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The Verdigris blog provides resources for facility managers, chief engineers, property management and building owners to run their facilities even better

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Four Important Reasons to Demand Better Energy Data

Picture the modern office building: what do you see? Probably tall, with a flashy lobby, maybe a corporate logo on top. Made of all glass, right?

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3 Ways to Make Commercial Real Estate Easier

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how "going green" in commercial real estate could translate to huge value improvement for building owners.  But there are many players in the commercial real estate value chain. Ownership groups have portfolio managers. Each building has a facility engineer.…

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IoT Data Security: or, how to keep the NSA out of your building

Everyone is worried about data security these days. And rightfully so – good actors and bad are constantly trying to access your data.

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Office Wars: The Space Heaters Awaken

The cold weather is here at Verdigris HQ (yes, it gets cold in California!) and we received the annual email titled,"Use of Office Space Heaters," from our landlords. This email was unsurprising: our NASA research campus building is old and inefficiently heated. My co-worker has his toasty toes…

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The Superhero Secret to Achieving Corporate Energy Reduction Goals

Corporate are increasingly looking at their employees to be superheroes in the good fight against energy waste. This year 57% of corporations have formal energy reduction initiatives, up from 46% last year. That's a lot of corporations, and a lot of energy waste to conquer! 

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5 Questions About Energy Every Hotel Chief Engineer Should Know

It's an understatement to say that Chief Engineers are "busy." As the head of hotel facility operations, the Chief Engineer is under the gun to make sure all of the guests--and staff!--are safe and comfortable in their home away from home. This means maintaining equipment, managing hazards…

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Don't come up "short" during LEED certification: 1 way to get 2 LEED credits


Your organization is committed to energy efficiency, and you've dedicated months, or even years into preparing for LEED certification. You think you have just enough credits to get you there. But is a 5 or even 10 point buffer really enough to get over the hurdle?

With more corporations seeing…

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Find Hidden Savings in Your Time-of-Use Electricity Billing

Is your facility on Time of Use billing?

If you don't know the answer to that question, there's a large chance you have thousands of dollars to save by digging deeper.

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The Trillion Dollar Reason Energy Efficiency Can't be Ignored

Using energy inefficiently in commercial buildings is leaving trillions on the table.

Energy efficiency is invisible fuel: it does good for the planet while saving businesses serious cash. In fact, the value of energy efficiency could be in the trillions, according the the New York Times. With…

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15 Ways to Run Your Facility Better with Energy Data

Today, the most successful facilities managers and chief engineers are using advanced power monitoring to increase equipment uptime and reduce energy consumption under tight staffing and budget constraints. 

While building monitoring systems offer insight into a limited subset of equipment, new…

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Why Smart Facilities Managers Don't Wait for an Audit to Save Energy

How long has it been since you had a professional energy audit? Chances are it’s been a year or longer, because energy audits are time consuming and can be costly. 

Energy audits may feel very productive because many small issues with energy efficiency accumulate between visits, making the…

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