Energy Management Systems, Making Information Actionable
May 16, 2022

Energy Management Systems, Making Information Actionable

Energy management systems (EMSs) have become a popular tool in high performance buildings. You may have heard the term or have some familiarity with the concept; however, a lot of confusion persists in the building industry about what constitutes an EMS and how and when it can be useful.An EMS
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Finding the Value of Building Energy Modeling
April 12, 2022

Finding the Value of Building Energy Modeling

At Red Car Analytics, we love our building energy models, although we are the first to admit that getting real value out of a model can be as much an art as science. I recently gave a presentation about finding the value in building energy modeling, sharing some of my
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Top Stories From 2020
April 6, 2021

Top Stories From 2020

2020 was a crazy year and unfortunately we were not able to see all our friends as much as we would have liked. As we start to enter a new year, and a brighter future, we wanted to stay connected by sharing some of our top stories from last year.
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Bending the Curve on Climate Change with Ongoing Commissioning
October 30, 2020

Bending the Curve on Climate Change with Ongoing Commissioning

Our very own Michele Sagehorn recently had the opportunity to present with one of our top clients Chris Weyandt of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as part of the Virtual 2020 BCxA Conference. The event, which is still available for viewing and continuing education credits, was held on August 24th and
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The North Star of Ongoing Commissioning: Start with the OPR!
August 24, 2020

The North Star of Ongoing Commissioning: Start with the OPR!

I just completed a presentation for the BCXA 2020 Conference with Chris Weyandt, Ongoing Commissioning Leader, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL), on “Why Ongoing Commissioning is necessary.”  During the Q&A session, a very important question was posed that I think needs to be discussed; “Is the Owner’s Project Requirement
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Tools to Create an All-Electric Building Energy Code for California
July 22, 2020

Tools to Create an All-Electric Building Energy Code for California

As we enter the second half of 2020 it is hard to focus on anything much beyond the global pandemic of Covid19 and the social awakening we are finally seeing with the Black Lives Matter movement. Both are intensely impactful, and the future is still unknown. For some folks out
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What No One Tells You About HVAC & Lighting Integration
April 8, 2020

What No One Tells You About HVAC & Lighting Integration

In a building, lighting and HVAC have historically remained separate systems without a need to communicate with one another. Although each of these systems have advanced in efficiency independently, there are additional energy efficiency synergies when they can be integrated. Recently, California’s 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 Part
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Title 24 2022: Carbon Based Energy Codes for California?
November 9, 2019

Title 24 2022: Carbon Based Energy Codes for California?

In a workshop this October, the CEC released a set of working presentations about efforts underway to re-shape energy codes and standards for California building codes. With a rapidly changing planet and massive deployment of renewable energy which are changing the very shape of the energy grid, building codes and
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A Journey Towards Zero: Transitioning Zero Energy Designs into Zero Energy Operations
October 9, 2019

A Journey Towards Zero: Transitioning Zero Energy Designs into Zero Energy Operations

Straight talk with Chuck Mignacco, Senior Manager of Campus Facility at one of the world’s most sustainable museums….. the Exploratorium.  Back in September 2012, the Exploratorium announced its goal to be become the largest zero net energy (ZNE) museum in the U.S., if not in the world. After opening their
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What is Net Zero Energy and What Definition to Use and When
May 1, 2018

What is Net Zero Energy and What Definition to Use and When

Commercial buildings are getting a lot of attention recently to improve their energy use and become more sustainable in their operations. Terms like Net Zero Energy are becoming talking points for developers, cities, corporations and even states (CA). The popularity of commercial building energy efficiency and renewable technology deployment does
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