Energy & Real Estate Dictionary

  • Assembly Bill 1103

    Assembly Bill 1103 mandates non-residential buildings in California must publicly disclose their energy benchmarking and disclosure data

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  • Automated Meter Reading

    With web-enabled meters, data collection does not need to be manual.

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  • Automated Tenant Bill Back

    Automated tenant bill-back allows you to bill your tenants every month for the energy they consumed without having to manually read submeters to calculate bills

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  • BACnet

    BACnet systems automate much of the activity related to a facility’s energy usage, including common functions such as scheduling, trend logs, and reports.

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  • Baseload

    A building’s baseload is measured by the number of kWh used while the building is unoccupied.

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  • Benchmarking

    Benchmarking is a way to track building performance over time.

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  • BMS Integration

    BMS Integration is the process of combining data from utility meters with building control systems.

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  • Building Automation System (BAS)

    The BAS (a.k.a. Building Automation System) operates the controls of a building.

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  • Building Envelope

    The building envelope refers to the design and construction of the building’s exterior.

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  • Building Load curve

    The building load curve is a graph showing the total amount of energy a building consumes for both mechanical and thermal needs over time.

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  • Building Lockout

    Building lockouts ensure that heaters and chillers do not run at the same time.

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  • Building Management System (BMS)

    The Building Management System (BMS) operates the controls of a building.

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  • California Water Rationing

    Due to the drought in California, the state has mandated each of its 411 water districts reduce water consumption by 25%.

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  • Centralized Energy Data

    Centralized energy data comes in two parts. First, it allows energy data from entire building portfolios to be viewed in one place.

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  • Cloud

    The cloud is a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

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  • Coincident Runs

    Coincident runs occur when heaters and chillers are operating in the same building at the same time.

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  • Continuous Commissioning

    Continuous commissioning (also known as real-time commissioning) is the process of consistently upgrading your buildings so they can maintain their efficiency and performance instead of slowly diminishing over time.

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  • Current Transformers (CTs)

    Current transformers (CTs) are electrical devices that produce an alternating current.

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  • Data-Driven Facility Operations

    Facility operations often consist of putting out fires. From fixing broken equipment to replying to tenant requests, the role can be more defensive than proactive.

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  • Economizer

    In order to adhere to air quality standards for commercial buildings, they must use economizers to control the amount of fresh air that comes into the buildings.

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  • ENERGY Certification

    Buildings with an Energy Star Score of 75 or higher are Energy Star Certified, and receive a plaque to display on their buildings.

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  • Energy Conservation Measure

    ECMs are any projects that are set to save energy.

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  • Energy Dashboard

    An energy dashboard is an online platform that allows you to see all of your energy consumption data.

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  • Energy Data

    Data points showing how much energy (water, gas, or electric) is being consumed in a given place at a certain time.

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  • Energy Efficiency

    Energy efficiency is a way of reducing total energy consumption without sacrificing comfort.

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  • Energy Efficiency Tax Credit

    Tax credits from state and municipal governments are incentives provided to help companies get over the financial hurdle of adopting energy efficiency retrofits.

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  • Energy Intensity

    Energy intensity is the amount of energy consumed per square foot in a building.

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  • Energy Management Software

    Energy Management Software allows entire teams to access their building’s real-time energy data from a cloud-based platform through any internet connection, regardless of physical location.

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  • Energy Management System

    An energy management system is a set of software tools used to monitor, control, and analyze a building’s energy consumption

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  • Energy Monitoring

    Energy monitoring is the act of collecting real-time or interval energy data, so it can be managed efficiently.

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  • Energy Optimization

    Energy optimization is a form of energy efficiency that can be done without any upfront costs.

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  • Energy Rebates

    Many utility companies currently offer rebates when buildings invest in energy projects.

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  • Energy Services Performance Contract

    An energy services company (ESCO) can set up an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for a client in which the ESCO assesses energy savings opportunities.

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  • Energy Star Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator

    Energy Star’s Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator is a budgeting tool that helps you figure out when to invest in energy projects.

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  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager

    ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager is an interactive resource management tool that enables you to track and assess electricity and water use across your entire portfolio of buildings in a centralized, secure online platform.

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  • Energy Star Score

    Energy Star is the most recognizable program for ranking energy efficiency, from electrical appliances to buildings.

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  • Flow Meter

    Flow meters measure the rate at which water flows through a pipe, usually by gallons consumed per minute in US commercial buildings.

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  • Flow Meter

    Flow meters are used to collect information about water consumption, measured in gallons.

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  • Free Cooling

    Free cooling systems aim to decrease chillers’ energy consumption by using a controlled amount of external air to create chilled water used for cooling the space appropriately.

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  • Freeze Protection

    During the winter, there is a careful balance between not overheating buildings at night and preventing equipment from freezing.

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  • Full Gross Lease

    With a full gross lease, tenants pay one monthly price for rent, including all of their utilities, taxes, and insurance.

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  • Gas Meter

    Gas meters collect real-time data about gas consumption in buildings.

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  • Gas Submeter

    Gas submeters collect real-time data about gas consumption in buildings.

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  • Gateway

    A gateway communicates data to the internet through a wired connection.

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  • Green Building

    Green buildings are constructed with some sort of energy, water, or gas efficiency measures.

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  • Green Button

    Green Button is a program launched by the Department of Energy that allows utility consumers to download their energy consumption data online through a secure platform.

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  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions are gases such as carbon or methane that contribute to global climate change.

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  • GRESB

    The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of public, private and direct real estate portfolios around the world.

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  • Historical Consumption Data

    Historical consumption data is any utility meter data from the past that recorded electricity, water, or gas consumption information over a certain period of time.

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  • HVAC

    An acronym for “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning,” this heating and cooling system regulates the temperature of indoor spaces.

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  • Ideal Energy Curve

    An ideal energy curve is an optimized consumption trend for energy savings given a particular set of parameters.

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  • Internet of Things (IoT)

    Internet of Things refers to everyday devices that communicate to the internet through a wired or wireless connection. 

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  • Interval Data

    Interval data provides information on meter consumption by reading the pulse of the meter at a certain interval (usually every 15-60 minutes).

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  • LEED v4

    LEED v4 is an updated LEED standard that includes more market sectors, a stronger emphasis on indoor environmental quality and human health, and an increased focus on how buildings need to demonstrate their performance through energy and water metering.

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  • Measurement and Verification

    The process for quantifying energy savings that a particular energy conservation measure or attempt has created.

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  • Mesh Network

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology.

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  • Meter Agnostic

    The ability to extract data from any type of meter.

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  • Modbus

    Modbus is a communication protocol. It uses packets of information that holds data pertinent to a meter.

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  • Modified Gross Lease

    Title 24 is California’s building code that is updated once every three years, and is often referred to as the “energy code.”

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  • Net of Electric Lease

    A net of electric lease is a leasing structure where tenants pay for their utilities separately from their rent.

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  • Nighttime Setbacks

    The unoccupied temperature of a building during the winter can be set to 8-10 degrees cooler than its occupied temperature without causing any damage to the building.

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  • Nodes

    Nodes are data collectors, such as utility meters, that record information and send it to an energy management platform so the data can be actionable and useful.

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  • NOI (Net Operating Income)

    Net Operating Income, or NOI, is the calculated amount earned through an investment property, independent of external factors such as financing and income taxes.

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  • Occupancy Rate

    The percent of a building that is occupied at specific time.

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  • On-Bill Financing

    On-bill financing is a financing structure where utility companies offer loans to their customers for energy efficiency projects.

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  • Operating Schedule

    A building’s operating schedule is the timing of when the building starts up and shuts down, including both HVAC and lighting.

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  • Operational Stray

    Operational stray occurs when the way a building runs slowly loses optimal settings. This high baseload leads to unnecessary consumption of utilities and inefficient operations.

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  • PACE Financing

    Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs allow select financiers to provide loans for approved projects.

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  • Peak Demand

    Peak demand is the additional demand price for their highest point of consumption on the billing ticket.

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  • Peak Load

    Peak load is the maximum or highest demand of electric power over an extended period of time.

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  • Portfolio

    Group of buildings owned or managed by a particular company or municipality.

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  • Power Meter

    A power meter is a meter that collects data about electricity consumption in kilowatts (kW).

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  • Pulse Meter

    Pulse meters that can be connected to a power or flow meter to collect pulses that correspond to a certain amount of energy (kWh) or flow (GPM/CFM)

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  • Real-Time Alert

    Real-time alerts can warn you immediately if there is irregular consumption of electricity, water, or gas in one of your buildings.

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  • Real-Time Commissioning

    Real-time commissioning (aka continuous commissioning) is the process of constantly upgrading your building’s equipment to maximize efficiency and performance, instead of allowing them to slowly diminishing over time.

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  • Real-Time Energy Data

    Real-time energy data is utility information collected from electric, water, or gas sources.

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  • Real-Time Monitoring

    Real-time monitoring is the process of collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing real-time data.

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  • Retrocommissiong

    The process of identifying inefficient areas in a building and then making adjustments to improve efficiency

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  • Retrofit

    Retrofits of existing buildings upgrade the energy performance of commercial building assets for their ongoing life by updating a piece of equipment to keep the unit running or fully replacing the outdated unit.

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  • Riser Diagram

    A riser diagram is a map of the electrical system for a building.

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  • Shoulder Months

    The shoulder months are the months of the year when it is between 45 and 65 degrees outside.

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  • Smart Meter

    Many utility companies now offer smart meters. Smart meters record electricity data once every fifteen minutes to once every hour.

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  • Software-As-A-Service (SaaS)

    Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a business model where software is licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted online.

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  • Submeter

    A submeter is a device that can be connected to any source in a building so real-time data can be collected.

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  • Submetering

    Submetering can be used to collect real-time energy data from any source in a building.

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  • Submetering Tenants

    Having separate meters for each of your tenant spaces. This can be used for triple net billing.

    ...Learn More
  • Sustainable Energy Utility Financing

    Sustainable Energy Utilities (SEU) are a new type of collective organized by state or municipal governments to help businesses and residents in their jurisdictions find appropriate financing mechanisms for approved energy efficiency projects.

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  • Tenant Bill-Back Calculator

    The tenant bill-back calculator is an Excel calculator that helps you transfer your leases from full gross to triple net.

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  • Tenant Billing

    Tenant billing depends on a building’s leasing structure.

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  • Tenant Engagement

    Tenant engagement encompasses education and behavior change strategies directed towards people who use the building.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Star

    Tenant star is a tenant-focused version of EPA’s Energy Star Certification that recognizes efficient and effective tenant spaces.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Submetering

    Utility submetering is the installation of meters by an entity other than the utility company to allow a manager of a multi-tenant property to see individual energy consumption for specific tenants.  

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Submetering Calculator

    The tenant submetering calculator is an Excel calculator that helps you transfer your leases from full gross to triple net.

    ...Learn More
  • Title 24 California Building Code

    Title 24 is California’s building code that is updated once every three years, and is often referred to as the “energy code.

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  • Triple Net Lease

    A triple net lease is a leasing structure where tenants pay for utilities, taxes, and insurance separate from their rent.

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  • Ultrasound Meters

    A type of non-invasive flow meter that measures the velocity of water flowing through a pipe in real-time to determine the volume consumed.

    ...Learn More
  • Utility Incentives Programs

    Utility Incentives Programs are offered by utility companies to provide financial incentives for energy efficiency projects.

    ...Learn More
  • Utility Meter Data

    Utility meter data is the information read directly from your utility meter. This can be presented at various intervals, depending on the setting.

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  • Water Meter

    A water meter measures the amount of water consumed by a building.

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  • Water Meter Registry

    The water meter register keeps track of how many cubic feet of water that has passed through the meter.

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  • Weather Normalization

    Weather normalization is a process that adjusts actual energy consumption or peak outcomes to what would have happened under normal weather conditions.

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  • Web Enabled Meter

    Web-enabled meters translate pulse outputs onto the web to a software platform.

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  • Wireless Meter

    Wireless meters are a step above web-enabled meters.

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  • Zigbee

    ZigBee is a wireless language that everyday devices use to communicate with one another.

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  • Cloud

    The cloud is a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.

    ...Learn More
  • Current Transformers (CTs)

    Current transformers (CTs) are electrical devices that produce an alternating current.

    ...Learn More
  • Coincident Runs

    Coincident runs occur when heaters and chillers are operating in the same building at the same time.

    ...Learn More
  • Centralized Energy Data

    Centralized energy data comes in two parts. First, it allows energy data from entire building portfolios to be viewed in one place.

    ...Learn More
  • Continuous Commissioning

    Continuous commissioning (also known as real-time commissioning) is the process of consistently upgrading your buildings so they can maintain their efficiency and performance instead of slowly diminishing over time.

    ...Learn More
  • California Water Rationing

    Due to the drought in California, the state has mandated each of its 411 water districts reduce water consumption by 25%.

    ...Learn More
  • Data-Driven Facility Operations

    Facility operations often consist of putting out fires. From fixing broken equipment to replying to tenant requests, the role can be more defensive than proactive.

    ...Learn More
  • Flow Meter

    Flow meters measure the rate at which water flows through a pipe, usually by gallons consumed per minute in US commercial buildings.

    ...Learn More
  • Free Cooling

    Free cooling systems aim to decrease chillers’ energy consumption by using a controlled amount of external air to create chilled water used for cooling the space appropriately.

    ...Learn More
  • Flow Meter

    Flow meters are used to collect information about water consumption, measured in gallons.

    ...Learn More
  • Full Gross Lease

    With a full gross lease, tenants pay one monthly price for rent, including all of their utilities, taxes, and insurance.

    ...Learn More
  • Freeze Protection

    During the winter, there is a careful balance between not overheating buildings at night and preventing equipment from freezing.

    ...Learn More
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Greenhouse Gas Emissions are gases such as carbon or methane that contribute to global climate change.

    ...Learn More
  • GRESB

    The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) is an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of public, private and direct real estate portfolios around the world.

    ...Learn More
  • Gateway

    A gateway communicates data to the internet through a wired connection.

    ...Learn More
  • Green Button

    Green Button is a program launched by the Department of Energy that allows utility consumers to download their energy consumption data online through a secure platform.

    ...Learn More
  • Gas Submeter

    Gas submeters collect real-time data about gas consumption in buildings.

    ...Learn More
  • Green Building

    Green buildings are constructed with some sort of energy, water, or gas efficiency measures.

    ...Learn More
  • Gas Meter

    Gas meters collect real-time data about gas consumption in buildings.

    ...Learn More
  • Historical Consumption Data

    Historical consumption data is any utility meter data from the past that recorded electricity, water, or gas consumption information over a certain period of time.

    ...Learn More
  • HVAC

    An acronym for “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning,” this heating and cooling system regulates the temperature of indoor spaces.

    ...Learn More
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

    Internet of Things refers to everyday devices that communicate to the internet through a wired or wireless connection. 

    ...Learn More
  • Ideal Energy Curve

    An ideal energy curve is an optimized consumption trend for energy savings given a particular set of parameters.

    ...Learn More
  • Interval Data

    Interval data provides information on meter consumption by reading the pulse of the meter at a certain interval (usually every 15-60 minutes).

    ...Learn More
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  • LEED v4

    LEED v4 is an updated LEED standard that includes more market sectors, a stronger emphasis on indoor environmental quality and human health, and an increased focus on how buildings need to demonstrate their performance through energy and water metering.

    ...Learn More
  • Modbus

    Modbus is a communication protocol. It uses packets of information that holds data pertinent to a meter.

    ...Learn More
  • Mesh Network

    A wireless mesh network (WMN) is a communications network made up of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology.

    ...Learn More
  • Meter Agnostic

    The ability to extract data from any type of meter.

    ...Learn More
  • Modified Gross Lease

    Title 24 is California’s building code that is updated once every three years, and is often referred to as the “energy code.”

    ...Learn More
  • Measurement and Verification

    The process for quantifying energy savings that a particular energy conservation measure or attempt has created.

    ...Learn More
  • Nodes

    Nodes are data collectors, such as utility meters, that record information and send it to an energy management platform so the data can be actionable and useful.

    ...Learn More
  • NOI (Net Operating Income)

    Net Operating Income, or NOI, is the calculated amount earned through an investment property, independent of external factors such as financing and income taxes.

    ...Learn More
  • Net of Electric Lease

    A net of electric lease is a leasing structure where tenants pay for their utilities separately from their rent.

    ...Learn More
  • Nighttime Setbacks

    The unoccupied temperature of a building during the winter can be set to 8-10 degrees cooler than its occupied temperature without causing any damage to the building.

    ...Learn More
  • On-Bill Financing

    On-bill financing is a financing structure where utility companies offer loans to their customers for energy efficiency projects.

    ...Learn More
  • Operating Schedule

    A building’s operating schedule is the timing of when the building starts up and shuts down, including both HVAC and lighting.

    ...Learn More
  • Operational Stray

    Operational stray occurs when the way a building runs slowly loses optimal settings. This high baseload leads to unnecessary consumption of utilities and inefficient operations.

    ...Learn More
  • Occupancy Rate

    The percent of a building that is occupied at specific time.

    ...Learn More
  • PACE Financing

    Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs allow select financiers to provide loans for approved projects.

    ...Learn More
  • Pulse Meter

    Pulse meters that can be connected to a power or flow meter to collect pulses that correspond to a certain amount of energy (kWh) or flow (GPM/CFM)

    ...Learn More
  • Peak Load

    Peak load is the maximum or highest demand of electric power over an extended period of time.

    ...Learn More
  • Portfolio

    Group of buildings owned or managed by a particular company or municipality.

    ...Learn More
  • Power Meter

    A power meter is a meter that collects data about electricity consumption in kilowatts (kW).

    ...Learn More
  • Peak Demand

    Peak demand is the additional demand price for their highest point of consumption on the billing ticket.

    ...Learn More
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  • Retrofit

    Retrofits of existing buildings upgrade the energy performance of commercial building assets for their ongoing life by updating a piece of equipment to keep the unit running or fully replacing the outdated unit.

    ...Learn More
  • Riser Diagram

    A riser diagram is a map of the electrical system for a building.

    ...Learn More
  • Real-Time Monitoring

    Real-time monitoring is the process of collecting, synthesizing, and analyzing real-time data.

    ...Learn More
  • Retrocommissiong

    The process of identifying inefficient areas in a building and then making adjustments to improve efficiency

    ...Learn More
  • Real-Time Energy Data

    Real-time energy data is utility information collected from electric, water, or gas sources.

    ...Learn More
  • Real-Time Commissioning

    Real-time commissioning (aka continuous commissioning) is the process of constantly upgrading your building’s equipment to maximize efficiency and performance, instead of allowing them to slowly diminishing over time.

    ...Learn More
  • Real-Time Alert

    Real-time alerts can warn you immediately if there is irregular consumption of electricity, water, or gas in one of your buildings.

    ...Learn More
  • Sustainable Energy Utility Financing

    Sustainable Energy Utilities (SEU) are a new type of collective organized by state or municipal governments to help businesses and residents in their jurisdictions find appropriate financing mechanisms for approved energy efficiency projects.

    ...Learn More
  • Software-As-A-Service (SaaS)

    Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is a business model where software is licensed on a subscription basis and centrally hosted online.

    ...Learn More
  • Submetering

    Submetering can be used to collect real-time energy data from any source in a building.

    ...Learn More
  • Submeter

    A submeter is a device that can be connected to any source in a building so real-time data can be collected.

    ...Learn More
  • Shoulder Months

    The shoulder months are the months of the year when it is between 45 and 65 degrees outside.

    ...Learn More
  • Submetering Tenants

    Having separate meters for each of your tenant spaces. This can be used for triple net billing.

    ...Learn More
  • Smart Meter

    Many utility companies now offer smart meters. Smart meters record electricity data once every fifteen minutes to once every hour.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Submetering

    Utility submetering is the installation of meters by an entity other than the utility company to allow a manager of a multi-tenant property to see individual energy consumption for specific tenants.  

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Engagement

    Tenant engagement encompasses education and behavior change strategies directed towards people who use the building.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Star

    Tenant star is a tenant-focused version of EPA’s Energy Star Certification that recognizes efficient and effective tenant spaces.

    ...Learn More
  • Title 24 California Building Code

    Title 24 is California’s building code that is updated once every three years, and is often referred to as the “energy code.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Submetering Calculator

    The tenant submetering calculator is an Excel calculator that helps you transfer your leases from full gross to triple net.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Billing

    Tenant billing depends on a building’s leasing structure.

    ...Learn More
  • Triple Net Lease

    A triple net lease is a leasing structure where tenants pay for utilities, taxes, and insurance separate from their rent.

    ...Learn More
  • Tenant Bill-Back Calculator

    The tenant bill-back calculator is an Excel calculator that helps you transfer your leases from full gross to triple net.

    ...Learn More
  • Utility Incentives Programs

    Utility Incentives Programs are offered by utility companies to provide financial incentives for energy efficiency projects.

    ...Learn More
  • Ultrasound Meters

    A type of non-invasive flow meter that measures the velocity of water flowing through a pipe in real-time to determine the volume consumed.

    ...Learn More
  • Utility Meter Data

    Utility meter data is the information read directly from your utility meter. This can be presented at various intervals, depending on the setting.

    ...Learn More
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  • Zigbee

    ZigBee is a wireless language that everyday devices use to communicate with one another.

    ...Learn More
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