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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OpenStudio, the Energy Modeling Software We Need
June 12, 2019

OpenStudio, the Energy Modeling Software We Need

Having used energy modeling software for years I believe the majority of tools used today are not preparing energy consultants for the future to come. Performance based energy estimates, such as predicting measurable energy use or net zero energy, require a skilled workforce with tools capable of simulating options as
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Commissioning Systems Beyond LEED and Code: Unlock True Value in Construction
May 28, 2019

Commissioning Systems Beyond LEED and Code: Unlock True Value in Construction

Congratulations to Workday on the grand opening on May 13th of their new 6 story, 410,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters in Pleasanton, CA. It is truly an impressive building! As the Commissioning Agent on the project, I can honestly say that it was one of the most positive experiences I’ve had on the job.   On the Workday project, the systems and equipment we commissioned went beyond the
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Title 24, 2019 Your Greatest Ideas Turned into Codes
February 19, 2019

Title 24, 2019 Your Greatest Ideas Turned into Codes

We had the opportunity to present on one of our favorite topics: CA Code Change. We hope the local North Bay redwood empire and Sacramento ASHRAE chapters enjoyed the show. Title 24 2019 Part 6 – Your Greatest Ideas Turned Into Code Change from Red Car Analytics Every 3 years,
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