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EcoVox Presents at the 2018 World Green Energy Forum in South Korea

EcoVox President and Co-Founder Ryan Hoest was one of five international guest speakers invited to the three-day event last week which also featured a key-note address by former French President François Hollande.

The forum in Gyeongju was hosted by the government of the North Gyeongsang Province, which is looking to lead South Korea’s green energy industry in support of the nation’s “Renewable Energy 2030” initiative.

Here’s a link to the news coverage from The Seoul Times: http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=13648

  Photo of former French President François Hollande, forum attendees, and international speakers at the 2018 World Green Energy Forum in Gyeongju, South Korea.

Photo of former French President François Hollande, forum attendees, and international speakers at the 2018 World Green Energy Forum in Gyeongju, South Korea.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT  FROM ENERGY STAR

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT  FROM ENERGY STAR

If you benchmark one or more properties in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, you’ll likely see a change in your buildings’ 1–100 ENERGY STAR scores and other source energy metrics after August 26, 2018. That’s because EPA is updating performance metrics in Portfolio Manager based on the most recent market data available. This update is part of EPA’s standard process to keep ENERGY STAR metrics as current as possible, and reflective of current market performance.

Final reminder: Document current scores and data are due before 8/26/18

These new metrics will be applied across all time periods, which means your scores and metrics for all historical benchmarking data will change. Once this happens, EPA will not be able to provide “before and after” score changes for individual buildings or portfolios.

If you anticipate needing to document changes, it is strongly recommended that you document your pre-update scores and download your data no later than this Thursday August 23, 2018.  Third -party certifications, local mandates, or other incentive programs are a few examples of why you may need to update your data.

Recommended reports

At a minimum, Energy Star suggests downloading the following reports:

“Performance Highlight” Report (for a portfolio-level, multi-year summary)

This report saves a copy of your scores and other metrics for your portfolio for historical purposes. On the Reporting tab, run the “Performance Highlights” report for your portfolio.

 Statement of Energy Performance (for a building-level, 12-month performance period)

Useful if you are applying for LEED certification or any other certification or program that requires an ENERGY STAR score. Accessible on the Reporting tab (top right). These must be downloaded individually for each property. 

Don’t delay

Portfolio Manager will be temporarily unavailable beginning the afternoon of Sunday, August 26, and return online (with new metrics) by the morning of Monday, August 27.

Learn more

Join a webinar where Energy Star will provide an overview of the changes in Portfolio Manager after the metric updates, and an introduction to tools and resources to help you improve the energy efficiency of your building.

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ECOVOX WILL BE EXHIBITING AT THE 2018 CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE IN SANTA BARBARA, CA

EcoVox will be exhibiting at the 2018 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) July 9th - 11th in Santa Barbara.  We will be conducting live interactive demos of the new version of SkySpark (3.0.15) as well as our analytics and tenant recharge features.

Please come by booth #42 to say hello and check us out!

EcoVox is a full-service energy analytics company specializing in energy information systems and visualization solutions for the higher-education and commercial markets. EcoVox deploys both cloud-hosted and on-premise installations of SkySpark along with turn-key setup of fault detection and analytics. EcoVox also provides facility monitoring services, connected building commissioning/MBCx, as well as utility data dashboards. The suite of SkySpark offerings include apps for manual meter reads, tenant billing and recharge, in addition to energy management tools, utility tariff comparisons, and greenhouse gas tracking. For more information visit the website http://www.ecovoxinc.com/ or contact EcoVox at info@ecovoxinc.com.

About CHESC:

This unique event is jointly organized by independent / private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions. https://chesc.org/

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Second EcoVox Client Wins Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Award

EcoVox is pleased to announce that another one of our clients has won a Spring 2018 Smart Energy Analytics Campaign award for our analytics deployments!  

The campaign is part of the Better Buildings Challenge run by the US Department of Energy.  Major energy savings, improved maintenance, solid data management – the organizations recognized for the 2nd Annual Spring Awards by the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign have seen these benefits and more from their installation of Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) with analytics.

 

Innovation in the Use of EMIS- CSU Dominguez Hills

Kenny Seeton, Energy Manager

California State University, Dominguez Hills and energy manager Kenny Seeton received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy for innovation in using Fault Detection & Diagnostics (FDD) at 22 university buildings. In addition to identifying energy saving opportunities, FDD supports demonstrations of advanced technologies through easy access to data and ability to verify savings. 

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EcoVox Participates in Two South Korean Energy Forums

EcoVox's president was invited to participate and speak at two South Korean conferences focusing on Global Technology and Emerging Energy Businesses.  Sponsored by the Office of Strategic R&D Planning in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) as well as the Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI), the focus was on how government and business organizations could work together to further the implementation of Smart Cities and energy efficiency programs.

We were honored to be invited to participate, as well as see some of the amazing buildings in South Korea!

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SKYSPARK® WORLDWIDE MILESTONE

 

            

EcoVox is thrilled to be a partner and contributor of this exciting milestone!  The SkySpark® Analytics software has now been applied to more than 13,000 buildings, encompassing over 1 Billion square feet (>92 million square meters). The deployments cover a wide range of applications for energy management, equipment systems optimization, monitoring-based commissioning and fault detection in all types of facilities including federal and municipal government, healthcare, commercial and residential real estate, higher education and multi-site retail. Deployment of SkySpark across more than 1 Billion square feet further validates the financial benefits of applying data analytics to building and equipment systems to reduce energy and operational costs.

Building owners and facility managers are able to utilize their specialized knowledge in conjunction with the deep expertise of SkyFoundry partners to implement system and equipment data analytics that will fit their unique characteristics and requirements.

Read the full press release here

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ECOVOX SUPPORTS LOCAL AREA SCHOOLS

Santa Margarita Elementary is hosting the Apex Fun Run as their major fundraiser this semester which raises money for the top schools in America.  Donations go towards Field Trips, Classroom Supplies, and Teacher Budgets.  Each student will receive daily character lessons and awards as they learn what it takes to be a true leader. They will also get pledges for each lap they run around the Apex Raceway during the fun run.  ECOVOX is proud to help our local schools and community with a donation for this APEX Fun Run event! 

For more information about this event:  http://apexfunrun.com/home

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UC DAVIS/ECOVOX: SMART ENERGY ANALYTICS CAMPAIGN AWARD

EcoVox would like to congratulate UC Davis on receiving the national award from the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign program for their exemplary work in implementing Fault Detection (FDD) analytics in their buildings! The campaign is led by the U.S Department of Energy to support commercial building owners in adopting energy management and information systems. 

UC Davis has a long standing track record and commitment to overall energy efficiency, and met with EcoVox about deploying SkySpark as a way to achieve deeper analysis and continuous monitoring of two buildings they had taken through their Existing Building Commissioning (EBCx) process.  EcoVox integrated two buildings into the SkySpark platform for the initial pilot project, which resulted in 22-24% savings through the combined EBCx /FDD efforts.

For more information on the types of information uncovered by the UC Davis team with the FDD software and to view the full case study, you can learn more here. 

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We've Moved!

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We've Moved!

EcoVox is growing! The new office is located at 3599 Sueldo St Suite 110, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. You can reach us at 805.540.2044 or info@ecovoxinc.com.

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EcoVox Supports Cal Poly and The Local Community

EcoVox engineer Lauren Rueda spoke at Cal Poly's annual EPIC (Engineering Possibilities in College) summer camp on August 3 2017. Approximately 200 10th-12th grade students were in attendance for the talk, which covered energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, and future career paths in sustainability and energy engineering.

EPIC is an annual summer program that immerses campers from grades 7-12 in a wide array of labs and activities.  Now in its 10th year, the event targets underserved students and those who may not have considered a career in engineering. (More details at https://epic.calpoly.edu.)

EcoVox was founded by Cal Poly graduates and is proud to support our local San Luis Obispo community!

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ECOVOX WILL BE EXHIBITING AT THE UPCOMING 2017 CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE IN SANTA BARBARA, CA

ECOVOX will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2017 (CHESC) California Higher Education Sustainability Conference June 26th - 28th in Santa Barbara, Ca. We are listed as an innovative exhibitor and will be conducting live interactive demos of the new version of SkySpark 3.0.

Please come by booth #11 to say hello and check us out!

EcoVox is a full-service energy analytics company specializing in energy information systems and visualization solutions for the higher-education and commercial markets. EcoVox deploys both cloud-hosted and on-premise installations of SkySpark along with turn-key setup of fault detection and analytics. EcoVox also provides facility monitoring services, connected building commissioning/MBCx, as well as data dashboards. The suite of SkySpark offerings include apps for manual meter reads, tenant billing and recharge, in addition to energy management tools, utility tariff comparisons, and greenhouse gas tracking. For more information visit the website http://www.ecovoxinc.com/ or contact EcoVox, Inc at info@ecovoxinc.com.

About CHESC:

In its 16th year, this unique event is jointly organized by independent / private colleges, California Community Colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California creating the opportunity for dialogue across institutions. https://chesc.org/

 

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ECOVOX WILL BE PRESENTING AT THE 2017 WEST COAST ENERGY MANAGEMENT CONGRESS LONG BEACH, CA JUNE 7TH-8TH

EcoVox is honored to be invited to give a presentation on Energy Analytics and Persistent Commissioning at the upcoming 2017 West Coast Energy Management Congress in Long Beach, California. 

Speaker: Ryan Hoest, President and Co-Founder, EcoVox, Inc

Session Title: The Gap Between FDD Analytics and Energy Savings: Addressing the "Last Mile" Challenge for Persistent Commissioning. 

Session Date Thursday June 8th, 2017

Session Time: 10:30 am -11:00 am

Session 3B: Building Analytics: The New Frontier   Track 3: Trends in Energy Efficiency:

Description: Achieving energy savings is one of the cited reasons why facilities implement Fault Detection/Diagnostics systems. However, successful persistent commissioning programs must have a number of elements beyond building analytics to drive real savings. They presentation provides an overview of a few real-world facilities that have put programs in place to ensure FDD findings actually get implemented. 

The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West Coast specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. It brings together the top experts in all areas of the field to help you set a clear, optimum path to energy efficiency, facility optimization and sustainability.

For more information visit the website www.energyevent.com or contact EcoVox, Inc at info@ecovoxinc.com.

 

 

 

 

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UPCOMING SKYSPARK DEMONSTRATION WEBCAST: MAY 30,2017, 11:30AM ET - 1:00PM ET

A live, "Deep Dive" Demonstration webcast is the very best way to get a solid overview of the capabilities of SkySpark and see the power of real, automated analytics. Whether you are a building owner, system integrator or engineer this is the place to start to get introduced to SkySpark.  

This session is scheduled for:  Tuesday May 30th, 2017 at 11:30AM ET - 1:00PM ET

Contact info@ecovoxinc.com for an invitation. 

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EcoVox Presenting at the 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Vegas

Come join us at the 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Las Vegas!  EcoVox president and co-founder Ryan Hoest will be presenting at Seminar 14: Data Driven Energy Auditing, Measurement and Verification.

Details from the ASHRAE program are below:

Sunday, January 29, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Using Analytics Platforms to Continuously Evaluate Buildings and Drive Persistent Savings

Ryan Hoest, EcoVox, Inc

There’s no shortage of available software applications and tools that can be leveraged to identify savings opportunities in buildings. The challenge is identifying which tool types are appropriate and what data is useful for the variety of needed building assessments that range from simple benchmarking to fault detection/auditing or advanced statistical analysis. This presentation provides an overview of a software environment developed to leverage the relative strengths of some energy analytics, workflow management, and visualization tools to identify savings opportunities, quantify savings impacts, and support an ongoing commissioning process in actual facilities.

For more information, visit ashrae.org.

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Building A Sustainable Future

EcoVox will be presenting at this years' 2016 CSU Facilities Management Conference.

Watch Where You’re Going: Energy Information Systems and the Future of Utility Management
 

Monday, October 17, 10:40 AM- 12:00 PM

The CSU's Energy Information System (EIS) is becoming the primary conduit for reporting energy and sustainability performance. EIS can also provide the capabilities at the campus level to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve efficiency. In this session, the Systemwide EIS implementation team and a pilot campus will share their successes and lessons learned from implementing and integrating EIS into campus energy and sustainability programs.

Presenters
Ryan Hoest, Principal, EcoVox, Inc.
Kenny Seeton, Central Plant Operations Manager, CSU Dominguez Hills

For more information please engage at http://www.calstate.edu/CPDC/FPM_Conference/2016/sessions/energy-utilities.shtml

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EcoVox at the ARPA-E Workshop on Occupancy Sensors and Controls

EcoVox is honored to be invited to the DOE Advanced Research Project Agency- Energy workshop taking place in Portland, OR July 12-13, 2016.  In addition to speaking in the panel discussion "User needs: Identifying the market pull and requirements for occupancy sensing technologies," EcoVox president and co-founder Ryan Hoest is looking forward to participating in discussions with leading industry experts about ways to increase the adoption of occupancy sensing technologies, as well as leveraging the technology to minimize building energy consumption.

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EcoVox Will Be Presenting at the 2016 CASBO Conference April 14, 2016.

EcoVox is honored to be invited to give a presentation on Energy Analytics and ongoing building commissioning at the 2016 CASBO Annual Conference and California School Business Expo.  Building on our experience deploying analytics platforms in support of K-12 district staff as well as Prop 39 program delivery, this presentation will give an overview of how districts can leverage data analysis tools to manage their energy spend in a cost-effective way.

For more information, visit the CASBO website.

Session ID: MO14
Room: 212, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
Day/Time: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Title: Building Commissioning Process- Using Data Analytics Tools to Reduce Energy and Headaches
Description: Ongoing building commissioning is a continuous improvement process designed to keep buildings working efficiently over time. With the increased availability of data from smart thermostats and cost-effective energy management systems (EMS), a number of HVAC fault-detection platforms and service companies are providing cost-effective support to schools that helps maintenance staff keep campuses comfortable and efficient. With improved visibility and the ability to prioritize issues by cost, maintenance resources can be better allocated to critical tasks.
Presider: Tuan Nguyen, Mechanical Systems Manager (M&A), University of California Los Angeles
Speaker: Ryan Hoest, Principal, EcoVox, Inc.
Speaker: Lauren Rueda, Energy Engineer, EcoVox, Inc

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Upcoming SkySpark Demonstration Webcast: March 15, 2016, 11:30AM - 1:00PM ET

The live demonstration webcast from SkyFoundry is a great way to get a solid overview of the capabilities of SkySpark and see the power of real, automated analytics. Whether you are a building owner, system integrator or engineer this is the place to start to get introduced to SkySpark. This session is scheduled for:

Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 11:30AM ET (New York time).

Contact EcoVox for an invitation!

SkySpark Analytics Software Wins Control Trends 2015 Award

Congratulations to SkyFoundry!  The SkySpark analytics platform just won the Control Trends 2015 Energy Savings Product of the Year award at the 2016 AHR show in Orlando, FL.  We are excited to see the growing industry adoption of this powerful energy and building analytics tool in support of ongoing building commissioning.  As a Value-Added Reseller for SkySpark, EcoVox is happy to answer any questions you may have about deploying SkySpark for your facilities.