How to Start a Green Buildings Program: Part 2
“Sustainability is the long-term goal and green buildings are one of the ways to get there... the briefest definition of green buildings is that they are common sense buildings.”
A guest post from NYSERDA’s Craig Kneeland
How to Benchmark Your Buildings
Benchmarking compares the energy performance of one building to a set of other similar buildings. It does not save energy directly, but can give you an idea if behavior change or technological investments could impact your building's performance.
Building Automation System Overview
It takes ingenuity to control mechanical equipment optimally. Building automation systems are a key component in assuring that mechanical equipment is operating properly and identfying which energy saving measures to take.
How to Start a Green Buildings Program
New York State's Green Buildings Program uses utility ratepayer and federal funds to make buildings environmentally responsible, economically viable, and healthy places in which to work. Founder Craig Kneeland tells the story of how it began.
SkyView Data Mapping
Maps are a classic information design strategy for communicating data with geographical attributes.
One-Stop Efficiency Shop® Customer Profile
When the energy community talks about the “small commercial” sector, we lump together a huge assortment of businesses.
Gospel of Public Art
"With the world in crisis and people looking for solutions, it’s no surprise that artists like these are employing their creative talents to raise questions and address challenging issues. Good public art is not just about looking good."
A guest post from Jack Becker of Forecast Public Art.
Behind the Facade of Multifamily Financing
An interview with Andy Padian about his experiences financing energy efficiency projects and mentoring future leaders in sustainability.
Advances in Spray Foam
Senior Building Analyst Jim Fitzgerald explains the latest technological and regulatory trends.
A Greener Deal from Across the Pond
Alex Krzesinski, Marketing Executive at Yorkshire Energy Services, describes the new United Kingdom residential program called Green Deal.
Existing Building Commissioning Case Study: Minnesota History Center
How can you correct excessive energy use in a building that houses museum exhibition spaces, classrooms, storage spaces for valuable artifacts, a library, and conservation laboratories?
Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency: Part 2
i.e interviewed Director of Research Martha Hewett and Director of Indoor Air Quality Dave Bohac to learn how their projects on secondhand smoke overlap with CEE's building science research.
> 1,000 Words: Tableau
A variety of software tools can help identify trends and patterns in huge or complex data sets. CEE has begun working with a program called Tableau. i.e. checked in with Community Energy Services Program Assistant Isaac Smith and PBEEEP Mechanical Engineer Gustav Brändström to learn how they use it day-to-day.
in other words: Using Cell Phones to Create a Feedback Loop
Increased communication and feedback via cell phones could foster a sense of collaboration between inspectors and contractors while instilling a common purpose. A team approach to learning and continuous improvement could be a very nice by-product. Taking a systems approach and incorporating feedback loops helps create a true learning organization.
Financing as Follow-Through
High initial costs can discourage homeowners from making large investments in energy improvements such as new heating equipment or insulation. Our residential program tries to remove this barrier by helping identify available rebates. And CEE offers financing options such as low interest loans. This provides consistent messaging and follow-through.
From the Lab to the Field
You may remember from our virtual tour that the new Innovation Exchange office has a research lab... but how do our staff use it?
From the Field: CEE Staff Conduct Air Leakage Tests on Large Buildings
It’s challenging to identify and seal each of the small gaps and cracks that comprise a building’s overall air leakage. Weather conditions and building occupancy and HVAC operation also affect air infiltration and energy savings opportunities.
DIA Lab Field Trip
Innovation Exchange aims to make our research results visible and accessible not only to other groups performing similar studies, but also to our own program staff. We recently hosted a field trip bringing two of our locations together to learn more about our work with DIA systems.
Opening our Open Office
This week, the Innovation Exchange is moving down the hall from the main CEE Downtown office. We’re experimenting with a new open layout and our new space features a lab where our research staff can upload data or perform experiments.
From the Field: CEE Programs and Mobile Devices
We recently interviewed Tom Spielman, Director of IT, and Rich Szydlowski, Director of Engineering and Business Development, for their perspective on the evolution of mobile technologies. Here's our conversation featuring their insight gained incorporating apps and tablets into CEE’s energy programs.