questions will be published in the coming weeks. In an ideal world, shopping for energy would be like everything else these days: something you do online with full-price transparency and clear options. You plug in your utility account number, and some Priceline-style site goes to work finding you the lowest price, pulling data from your utility where needed. And just like that, you have the perfect contract terms and rate. (more…)
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  • Top 3 Ways To Use Your Real-Time Water Data

    September 3, 2015 | Brandon Chase
    Install real-time water meters: check. Now what? (more…)
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  • Raising $3.1M and the Standard of IoT Buildings

    September 2, 2015 | Logan Soya
    I’m so excited that today Aquicore announced a $3.1 million funding round led by 1776, a global startup incubator and seed fund. (more…)
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  • 5 Sustainability KPIs You Should Be Tracking

    August 27, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Frankly, sustainability is a term you’re probably tired of hearing. Even though it’s overused, this concept is here to stay. Despite the slow start, commercial real estate is finally catching up. (more…)
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  • What is the Best Competitive Advantage Emerging in Commercial Real Estate?

    August 25, 2015 | Logan Soya
    When you think about competitive advantages in commercial real estate, you don’t necessarily think about access to data. But access to actionable data has revolutionized many industries and is becoming a real competitive advantage in most of them. (more…)
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  • Pick The Right Water Meter For You

    August 25, 2015 | Sam Dib
    Water meters with real-time capabilities are an increasingly demanded part of building operations. Property managers are tapping into their existing utility meters or installing new ones to gain real-time insights to their water consumption. There are four major reasons why you, too, should consider getting more from your water meter: (more…)
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  • The Future of Millennial Tenant Retention

    August 20, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Millennials are reshaping demands as they enter the tenant marketplace; this is a well-covered topic in the media. (more…)
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  • Is “Wellness” the New LEED?

    August 18, 2015 | Jonathan Lemmond
    By many measures, LEED certification has been a success. There are over 13.8 billion square feet of certified real estate, with 1.85 million square feet added, every day. In many locales, federal, state and local codes have even made it mandatory. (more…)
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  • How Smart Meter Data Changes Building Operations

    August 13, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Seems like everything nowadays is becoming smart. Smart watch, smart home, and now smart…meters? That’s right! Even utility meters are becoming “smart” as technologies now allow a two-way communication between the meter readings and utility or third-party platforms, allowing the “Internet of Things” to increase building operations efficiency. (more…)
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  • Top 4 Evolving Skills in Commercial Real Estate

    August 11, 2015 | Lee Dunfee
    Look around you; the world of today is not the same as it was just ten years ago. People operate around their mobile devices. Cities across the US are rapidly developing and expanding their urban sprawl. The next generation of tenants have had increasingly changing demands for their desired office spaces. (more…)
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  • Data-Driven Decisions Are Changing Sustainability

    August 6, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Take a step back to the old days of environmentalism: sustainable choices were made using moral arguments. People argued for the rights of polar bears and spoke for the trees (courtesy of the Lorax) and the maintenance of the nebulous term “The Environment.” (more…)
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  • 8 CRE Tech Terms You Must Know

    August 4, 2015 | Scott Sidman
    So, you want to join the CRE Tech Revolution sweeping the industry? Before you get started, make sure you know real estate technology terms and concepts so you’re asking the right questions. (more…)
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  • How to Incorporate New Tech In Old Buildings

    July 30, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    The new generation of tenants are different. CRE professionals across the industry have worked to adhere to their desires, from digital communications with building managers to flexible office spaces. (more…)
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  • 7 Simple Ways to Optimize HVAC

    July 28, 2015 | Jim Newman
    In an average building, many areas of energy inefficiency are relatively simple to improve. However, people often overlook them because facility teams spend so much time in reactive mode, responding to “I’m too hot” and “I’m too cold” complaints. Here are seven areas that can be easily addressed: (more…)
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  • California Water Rationing Enforcement: Where To Next?

    July 23, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
      In June, California’s water rationing mandate to combat the drought went into effect, ordering a 25% reduction in water consumption. As the residents of California adjust to the new rule, the commercial real estate industry should prepare for the next round of conservation efforts. (more…)
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  • Energy Management Systems vs. Building Automation: Where Do I Start?

    July 22, 2015 | Anna Buglaeva
    Figuring out the most efficient way to run a building portfolio can be a challenge. Particularly with the rise in real estate technologies, choosing the right energy management software is overwhelming. Don’t know where to start? Look at these factors when selecting your smart energy management solution. (more…)
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  • How Do You Get Your Electrical Power Meter Online?

    July 21, 2015 | Sam Dib
    No one likes musty basements. So, why send your team down to the basement with a clipboard to read the meter? Get your electrical power metering out of the basement to the web. (more…)
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  • Real Estate Technology Millennials Actually Want

    July 16, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Real Estate Professionals, consider this your wake up call. Millennials are moving into the office and have specific ideas about what they want in their spaces. (more…)
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  • Top 6 Coveted Tenant Amenities Revealed

    July 14, 2015 | Bobby Blair
    “Location, location, location. And a big kitchen!” These are typical homebuyer feature requests. Of course, businesses seeking new office space have different priorities. As millennials enter the workforce, tenants’ requests evolve, and a large kitchen is now a selling point as much as location. (more…)
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  • Why California Title 24 Affects All CRE Pros

    July 9, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Changes to California’s building code Title 24 will impact the rest of the commercial real estate industry because these codes set the standard for highly efficient and effective building design and operations across the country. Efficient energy and water use is a major focus of the 2016 changes. (more…)
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  • One Trick to Reduce Your Water Consumption by 25%

    July 8, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    It’s been a month since the California water rationing laws went into effect, and thousands of buildings across the state have been expected to reduce their water consumption by 25%.Have you been successful in your water saving efforts yet? (more…)
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  • DC’s New Stormwater Management Rule: A Win-Win

    July 6, 2015 | Hyon K. Rah
    New rules always seem more like a headache than a benefit to those who have to abide by them. The District of Columbia’s new Stormwater Management Rule, already in place and due to take full effect on July 14th, 2015, might seem like a nuisance to many property owners and developers. (more…)
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  • Attention Tenants with a Triple Net Lease: Lower Utility Bills This Summer

    July 2, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    So far, this summer has been so hot that I’ve almost forgotten how dreadfully cold it was this winter. (more…)
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  • Buying the CRE Tech Revolution: What Executives Really Need to Know

    June 29, 2015 | Scott Sidman
    Deal management, customer relationship management, lease management, financial analysis, building automation, crowd-sourced temperature control, energy data management, building and facility operations…phew! (more…)
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  • Top 3 Reasons to Use Water Submetering

    June 25, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    Do you submeter water use in your building? If you haven’t started, it’s time to seriously consider this mechanical solution for your buildings’ operations. Water submetering is an often overlooked tool, but it can help property managers run buildings more smoothly and efficiently. (more…)
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  • 3 People Who Use Energy Management Software Every Day

    June 18, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Good software is always focused on one thing: users. For energy management software, there are several end-users who need to be considered. (more…)
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  • [eBook Release]: Adopt Real Estate Technology to Increase Tenant Retention

    June 15, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    For the most part, commercial real estate companies only adopt new technology and tools for one of three reasons:   (more…)
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  • Water Rationing: Submetering Can Help Reduce Consumption by 25%

    June 11, 2015 | Kelia Cowan
    The drought has worsened, and California started water rationing on June 1st to conserve its dwindling resources. On average, each of California’s 411 water districts must reduce water use by 25%. (more…)
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  • Building Automation Systems vs. Energy Management Software

    June 4, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    When you first hear about energy management software, your initial thought may be, “I already have that.” Most likely, what you have is a Building Automation System (BAS) that helps you control your building’s lighting, ventilation, and heating. (more…)
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  • What is Energy Management Software?

    May 28, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
     The energy industry is large, and can be overwhelming. From building automation systems to building certifications such as LEED and Energy Star to energy efficient building equipment,  to energy management software, there are a wide variety of energy management solutions you can use to save money and make your buildings sustainable. (more…)
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  • Why Top Real Estate Companies Release Annual Sustainability Reports

    May 21, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Many top real estate companies issue annual reports on their energy consumption and sustainability efforts. (more…)
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  • How to Read a Water Bill (And Why You Should)

    May 14, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    How closely do you pay attention to your monthly water bill? Have you noticed that you actually receive two separate charges on the bill – one for consumption, and one for sewage? (more…)
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  • 5 Commercial Building Amenities Tenants Will Pay Extra For

    May 7, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    What are your competitive advantages for attracting tenants? Sometimes you have to think beyond a gym, parking, metro or a nearby coffee shop. (more…)
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  • [eBook Release]: Guide to Implementing a Triple Net Lease

    May 5, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Not sure what a triple net lease is or why you would want one? Ready to implement a triple net lease, but not sure where to start? This eBook will help answer your questions. Here’s a brief teaser:   Step 1: Understand Triple Net Leasing Triple net leasing is different from typical leasing structures such as full gross leases and modified gross leases. (more…)
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  • Your Building Needs Water Meters, Gas Meters, and Electric Meters

    April 30, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    As a building owner, you pay three different utility bills each month: water, gas, and electric. Unfortunately, since these bills only come once a month, they do not give you all of the information you require to run your buildings most effectively. However, real-time energy data can show you the consumption trends (week by week, day by day, or even hour by hour) and alert you if there are any irregularities. (more…)
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  • How to Find Good Tenants by Using Green Leases

    April 23, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Sustainability has become an increasingly important factor for tenants when choosing to lease office spaces. (more…)
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  • 3 Reasons Why Business Owners Should Care About Earth Day

    April 22, 2015 | Caroline Lane
      If you own a business, then Earth Day is more important for you than for anyone else. (more…)
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  • 3 Reasons Your Utility Bills Are Inaccurate

    April 16, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Are you sure you are not overpaying for your utilities? Every month, you pay a few hundred (or a few thousand) dollars to the utility company for the power you used. Where does that number come from? Is it different every month? How do you know that number is correct? (more…)
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  • Here is Your Free Tenant Bill-Back Calculator

    April 14, 2015 | Caroline Lane
    If you want to submeter your tenants, but you cannot transition all of them at once, finding out how much to bill each tenant at the end of the month can become tricky. (more…)
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  • 4 Green Building Benefits That Improve Your Bottom Line

    April 9, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    We know that green buildings and smart cities are good for the environment, and that they cost less to operate, but are they actually worth more? (more…)
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  • 4 Reasons Landlords Want Triple Net Leases for Their Tenants

    April 2, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
        Whenever the building conditions make it possible, landlords should want their tenants to have triple-net leases. (more…)
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  • What is a Triple Net Lease?

    March 26, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    In commercial real estate, a triple-net lease allows landlords to pass the risk of paying for utilities, insurance, and taxes to their tenants. In addition their rent, tenants take on these additional costs each month. (more…)
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  • What Does BMS Integration Mean?

    March 19, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    When it comes to developing a solution for managing your energy consumption, you have two things to think about: data collection and building controls. Meters collect your data and can send it to the cloud so you can take action on it. Building Management Systems (BMS) enable you to take action on your data by operating the controls of your building. (more…)
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  • The Future of Building Energy Data Collection

    February 24, 2015 | Jonathan Lemmond
    Guest author: Jonathan Lemmond, Senior Engineer for Baumann Consulting Today, a commercial building energy audit requires engineers to be on site and usually costs at least $5,000.  Without state or utility rebates, most building owners and operators are rarely willing to pay these costs.Then, dollars are lost on energy efficiency improvements that could be as simple as minor human behavioral changes or identifying and replacing the most inefficient equipment or leakiest windows. (more…)
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  • Aquicore’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner

    February 20, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Aquicore held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new headquarters yesterday at 1015 1/2 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Aquicore is the first recipient of the Digital DC Grant to move to the Tech Corridor since receiving the award. (more…)
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  • The Next Step for Streamlining Operations in Commercial Real Estate

    February 19, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Commercial real estate is sometimes considered to be slow to adopt new technologies. But when you think about the software solutions that property managers use every day, you realize technology is actually a vital part of day-to-day operations in the industry. (more…)
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  • 6 Ways to Make Your HVAC Last 8 Times Longer (Without an entire HVAC Retrofit)

    February 10, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
     The HVAC systems that heat and cool your buildings cost about $5,000 per ton to implement. Let’s break that down:   1 ton = 12,000 Btu/hr = 3.516 kW   Depending on the size of the building, HVAC system sizes. (more…)
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  • Raise the Bar and Start Using LEED v4 Now

    February 3, 2015 | Meredith Marsh
    Guest author: Meredith Marsh, Green Building Consultant for Baumann Consulting Now that 2015 is well under way (and your New Year’s resolutions have perhaps already been broken), it’s a great time to set up some more permanent goals for the future. Here’s why you should pursue the LEED Version 4 rating system with your next green building project. (more…)
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  • Do You Need to Integrate Your BMS With Your Data Collection System?

    January 29, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    There are several ways to monitor your energy consumption, ranging from annual benchmarking to real-time energy data. Some solutions are more expensive than others, some are more granular, and some are more accessible. Choosing a solution all depends on what you’re looking for. (more…)
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  • Are Falling Energy Prices Cause for Celebration?

    January 22, 2015 | Revell Horsey
    Guest Author: Revell Horsey, Advisor at Aquicore with expertise in business strategy, financial management, operational management, and talent planning. January in the Northeast has been damn cold! Braving sub-zero wind chill temperatures, I realized last weekend that my home oil tank was in need of a refill. (more…)
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  • How to Get Commercial Real Estate Pros to Actually Use New Technology

    January 15, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Over the last month, there has been a lively conversation on LinkedIn, discussing how to get people to actually use new technology, specifically in commercial real estate. We seem to be quick to adopt new technology in our personal lives, but less willing to adopt it at work. As a manager, this may be concerning as you try to keep your team progressive and productive. (more…)
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  • Why You Should Make Energy Efficiency Your New Year’s Resolution

    January 8, 2015 | Samantha Dubrow
    Guest coauthor: Meredith Marsh, Green Building Consultant for Baumann Consulting If we’re guessing correctly, you made a few resolutions last week. Maybe they were to go to the gym more, eat healthier, call your parents more often, or argue with your significant other less. (more…)
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  • Top Myths About Energy Efficiency

    December 23, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    We all want to do things that are good for the environment. Reducing our carbon footprint would be great. If it didn’t take any time, money, or effort, we’d all be wholehearted advocates. (more…)
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  • Remind Your Tenants to Unplug for Winter Break!

    December 18, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Christmas and New Years are coming up, and you know what that means. Besides the fact that you will soon be stuffed and unable to move, stuck on the couch thinking about New Years resolutions, this week also means your office buildings will be empty for a few extra days. (more…)
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  • How The Magic Happens: Power Meters and Pulse Meters to Collect Energy Data

    December 11, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    We spend a lot of time discussing the need to get energy data out of the basement. We’ve explained the differences between traditional, web-enabled, and wireless meters, and how these technologies are industry game changers.   (more…)
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  • How to Choose: Traditional Meters, Web-Enabled Meters, or Wireless Meters

    December 5, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Whether your goal is to extract energy data from an existing building or to design the metering architecture for a new building, it is important to be familiar with available technologies. (more…)
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  • Remind Your Tenants to Unplug for Turkey Day!

    November 23, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Turkey Day is coming, and you know what that means. Besides the fact that you will soon be stuffed and unable to move, stuck on the couch watching football, Thanksgiving also means your office buildings will be empty for a few extra days. (more…)
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  • 4 Ways Property Managers are Underappreciated Rockstars

    November 20, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Guest coauthor: Kelly Adighije, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Baumann Consulting Every building has a property manager, and whether we realize it or not, we interact with them every day. For tenants, they make sure the building is comfortable and running smoothly. They make a continuous effort to minimize tenant complaints, by addressing issues before their full impact is felt. (more…)
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  • Tenant Satisfaction is the Secret to Cut Energy Costs this Winter

    November 13, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Tenant satisfaction is always one of your priorities, but it’s not always your top priority. When something goes wrong in your building, you’ll be the first to hear complaints, and sometimes you have to pick your battles for which complaints to attend to immediately and which ones can wait. (more…)
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  • Prepare Your Buildings for Winter: Nighttime Setbacks, Freeze Protection, and Ventilation Schedules

    November 4, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Featuring insights from Lee Dunfee, Cassidy Turley’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Operations.   It’s the first week of November, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Last week it was 80 degrees in DC, and this week it’s been in the mid 60s. This abnormality makes it challenging to decide when to switch over to winter building operating schedules. However, it does give a few extra weeks to make sure you’re fully prepared to work efficiently this winter. (more…)
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  • 5 Innovative Technologies that are Changing How We Consume Energy

    October 30, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and every company has a different way of going about it. From solar panels to LED lights to thermostats that automatically control office temperature, there are dozens of ways to take advantage of technologies that will increase efficiency in your buildings, and reduce consumption costs. Below you will find six innovative technologies, summarizing what they do, and why we think they’re awesome! (more…)
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  • Maintaining an Energy Efficient Old Building is Easier Than You Think

    October 28, 2014 | Caroline Lane
    When you think of older buildings, do you consider them to be good candidates for energy efficiency improvements? Many people don’t, due to the misconception that investments would not be cost-effective. (more…)
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  • Get Energy Rebates While You Still Can

    October 23, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    What is the difference between investing in energy projects now, versus investing five years from now? The first two answers are simple. In five years: you’ll have had some time to work an energy project into your budget, and you’ll have missed five years of savings while waiting. (more…)
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  • 5 Simple Steps to Energy Efficiency in Buildings

    October 22, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
      It may feel like there are a lot of roadblocks between you and energy efficiency. Working with your team to find ways to finance energy projects isn’t easy, but once (more…)
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  • Property Managers: Where Were You During the Tornado Watch Today?

    October 15, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Today I was walking back from lunch when the sky lit up, followed by a crash of thunder a few seconds later. (more…)
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  • Technological Keys to Centralized Portfolio Data

    October 14, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Energy data can be extracted from buildings in a few different ways. Historically, the Building Management System (BMS) has stored all of the data in the basement of the building, requiring an engineer to manually read the LED screen to collect the data. (more…)
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  • Aquicore’s First High Energy Happy Hour!

    October 13, 2014 | Caroline Lane
    Last Wednesday, Aquicore’s first High Energy Happy Hour started off October with a bang. At the Downtown Renaissance Hotel in DC, we were given a cap of 150 guests, yet more than 180 people attended. (more…)
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  • [Case Studies] The Monetary Value of Real-Time Commissioning

    October 7, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Industry leaders with large building portfolios, such as Microsoft, Google, and Vornado, all centralize their energy data. Data centralization allows them to view their entire portfolio in one place and work with their team to collaborate on commissioning projects. (more…)
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  • [Expert Testimonials] Why Real Estate Owners are Hesitant to Invest in Energy Efficiency

    September 30, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    In the past two weeks, a LinkedIn discussion on the BOMA (Buiding Owners and Managers Association International) group page received over 50 comments. (more…)
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  • Startups and Micro-Offices: How They Impact Your Bottom Line

    September 23, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Kids just aren’t like they used to be. Seriously, how many three-year-olds do you know who can work an iPad better than you can? (more…)
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  • [Video]: How Cassidy Turley Saved 42% on its Energy Bill

    September 17, 2014 | Caroline Lane
    Whoever says that Energy Efficiency doesn’t pay back hasn’t met Lee Dunfee, VP of Engineering Operations at Cassidy Turley. (more…)
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  • Use Measurement and Verification to Justify Energy Project Financing

    September 9, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. Likewise, you need energy efficiency to save money, but you need money to finance energy efficiency projects. These double-edged swords keep us from progressing in every industry, and energy projects tend to get the boot in these dilemmas. (more…)
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  • Real-Time Data vs. Interval Data: Why Your Energy Data Matters

    August 20, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    When it comes to energy management, you often hear about “real-time data.” Real-time data has two parts: (1) Data is collected from your meters several thousand times each second, and (2) you get access to that data immediately. (more…)
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  • 7 Steps to Get Your Team On Board to Invest in Energy Efficiency

    August 13, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Every building owner, facility manager, building engineer, and tenant wants to live in and operate an efficient building. Efficiency isn’t the problem – getting there is. Past the low-cost initial changes that can be made in buildings to decrease utility bills, it can be challenging to pull your team together to plan and finance energy-saving projects. (more…)
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  • Increase Savings with Centralized Energy Data

    August 6, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    If you’re reading this, chances are you and your company own more than one building. Real-time data is a great way to gain granular insight into your buildings’ operating behavior, but having too much unorganized data can be overwhelming. Overwhelming data is nearly impossible to take action on, defeating the purpose of real-time data in the first place. (more…)
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  • How to Avoid the Most Expensive Energy Cost: Peak Demand

    August 6, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Every month, your utility bills have two primary charges: (1) consumption and (2) demand. Consumption, or power, is measured in kWh, and you are charged for the amount of energy you use over the course of the month. Demand, on the other hand, is measured in kW, and represents the highest amount of power you use at a given time. (more…)
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  • Submetered Tenant Billing is Your Secret Weapon for Improving Profits

    July 29, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Over the years, having “utilities included” in monthly rent has had a positive connotation. Utilities included meant tenants didn’t have to worry about monthly fluctuation in their bills, and building owners didn’t have to deal with separating consumption data to bill each tenant differently. (more…)
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  • Top 4 Reasons to Keep Analyzing Real-Time Data After Initial Energy Savings

    July 26, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    So you got real-time data, made scheduling changes in your buildings, lowered your baseload, and implemented HVAC lockouts. After just three months, you’ve already received a full ROI on meter implementation and the cost of your energy management software. So, what incentive do you have to keep paying for and analyzing real-time data? You fixed your building, so why do you need to keep monitoring it? (more…)
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  • 5 Operating Changes That Will Make Your Buildings Energy Efficient

    July 21, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Are you looking to decrease utility bills, increase tenant satisfaction, or lengthen the life expectancy for your building equipment? This is the ultimate guide for easily reducing your energy consumption. Plus, it’ll tell you how real-time data can help you monitor your progress and make sure scheduling and equipment don’t go out of whack. (more…)
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  • 3 Submetering Game Changers Facility Managers Should Take Advantage Of

    July 16, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Content provided by Sam Dib, Aquicore’s VP of Operations Historically, granular energy data provided by submetering has been reserved for very large and complex buildings that require the ability to separate out the components of their energy spending. Even though smaller buildings would have benefited from getting granular energy data from submetering, it wasn’t a financially viable option until recently. (more…)
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  • Opower and Aquicore Discuss State and Challenges of Energy Efficiency

    July 8, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    “When I first started trying to figure out how to get access to building energy data, I was in a building with an engineer, and his way of getting data was to wake up in the morning, grab his cup of coffee, go down to the basement, and physically read the utility meter LED screen. He was a great engineer because he was going down to collect the data every morning, but this proved that getting data out of buildings is still a significant problem.” – Logan Soya, Aquicore CEO (more…)
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  • How Effectively Are You Managing Energy Data for Your Building Porfolio?

    July 7, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    What methods are you currently using to control energy consumption across your building portfolio?   Do you compare your utility bills every month, or do you have centralized real-time data for your buildings? The more advanced your solution, the easier it is to control your energy spending. (more…)
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  • DC Building Owners, NOW is Time to Increase Your Energy Star Score

    July 3, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Back in 2008, Washington, D.C.’s District Department of the Environment (DDOE) passed the Clean & Affordable Energy Act, mandating that specific buildings report their energy benchmarking data. (more…)
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  • Help! Is Energy Star Benchmarking Required for My Buildings?

    June 24, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Over the last decade, cities and states have taken a huge step forward in holding their residents accountable for the energy efficiency of their buildings. Many cities have introduced annual competitions, rewarding the most sustainable buildings. Additionally, building owners have taken action to reduce their consumption as well as their utility bills. (more…)
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  • What Your Utility Bill Doesn’t Tell You: The Value of Real-Time Energy Data

    June 23, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    How much information do you really get from reading your utility bills every month? Well it really depends on how closely you read them, or if you just write a check for the total balance. (more…)
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  • Why You Should Increase Your Energy Star Score

    June 14, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    Energy Star is the most recognizable program for ranking energy efficiency for anything from electrical appliances to buildings. Its Portfolio Manager tool generates a score for each of your buildings on a scale from 0 – 100, which represents its efficiency compared to similar buildings. (more…)
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  • 5 Ways Your Buildings Might Be Wasting Energy, Without You Noticing

    June 10, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    It’s summer again, and summer means blasting air conditioning. Women at work shiver in their dresses while men sweat in their suits. No one is happy. And, as we all know, air conditioning certainly isn’t free. (more…)
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  • Why You Should Be Using Energy Star’s Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator

    May 28, 2014 | Samantha Dubrow
    So you’ve decided that you want to implement an energy efficiency project, whether it is lighting, heating, or retro-commissioning. The problem with these projects is, although they will save you money in the long run, they are expensive up front. In order to encourage building owners to improve their energy efficiency, Energy Star has developed a tool that allows you to calculate the costs of delaying energy projects, depending on fluctuating interest rates. (more…)
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  • Submetering is a Great Tool – But It Doesn’t Come Easily

    April 18, 2014 | Aquicore
    The granularity of energy data provided by submetering technology is becoming more and more appreciated by building managers and owners. (more…)
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  • LEED V4 is Here…Here’s Why You Should Care

    April 18, 2014 | Brenden McEneaney
    LEED v4 Expands and Improves The LEED rating system is the most widely used green building rating system for commercial buildings. Last year, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the USGBC announced the launch of LEED v4, the newest update to the rating system. (more…)
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  • The Value of Smart Cities

    April 15, 2014 | Mark Waks
    Enabling Smart Cities and Smart Buildings is a cornerstone of Aquicore’s capabilities. The ability to collect real-time and actionable information about city infrastructure is revealed in a couple recent articles which bring up some great points that we’ve been focusing on here while hard at work… (more…)
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  • White House Releases Memorandum to Expand Green Button Capabilities

    December 6, 2013 | Caroline Lane
    Powerful news today about opening access to energy data! (more…)
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  • Everything Will Be Connected. Soon.

    October 3, 2013 | Mark Waks
    As obvious proponents and evangelists of the “Internet of Things,” we at Aquicore found this article to be insightful. (more…)
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  • Building Managers + Engineers Ready for Innovation

    September 29, 2013 | Mark Waks
    When we meet with clients I am always gratified by how excited they are when they demo our software. This excitement makes sense, of course.  Often times these clients are used to managing enormous and diverse portfolios of commercial buildings with antiquated tools that are clumsy and frustrating to use. (more…)
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  • BECO Summer Heat Wave Case Study

    August 30, 2013 | Logan Soya
    During the week of July 15th, most people in the mid-Atlantic area were complaining about the heat – and rightly so. Temperatures were reaching record highs, with the heat index (a measure of human-perceived temperature) peaking at 115 degrees Fahrenheit. (more…)
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  • Tricks to Get Ahead for EPA’s Battle of the Buildings!

    August 3, 2013 | Samantha Dubrow
    You may have noticed that there’s been a lot of hype about Energy Star’s Battle of the Buildings this month. The competition actually started back in January, but they’re starting to publicize it now, in July, to galvanize the competition. (more…)
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  • Energy Star Compliance is a Growing Requirement for Building Managers

    March 1, 2013 | Logan Soya
    We’ve all probably seen the blue Energy Star logo tacked onto our appliances in the US – a wildly popular tool to help us assess which appliances are more energy efficient than others. (more…)
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