Wed June 03, 2020 - Pivotal Announces EnergyPlus Web API for Simulation of Residential New Construction
Pivotal Energy Solutions announced today functionality that enables simulation of residential energy models using the U.S. Department of Energy's EnergyPlus simulation engine through a web-based application programming interface (API) developed by Pivotal. Pivotal's methodology translates energy model input fields into an HPXML data set that is passed to a version of EnergyPlus installed on a remote, cloud-based compute server hosted by Amazon Web Services. Pivotal's EnergyPlus web API enables users to initiate simulations with, and retrieve results from, EnergyPlus, an open-source simulation engine whose development is led by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Since 2016, the DOE has invested in EnergyPlus improvements to better support simulation of residential buildings through its OpenStudio Software Development Kit. DOE’s future plans also call for EnergyPlus to replace the DOE-2 simulation engine for generation of its Home Energy Score rating, which is used in estimating the energy consumption of existing residential properties.
Pivotal’s initial EnergyPlus-based product offering will enable energy efficiency program sponsors to run a background process to re-simulate energy models created in other modeling software using EnergyPlus resulting in a "normalized" set of energy consumption and savings values that can be used for incentive calculation, regulatory reporting, and program evaluation. Bob Burns, president of Pivotal, said, “We believe strongly that coalescence around EnergyPlus as a common simulation engine for energy modeling of both new and existing homes will result in more credibility and transparency throughout the entire residential energy rating industry. By offering a low-cost service for utilities and program sponsors that provides the input translation, runtime ruleset, and compute infrastructure, customers will get consistent, accurate results that they can depend on. We believe that this solution could transform the industry and add tremendous value not only for the programs themselves but for potential downstream consumers of the data in the real estate, mortgage, and investment markets.” Scott Horowitz, Senior Research Engineer at NREL and program implementation lead for EnergyPlus’s residential development added, “Enabling EnergyPlus and OpenStudio – both available through an open-source software model - and the public HPXML standard for simulation of both new and existing homes has been our vision for several years. Pivotal’s solution is directly in-line with our goals for EnergyPlus and we’re anxious to see the impact our work has in the marketplace.” A prototype of the Pivotal EnergyPlus web API is available for demonstration today and full production availability is anticipated by Q4, 2020.
To learn more about Pivotal or its EnergyPlus web API, contact Pivotal Energy Solutions directly. Information about Energy Plus and Open Studio can be found here.
Thu May 07, 2020 - AXIS Surpasses 75,000 Certifications
Pivotal Energy Solutions announced today that their AXIS cloud-based workflow and data management software platform has surpassed the 75,000 certification mark. Bob Burns, president of Pivotal, stated, "We're very excited that we've reached this important milestone. We've had some great partners along the way, including Arizona Public Service (APS), Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), and Energy Trust of Oregon, and are grateful for their support and trust in us. It's been a privilege to provide the technical solution for the administration of their respective residential new construction energy efficiency programs," Burns added. AXIS is used by companies like APS, NEEA, and Energy Trust of Oregon to streamline the administration and participation in residential energy efficiency programs through a centralized, cloud-based data hub with workflow management elements specifically tailored to home certification and quality assurance processes. In the Pacific Northwest, AXIS is used by energy raters and verifiers to access both the NEEA and Energy Trust programs through a single web-based user interface. In Arizona, builders may log into AXIS directly to monitor the certification and incentive payment status of their APS program homes.
"We're excited about continuing to deploy AXIS nationally as a direct program administration and participation platform. However, if you include our other third-party national and regional certification data - certifications completed using other software platforms but shared with Pivotal - we're quickly approaching 100,000 certifications representing over 300,000 single-family homes and multi-family units. We continue to lead the U.S. market with the largest volume of aggregated energy efficiency certification data," Burns added.
To learn more about AXIS as an administrative platform or the energy efficiency data housed within AXIS, contact Pivotal Energy Solutions directly.
Mon April 27, 2020 - AXIS Support for Generation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score
Pivotal Energy Solutions announced today new functionality available within its AXIS software platform enabling generation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score™ from REM/Rate™ energy model inputs. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score lets homeowners quickly and affordably know how their homes compare to others in terms of energy performance and what steps they can take to improve their home’s efficiency. Typically used for existing homes, Pivotal’s unique approach enables a Home Energy Score to be generated from REM/Rate energy model inputs, which are generally collected as part of the energy rating process for new home construction. “There are literally millions of energy models that have been created over the last two decades for regional, national, and utility-sponsored residential new construction energy efficiency programs and this functionality enables generation of a Home Energy Score for these homes that can be used in both the real estate and financial markets,” said Bob Burns, president of Pivotal.
Pivotal developed this functionality in partnership with Energy Trust of Oregon, which uses Pivotal’s AXIS platform to administer its EPS™ New Construction offering. To support City of Portland’s Home Energy Score ordinance, Energy Trust sought to streamline the generation of a Home Energy Score for builders and verifiers already participating in EPS New Construction. EPS New Construction verifiers who are also Home Energy Score assessors affiliated with the City of Portland Home Energy Score program may use AXIS to generate an official Home Energy Score using the same REM/Rate energy model created for submission to Energy Trust’s EPS New Construction offering. For energy raters, verifiers, and assessors not affiliated with a Home Energy Score Partner, a Home Energy Score generated by AXIS is “unofficial” since the required assessor training and quality assurance oversight is not met. “Although the generation of a Home Energy Score using legacy energy model data does not result in an official score, we believe that there is still tremendous value in unofficial scores being generated for large volumes of homes to help inform home buyers who value energy efficiency and in assisting the real estate and financial industries in properly valuing high performance homes,” said Burns. “Moving forward, generating a Home Energy Score as part of an energy rating for new homes will simply augment the data available to the home owner and appraiser when it comes time to sell the home. It’s a win-win for everyone,” Burns added.
To learn more about AXIS, contact Pivotal Energy Solutions directly. Click here to learn more about the Home Energy Score and how to become a Home Energy Score Partner or Assessor. Click here for more information on Energy Trust’s EPS New Construction offering.
Tue April 14, 2020 - New AXIS Administrative Functionality Released
We recently updated AXIS with new functionality intended to provide rating companies, HERS providerships, QA organizations, and program sponsors the ability to track a variety of data helpful in managing their operations. AXIS now supports the ability for organizations to manage the accreditation/credentialing of their personnel, track training courses and credits on a per-user basis, and monitor the number of ratings performed by each rater/verifer, modeler, or rating field inspector. Equipment and calibration records can now be tracked on a per-company basis as well. New functionality for HERS providerships and QA organizations includes the ability to assign a letter or numerical grade to file and/or field QA performed, enabling oversight organizations to easily identify individuals needing additional mentoring or training. Lastly, we've updated the scheduling functionality to enable tasks such as inspections to be easily scheduled on a per-home basis and provided methods to view schedules and manage tasks on a per-user and per-company basis.
For registered AXIS users, training videos of the new functionality will be available soon on the AXIS support site. For questions or to learn more about AXIS and how it can be used to support your organization, contact us directly.
Fri November 01, 2019 - City of Richland (WA) Joins the New Homes Performance Path Program
We'd like to welcome the City of Richland as the latest utility in the Pacific Northwest to implement a performance-based incentive program for residential new construction. Richland joins Snohomish PUD, Clark PUD, Central Electric Co-Op, Pacific Power & Light, Puget Sound Energy, Idaho Power, Benton PUD, Benton REA, and Inland Power in offering builder incentives for achieving specific whole-home energy efficiency targets using a performance-based program template developed by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance(NEEA), the Regional Technical Forum (RTF) and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and implemented within the AXIS platform. Each utility defines their own above-code savings target and incentive structure while homes entered by raters and verifiers into AXIS are automatically routed for third-party QA review, approved, and paid by the respective utilities. This revolutionary approach of leveraging AXIS as the centralized data hub, the participation and administration portal, and the file/field QA platform enables a streamlined and integrated workflow for all stakeholders while providing the Northwest with the visibility into the construction of program homes throughout the region to help influence energy code moving forward.
To learn more about how AXIS can benefit your utility program, contact us directly.
Thu October 31, 2019 - Announcing DocuSign Integration In AXIS
In order to address the growing need for capturing electronic signatures for energy efficiency and "green" program enrollment and participation, we are excited to announce new DocuSign functionality available in the AXIS platform! Initial deployment of DocuSign within AXIS was driven by a project for the Energy Trust of Oregon that required capturing electronic signatures from both home builders and verifiers on a single, auto-populated document generated by AXIS using a workflow trigger. The AXIS DocuSign integration will also be used for routing auto-populated program enrollment agreements for signature in support of Home Innovation Research Labs's National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Program.
To learn more about DocuSign, click here. To learn more about AXIS, contact us directly.
Tue October 08, 2019 - Home Efficiency Forum in Portland, OR
The Pivotal team will be attending NEEA's BetterBuiltNW Home Efficiency Forum in Portland, OR, October 17 and 18. We're looking forward to seeing our users in the Pacific Northwest again in person and learning more about the exciting future of high performance building in the region. If you have plans to attend and would like to set up a private meeting to discuss the AXIS data and workflow management platform, let us know! See you in Portland!
Fri September 06, 2019 - ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting
The Pivotal team will be attending the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partners Meeting in Charlotte, NC, September 11-12. We're looking forward to great sessions and seeing our builder, rater, and EPA friends again. If you have plans to attend and would like to set up a meeting to discuss the AXIS data and workflow management platform, let us know! See you in Charlotte!
Fri February 16, 2018 - Visit Pivotal at the 2018 RESNET Conference in Orlando
Pivotal will again be hosting a booth on the exhibit floor and offering a pre-conference session at the 2018 RESNET conference in wonderful Orlando, Florida, February 24 through February 29 to demonstrate our AXIS data sharing and workflow management software platform! The pre-conference session has been scheduled for SATURDAY, February 24, at 8:00am so please take that into consideration when booking your travel. Registration for the pre-conference session is available through RESNET, or contact us using the "Contact" button above and we'll get you registered. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!!
Tue August 29, 2017 - Pivotal Energy Solutions Awarded RESO Gold Certification
The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) announced today that Pivotal Energy Solutions (Pivotal) has been awarded the RESO Data Dictionary Version 1.5 Gold Certification. Pivotal, a technology company based in Phoenix, AZ, is an aggregator of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor air-quality data, and offers solutions for automated population of “green” data in real estate listings. Bob Burns, CEO of Pivotal, stated, “Our goal is to enable transparency in the home buying process. Adding energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor air quality program certifications and rating data to a real estate listing helps perspective home buyers and renters make more informed decisions about their next residence." Pivotal’s solutions enable the automated distribution of validated address-level single-family and multi-family energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor-air quality program certification data to real estate end points making the data available for listings.
Contact Pivotal directly for more information regarding sharing certification and/or rating data with the real estate market or integrating data into your MLS or online portal.
Mon January 16, 2017 - Pivotal Energy Solutions Recognized as Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence
Pivotal Energy Solutions has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2016. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program thanks in large part to its knowledgeable in-field verifiers. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment Pivotal has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the NGBS.
“As the home building market continues its rebound,” said Home Innovation Labs president and CEO Michael Luzier, “dedicated partners like Pivotal prove that supporting our rigorous third-party certification program isn’t just a passing fad – it’s a strategic business decision that is paying dividends and changing the marketplace. Others around the industry could benefit from following the lead of this year’s NGBS Green Partners of Excellence and building on the program’s success.”
Bob Burns, president of Pivotal, stated “We are honored to be recognized by Home Innovation Labs for our efforts to help drive proper valuation of energy efficient homes in the real estate market. Our data sharing agreement with Home Innovation Labs is a huge step forward in furthering the consolidation of energy efficient home certification data and delivering this data into the hands of home sellers and real estate market professionals to drive accurate home valuations.”
Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified nearly 100,000 green single-family and apartment homes, and more than 1,650 lots within green residential land developments. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit www.homeinnovation.com/ngbsgreenstats.) For more information on NGBS Green Certified homes and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Partner builders and remodelers, visit www.NGBS.com.
For more information about Pivotal, visit www.pivotalenergysolutions.com or contact Bob Burns at 800-980-AXIS.
ABOUT PIVOTAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS: Pivotal Energy Solutions, headquartered in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area, is committed to enabling proper valuation of energy efficient homes through the collection, storage, and sharing of energy efficiency data. AXIS, our cloud-hosted workflow management and database solution, enables the consolidation of energy efficiency rating and certification data while delivering operational efficiencies for home builders, raters, utilities, and program administrators. New solutions being developed this year will enable energy efficiency rating data and program certifications to flow seamlessly into the real estate market to help home sellers, appraisers, and lenders document and share energy efficient home features and certifications.
ABOUT HOME INNOVATION RESEARCH LABS: Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in residential construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the residential construction industry.
Thu September 15, 2016 - NGBS™ and Pivotal Energy Solutions Announce Data Sharing Agreement
NGBS™ and Pivotal Energy Solutions Announce Data Sharing Agreement
Home Innovation Research Labs and Pivotal Energy Solutions are pleased to announce the availability of NGBS Green Certified homes through Pivotal’s Axis energy efficiency data collection and sharing platform.
Over 85,000 U.S. homes have met the requirements of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) - the only residential green building rating system approved by ANSI as an American National Standard. The NGBS Green stringent third-party verified certification process ensures that homes and apartments are built in compliance with the NGBS and focuses on three highly marketable attributes: healthy homes; lower operating costs; and sustainable lifestyle. NGBS Green homes must achieve high performance metrics in several key areas, including, site design, resource efficiency, water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building operation/maintenance. An NGBS Green Certified home can be awarded a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Emerald certification level, depending on the number of green practices successfully incorporated in its design and construction. And NGBS Green is the only national green home certification program that requires increasingly higher point thresholds in every category – not merely an increase in the overall points for the home.
Pivotal's Axis platform is a cloud-based energy rating data and workflow management solution used by HERS Raters and Providers, home builders, and energy efficiency program sponsors to streamline collection and sharing of energy ratings and program certifications. The consolidation of Axis data and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Certified home data furthers Pivotal’s commitment toward proper valuation of energy-efficient homes by establishing Axis as a trusted data hub that facilitates data sharing within the energy efficiency industry and with multiple listing services (MLS) and other real estate market data systems.
“We are excited to be working with Pivotal Energy Solutions,” said Michael Luzier, president and CEO of Home Innovation. “We believe this partnership is well-timed to remedy two of today’s most intractable market barriers when it comes to green homes – ensuring green certified homes receive the right valuation, and helping homebuyers and renters find them easily.”
To learn more about Axis, go to www.PivotalEnergySolutions.com or contact Bob Burns at 800-980-AXIS. For more information about Home Innovation Research Labs or the NGBS Green certification program, go to www.homeinnovation.com/green.
Fri February 26, 2016 - Bonded Builders Warranty Group and Pivotal Energy Solutions form new Partnership
Bonded Builders Warranty Group (BBWG) and Pivotal Energy Solutions are pleased to announce the availability of BBWG’s Residential Energy Guarantee (REG) program through Pivotal’s Axis Platform.
The REG is an exclusive program available to builders who construct and certify homes that meet industry standards for energy efficiency such as HERS, Energy Star, LEED or National Green Building Standard. This first-of-its-kind program for new homes is the only national program which guarantees energy usage of the entire home based on standards set by the Residential Energy Service Network (RESNET). The program reimburses the homeowner for cost of gas and electricity usage exceeding the home’s predicted energy usage by more than 15%.
Axis is a cloud-based data collection, storage, and sharing solution used by HERS Raters, new home builders, and program sponsors to streamline the data collection process for energy ratings and energy efficiency programs such as ENERGY STAR Homes.
By offering the BBWG REG through Axis, BBWG is making it even easier for builders and home owners to enroll in the REG program and guarantee their new home's energy performance. For more information about BBWG's REG, contact Steve Hooker at 800-749-0381 x4618. For more information about Pivotal's Axis platform, contact Bob Burns at 800-980-AXIS.
Learn more about Bonded Builders Warranty Group, please visit www.bondedbuilders.com.
Wed February 24, 2016 - Pivotal and Ekotrope Announce Collaboration to Streamline Energy Ratings
Pivotal Energy Solutions and Ekotrope announced today a collaboration enabling the generation of energy ratings and energy consumption data directly from Pivotal's Axis platform. Axis will be the first product to utilize Ekotrope's new general purpose application programming interface (API) to enable cloud-based simulations using the RESNET accredited Ekotrope engine.
Pivotal's Axis platform is a cloud-based data collection, storage, and sharing solution used by HERS Raters and Providers, home builders, and energy efficiency program sponsors to streamline data collection for energy ratings and energy efficiency programs such as ENERGY STAR Homes. By offering the Ekotrope engine from within Axis, Pivotal can offer HERS Raters the ability to enter preliminary rating data, generate a preliminary rating, validate and correct preliminary rating data from the field, generate a confirmed rating, and submit rating data to their Provider all from within a single, cloud-based platform. The Axis/Ekotrope collaboration also provides energy efficiency programs an hourly-simulation option for the calculation of energy consumption and savings.
By offering access to their cloud-based energy simulation engine, Ekotrope seeks to expand its market beyond new home builders into energy ratings to support HERS energy performance ratings and utility programs at a time when hourly simulation is becoming a requirement in the market.
Tue February 23, 2016 - Pivotal Licenses Appraisal Institute's Green Addendum
Pivotal Energy Solutions is pleased to announce the licensing of the Appraisal Institute's Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum (G&EEA) enabling auto-population of the G&EEA directly from its Axis platform. The Appraisal Institute, the world's largest professional organization of real estate appraisers, developed the G&EEA for use by appraisers to document the energy efficiency features of a home for appraisal purposes. Through an agreement with the Appraisal Institute, Pivotal's Axis platform generates and auto-populates the Green Addendum using home energy rating and energy efficiency program data.
Pivotal's Axis platform is a cloud-based data collection, storage, and sharing solution used by HERS Raters and Providers, home builders, and energy efficiency program sponsors to streamline data collection for energy ratings and energy efficiency programs such as ENERGY STAR Homes. By offering an auto-populated Green Addendum within Axis, Pivotal seeks to eliminate data entry errors while documenting the energy efficiency features of new homes in a consistent manner to enable the proper valuation of high-performance homes within the real estate market.
For more information about the Appraisal Institute and the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum, go to http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/education/education-resources/green-building-resources/. For more information about Pivotal's Axis platform, contact Bob Burns at 800-980-AXIS.
Tue January 05, 2016 - Join us at RESNET 2016!Pivotal will be hosting a booth on the exhibit floor and offering a pre-conference session at the 2016 RESNET conference to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 29 through March 2 to demonstrate our Axis software platform and share with you our plans for 2016! The pre-conference session has been scheduled for SATURDAY, February 27, so please take that into consideration when booking your travel. Registration for the pre-conference session is available through RESNET, or contact us using the "Contact" button above and we'll get you registered. We look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale!!
Tue September 29, 2015 - Axis User Group Meeting to be held in Portland Oct. 13
Pivotal will be holding it's first Axis User Group Meeting in Portland, Oct. 12, 2015. Pivotal clients and users will be gathering to "compare and contrast" how they use Axis to support their respective energy efficiency programs and collaboratively plan the Axis development roadmap for 2016.
If you'd like to attend, please contact us to receive additional information regarding the time and place of the meeting by clicking here or calling us at (480) 256-2737.
Mon September 28, 2015 - Find us at the EPA ENERGY STAR Stakeholders Meeting in Portland Oct. 13-15!
The Pivotal team will be attending this year's EPA ENERGY STAR Stakeholders Meeting to be held in Portland, OR, Oct. 13 through 15. Please let us know if you'll be attending as well and if you'd like to set up a time for a quick demo of Axis, our energy efficiency data hub. Find out more about the ENERGY STAR meeting by clicking here.
Mon September 15, 2014 - The North Carolina Building Performance Association Selects Pivotal’s Axis for their state-wide HERS Providership
The North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), a non-profit trade association dedicated to growing North Carolina’s building performance industry, has selected the Axis software platform from Pivotal Energy Solutions to administer various residential new construction energy efficiency programs available in North Carolina and surrounding states. A variety of programs will be offered through Axis for the NCBPA Rater community as will all RESNET required QA/QC.
The North Carolina Building Performance Association, based in Raleigh, N.C., provides residents and businesses with the resources they need to live and work in healthy, safe, durable, cost-effective and environmentally friendly homes and buildings. The association advocates for growth in building and energy codes, promotes the industry workforce and provides services to member companies that help sustain North Carolina’s reputation as a national leader in building performance. For more information about NCBPA, click here.
Mon January 13, 2014 - Energy Trust of Oregon Selects Pivotal’s Axis for their EPS™ New Homes Program
Energy Trust of Oregon, a leader in energy efficiency program design and delivery, has selected the Axis software platform from Pivotal Energy Solutions to administer their EPS energy efficiency program targeted for residential new construction. EPS is an energy performance score that helps homebuyers in Oregon assess a newly built home’s energy consumption, utility costs, and carbon footprint by rating the efficiency of that home and comparing it against similarly sized homes in Oregon. More than 4,000 Oregon homes have received an EPS since 2009.
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources. Their services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save on energy bills. Energy Trust’s work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future.
Thu January 17, 2013 - NEEA Selects Pivotal’s Axis for Northwest ENERGY STAR® Homes Program Data Management
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) has selected the Axis software platform from Pivotal Energy Solutions to manage the data for its award winning Northwest ENERGY STAR® Homes new construction program starting in 2013. The Northwest ENERGY STAR® Homes program is a regional initiative intended to promote the construction of energy efficient homes using the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The program is available to participants in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and enabled the certification of over 3,000 ENERGY STAR® homes in 2012.
The Northwest ENERGY STAR® Homes program is made possible by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), a private nonprofit organization funded by more than 100 Northwest utilities, the Energy Trust of Oregon and the Bonneville Power Administration. NEEA has won the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Award For Excellence, Partner Of The Year for Program Delivery, and Sustained Excellence awards as it continues it’s mission to mobilize the Northwest to become increasingly energy efficient for a sustainable future.
Tue January 01, 2013 - Pivotal in Orlando in 2013 (twice!)
Pivotal Energy Solutions will be hosting a booth at AESP’s 23rd National Conference, January 29 through 31, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. A month later, we’ll also be back in Orlando hosting an expo booth for the 2013 RESNET Conference , February 27 through March 1. Come visit us for a demo of Axis or contact us directly for a private demonstration during the conference.
Mon February 20, 2012 - APS Selects Pivotal’s Axis for ENERGY STAR® New Homes Program Data Management
Arizona Public Service (APS), Arizona’s largest electric utility company serving over one million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties, has selected Pivotal Energy Solutions’ Axis software platform to manage the data for its award winning APS ENERGY STAR® Homes new construction program starting in 2012.
APS administers their New Homes program internally and Tom Hines, Program Manager at APS, believes “Axis will reduce our administrative costs by enabling data sharing and automated report generation and notifications for our Rater/Provider and Builder partners.” Axis’s cloud-hosted database architecture allows for authenticated users working together on an APS ENERGY STAR® home to populate and share checklists, share inspection schedules and results, and monitor qualification status. As the program sponsor, APS will use the data collected to review and approve incentive payments. “Axis will allow us to collect not only energy simulation files and data but the complete ENERGY STAR® version 3 Thermal Enclosure checklists from Rater/Providers for homes in our program. With Axis, we will have access to more comprehensive data to QA homes within our program,” says Tom. Axis supports incentive payment processing for program sponsors and invoice generation and tracking for Rater/Providers and HVAC contractors. Axis also supports the RESNET sampling protocol to assist Providers with tracking sampling controls and creating sampling batches. “We’ve enjoyed working with the Pivotal team and look forward to our deployment of Axis in the coming months,” Tom added.