Examining the US landscape of buildings, we find that 75% are 20+ years old and the majority have no measures for energy efficiency, but all that is about to change. Early this morning the U.S. Senate passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 which contains language detailing energy efficiency initiatives to strengthen the economy and reduce pollution. The legislation is such a high priority for state representatives that it was led by a bipartisan team of U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
“Energy efficiency has received such strong bipartisan support because it’s the cheapest and fastest way to address our nation’s energy challenges,” Shaheen said. “Today we passed a bill that will create jobs, save consumers money, and reduce pollution in a smart, effective and affordable way. Energy efficiency holds enormous potential for America’s energy future and the Senate has taken an important step toward realizing that future.”
Some of the main initiatives within the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 includes:
1. Align the interests of commercial building owners and their tenants to reduce energy consumption.
2. Requires federal agencies to coordinate with Office of Management & Budget, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop an implementation strategy – that includes best practices, measurement, and verification techniques – for the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy-efficient and energy saving information technologies.
3. Mandate requiring federally-leased buildings without Energy Star labels benchmark and disclose their energy usage data, where practical.
This Act comes on the heels of President Obama’s recent executive order, “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade.” The order is designed to reduce the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025, which is estimated to save $18 billion in avoided energy costs. The order directs the government to reduce Federal building energy use by 2.5 percent per year over the next ten years and to reduce Federal building water intensity by two percent per year through 2025. The goals are consistent with President Obama’s November commitment to reduce overall American emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
While this may come as a major jolt for most building owners, here at Entic we have been helping customers become energy efficient and reduce costs well before these mainstream governmental initiatives. How are you supposed to know your energy efficiency without the correct Business Intelligence tools to do? With the Entic solution, we provide you with the tools to eliminate energy waste in real time and ensure your building is always at it’s Peak Performance level. Entic is a budget friendly solution with no upfront or implementation costs to ease the burden on your capital expenses. We work with many customers such as hospitals, hotels, class A office buildings, sports venues, and major infrastructure facilities to make sure they operate as efficiently as possible.
For more information please visit: www.entic.com. We look forward to being your energy partner!