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There is rarely a shortage in articles about “the city that never sleeps”. Such an energetic city caught our eye recently for one special reason. The dedicated approach to a collective initiative of managing energy data is truly groundbreaking. Could it be that New York has cracked the nut in terms of how a city can work together to reduce their energy consumption?

Mestro Trends is a part of The Mestropolitan where we actively seek inspiration wherever we might find it. We keep our antenna tuned to find examples in the drive to save even more energy and money. The Mestro team will share our thoughts on what’s happening to our industry and others - and you are most certainly welcome to take part of them. Enjoy!

I found it fascinating to observe the results of targeted legislations, political initiatives and transparent data working together to reduce energy consumption. New York, as the largest city in the US, has spent the last 10 years monitoring and evaluating energy usage on all properties with an area exceeding 4645 m3. The manus  "You can't manage what you don't measure" underlies the principle. Michael Bloomberg, the three times Mayor and former UN Special Envoy for Climate Action was key in implementing key measures of accountability in energy usage and reporting across the 4 burroughs of the City.

To report and compare in this way is no news to the world. Sweden has similar laws and regulations for larger businesses. What sets New York City apart is how the data is transparent and accessible for everyone online. This collaborative access has not only made a remarkable impact on energy consumption in the city, but also contributed to theoretical studies in the field. 

New York’s systems for benchmarking are transparent and open for review and input. For example, academics are regular contributors and actively suggest improvements. With total transparency any interested party can compare the energy performance of any property, whether out of curiosity or necessity. This level of transparency opens up a lot of possibilities from investment and competitive analysis to sheer nosiness! Just imagine how great it would be to easily compare your energy efficiency with your neighbour - or competitor.

The end result of the clever combination of legislation and transparency is an empowered populace. The net effect has been to create consciousness, competence and the opportunity for observations and decisions to become more informed by facts. The global reality is that we are far away from this being the global standard. The opportunity before us is highlighted by New York. “To measure is to know”. The key question we are all facing is how to get to this stage quickly, effectively and efficiently. How might we follow in New York’s footsteps thereby leveraging the competencies available and unearthing findings that lie dormant within encrypted data storages and dusty documentations. 

Therese Enlund, 
Frontend Developer at Mestro

Summer is - definitely - over, but what are we coming back to? The corona pandemic still defines how we work and live bringing with it many changes impacting so many areas of our lives. But change doesn’t have to be bad - your energy savings can earn from this “new normal”. We’ll reveal how in this delicate piece of energy advice. 

The societal impacts from Corona are different in every country, though “ WFH - Work From Home” has definitely been a more used phrase this year, to say at least. At the same time there are many companies that rely on people being in the workplace struggling with out there trying to run their business as usual and still progress with their growth plans - by having a part of their team working on site. 

As the workforce stutters back towards a new normal, new schedules are being devised and revised to facilitate the blending WFH - Office based paradigm. Balancing Public Health authority guidelines with peak travel times is opening up a new world of energy management opportunities. This new normal - as people work on site according to a schedule - is your key to save energy and money, if you do it right.  

Forewarned is forearmed. When you have developed a schedule for who will be in and when you will be able to project and plan how your office space will be occupied. From this simple exercise you can plan for savings. Let’s say that Department A is in the office on Mondays and Department B on Tuesdays. Scheduled adjustments to the heating, cooling and lightning of the various departments will drive savings that all organisations would be thankful for now.

So - who is included in this so-called Dream Team for this Autumn? The Office Manager working in tandem with the Property Technician. The Office Manager can provide you with the scheduled hours for how the office will be used and the Property Technician can adjust the energy efficiency from that. 

Collaboration on a simple scale can yield significant savings and build team work in new areas! Good luck! 

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