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Comfort-Focused ADR

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Just about anyone in the HVAC or commercial property management industry familiar with LOBOS by Enerliance, a Yardi company, can attest to the fact that the LOBOS software is amazing. Phrases such as “game-changing,” “transformative,” and “without equal” are frequently bandied about when the conversation turns to describing the LOBOS platform. As an optimizer for overall energy efficiency, a facilitator of comfort-focused automated demand response participation, and/or a provider of fault detection and diagnostics, there is simply no other comparable technology on the market today. Because while there are competitive products, there is no other HVAC optimizer that does the job with such elegant practicality.

Simply put, LOBOS puts tenant comfort first. In fact, it operates under such stealth conditions that, unless you were present at the installation, odds are you’d never even know it was there—unless, of course, your building was uncomfortably hot or cold before LOBOS, in which case, you’d know there was a change to the system, because your level of comfort improved.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that this covert efficiency and economy of operation, while being the whole purpose of LOBOS, makes for some unique marketing challenges. Throw in the tendency for operational explanations to lean on the side of complicated, and we’ve found there’s a bit of a wall to scale when delivering the LOBOS message.

Luckily, a picture is worth a thousand words, and we’ve got one that does a pretty good job of illustrating the LOBOS advantage. It’s a graph, actually, and we’ve animated it for curb appeal:


Basically what you are looking at is the average savings rate that LOBOS delivers in a standard 200,000-square-foot + building over the course of a year. The black line—pushing 350 kilowatts at peak load (which happens during the warmest part of the day), represents the level of HVAC energy consumption in the building before LOBOS. The dotted blue line represents what the consumption looks like with the LOBOS energy efficiency upgrade—note the full 100-kilowatt reduction during peak load. And then check out the drop-off in usage, as represented with the dotted red line, during a LOBOS-controlled automated demand response event—here you see, from the LOBOS baseline, a 50-kilowatt reduction in energy use during peak load. And though we already said it, we’d like to remind you again that these energy use reductions are achieved without compromising tenant comfort.  

Let’s break down what this means for building owners and property managers in practical terms—it means big energy use reductions, which equals big reductions in operational expenses; it means scoring some serious brownie points with the environmentalists out there (not to mention the great PR); it means being efficient, responsible and profitable all at the same time, and it means achieving this much sought-after trifecta without ever making sacrifices to tenant comfort.

Still not convinced? Then check out the following data table:


That’s $5 million in estimated annual energy savings, and $7 million in received utility incentives. That’s free money courtesy of utility companies across the country for the implementation of technology like LOBOS in exchange for ADR participation.

The bottom line? LOBOS is an investment worthy of further investigation. One simple way to see if your building could benefit from LOBOS is to use our efficiency calculator.

Start Spreading the News — LOBOS ♥’s New York!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state of New York are serious about energy conservation, and LOBOS is right in the middle of the action. In addition to the recently unveiled REV program (Reforming the Energy Vision), which will change the way energy in New York is generated, transmitted and distributed, Con Edison, as part of a joint program with NYSERDA is offering 100 million dollars in new utility incentives aimed at the very specific goal of relieving 50 megawatts of electricity demand from the grid serving Manhattan and the rest of the five boroughs by June of 2016. The point of this reduction is to support Governor Cuomo’s mission to permanently shutter the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, which provides about 25% of the energy for New York City and Westchester County.

To this end, on Thursday, June 26, Yardi hosted “The New York City Energy Summit,” an invitation-only event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Summit leaders introduced a number of renowned real estate portfolio owners and managers to the LOBOS HVAC Intelligence, Optimization & Demand Response platform while explaining how Manhattan’s new utility rebates can fund a substantial portion of the costs associated with a LOBOS building upgrade. LOBOS-equipped buildings typically reduce operating expenses by 20 cents per square foot while producing one watt per square foot of demand response capacity and 2 kWh per square foot of annual energy savings.

Around 50 industry partners, utility staff and New York City commercial real estate owner/managers attended the event including representatives from Lawrence Ruben Company, Related Management, Madison International Realty, Cushman and Wakefield, and Jones Lang LaSalle. Attendees learned about incentive details from the ConEdison Green Team while Enerliance founder Scot Duncan and Enerliance president and Yardi director of business development Ray Pustinger explained LOBOS’ functionality.

The summit concluded with a panel discussion titled, “HVAC Intelligence: Owners and Managers from Large Facilities Using LOBOS.” USGBC LEED director Heather Langford served as moderator to the panel of four speakers: Ted Bischak, principal Ocean/West Capital Partners; Bill Wendt, vice president of facilities and engineering for Kilroy Realty Corp.; Roman Gunther, regional engineer for LBA Realty; and Omar Chamma, national account manager for Trane, a subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR). The panelists discussed their experiences with the Enerliance/Yardi team, relating real-world examples of how LOBOS lowers operating costs, allows automatic demand response participation, and materially contributes to a business’s bottom line.

If the level of interest and engagement at the summit are an indicator of things to come, then the event was a huge success.  But then again, why wouldn’t it be? LOBOS saves building owners money, improves comfort and is great for the environment—what’s not to like? We’re looking forward to helping Manhattan reach its energy-use curtailment goals, and we’ll be watching to see how all of these changes in New York will affect the energy industry nationwide.

We’re with Frank Sinatra on this one—if these measures can make it there, they’ll make it anywhere.

Read Commercial Property Executive Magazine’s take on the summit in their special report.

Further coverage of the event can also be found on the Business Energy Magazine Blog.

Download the summit presentation.New York City Energy Summit

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