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Building Technology: Driving New Revenue and Saving Money with the Latest Innovations

November 7, 2018

Technological advances have the potential to drive profitability in commercial real estate (CRE) operations, and the multifamily sector is starting to make choices among a range of available solutions. But managers and owners have to build tech strategies that balance innovation against client needs and the demand for meaningful efficiency improvements.

Olympic Park and UQTR: AEE Awards for Performance and Innovation

October 4, 2018

Montreal’s Olympic Park and Trois-Rivières University (UQTR) were both recipients of awards from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Presented in October 2018 in conjunction with the World Energy Engineering Congress, these awards recognize excellence and innovation in energy projects. Ecosystem is proud to have contributed to these achievements.

Is Steam Still Right for Your Campus?

September 6, 2018

Historically, steam has always been easier to produce than electricity — burning fuel to evaporate water is much simpler than exciting electrons. For this reason, most buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century were developed around steam distribution. Today, many university campuses are a testimony to this heritage.

Revised ENERGY STAR Scores Are Out – How Did You Do?

September 5, 2018

Updated ENERGY STAR scores were released on August 26, after a long-overdue revision of the scoring baseline. For many real estate sectors, the current 2003 data set used for benchmarking was replaced by a 2012 set that reflects the fact that buildings have steadily become more energy efficient. For NYC buildings, the new scores are doubly significant. Local Law 33 mandates that the ENERGY STAR score will be the basis of the NYC letter grade, which will be posted by every entrance from 2020.

Energia Award for Les Cours Mont-Royal

June 4, 2018

Les Cours Mont-Royal, an upscale shopping center in downtown Montreal, turned an asset renewal project into an opportunity to improve their financial, operational, and environmental performance. Their bold approach to upgrading their infrastructure was recently recognized with an Energia award from AQME, the Quebec Association for Energy Management.

Local Law 33: Preparing for 2020’s Energy Grade with Yesterday’s ENERGY STAR Score?

June 4, 2018

Building owners and managers in NYC are scrambling to prepare for the new energy efficiency letter grades – but ENERGY STAR, the scoring metric used to determine the letter grade, is changing and many scores are likely to fall.

SUNY Chancellor visits Ecosystem project at Rockland Community College

April 10, 2018

Ecosystem’s energy efficiency project at Rockland Community College (RCC) took center stage when the State University of New York (SUNY) chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson made her first visit to the campus since her appointment last September.

Innovative Projects Bring Community Colleges a Competitive Edge

February 27, 2018

In the drive to create effective enrollment strategies, community college administrators recognize that their facilities can be an asset in attracting and keeping students – but funding campus improvements is a challenge. An energy performance contract (EPC) may offer you just what you need in today’s competitive environment.

Ecosystem Speaks: At The Energy Gang Live Podcast

February 2, 2018

A team from Ecosystem’s NYC office attended a live taping of The Energy Gang podcast. One of our engineers, Matthew Sheridan, had some questions for the panel, and he discusses the experience.

ASHRAE Recognizes Ecosystem Project at Quebec Hospital Network

January 12, 2018

It’s a great start to 2018 for the energy performance project at Quebec University Hospital Center– Laval University (CHU). The project was named top in Region II (Toronto East, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces) by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and was also awarded honorable mention by ASHRAE International in the Healthcare Establishments – Existing Buildings category.