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Planning for the Community vs. Planning for the Plan

August 16, 2017

Imagine a family losing their home, their belongings–everything. With nowhere to go, they find the nearest shelter, only to be turned away due to shelter restrictions. When planning for a community, that should never happen.

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The Public as a Resource

July 13, 2017

Far too often, organizations consider the public a liability—something to be rescued in an emergency situation. The opposite is true.

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The True Test of a Successful Crisis Response: Public Trust

July 6, 2017

In this June 2017 article, Cadmus Senior Advisor and former FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate analyzes the role of public trust in emergency management.

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Arc: The Wave of the Future for High Performance Buildings

February 17, 2017

Arc is where the USGBC would like to redirect market focus for high performance buildings. Get the details here.

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Understanding Energy Use – Putting Savings to Work for Enhanced Learning Environments

January 13, 2017

In this Educational Facility Planner article, Cadmus' Kudret Ütebay and Jenna Tipaldi explain how K-12 school administrators can use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and Cash Flow Opportunity Calculator to measure, track, and report on energy, water, and waste, and make informed financial decisions on energy efficiency upgrades.

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What Was the Real Energy Impact of the 2008 Title 24 Energy Code?

December 20, 2016

Cadmus evaluated electric and gas savings associated with California’s building energy code, the 2008 Title 24. Get valuable insights from the study here!

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Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Systems: The Answers to Questions About Efficiency You Didn’t Know You Had

People choose to install ductless mini-split heat pumps for the high-rated efficiency, ease of installation, cold weather heating ability, and ability to eliminate duct losses.

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Home Energy Management Systems Paths to Savings: On-Ramps and Dead Ends

Robert Lamoureux discusses applicable steps for program managers who are considering HEMS programs.

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Smart Thermostats and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet, and Profits

Smart thermostats offer solutions for utilities to balance the many challenges they face, while taking advantage of ever-changing technology and the availability of big data.

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Innovating Data Collection: Unique Study of Northwest Home Energy Use

December 16, 2016

The Residential Building Stock Assessment is a region-wide study sponsored by NEEA to characterize the physical and energy-use features of residential facilities in the Northwest. Cadmus is well on its way to completing audits on 2,000 residential buildings.

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When Will Then Be Now? Getting Past Consumer Adoption Barriers For The Internet Of Things

December 8, 2016

Many sources claim homeowner adoption of the Internet of Things, and the subsequent development of smart homes, is not a matter of "if" but "when." This article answers the question: when will then be now?

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The Price of Carbon: Making Low-carbon Development a Reality

November 18, 2016

Effective climate policies not only result in decreases in carbon dioxide emissions, but also promote equality and GDP growth. Cadmus' Bridgett McCoy examines how one of the most popular options—a carbon tax—worked for two surprising adopters: Mexico and South Africa.

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Reducing Market-Based Emissions: Where to Start?

Calculating and getting credit for an organization's market-based emissions can be complex. In this article, we help simplify the process.

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LEEDv4 Is Here—Are You Prepared?

September 21, 2016

When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) first unveiled LEEDv4 to the public in November 2013, it set a new precedent for measuring building performance. After a 3-year delay, are building managers ready for v4?

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Benchmarking Building Performance: A Tool for Governments to Save Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 14, 2016

Buildings frequently operate less energy efficiently than they could due to market failures, behavioral anomalies, imperfect or missing information, credit constraints, principal-agent problems, and prioritization of energy issues. Benchmarking programs address these failures.

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LEED Recertification Process Made Easy

September 9, 2016

Your path to LEED recertification depends on which system your original rating was under. Jenna Lipscomb lays out the basics of recertifying under each system.

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Change is in the Wind: New York Leads the Way

July 1, 2016

Utility regulators are questioning whether the regulations of the last hundred years are still appropriate or a new approach is required. The New York Public Service Commission’s Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding is showing how it can be done.

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Progress, But Community Solar Still Isn’t Shared

June 17, 2016

Much of the rhetoric surrounding community shared solar focuses on the idea of equality. CSS seeks to change that—but can it?

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Decoding Massachusetts’ Latest Net Metering Legislation

April 26, 2016

Massachusetts Senate Bill S.1979 strikes a balance among utilities, ratepayers, and solar stakeholders.

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Maximize Energy Savings Through Competition

February 25, 2016

Energy costs are one of the largest drains on K-12 school district operating budgets. Cadmus' Kudret Ütebay discusses how schools can improve efficiency by harnessing the power of competition to motivate simple and effective behavior changes.

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Healthy Buildings: North Penn School District’s Approach to Protecting IAQ During Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Case study demonstrating how the North Penn School District successfully applied the practices outlined in Energy Savings Plus Health to support a healthy indoor environment during retrofits designed to reduce energy use and cut costs.

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GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance Brings Greater Transparency and Clarity to Market-Based Calculations

February 18, 2016

The GHG Protocol's Scope 2 Guidance helps organizations measure, manage, and improve greenhouse gas accounting.

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Don’t Overlook Energy Efficiency Codes and Standards for Meeting Clean Power Plan Targets

January 26, 2016

States and utilities shouldn't overlook adopting energy-efficiency codes and standards as one way to reduce electricity demand and emissions to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan.

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The Microgrids Are Coming: Are Utilities Ready?

December 15, 2015

Ready Or Not, Utilities Will Need To Prepare For An Influx Of Microgrids Installed In Their Service Territories. Originally published in Western Energy®.

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Climate Access: Featured Member Questionnaire, Emily Wasley Seyller

December 11, 2015

Interview with Featured Climate Access Member and Cadmus consultant Emily Wasley Seyller

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Science-Based Targets Offer an Effective Commitment to Climate Action

December 4, 2015

As more companies commit to lowering their carbon emissions, setting science-based targets can take them a step further.

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Carbon Capture and Geologic Sequestration: An Accepted and Viable Carbon Mitigation Technology in the Final Clean Power Plan

September 4, 2015

Carbon capture and geologic sequestration, named by EPA as a potential compliance measure for state plans in the final Clean Power Plan, is a viable option for keeping heat-trapping molecules out of the atmosphere.

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Energy Efficiency: Out as a Building Block, But Still In for Compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan

August 21, 2015

One of the most significant changes from the proposed version to the final version of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan was the decision to remove end-use energy efficiency as a building block—but don’t count efficiency out as a part of a comprehensive emissions reduction strategy.

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EPA Allows Trading in the Clean Power Plan

August 4, 2015

The Clean Power Plan supports market-based solutions such as credit trading to help states reach their 2022 reduction targets, which can benefit states in several ways.

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