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9-9-2016

This 54-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents an overview of O&M assessments for commercial building HVAC, lighting and control systems. It discusses what an O&M assessment involves, how it differs from an energy audit, the value of hiring an O&M consultant, and what the benefits and costs are for performing an assessment. It also briefly describes the process and how an owner can increase the cost effectiveness of the process.

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This 26-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents an overview of best practices associated with the use of portable dataloggers. This document describes the importance and advantages of short-term diagnostic monitoring for building owners and managers. It also provides a sample of typical points to monitor, presents examples of data-logger findings (case studies), offers tips on how to choose a complete portable datalogging system, and gives a short list of companies that sell the products.

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This 46-page report from Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) presents an overview of the 15 best practices building owners and managers can employ to make their buildings more energy-efficient.

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11-21-2016

In 2012, EPA hosted its third season of the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition to see which U.S building could cut its energy use the most. More than 3,000 buildings from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia battled the scale and each other. This easy-to-read 27-page report gives details about the competition and shows what steps many of the "biggest energy losers" took to cut their energy use.

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In response to a 2007 Congressional request, EPA developed this 133-page report to assess current trends in energy use and energy costs of data centers and servers in the U.S., and to outline existing and emerging opportunities for improved energy efficiency. It provides particular information on the costs of data centers and servers to the federal government and opportunities for reducing those costs through improved efficiency.

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11-21-2016

This 2009 article from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) discusses why implementing energy efficiency projects contributes to an organization’s overall financial health and how ENERGY STAR tools and resources can help sell cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to decisionmakers.

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12-13-2016

This 12-page paper describes the voluntary ENERGY STAR program policy approach selected to engage and motivate the automobile manufacturing industry to improve its energy performance, and the results of the industry’s efforts to advance energy management as measured by the updated EPI. Most notably, the paper shows that electricity use per vehicle in the best plants improved by 2 percent, while the fuel use per vehicle improved by a dramatic 12 percent.

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12-13-2016

Read this report from A Better City and Meister Consultants Group, Inc., on behalf of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Commercial Real Estate Working Group, to learn about the benchmarking and disclosure policies that are becoming a trend in major cities across America. This report summarizes lessons learned from the first U.S. cities to implement benchmarking and disclosure programs with interviews from city representatives as well as members of the federal government.

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12-13-2016

Read this report from New York City to learn about its benchmarking ordinance, which requires all large buildings in the city to measure and disclose energy consumption annually. This report is the first analysis of New York City benchmarking data and provides comprehensive recommendations to improve the quality of energy benchmarking and the ease of compliance for building owners.

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11-21-2016

This report from the U.S. Green Building Council explains how high performing buildings show proven cost-effectiveness, boost employee productivity, enhance tenant health, reduce liability for owners, and increase a building's property value. Certification programs like LEED and ENERGY STAR are creating common benchmarks, support tools and opportunities for the public which offer market differentiation and create higher value for buildings.