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Two New Trophies Recognize Retro-Commissioning Success in 2018

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If you were walking in the central Loop in downtown Chicago on Tuesday afternoon, October 30, you may have thought the Stanley Cup had returned to Chicago. Sieben Energy Associates was awarded two large trophies, each roughly the size and shape of the Stanley Cup, for its retro-commissioning work for customers of ComEd, the electric utility that serves northern Illinois.

Jerry Burin and David Binstock accepted the awards from ComEd and Nexant, the retro-commissioning program manager, during the annual workshop for retro-commissioning service providers. As they headed back to the office with the new hardware, Jerry and David caught the attention of passersby, whom we may assume were perplexed, if not impressed, by what they were seeing.

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Sieben Energy Associates Receives National "Monitoring Based Commissioning Service Provider" Award

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Just a few months after Sieben Energy Associates received its first award from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, the firm has been recognized with another: the "Monitoring Based Commissioning Service Provider" award for 2018. Sieben Energy Associates will formally accept the award during a session at the Building Commissioning Association's annual conference on October 16, 2018.

On September 21, Sieben Energy Associates learned that it would be given the monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) service provider award at the upcoming BCxA Conference in Nashville. This prestigious national award recognizes the portfolio of projects that Sieben Energy Associates has completed using its MBCx platform, the impressive energy savings generated as a result, and the firm's ongoing support of the U.S. Department of Energy's Smart Energy Analytics Campaign.
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National Recognition for The Franklin's Energy Performance

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Sieben Energy Associates, together with Tishman Speyer, has earned national recognition for its monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) program at The Franklin in downtown Chicago. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign, an initiative led by the U.S. Department of Energy, will honor The Franklin and other award recipients in a virtual recognition ceremony during a webinar on May 15, 2018. The Franklin will receive the "Energy Performance in a Single Site" award for 2018.

The MBCx program at The Franklin has reduced annual electricity use by greater than 5.1 million kilowatt-hours to date, demonstrating the power and value of well-executed Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS).​ These savings were achieved through the collective effort of The Franklin's management and engineering staff, Sieben Energy Associates' engineers, and various implementation contractors. MBCx at The Franklin is funded in part by the local electric utility ComEd, through an energy efficiency program managed by Nexant.
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Craig Sieben Named Finalist for Prestigious BOMA/Chicago Award

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Craig Sieben, President of Sieben Energy Associates, was recently named a finalist for the 2017-18 Affiliate Member of the Year Award from BOMA/Chicago. The winner of this and other Gold Circle Awards will be announced on January 25, 2018 at BOMA/Chicago's annual TOBY/Gold Circle Awards Gala.

The Affiliate Member of the Year Award, according to BOMA/Chicago, is "Dedicated to honoring exceptional and significant service to BOMA/Chicago by an individual employed by an Affiliate member company and superior customer service and professional expertise provided to the building members of BOMA/Chicago." Sieben Energy Associates has been an Affiliate member company for many years.

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Exploring the Future of Energy Data Analytics at SkyPosium

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Together with 150 other members of the global SkySpark community, Syed Suhail and I spent two interesting and stimulating days at SkyPosium 2017. SkySpark is an increasingly popular analytics platform developed by the company SkyFoundry, whose vision is "SkySpark Everywhere." The SkySpark community includes value-added resellers and distributors, engineering consultants, software-as-a-service (SaaS) program developers, and some end users.

SkyPosium was convened at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott in Dulles, Virginia. From 12 noon on Tuesday, November 14 through 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 15, we learned about the expanding suite of tools and capabilities available to SkySpark users. Sieben Energy Associates, an early adopter of using large dataset analytics to optimize HVAC system performance, has been a SkySpark software user since 2010.

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