The Impact of New Standards on California Building Owners

Are these buildings benchmarked?

Three new standards are sweeping across the local and international stages influencing energy management for non-residential buildings. ISO 50001, BEPA E2797-11, and AB 1103 are changing thinking regarding energy management and efficiency and are allowing owners and buyers across California greater understanding of properties.

What are these three new standards and how do they influence public and commercial building owners in California?

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Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) -ASTM E2797

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ASTM International The American Society of Testing Materials (“ASTM”) recently issued a new standard for building energy performance assessment.  The ASTM news release notes that building energy performance disclosure regulations exist in states such as California and Washington as well as cities such as Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington  and New York.  As the ASTM news release notes, these regulatory activities combined with the fact that energy efficient buildings are more attractive to lenders, buyers, and tenants, caused ASTM to develop a new standard for building energy performance assessment.  The ASTM states that E2797 “Building Energy Performance Standard for a Building in a Real Estate Transaction” (BEPA)  is expected to be the foundation for accurate and reliable building energy use data collection, compilation, and analysis in the public and commercial property industry.  It was also stated that the standard will complement existing building grading and certification systems to facilitate and improve benchmarking and building labeling.

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c2e auditor passed ASHRAE® Building Energy Assessment Professional Examination

c2e’s consultants today emphasized its fundamental commitment to protect the environment by passing the examination as an ASHRAE Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP). This new qualification allows that c2e will be working toward helping their clients improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities; we believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help our clients enhance their financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations. Continue reading

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c2e announces Partnership with ENERGY STAR®

c2e today announced a fundamental commitment to protect the environment by becoming an ENERGY STAR Partner. c2e’s voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR means that we will be working toward helping our clients to improve the energy efficiency and performance of their facilities; we believe that an organization-wide energy management approach will help building owners to enhance their financial health and aid in preserving the environment for future generations.
“The on-going improvement processes c2e manages are producing tangible, thoughtful, and
dynamic results, both in cost-savings and awareness” says Heiko W. Schramm, Vice President.

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San Francisco’s New Annual Energy Benchmark Summary Report for existing commercial buildings – how does it work?

On February 1, 2011 the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco passed an ordinance amending the San Francisco Environment Code to adopt the San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, requiring owners of non-residential buildings to conduct Energy Efficiency Audits of their properties and file Annual Energy Benchmark Summaries for their buildings, and making environmental findings.

What exactly does that mean to you as a building owner?

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Retrofit Opportunity: Automatic lighting controls

Daylight in buildings can save energy if the electric lighting is switched or dimmed in response to changes in daylight levels.

The company in this example operates three warehouses with offices and a green house in California. An energy survey was performed on-site to collect nameplate and operational data for the lighting systems, and to identify potential energy efficiency measures.

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AB 1103 – How you can benefit?

Commercial building owners, facility managers and real estate brokers throughout California will be challenged starting January 2011 when Assembly Bill 1103 goes into effect. The new energy performance rating system will provide energy consumption information on nonresidential buildings.

The building owner will be required to disclose the U.S. EPA’s Portfolio Manager’s Statement of Energy Performance and the California Energy Performance Disclosure Report before a building is sold, leased entirely or refinanced.

The California Energy Commission is working diligently to start rule making with the initial set of proposed regulations due out in June. The CEC expects to add several new sections (although minor) to the regulations prior to final release.  The regulations will be finalized by December of this year.

The first buildings to be required to submit the Disclosure Report under AB1103 are 50,000 sq ft and larger or owner occupied above 1,000 sq ft.

Knowledge is the key!

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