DOE issues rules to address continual energy performance. ‘‘Green building certification system criteria requiring a verification system for post-occupancy assessment of the rated buildings to demonstrate continued energy and water savings at least every four years after initial occupancy."

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An interesting perspective on Capitalistic "Gordon Gekko Greed". Keep pumping to bury the competition because you know they will not only consume as much but more energy as time goes on. Read the article below on how OPEC members are feeling the pain of falling oil

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Although this is a housing sector issue, utilities can do a better job supplying normalized demand data to consumers. This points out the key issue of properly baselining energy performance normalized for weather/occupancy. This issue also applies to buildings and manufacturing operations

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Leading by example Google, REI and Others beat landlords to the punch in affecting climate change, taking operating margin advantage. REITs will face a tipping point in the near future where tenants will demand/cause further changes to their building asset infrastructure or will they become change agents themselves offering efficient building

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Demonstrating continual operational cost savings is at the core of a mix of incentives, voluntary and market based energy performance enhancements proving that both behavioral (how we engage equipment and controls) and engineering projects (HVAC, windows, Emis) make sense. "One without the other is like a fish without water," said Don

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