The Impact of New Standards on California Building Owners

How grey buildings become green!

Three new standards are sweeping across the local and international stages influencing energy management for non-residential buildings. ISO 50001, BEPA E2797-11, and AB 1103 are changing thinking regarding energy management and efficiency and are allowing owners and buyers across California greater understanding of properties.

What are these three new standards and how do they influence public and commercial building owners in California?

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Successful 4th Energy Efficiency Symposium in San Francisco

Presentations Now Available Online!

CEO Helge Biernath in the panel

The 4th Energy Efficiency Symposium, a one-day symposium focusing on energy efficiency in buildings, took place in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011. U.S. and German experts presented current trends and future perspectives on the use of energy efficiency in buildings in both countries.

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Students learn to conduct energy audits

Students in class

Students at Hamilton Meadow Park,  School in Novato, CA are learning about energy efficiency — and performing their own energy audits. Think global – act local was the motto for c2e’s engineers when they taught the basic principles of energy efficiency and renewable energy and how students can influence their energy consumption.

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Building Energy Performance Assessment for a Building (BEPA) – E2797

ASTM International
ASTM International The American Society of Testing Materials (“ASTM”) recently issued a new standard for building energy performance assessment.  The ASTM news release notes that building energy performance disclosure regulations exist in states such as California and Washington as well as cities such as Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington  and New York.  As the ASTM news release notes, these regulatory activities combined with the fact that energy efficient buildings are more attractive to lenders, buyers, and tenants, caused ASTM to develop a new standard for building energy performance assessment.  The ASTM states that E2797 “Building Energy Performance Standard for a Building in a Real Estate Transaction” (BEPA)  is expected to be the foundation for accurate and reliable building energy use data collection, compilation, and analysis in the public and commercial property industry.  It was also stated that the standard will complement existing building grading and certification systems to facilitate and improve benchmarking and building labeling.

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c2e auditor passed ASHRAE® Building Energy Assessment Professional Examination

c2e’s consultants today emphasized its fundamental commitment to protect the environment by passing the examination as an ASHRAE Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP). This new qualification allows that c2e will be working toward helping their clients improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities; we believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help our clients enhance their financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations. Continue reading

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c2e in Partnership with ENERGY STAR®

c2e today announced a fundamental commitment to protect the environment by becoming an ENERGY STAR Partner. c2e’s voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR means that we will be working toward helping our clients to improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities; we believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help building owners to enhance their financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations.
“The on-going improvement processes c2e manages are producing tangible, thoughtful, and
dynamic results, both in cost-savings and awareness” says Heiko W. Schramm, Vice President.

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San Francisco’s New Annual Energy Benchmark Summary Report for existing commercial buildings – how does it work?

On February 1, 2011 the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco passed an ordinance amending the San Francisco Environment Code to adopt the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, requiring owners of non-residential buildings to conduct Energy Efficiency Audits of their properties and file Annual Energy Benchmark Summaries for their buildings, and making environmental findings.

What exactly does that mean to you as a building owner?

This ordinance requires non-residential building owners to file annual energy benchmark summaries for their buildings and an ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers) compliant commercial building energy audit every 5 years. Continue reading

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