NSEC Dream Vegas Valley Project

Within the NSEC energy efficiency committee, called the EE plank, we decided to take a look at commercial benchmarking. Information and transparency are two of the most important factors when promoting energy efficiency. Benchmarking is the process where building owners and operators use a tool, such as the EPA’s Portfolio Manager, to not only measure their building’s energy and water use, but also to track it over time in order to account for efficiency upgrades in future scores. Cities from New York and San Francisco to Austin are moving forward in this area.
Taking into account the current Nevada economic situation, it was decided to start with a pilot initiative. With Matt Weinman at the lead, interested NSEC members met with representatives of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. The goal was to discuss Commercial Building Benchmarking and how the municipalities might participate in a pilot program to evaluate the possibilities of future state-wide policies, which could lead to job creation, energy saving for building owners and GHG reduction. All three city representatives agreed to work with NSEC on this initiative.
NSEC members are now drafting a strategy to implement this dream project. If you would like to learn more, please contact Matt Weinman at matt.weinman@znesolutions.com!

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