Impact of Solar Tariff on Solar Projects

By Renée Azerbegi, President  Ambient Energy is still recovering from the shock that this solar tariff policy passed, but upon further research, the tariff will not have that much of an impact on our projects. “For the solar industry, the president approved tariffs for the next four years. A tariff of 30 percent will be […]

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Who is your California Commissioning Provider?

By Ryan Lynch, Commissioning Engineer Building commissioning in California has become a high-demand service in the AEC industry due to Title 24 requirements and the popularity of LEED certification. Because of this, many developers and architects are looking for the most cost-effective way to bring a commissioning team on board for their projects while still meeting […]

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Impact Beyond the Project Boundary

By Helene Lefkowitz, Sustainability Consultant  I recently joined built environment and community development professionals in the first Story of Place® course, a three-month training on a regenerative development process developed by the design firm Regenesis. I participated in nine online sessions, culminating in a week-long workshop in Fort Collins, CO. The course syllabus was centered […]

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Green Leasing and Ongoing Energy Efficiency

By Eric Mueller As organizations and companies increasingly decide to “go green” and adopt aggressive corporate sustainability goals, and as energy disclosure becomes a more common request in building sales and tenant leases, the desire to occupy and rent energy-efficient real estate and buildings is becoming a more common component in meeting broader sustainability goals. […]

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Optimists and Realists – The State of BIM to BEM Integration

Eric Ringold Integrating Building Energy Modeling (BEM) from Building Information Modeling (BIM) was a significant discussion at the 2017 International Building Performance Simulation Association Building Simulation conference which posed the question: “Are we there yet?” In other words, does BIM content seamlessly integrate with building energy analysis?  Responses to this question varied, in this writer’s opinion as […]

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Rebuild of Historic Log Cabin in Vail

By Renee Azerbegi Over the summer last year, Renee Azerbegi, President of Ambient Energy, took three weeks off and seven weekends to help re-build a historic log cabin in the middle of Eagles Nest Wilderness Area in Vail with her family, the Walkers.  The cabin is located at the base of a bowl at 10,800 […]

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