The members of Chicago's Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) control nearly 80 percent of downtown Chicago's rentable building area. That makes them critical to local energy efficiency initiatives that aim to reduce the nearly 40 percent of U.S. energy that is consumed by buildings. At a trade show Wednesday entitled "Building Chicago: Greening the Heartland," BOMA officials reported on progress from their smart grid initiative first announced in 2012. The plan, now wrapping up its test phase, would share energy data among BOMA members for the purpose of cutting energy use in many large buildings. BOMA initially fought—and still opposes—the city's energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance that requires non-industrial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to report their energy usage publicly. A BOMA spokeswoman said after the event that the group only opposes mandatory public disclosure of energy data, not its collection. Using smart meters from Chicago-based Automated Logic, BOMA has completed pilot testing on several downtown buildings. The “smart grid” refers to a responsive system for distributing and using electricity (and eventually other resources like gas and water) wherein utilities and consumers automatically share data that can be used to reduce the overall demand for power. Meters designed for BOMA measure energy data second-by-second and can be reviewed in real time, said Mike Munson of smart grid technology firm Metropolitan Energy, as opposed to typical meters from ComEd that usually measure at 30 minute intervals and whose reports can only be viewed monthly. For the owners and managers of buildings over one million square feet, utility bills can top $800,000 per year—often among the owner's highest expenses along with labor costs and property taxes. Still, said BOMA's T.J. Brookover, they are accepted as a fixed cost. "Very few times are we dissecting those bills, looking at them, and understanding how we're using energy,” said Brookover. BOMA is trying to encourage more of its members to sign up for the program, but officials admitted it “has been slow” to bring skeptical building owners and managers on board. Under the terms of the plan, they said, individual buildings only see their own data, but only BOMA sees all of it. "The city hopes to shame owners into investing in energy efficiency,” Brookover said of Chicago's benchmarking ordinance. On the contrary, he said, BOMA's plan emphasizes cost savings. Whether you pursue energy efficiency because you hope to slash hefty bills or limit the rising tide of climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions, said BOMA Executive Vice President Michael Cornicelli, smart grid technology has a role to play. "We can all get what we want from a well-designed smart grid infrastructure and strategy,” he said.
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These products will keep your next project from being an energy guzzler. Eddy Urban Green Energy At just six feet in height, the Eddy wind turbine features a dual axis design that evenly distributes horizontal and vertical forces along the length of the axis for durability. In moderate wind speeds, it produces approximately 750 kWh of solar-ready power. In addition to IEC-certification for Wind Turbine Safety, Noise Levels, and Power Performance, Eddy is also ISO and UL certified. RecoupAerator 2000DX UltimateAir This commercial-grade energy recovery ventilator (above) features a proprietary wheel design made up of hydroscopic and non-hydroscopic materials in a random fiber matrix media for increased surface area, resulting in finer filtration. With an airflow capacity of up to 2,000 CFM, its comparison between two air stream temperatures (apparent sensible effectiveness) has been rated at 96 percent. It is also MERV 12 compliant. WebCTRL Automated Logic This web-based building automation system integrates major electrical systems, mechanicals, backup generators, fire systems, and building elevators. The program can also generate work orders for building system maintenance, bills for tenant’s off-hours use, and real-time pricing structures. Energy use trend reports and thermographic floor plans also tie into effective conservation features, such as setpoint optimization, optimum start times, and short-term demand reduction. Parans Solar Lighting Wasco For interior spaces without access to natural light, there is the Parans Solar Lighting system. Solar receivers mounted on the exterior of a structure channel solar energy along thin, flexible fiber optic cables that can be wound through a building’s infrastructure. The light is expelled through specially designed luminaires that deliver all the illumination benefits of natural sunlight, without electricity. Quantum Total Light Management Lutron A single system and software umbrella regulates lighting controls, motorized window shades, digital ballasts, LED drivers, and sensors. An enhancement for solar adaptation—for abundant sunshine, cloudy weather, or shadowed windows—automatically adjusts shades to meet prevailing conditions. A monitoring system also sends email alerts in the instance of alarming events or triggers that can be addressed with an iPad application, available for download at the App Store. Solar PV Canopy System Duo-Gard A turn-key approach to photo-voltaic architectural canopies: Solar energy is harvested for charging and lighting energy, or configured for energy credits. A steel frame, fabricated in-house, features a three-coat polyurethane epoxy finish for durability. The continuous canopy can be specified in Charcoal Gray or Blue, and in a sloped or ridged style.