Davis Partners and Enerliance Work Together to Upgrade Buildings for Demand Response Participation

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Six Orange County Buildings Are Now Demand Response Ready Thanks to LOBOS by Enerliance

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LOBOS adds value by reducing operating costs, and the fact that it does it without impacting tenant comfort is exactly what we needed to make this project happen.

Property management company Davis Partners recently teamed up with Enerliance to bring Automated Demand Response (ADR) capabilities to nearly 670,000 square feet of Orange County Class A office space. Enerliance LOBOS ADR software allows buildings to easily and automatically participate in demand response events. During times of peak demand, the LOBOS-outfitted HVAC systems in six buildings across the county will deliver 822 kilowatts of demand response capacity to Southern California Edison’s grid.

To finance the project, Enerliance helped Davis Partners take advantage of rebates and incentives offered through Southern California Edison’s Commercial Utility Building Efficiency (CUBE) Program. The project, which included upgrades to the buildings’ HVAC and building automation systems, also allowed for the installation of an overall energy efficiency component, LOBOS EE, in three of the buildings. LOBOS will not only help reduce the buildings’ energy usage and allow for the easy, automatic participation in demand response events, but it will also ensure that tenant comfort is never compromised in the process.

“Without tenant comfort, commercial buildings simply will not participate in demand response,” said Enerliance Business Development Director CP Pitones. “One of the key aspects of LOBOS technology is that it makes demand response participation virtually unnoticeable for building occupants. Because of LOBOS, this critical energy-saving measure is now a viable option.”

And while LOBOS’s automated demand response capabilities are of increasing importance for grid stability, what makes LOBOS a genuine energy solution is its ability to add value to a building through reduced operating costs.

For Davis Partners, and property management firms everywhere, LOBOS is a building upgrade with multiple benefits. “As property managers we are always looking for ways to create value for our building owners,” said Davis Partners Senior Director Kimberley Civita. “With the utility incentives out there for commercial building efficiency upgrades, the investment on the side of the building owner is nominal compared to the return. LOBOS adds value by reducing operating costs, and the fact that it does it without impacting tenant comfort is exactly what we needed to make this project happen.”

To date, LOBOS is optimizing over 50 million square feet of building space nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.enerliance.com.

About Enerliance: Enerliance, founded in 2005 and acquired by Yardi Systems in 2014, is the company behind the Load Based Optimization System (LOBOS), an intelligent optimization system for large-scale air conditioning systems that offers improved comfort, energy efficiency and fully automated demand response capability that improves bottom lines for building owners and occupants.

LOBOS delivers more than 32 megawatts of fully automated demand response capability to the grid, along with more than $5 million in annual energy savings.
Enerliance has earned numerous industry accolades, including recognition by CIO magazine, one of the most highly regarded publications in the information technology industry, as one of the 20 most promising utilities solutions providers in 2013. For more information, visit http://www.enerliance.com.

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