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10/11/2013

San Francisco Publishes Second Energy Report

 
San Francisco publishes second energy report.

San Francisco’s municipal building energy use is down 3.6% and carbon emissions are down 5.1% from 2011, according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) second annual Energy Benchmarking Report.

The report details energy usage for nearly 450 municipal buildings – and for the first time – over 130 school district facilities.

City departments can use the data to track the effectiveness of energy efficiency efforts as well as unexpected spikes in energy use at the City facilities they manage.

“Getting an energy bill is one thing, but knowing how you compare to similar buildings is much more illuminating,” said SFPUC General Manager, Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Energy benchmarking puts City departments in the driver’s seat as they evaluate the effectiveness of their in-house climate action efforts.”

The report is part of the SFPUC’s larger energy efficiency and green building program which has completed more than 175 energy efficiency projects in public buildings in the last ten years. Those upgrades are saving the City over $5 million each year in energy costs, an increase from 2011 of nearly half a million dollars in annual year - over - year savings to the City.

Key benchmarking findings include:

  • The overall energy use of benchmarked buildings declined 3.6% from 2011 and 4.4% compared to 2009.
  • The average carbon footprint of benchmarked facilities decreased 5.1% from 2011 and 7% compared to 2009.
  • The decreased energy use from 2011 to 2012 alone saved the City approximately $450,000 in energy costs last year.
  • 80% of City and School District facilities in ENERGY STAR building types performed better than the national average.
  • City Hall is among the public buildings that scored high enough for the ENERGY STAR label in 2012. City Hall performed better than 90% of similar office buildings nationwide.

To read the full report, visit San Francisco Water Power Sewer’s website.

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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