energy productivity Tag

Time to face facts: the term "energy efficiency" simply isn't sexy. Energy manager readers of this blog know it better than anyone else: uttering this bland phrase generates skeptical squints, a few eyerolls, or at best, a half-hearted shrug among colleagues and customers alike. So why is energy efficiency met with such indifference? And what can be done about it, if anything? Good news: there's a groundbreaking initiative out there that's changing the way businesses are talking about energy management, and you can become a part of it! Read on to discover more...

There are 6 variables that drive an occupant’s thermal comfort:
  • air temperature
  • surface temperature
  • humidity
  • clothing insulation
  • activity level (metabolic heat)
  • air velocity
The problem? These factors simply don’t tell the full story behind the maintenance involved in optimising temperature in office buildings, commercial buildings, primary schools or university campuses. Thermal comfort depends on other factors as well, like climate and occupant preferences – for example, occupants in Denmark may be more susceptible to humidity and heat levels than occupants in Portugal. The biggest challenges for Commissioning Agents and Facility Managers lie in finding a temperature which is satisfactory for the majority of their occupants, all who may have slightly different preferences, and doing so without sending the energy bill through the roof. Here to tell us the full story behind getting thermal comfort right in buildings is Brenna Buckwalter from BuildPulse.

If you work in the world of energy, it comes as no surprise that the "language" is technically complex by nature. While borrowing terms from a range of disciplines, from physics to finance, energy productivity also has its own set of complicated terms and jargon that are likely to come up in any conversation about energy efficiency.

As if that wasn’t complicated enough, the list of energy management acronyms keeps getting longer (IoT, EMS, aM&T, oh my…). To add to the confusion, a bunch of terms sound bewilderingly similar, or are used interchangeably even when they shouldn’t be.

So whether you are a seasoned energy professional or brand new to the energy game, you need to be armed with the right vocabulary - so here’s your arsenal of helpful terms to know.

The Energy Productivity Innovation Challenge (EPIC), an initiative supported by ClimateWorks Foundation and launched by Energy Unlocked, searched for 100 exemplary companies that are tackling inefficiencies in energy systems. These companies, dubbed the EPIC 100, together represent a movement pointing to a new energy system. The aim was to understand why and how their business models are gaining traction in specific markets, especially in China, India, Europe, Australia, the USA and Brazil – and how to accelerate their global impact. We are proud to announce that DEXMA has been named to the list of EPIC 100 businesses transforming energy systems around the world. Read on to discover why!

More and more companies are realising the transformational benefits of setting an ambitious energy productivity goal. They range from huge cost savings and improved energy security to driving innovation throughout the company. And crucially, many companies are achieving an immediate impact on profitability as well as safeguarding future returns. Companies large and small can seize these opportunities by committing to doubling energy productivity through the EP100 initiative, from The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, as part of the We Mean Business coalition. In this special guest post, EP100 Director Jenny Chu lays out 3 reasons why companies are making a formal commitment to double their energy productivity: