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BEPAnews Schedules Five New Whitepapers

BEPAnews schedules five new whitepapers regarding implementation of
ASTM E2797-11 in support of various BEPA activities.

 
BEPAnews announced the planned development of 5 new whitepapers designed to help inform, educate, and guide those who support a variety of energy efficiency activities in commercial real estate. 
 
According to Anthony J. Buonicore, PE, chair of the ASTM Building Energy Performance Task Group, “while early response to the publication of the new ASTM BEPA Standard E 2797-11 has been gratifying, clearly a need has arisen among the various constituencies supporting energy efficiency in CRE for an organized training activity. To meet this need, Buonicore continued, “BEPAnews is planning 5 new white papers, each of which will address a specific use of the Standard to meet different needs arising in the market”. The publication dates, titles, subject matter and target audiences are as follows:
 
August 2011: Available NOW!
This paper discusses appropriate due diligence activity in jurisdictions where some form of building energy use data collection and disclosure is required.  The paper shows how the Standard can be used to support Energy Star, benchmarking, and energy audit requirements.  This paper is a valuable resource for professionals conducting property due diligence, energy audits, buyers and sellers of commercial property, including their consultants, attorneys and lenders.  Free Download.
 
September 2011: Available NOW!
Commercial buildings in the U.S. spend more than $100 billion per year on energy, according to EPA, or approximately $2-$3 per square foot, representing approximately one-third of a building's controllable operating expenses.  There are approximately 4.8 million commercial buildings in the U.S., and more than 40% are greater than 30 years old. 
Read more: Certified AEE professionals, energy audit professionals and on site owners and managers of CRE will find this paper a reference source...
 
October 2011:
 Using the BEPA Standard to assess the performance of building energy efficiency improvements:
Emphasis will be on the use of the Standard as a tool to evaluate the results of energy efficiency improvements made in buildings. In this context, the emergence of the energy savings warranty insurance market in support of ESCOs will also be discussed. The target audience includes ESCOs, insurance professionals, energy audit professionals, building engineers, architects, and property owners and managers.
 
November 2011:
 Using the BEPA Standard to help create a “Legal Safe Harbor”:
Focus will be on the use of the Standard as a “BEST PRACTICE” quality assurance / quality control tool when the use of Energy Star is required by regulation. This white paper will be of interest to real estate attorneys, property due diligence service providers, and energy auditors in jurisdictions requiring or considering building energy use data collection and disclosure.
 
January 2012:
Using the BEPA Standard to support 179D energy tax credit applications:
Drafted in partnership with a specialty accounting firm, this whitepaper will be of interest to tax professionals, energy audit professionals and owners and managers of CRE with energy efficiency improvements that have been implemented over the last 5 years.
 
 
In addition, BEPAnews will schedule at least 4 webinars to provide additional support to the marketplace. Firms wishing to consider sponsoring this series should contact Mary Ellen Garbarino at megarbarino@bepanews.com.

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