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Optimized Energy Use: A Washington, DC Case Study

Optimized Energy Use: A Washington, DC Case Study

A provider of commercial real estate (CRE) energy management solutions, MACH Energy is focused on demonstrating that efficiency upgrades for buildings do not have to be costly, invasive, or time-intensive. For property owners and managers, MACH’s cloud-based energy management software platform can provide actionable multi-utility analytics, increase ENERGY STAR scores, and ease daily tasks such as budget reporting and tenant billing. These features, states the firm, are allowing MACH to dismantle the misconception that green buildings have to be designed from the ground-up for optimized energy use. Regardless of age, size, or occupancy, all commercial buildings can use electricity, water, gas, heat, and steam more efficiently and cost-effectively. MACH’s interface pinpoints and leverages the data that makes this possible: analytic Insights, or energy-use metrics and benchmarking, are processed into practical initiatives, or actionable changes that can be applied to a building’s hour-by-hour, or minute-by-minute, functionality. The Challenge: Reduce Energy and GHG while Improving ENERGY STAR scores Based in Washington DC, Carr Services provides property operations services to Carr Properties-owned and third-party owned commercial real estate investment companies. Carr was looking for a portfolio-wide energy management platform that could be used to drive operational changes, reduce energy use and expense, improve ENERGY STAR scores, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and raise awareness about energy conservation across the portfolio. Building Profile: Floyd D. Akers Building, 1255 23rd Street NW, Washington, DCLocation: West EndYear Built: 1983Year Renovated: 2009Number of Floors: 8Building Size: 337, 983 SFAverage Floor: 40,000 SFElevators: 7Energy Star Score (2008): 78Energy Star Score (2015): 88LEED Certification: GoldHVAC: Central plant chillers and air handler with mix of pneumatic and DDC controlled VAV boxes, with resistance heat in the perimeter DDC VAV boxes MACH’s Approach To Energy And Operational SavingsUsing energy and weather analytics that have been developed and proven over the last decade in millions of square feet of commercial office space, MACH Energy’s CRETech software identified specific issues that needed to be addressed in order to reduce electric usage. An automated analysis and trending tool, the company’s Insights platform identified operating days that demonstrated unusual energy usage from weather adjusted norms. Industry and regional baselines were then used to identify improvement opportunities such as early startup, late shutdown, and cyclic and “spike” oriented equipment operations. Deeper analysis and expert help were also administered from MACH’s Client Services Group to review automated recommendations, to explore strategy alternatives, and to develop specific plans to improve operations. This attentiveness to catching operational “stray” that leads to energy waste is a key ingredient to high-performing buildings. Using data provided by MACH Energy,… …Read More…

FM Alert: “Facility Smart Grid Information Model” Reaches Key Milestone


A recent public review of the Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), is bringing homes, offices, factories, and other buildings significantly closer to becoming full partners in supporting and managing the electric grid.