Pivotal Energy Solutions News

Fri October 06, 2017 - Pivotal and OptiMiser to Enter Into Data Sharing Agreement

Pivotal Energy Solutions (Pivotal) and OptiMiser, a leader in residential and commercial energy efficiency audit software, announced today an agreement that will enable energy efficiency assessment and rating data to be shared directly between the OptiMiser software platform and Pivotal’s AXIS platform to facilitate the visibility of energy efficiency data in real estate listings. Users of OptiMiser software, with the home owner’s consent, will have the option to transfer data into Pivotal’s aggregation and distribution platform so that validated energy efficiency improvements made to a residence are available at the time of sale, improving the likelihood that home owners will recover the cost of the improvements when they sell their home. The OptiMiser data will also be used to auto-populate documentation for appraisal purposes, such as the Appraisal Institute’s Green and Energy Efficient Addendum (G&EEA). Andy Bardwell, CEO of OptiMiser, stated, “This partnership with Pivotal allows our users to enhance the value proposition for home owners considering energy efficiency improvements by documenting their improvements and making them available at the time they decide to sell their home.” Bob Burns, CEO of Pivotal added, “We’re excited to provide this service for home owners and to be working with the OptiMiser team. Our goal is to help home buyers or renters make educated decisions about their next residence. Enabling validated data collected by energy services professionals using the OptiMiser platform to flow into the real estate market helps accomplish that goal.” Target release of this functionality is early 2018.

ABOUT OPTIMISER: OptiMiser’s goal is dramatic improvement in the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. Since 2008, OptiMiser LLC has developed software tools and analytics for building performance professionals and utilities around the country. OptiMiser systems are used to analyze, manage, and report over 5,000 building assessments each month. OptiMiser is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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, Pivotal’s cloud-hosted workflow management and database solution, enables the aggregation of energy efficiency rating and certification data while delivering operational efficiencies for home builders, raters, utilities, and program administrators. New solutions developed this year 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.


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.

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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.

For more information about Pivotal's Axis platform, go to www.PivotalEnergySolutions.com, or contact Bob Burns at 800-980-AXIS. For more information about Ekotrope, go to www.ekotrope.com.


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.


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