Insights and observations from our practice and elsewhere

There is still time to save on capacity charges

There is still time to save on capacity charges

After three years of mild weather and unusually low occupancy, last week’s heatwave across eastern Australia provided a timely reminder that active demand management is essential for containing electricity costs in commercial buildings. Prior to COVID, it was normal...

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Freezers are Cool again!

Freezers are Cool again!

With all the talk of batteries as we move towards a 100% renewable grid, have you wondered whatever happened to thermal storage? Thermal storage (ice, chilled water, hot water) originally achieved some prominence as a way to shift building load from peak to off-peak...

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How Buildings Alive’s AI helps cut energy costs and carbon

How Buildings Alive’s AI helps cut energy costs and carbon

Recently we released new artificial intelligence (AI) technology that changes the way energy is managed in buildings. How does it compare to generative AI technologies like ChatGPT, DALL-E and Midjourney? There are similarities in approach, but let’s wind back a bit...

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Our clients are getting ‘real’ about carbon 24/7

Our clients are getting ‘real’ about carbon 24/7

Since September 2021, the automated monthly reports we send to our clients summarizing their portfolios' energy savings have contained a footnote that normally reads something like this one: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions measured at hourly intervals throughout the...

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What’s a high integrity offset?

What’s a high integrity offset?

The UN Secretary-General is widely regarded as the world’s top diplomat. So António Guterres’ language at the launch of a High-Level report on Net-Zero Commitments in November spoke volumes: Using bogus ‘net-zero’ pledges to cover up massive fossil fuel expansion is...

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Ten action-packed years, so what’s next?

Ten action-packed years, so what’s next?

Buildings Alive started out ten years ago with a simple question: what would happen if you provided building operators with clear, daily feedback about the energy and environmental performance of their buildings? Would they find it motivating? Would they experiment?...

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Making our business a force for good!

Making our business a force for good!

After a rigorous process, Buildings Alive is proud to announce that we have been certified as a B Corporation (B Corp). We join a global community of over 5000 companies across 158 industries in 85 countries. B Corp is a global community of businesses with a common...

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2022 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

2022 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

In August, the first in-person ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (aka “Summer Camp for Energy Nerds” - around 1,000 of them) was held in Pacific Grove, California. Buildings Alive was privileged to present 3 papers (authored by Craig Roussac and Hao...

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