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Insights and observations from our practice and elsewhere

Energy efficiency opportunities in spring

Energy efficiency opportunities in spring

Spring is already upon us and with it comes a great opportunity for achieving energy efficiency and improving tenant comfort. Outside temperatures are slowly increasing and occupant behaviour will start to change  as warmer days become more frequent. Buildings...

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ACEEE 2018 Take-aways

ACEEE 2018 Take-aways

The 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings brought researchers from around the world together to discuss emerging trends and challenges in the energy efficiency space. Over 900 people attended the conference over five days in Pacific Grove,...

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4 ACEEE Summer Study 2018 Papers

4 ACEEE Summer Study 2018 Papers

Operating at the leading edge of building energy performance analysis, Buildings Alive commits a significant amount of resources to research and development activity. Several of Buildings Alive's staff have had research papers accepted to the prestigious American...

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The evidence is in: peak demand is “manageable”

The evidence is in: peak demand is “manageable”

Owners and managers of large non-residential buildings usually pay around 15–30% of their (ever-increasing) electricity bills for network ‘capacity’ in most markets. But peak demand savings are rarely a focus for management. Why? Until recently there have been a few...

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Peak demand service delivers immediate savings

Peak demand service delivers immediate savings

In January 2018, Buildings Alive’s peak demand service has helped the Facility management team at 2-12 Macquarie Street with reducing their demand costs. Take a look at the results below, and see how the peak demand warning messages help FM’s...

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Incremental improvements deliver compelling results

Incremental improvements deliver compelling results

The performance of 303 Sevenoaks St keeps improving month after month. It is another example of where a facilities manager actively uses the BMS, monitoring it and making changes when necessary, using Buildings Alive's daily REF messages to...

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Making good use of a good BMS

Making good use of a good BMS

The performance of 67 Albert Avenue, in Chatswood has improved significantly in the last couple of months. A facilities manager that understands and uses the BMS has now an upgraded tool, with improved control logic that are taking the...

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Collaborating on controls

Collaborating on controls

64 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra A building that showed great results in August is 64 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra. An active facilities management team has worked together with Buildings Alive, BMS and mechanical contractors to identify and act on controls issues that...

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Continuous improvement and hitting targets

Continuous improvement and hitting targets

99 Walker St, North Sydney A building that showed great results in July is 99 Walker Street, North Sydney. An active facilities management team has implemented several efficiency strategies, by tightening the building’s operational schedule and optimising HVAC...

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Playing our part (and capturing savings)

Playing our part (and capturing savings)

The property industry effectively managing peak electricity demand Recent events such as the blackouts in South Australia in late 2016 and early 2017, and flow on effects in the wider national electricity grid including significant price spikes...

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