North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge

Madison schools join the North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge

MADISON, Ala. –  The Madison City Schools system is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars by being more conservative when it comes to energy use.

Now, they are going head to head with other businesses and organizations around Madison County to see just how much they can save on energy.

“It’s a voluntary effort where organizations and businesses from around north Alabama are committing to energy efficiency,” said Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://whnt.com/2017/10/07/madison-schools-join-the-north-alabama-buildings-performance-challenge/

Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® Joins North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge

Huntsville, AL – One of Huntsville’s most prominent professional organizations, the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® (HAAR), has joined the North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge, committing to achieve ENERGY STAR certification within 10 years. HAAR is reducing operating costs to deliver more resources toward their members and and ultimately the community at-large.

“We strongly believe this is not just financially beneficial but also the right thing the do,” says Josh McFall, CEO of the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®. “Energy efficiency is increasingly important to home-buyers and we want to lead the way.”

The North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge aims to support the Department of Energy’s goal of helping businesses save energy costs, enabling them to grow, invest in new technology, and create American jobs. The North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge has identified over $50 million dollars of low hanging savings potential in Huntsville alone.

“HAAR is clearly stepping up to the plate,” says Daniel Tait, CEO of Energy Alabama. “Homeownership is fundamental to the fabric of our community and it’s great to know our local professionals want homeownership to be as affordable as possible.”

The North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge is a collaborative effort of Avion Solutions Inc., the Energy Huntsville Initiative, and Energy Alabama. The Challenge now boasts over 8 million square feet of participating building space.

About Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS®
Founded in 1948, the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® (HAAR) is a 2,000 member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential/commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, etc. They also maintain ValleyMLS.com, the leading real estate source in North Alabama.

About Energy Alabama
Energy Alabama is a non-profit organization accelerating the transition to clean, sustainable energy throughout Alabama. We accomplish our mission by educating at all levels, informing smart energy policy, building the next generation workforce, and providing technical assistance to deploy more sustainable energy. We believe in 100% sustainable energy for all.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait by phone at 256-303-7773 or by email at dtait@alcse.org.

Energy Alabama Helps Local Churches Save on Utility Bills

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Energy Alabama is hosting an energy bench-marking event for local churches and houses of worship. The event is specifically designed to help them cut back on utility costs.

Many churches around the Valley use a lot of energy throughout the week. Sometimes their design isn’t the most forgiving to energy efficiency.

To continue reading the full article, please visit: http://whnt.com/2017/02/07/energy-alabama-helps-local-churches-save-on-utility-bills/

Energy Use Intensity

Here’s What Energy Use Intensity Means, And Why Should You Care

To calculate an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) score, all you really need is a few key pieces of information and some basic math skills. Sure, you’ll have to learn what a kBtu is, but it’s really not as complicated as you might think.

To understand what you EUI means—well, that’s what we’re here to discuss today. But first, let’s practice those basic math skills as we walk through a quick scenario.

So, you have a building and you may or may not want to know its EUI. You’re not really sure what an EUI is, but you’ve heard it can be a valuable metric. (This is true, by the way. More on that later.) Great. First order of business: Find out how much energy your building uses per year.

Got it? Now divide that number by your building’s total area. The resulting number is your EUI. That’s it.

 

So What Does My Energy Use Intensity Mean?

Unlike an ENERGY STAR score, which runs from 1-100, a lower EUI number generally represents better performance. Just like an ENERGY STAR score, however, you’ll be able to compare your building to others that are similar in age and size. It just won’t be in the form of a percentile ranking.

Energy Use Intensity Chart

Some types of buildings will always have a lower EUI than others, as this chart from Energy.gov illustrates.

Some good news: At Energy.gov, Portfolio Manager will do all the math for you. So no matter which units you use to input your energy consumption and building area, you’ll be fine. At the end, Portfolio Manager will spit out a number expressed in kBtu/square feet.

(In plain English, a “kBtu” is one thousand British thermal units. So now you know, and it’s up to you to decide whether you’ll ever use that information again.)

But here’s the kicker: It’s possible to calculate an EUI for virtually any building. (That’s not the case with an ENERGY STAR score.) So if you’re taking the North Alabama Buildings Performance Challenge, calculating your building’s EUI could generate some seriously valuable energy-efficiency information for yourself and your company.

Even if your building doesn’t produce enough data for an ENERGY STAR score.

So basically, when you calculate your EUI, you’ll know how exactly how well you’re doing with your efficiency efforts. What’s more, you’ll be able to identify areas for improvement.

And most importantly, you’ll continue to make progress toward your overall goal of improving your building’s energy efficiency.

Energy Alabama to Help Local Churches Slash Energy Costs with Energy Benchmarking

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Energy Alabama is helping local churches and houses of worship get the most out of their utility bills and reduce church energy costs with energy benchmarking. More budget for work in the community is just a perk.

On Tuesday, February 7, Energy Alabama will host an Energy Benchmarking at Avion Solutions, Inc. on Research Drive in Huntsville. At this free event, local church representatives will have energy experts on-hand to help guide them through the process of using energy benchmarking to save money on utility bills.

Energy benchmarking is the process of measuring how much energy a building consumes, and comparing it to the same data from similar structures. This benchmarking “jam session” will bring energy experts together with church leaders to maximize energy and water efficiency throughout the community. In addition, businesses will be able to identify potential projects eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

Tickets are free, although space is limited. The jam begins at 5:30 p.m. and finishes at 8:30. Refreshments will be provided. Each building representative should bring the following:

  • Laptop or tablet
  • The building street address, year built, and contact information.
  • Twelve consecutive months of utility bills for all fuel types used in the building.  Historical energy use data can be downloaded on the Huntsville Utilities website with an online account.

Space can be reserved at: https://alcse.org/events/church-energy-benchmarking/

About Energy Alabama

Energy Alabama is accelerating the transition to clean, sustainable energy throughout Alabama. We accomplish our mission by educating young and old alike, informing smart energy policy, and providing technical assistance to help deploy more sustainable energy. We believe in 100% sustainable energy for all.

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For more information about this topic, please contact Daniel Tait by phone at 256-303-7773, or by email at dtait@alcse.org.