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FEATURE LOOKING INTO BUILDING SYSTEMS
Continued from page 7

Electric vehicles may also serve as energy storage
systems. Electric vehicle charging stations, which
are being installed in smart buildings and elsewhere,
reflect the steep growth trajectory of the lithium-ion
battery market.

Conserving Smart
Energy management includes planning and
operating energy production and consumption in a
building. Typical objectives include energy resource
conservation, climate protection, and cost savings,
allowing occupants permanent access to the energy
they need. Energy management closely aligns with
environmental management, production management,
logistics, and other established business functions.
In response to energy conservation and the reduced
dependence on fossil fuels, building designers
are changing the way businesses, residences, and
communities are planned, constructed, maintained,
and operated. Some projects pursue LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
earn points across several areas that address
sustainability issues.
Another schema is the Environmental Protection
Agency's ENERGY STAR® for Buildings, a successful
voluntary energy-efficiency program for new and
existing buildings.

Energy Benchmarking
Equals
Energy Savings

Others align themselves with ISO 9000 Quality
management systems-Fundamentals and
vocabulary and the ISO 14000 family of standards
for environmental management systems. These
are voluntary international standards that declare
an organization's commitment to quality and
environmental management. Building operations play
a key role meeting and maintaining compliance with
these standards.
We are living in exciting times when innovation
is moving more rapidly than ever before. In the
following series of case studies, we look into exemplary
building designs of NEMA members' offices and
factories, as well as projects for which members have
supplied leading-edge system designs and products.
NEMA members are meeting the challenge to adapt
quickly so that our electrical products and systems
are at the forefront of building systems design
and construction. ei

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ew York City facility managers who measure the energy
performance of their buildings are investing in energy-saving
technologies and operational improvements in order to improve
their buildings' energy efficiency, according to a survey conducted
by NEMA in 2016.
Cities around the United States are implementing
building energy benchmarking and transparency
ordinances that require large buildings to measure
and disclose their energy use as a way to encourage
energy efficiency improvements. These policies allow
building owners and occupants to compare the energy
performance of their buildings with that of similar
buildings.
Multiple studies have shown that commercial,
multifamily, and public buildings that have
benchmarked energy use pursuant to city benchmarking
ordinances have reduced their energy use and increased
their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® scores faster
than buildings not subject to such laws. These findings
are consistent with the conclusion that benchmarking
laws are catalyzing increased building efficiency. 
Download a copy of the NEMA survey report at
www.nema.org/benchmarking-report. ei

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEMA ei June 2017

Comments from the Chairman
Views
Electric News
Looking Ahead for Building Systems
Adding Value through ESPCs
Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings
Case Studies: NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation
Shining a Light on PV Wire
Advocacy
Code & Standards
International
Business Analytics
Spotlight
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover1
NEMA ei June 2017 - Cover2
NEMA ei June 2017 - 1
NEMA ei June 2017 - 2
NEMA ei June 2017 - Comments from the Chairman
NEMA ei June 2017 - Views
NEMA ei June 2017 - Electric News
NEMA ei June 2017 - Looking Ahead for Building Systems
NEMA ei June 2017 - Adding Value through ESPCs
NEMA ei June 2017 - Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings
NEMA ei June 2017 - 9
NEMA ei June 2017 - Case Studies: NEMA Members Go Big on Innovation
NEMA ei June 2017 - 11
NEMA ei June 2017 - 12
NEMA ei June 2017 - 13
NEMA ei June 2017 - 14
NEMA ei June 2017 - 15
NEMA ei June 2017 - 16
NEMA ei June 2017 - 17
NEMA ei June 2017 - Shining a Light on PV Wire
NEMA ei June 2017 - 19
NEMA ei June 2017 - Advocacy
NEMA ei June 2017 - Code & Standards
NEMA ei June 2017 - 22
NEMA ei June 2017 - International
NEMA ei June 2017 - Business Analytics
NEMA ei June 2017 - Spotlight
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