March 24, 2012 on 12:32 am | In Bravo, Government, Green, New Developments, Problem Solving, Trends, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Cut the expenses on your commercial property with this great gift  > “The Building Performance Tracking Handbook.” If your business seeks to improve the energy and system operation of their buildings > building performance tracking is the first step. Using these tools, operating costs will fall, asset values will grow, and market differentiation improve.

“The Building Performance Tracking Handbook” was developed by the California Commissioning Collaborative with funding from the state’s Energy Commission and can be applied to commercial buildings throughout the country. It allows operators to understand how their buildings are running and improve standard operating procedures and energy usage for a building.

“The Building Performance Handbook” outlines the steps needed to continually manage building performance, demystifies the complex array of building performance tracking tools available, and provides guidance on selecting the most appropriate tracking strategy.

There are four elements to performance tracking:

• Collect data and track the performance of the HVAC and lighting systems, plus energy use data.

• Identify performance problems.

• Diagnose problems and identify solutions.

• Fix problems and verify results.

To help facility managers build a business case, the handbook identifies a range of benefits from performance tracking, including enhanced occupant satisfaction, reduced energy costs and increased property values.

Building Owners, managers, and engineers will find this handbook valuable, whether they are just embarking on a formal performance tracking approach, or are looking to take their existing strategies to the next level.

The Handbook, endorsed by BOMA California’s Energy Committee, is the outcome of research funded by the California Energy Commission, under a project managed by the non-profit California Commissioning Collaborative. The handbook was written by PECI, a non-profit organization devoted to energy efficiency.

Download a copy of the manual @



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    Comment by admin — March 25, 2012 #

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    Comment by DOE — March 31, 2012 #

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    Comment by DOE — March 31, 2012 #

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