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Why Green Buildings Are Rarely As Efficient As Promised

One of the most consistent, most frustrating problems in the building operations world is just how infrequently buildings in the real world live up to the operational efficiency promised on the drawing board. In real estate, this is so common that we’ve given the discrepancy a name: We call it the “efficiency gap”. Nailing down …

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5 Reasons to do Energy Benchmarking with Energy Star

Energy Star is the most well-known and well-used standard for benchmarking building energy performance in the world. Since the program’s American debut in 1992, it has been adopted in Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the European Union. Reporting energy efficiency through Energy Star is generally voluntary for commercial buildings, but many choose to …

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Indoor CO2 Levels May Be Putting Your Tenants To Sleep

Think back to high school, during that last class of the day when heads start to drop. Everyone knows that feeling: You catch yourself falling asleep for an instant and waking up just before your head hits the desk. Whether it’s down to more reasonable sleep schedules or the vast quantities of coffee drunk in …

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What is Measurement and Verification?

Measurement and Verification, frequently abbreviated M&V, is a process for quantifying the precise impact on energy use of a conservation measure. It is an essential process for buildings investing in efficiency because it puts numbers to a difficult-to-quantify process and makes it easy to calculate the economic impact of an investment. One important thing to …

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Answering IoT challenges in commercial real estate with the blockchain

This blog post draws on research Aquicore conducted for its 2017 whitepaper CRE Tech Horizons: Infrastructure.  — As the internet continues its inexorable takeover of every aspect of our daily lives, more and more devices are being connected to it. We call this trend, which networks refrigerators, HVAC systems, and water meters alike, the ‘internet …

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3 Global Trends Emerging from 2016 GRESB Results

If your firm hasn’t already worked with GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) you likely soon will. As the name implies, GRESB benchmarks sustainability across real estate portfolios. (Not familiar with GRESB? This summary guide can help get you up to speed.) Last week, GRESB released their annual assessment results and some key, global trends …

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