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


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

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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Exploring the Future of Energy Data Analytics at SkyPosium


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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Major Takeaways from the 2017 Intelligent Buildings Conference


The Intelligent Buildings conference (IBcon), presented by RealComm, is one of the most important gatherings for the commercial and corporate real estate, facilities, and technology industries. I attended the 2017 IBcon in San Diego, California on June 13–16. This event brought together leaders from more than 20 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, and many countries in Europe and Asia.

I attended all four days of the conference. Seven pre-conference events were held on Tuesday, June 13. These were followed by two full days of education sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, June 14–15. The conference concluded with nine Real Estate Innovation Tech Tours on Friday, June 16.
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Sieben Energy Associates Qualifies for Cutting-Edge NYSERDA Program


Following a rigorous application and review process, Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) has qualified as a System and Service Provider for the Commercial Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA).

SEA is the only Chicago-based or Illinois-based firm listed as a System and Service Provider on the Qualified Vendor page on NYSERDA's website. Through its involvement in the monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx) program in the Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) service territory of northern Illinois, SEA has significant experience designing and delivering RTEM-type projects. ComEd's MBCx program is described on the utility's retro-commissioning page.

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