Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment. Below, Sara Neff explain to us which are the 4 mistakes common when pitching building efficiency.
The seniors are the people the most sensitive to the wasting of energy due to the fact that they stay at their home most of the time. Thus, they need to watch their energy consumption.
Below, a little video realized by Maxwell Haynes about senior citizens’ commitment in the green economy. The purpose of this video it’s to “improving senior citizens knowledge of saving energy, energy efficiency and the technologies which can help them to produce energy”.
“Let’s see Green” by Maxwell Haynes
Next time, we’ll see more about raising people’s awareness and behavioral sciences.
We have already talked about Energy Audits. But nowadays, an another form of audit is developing : The Virtual Energy Audits. Below, Hugh Gaasch and Chris Muth explain to us what are the differences between this two forms of Energy Audits.
Hugh Gaasch and Chris Muth: May 15, 2013
There’s been an interesting discussion recently about data analytics and software solutions that aim to improve the building energy-efficiency evaluation process. At the heart of this debate is what can be learned about a building without ever going on-site versus what can be gleaned from a traditional energy audit.
An energy audit is an inspection, survey and analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building, process or system to reduce the amount of energy. In commercial and industrial real estate, an energy audit is the first step in identifying opportunities to reduce energy expense and carbon footprints. More and more companies begin to make audits as specialized Deepki, a start-up specialized in the data analysis.
Here is a short video of Michael Thomas, sharing what is underlying an energy audit. What a world-record short-time video clip. 🙂
Michael Thomas intervention about the energy audit
Your clients receive everyday many sollicitations from so-called leaders of their industry willing to offer Energy Efficiency solutions for very little money and lots of expected benefits. Who are they? Which firms try to break into this industry of sobriety? What do they really sell? Are all these solutions comparable?
As a consequence, suppliers provide many different solutions to achieve these goals. Thus, existing Energy Efficiency suppliers in the Market include, among many different actors willing to lead the energy performance relationship with customers, such as ESCOs, equipment suppliers, utilities, software and cable companies, and contractors. Let’s have a look at the main European ones:
We’ve already seen in a past post, top 10 organisations to follow on Twitter in terms of Energy Efficiency news. Here are 10 influencers you should follow on Twitter to help promote Energy Efficiency within your firm or institution:
As Rachel England said “there’s an app for everything nowadays, and energy-saving is no exception”. Smart-phones offer a million times the opportunity to save energy and to make your day-to-day behaviour smarter and more environmental friendly.
Here are some of the most interesting apps we have already met. Feel free to share yours here above in the comment section.
Joseph Pine’s career as a business coach began at IBM when he did something truly unorthodox: he brought business partners and customers into the development process of a new computer. Taking from this the lesson that every customer is unique, he wrote a book called Mass Customization on businesses that serve customers’ unique needs. Later he discovered what he would coin the “Experience Economy” — consumers buying experiences rather than goods or commodities — and wrote a book of the same name.
We have already talked about ISO 50 001. But how a company can benefit from ISO 50 001? As Ken HAMILTON mentioned in a very good 2011 presentation, ISO 50 001 helps companies in their “Energy objectives and targets for energy performance improvement at relevant functions, levels, processes or facilities within an organization”.
Action plans to meet those targets and objectives include the following:
Operating controls and procedures for significant energy uses
Measurement, management, and documentation for continuous improvement for energy efficiency
Internal audit of progress reported to management based on these measurements.”
It allows to develop a policy for a better efficient use of energy, to set targets and goals for implementing the policy, while relying on data to better understand the energy use and consumption . It is however necessary in addition to the energy audit of implementing the management process of clean energy to ISO, which measures the results to examine the efficiency and then provide continuous improvement of management energy.
Around three fourths of Europe’s CO2 emissions are associated with households consumption. Meeting EU’s ambitious climate change targets of reductions in carbon emissions by 2050 will therefore require patterns of household consumption to change radically from the current baseline. Influencing behaviour is a key part of this.
However, ultimately behavioural change messages will not address “rebound” effect or encourage broader sustainability thinking. Indeed, often, people spend money saved on high carbon products or services, offsetting dramatically saved greenhouse gas emissions and sometimes having a huge counter-productive effect on efforts already made.