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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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11-21-2016

This report from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) documents commercial building retrofit, renovation, and upgrade projects that have demonstrated or predicted performance of 30% or better than the average for comparable buildings. These profiles explore successful approaches to deep savings and energy performance, owner motivation and areas of innovation in order to accelerate market adoption of energy efficient retrofits. This work is part one of a three-phase project to develop case studies that demonstrate deep energy savings.

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11-8-2016

This paper from Duke University focuses primarily on the development of an updated ENERGY STAR industrial Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) for the cement industry and the change in the energy performance of the industry observed when the benchmarking system was updated from the original benchmark in 1997 to the new benchmark in 2008.

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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.

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11-21-2016

This report from Maastricht University discusses the effects of the sustainability of commercial properties on their operating and stock performance. Investors considering incorporating the environmental performance of a building into investment decisions may benefit from this report. Using a sample of U.S. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), the report estimates that an REIT's sustainability is positively related to return on assets, return on equity, and the ration of funds from operations to total revenue.