Energy Experts

By on Aug 29, 2017 in News

The Yardi Smart Energy Suite is a comprehensive suite of products and services designed to optCEM2imize energy performance in commercial and residential buildings. Yardi energy experts help clients get maximum value from the suite, which includes tools for automated energy monitoring, adjustments and analytics.

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the leading credentialing body for energy managers, has confirmed several Yardi staff members as Certified Energy Managers (CEMs) which provides unique value to clients. This designation validates their expertise in integrating buildings’ electrical, mechanical and infrastructure components into cost-effective energy management solutions. Only 15,500 energy professionals worldwide have earned this certification.

The AEE CEM certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024. ANSI Standard 17024 is well-recognized as the highest standard in personnel certification accreditation. AEE certification requires passing a four-hour written exam covering 17 areas of energy management, along with three to 10 years of industry experience, multiple letters of recommendation and college transcripts.

According to Christy Cannon, an account executive for Yardi Energy and a CEM for eight years, the payoff comes in improved client collaboration. “Certification sets a baseline for communication. Clients know that I understand industry acronyms, terminology and protocols,” she says. “With that common ground established, we can talk in depth about the suite and how it can help them meet their energy management goals.”

Certification also benefits clients by authorizing Cannon and other Yardi CEMs to sign off on compliance reports, rebate program applications and other energy-related activities on their clients’ behalf.

“Yardi’s Certified Energy Managers work hand in hand with our clients on budgets, energy audits and other elements involved in making buildings energy-efficient,” says Matt Eggers, vice president of Yardi Energy. “We’re better positioned to deliver superior service because our CEMs speak the clients’ language, fully understand energy issues and can formulate the best solution based on client needs. Clients often have their own CEMs, and having them ourselves lends credence to our energy management expertise.”

The in-house CEMs complement the Yardi Smart Energy Suite products. “With utility costs accounting for roughly 30% of commercial property operating expenses, there’s plenty of opportunity for improvement, as well as in residential and corporate properties. Many building owners use the Yardi Smart Energy Suite to remove roadblocks to efficient energy management, capture a share of the estimated $7 billion in potential annual energy cost savings and pursue internal sustainability initiatives,” Eggers says.

Once implemented in a single building or across a portfolio, the Yardi Smart Energy Suite gives managers of individual buildings or portfolios an array of tools for reducing consumption, maintaining occupant comfort and simplifying analysis and reporting. The suite includes submetering and billing, automated utility expense processing, analytics, real-time energy management, intelligent heating, ventilation and air conditioning optimization, distributed building control and negotiated energy supply contracts.

Learn more about how the Yardi Smart Energy Suite reduces energy consumption, keeps building occupants comfortable, and simplifies analysis and reporting. For more insight, watch a video interview with Martin Levkus, regional director of Yardi Energy.