Monday, October 31, 2016

Energy and Water Sub-Meters for Your Property

Sub-meters play a major role in successful energy and water reduction efforts and help identify best practices to reduce energy and water consumption in a building.
Utilities implement sub-meter systems that allow a building owner, property management firm, condominium or homeowners association and other multi-tenant property to bill tenants for measured utility usage via individual water, gas and electric meters. Water Sub-meters promote conservation and help offset maintenance and improvement costs for well water systems, lagoons or septic systems. Without a meter to measure individual usage, there is less incentive to identify building inefficiencies, since the other tenants or landlord may pay all or part of those costs.
Sub-metering also refers to the monitoring of electrical consumption of individual equipment within a building, such as HVAC, indoor and outdoor lighting, refrigeration and kitchen appliances, creating opportunities for energy and capital expenditure savings, control over thermal efficiency of the structure, its insulation, windows, and major energy consuming appliances.
Automatic Meter Reading AMR Technology Electronic Meter Reading and Billing
Software provides consumption data. This data provides users with the information to locate leaks and high-consumption areas. Users can apply this data to implement conservation or renovation projects to lower usage & costs, meet government mandates, or participate in green building programs.
System Design typically includes a master meter owned by the utility supplying the water, electricity, or gas, with overall usage billed directly to the property owner. The property owner or manager then places their own private meters on individual tenant spaces to determine individual usage levels and bill each tenant for their share. In some cases, the landlord might add the usage cost to the regular rent or lease bill. In other cases, a third party might read, bill, and possibly even collect for the service. Some of these companies also install and maintain meters and reading systems.
Panelor circuit sub-meters are used to measure resource use of the same system for added security, economic, reliability, and behavioral benefits, providing insights into resource consumption of building systems and equipment working in the same series. Sub-meters can measure use of a single panel, or multiple points within a panel system using single-point, multi-point, and branch circuit sub-meters.
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Plug and Process Loads in Hospitality Properties

Hotels Apartments Farmhouses and Villa Rentals
Plug and Process Loads PPLs consume about one third of primary energy in buildings. PPL efficiency has become pertinent in achieving aggressive energy targets. Energy reduction strategies and applications cover a wide variety of electronic, computer, refrigeration and cooking devices, as well as equipment essential to buildings that operate in the hospitality sector in your community. PPL Control Strategies vary by building type:
Turn it off promotes occupant awareness to turn equipment off when not in use, including training, newsletters, emails, signage, videos, reminders, updates and incentive programs.
Advanced Power Strips APSs are similar to conventional power strips that are often used to plug multiple electronic devices into a wall outlet and have built-in technology to save energy when the devices are not in use. APS Technical Specification offers guidance on the APS procurement process and selecting effective APS models. The Better Building Alliance has developed a one-page how-to guide on properly installing APS.

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Equipment with Low-Energy and ENERGY STAR® Certified Equipment. Significant energy savings can be achieved by replacing old, inefficient equipment with low-energy or ENERGY STAR® certified equipment.
Built-in automatic low-power state functionality, such as standby and sleep modes saves energy. Automatic low-power states provide limited control, but when configured correctly are inexpensive and effective energy-saving strategy.
Design Strategies new construction and major retrofit projects offer design teams new PPL reduction opportunities to identify and remove standard specifications, operations, and design standards that limit energy-saving opportunities.
Space Efficiency is achieved by consolidating rooms, common and dining areas. Equipment in these areas is used more efficiently when consolidated rather than distributed, thus lowering PPLs.
Integrating PPL controls with other building systems by integrating electrical system and control outlets at workstations, achieved by installing switches, vacancy sensors, timed disconnects and controlling outlets through the building management system.
Sub-metering and control options for new properties and extensive retrofits. PPLs should be aggregated onto dedicated PPL electrical panels; circuits can be integrated into a building control system to turn off PPLs during nonbusiness hours. These panels also allow for easy energy sub-metering.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Green Leases for Properties and Communities

Green leases also known as aligned, high performance, or energy efficient leases align the financial and energy incentives of building owners and tenants so they can work together to save money, conserve resources, and ensure the efficient operation of buildings. A green lease is a lease of space in a green building that is designed, constructed and operated to achieve sustainability, water efficiency, energy savings and indoor environment quality.
Building Leases spell out how energy costs are divided between tenants and owners. Often, these leases are not structured in a way that promotes energy savings. Tenants have no incentive to save energy in their leased premises because energy costs are based on tenant square footage. Building owners have no incentive to invest in energy efficiency because the operating expenses are passed onto tenants.
Green Leases promote energy efficiency by creating lease structures which equitably align the costs and benefits of efficiency investments between building owners and tenants.
​​ A Landlord Tenant Energy Partnership
The Landlord Tenant Energy Partnership is led by the Institute for Market Transformation with the Retails Industry Leaders Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Participants have access to guidance in implementing energy efficiency steps, lease negotiations and property operations.

An Energy Savings Checklist replace inefficient incandescent bulbs with CFL bulbs; install and correctly set a programmable thermostat; switch out your showerhead for an efficient WaterSense model; use a power strip for electronics and appliances; set the refrigerator to 36°F - 40°F and the freezer to 0°F - 5°F. use shades and insulated drapes to block out the sun in the summer and reduce heat loss in winter.
Energy Management nearly all renters pay their own energy bills but have little say over the efficiency and quality of the appliances and windows in their home. 

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