November 2017

In this newsletter:
  1. Security Enhancements
  2. ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® - Demand Tracking
  3. Diagram View
  4. Best of B3 Awards
  5. Optimize Your B3 Experience
  6. Upcoming Events

Security Enhancements

As part of our continued commitment to data security we have made some changes that will require tighter password control. Starting this past weekend all users will be required to update their B3 password. Passwords will now require the following:

  • one capital letter
  • one lowercase letter
  • one number
  • one special character
  • minimum 8 characters

As part of these changes, all B3 users will be prompted to update their B3 password even if the existing password meets all new requirements. B3 users will also be prompted to set security questions. Going forward, the last five recent passwords cannot be re-used and passwords will expire every 90 days. The application will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity requiring you to log back in.

For those that access other B3 tools and programs, you will now have one password across platforms. You will still need to log into each but utilizing the same password.

As always, if you’ve forgotten your password, you can have a link emailed to you to reset your password. Please do not share your credentials with co-workers. Additional users can request access via the Request Access form.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager - Demand Tracking

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (ESPM) has been updated to now allow the tracking of electric demand data. As a result, B3 Benchmarking is now able to send the demand data already tracked in B3 Benchmarking to Portfolio Manager. Conversely, any meters that are connected via the ESPM wizard can import demand data into B3 Benchmarking.

Diagram View

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, B3 Benchmarking now has a diagram view to visualize how buildings and meters are connected. The diagram view can be accessed at the site level by toggling on the far right control. Drag buildings and meters to best display relationships ensuring accurate connections. Utilize the Connections tab within the meter editor to update relationships. Layouts modified by users with edit access are saved for each site. Users with view access may modify layouts however they are not saved. The controls at the left allow zooming and resetting back to the default layout.


Best of B3 Awards

The Best of B3 celebration recognizes top sustainable projects and leaders in Minnesota. The State of Minnesota is leading the nation in requiring 70% more energy efficient State buildings in an effort to have all State construction carbon neutral by 2030. Designed to increase energy efficiency and sustainability, the State of Minnesota’s Buildings, Benchmarks, and Beyond (B3) programs were developed for and are required on State-funded projects in Minnesota. On October 26, 2017, the third annual Best of B3 Recognition Luncheon was held at International Market Square in Minneapolis to recognize the achievements of B3 program participants. Up to three finalists were recognized in each of eight Best of B3 categories. More information including category finalists can be found here.

The Best of B3 Benchmarking winners were:

  • State Agency: Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board
  • Local Government: City of Prior Lake
  • Public School: Big Lake Schools
  • Higher Ed (tie): Lake Superior College and Minnesota West Community & Technical College – Worthington Campus

Optimize Your B3 Experience

This section provides hints, tips, and tricks of the trade to make the most of your B3 Benchmarking data. This issue highlights how campuses with large multi-building sites can utilize the diagraming feature to potentially break sites out to get more detailed metrics.

First step is to ensure each meter is accurately connected to the respective buildings it services. This can be done via the connections tab within the meter editor. Once completed, use the diagram view and arrange the buildings and meters. In the example below, the multi-building site can actually be broken into three separate sites. If an electric sub-meter was added to the building on the far left, a fourth site could be created.

Existing building(s) and meter(s) can easily be moved to a new separate site.

  1. Create a new non-building site

    a. Uncheck the default electric meter

    b. Name the site, specify a custom address and unselect the option that it doesn’t contain buildings

  2. Move existing data to new site

    a. Move existing building(s) by changing the Parent Site via the building editor.

    b. Move existing meter(s) by changing the Parent Site via meter editor – connections tab. Ensure respective buildings are connected to the meter.

For this example, West Campus is now a separate site with detailed metrics as to how these three buildings are performing.

Upcoming Events

Join the B3 Team at the following workshops to learn more.

Capturing Savings: SE CERTS Public Building Energy Benchmarking Workshop

  • Friday, December 1st in Oronoco, 9:30am - 12:30pm
  • Additional details and registration found here.

GreenStep Cities Workshop: Benchmarking Wastewater Treatment Plants

  • Wednesday, December 6th in St. Cloud, 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Open to the pubic with additional details and registration found here.

New to Benchmarking? Contact us to provide an overview.


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