Introducing VertPro® Insights
Welcome to the debut edition of VertPro® Monthly Energy Insights Newsletter! We're excited to embark on this journey with you as we explore the dynamic world of energy benchmarking, energy audits, energy upgrades, and so much more. Each month, our newsletter will serve as your trusted resource for the latest industry trends, informative content, and valuable insights that can transform the way you perceive energy management. As champions of energy efficiency and sustainability, our mission at VertPro® is to empower you with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed decisions about your energy usage. From the intricacies of energy benchmarking and the benefits of thorough energy audits to the innovative solutions offered by VertPro®, this newsletter will be your compass through the ever-evolving energy landscape. Our goal is simple: to provide you with the knowledge to optimize your energy management strategy, reduce costs, and minimize your environmental footprint. With regular contributions from our team of experts and thought leaders in the field, you can trust that you're receiving the most accurate, up-to-date, and actionable information. We invite you to be an active participant in this exciting journey. Feel free to engage with our content and share with coworkers and friends. Together, we can drive change and make a significant impact on the energy front. Thank you for joining us in this venture. Let's delve into the world of energy management, one newsletter at a time. We're thrilled to have you along for the journey!
I. What is VertPro Upgrades?
Our SaaS platform, VertPro® Upgrades, is the perfect solution for commercial property owners and general contractors looking to get quality bids from qualified contractors. Quality work you need at a price that fits your budget. VertPro® has you covered for any building upgrade project.
The VertPro® Upgrades platform provides an easy-to-use interface to post your project and receive bids from multiple contractors. Not only is it safe and secure but we also ensure that all contractors have the necessary qualifications and experience to complete your project. Additionally, you will have access to an easy-to-use dashboard to compare bids side-by-side and select the best contractor for the job.
With more than 60+ Energy programs nationwide, identifying, managing, and meeting your building’s specific requirements can be daunting. VertPro® takes the guesswork out of compliance, assuring data accuracy and ease of filing for your entire portfolio.
New energy benchmarking laws are popping up yearly, as more states and cities adopts new energy ordinances. Let’s look at the most recent new upcoming laws:
Honolulu, HI Ordinance 22-17
Miami, FL Ordinance 14005, § 2,
Reporting Energy and Water
Reporting Energy and Water
Deadlines: June 30
>100,000 sq. ft. – 2023
>50,000 sq. ft. – 2024
>25,000 sq. ft. – 2025
>200,000 sq. ft. – June 30, 2023
100,000-199,999 sq. ft. – October 1,
50,000 – 99,999 sq. ft – October 1,
20,000 – 49,999 sq. ft. – October 1,
Deadlines: June 30, 2024
Commercial properties: >20,000 sq.
Multifamily properties: >20,000 sq.
Industrial properties: 20,000+ sq. ft.
Deadline: June 30, 2024
Commercial properties: >25,000 sq.
Deadlines: June 1, 2024
>100,000 sq. ft.
Multifamily properties: >100,000
Why grapple with the complexities of these laws when VertPro® can be your compliance ally? Here’s how VertPro® adds value:
Tailored Solutions: VertPro® customizes its approach to meet the specific requirements of each energy program, ensuring that your building portfolio complies seamlessly.
Data Accuracy: Accuracy is paramount in compliance. VertPro® employs robust mechanisms to assure the precision of your data, eliminating the risk of errors in reporting.
Effortless Filing: Filing for compliance shouldn’t be a headache. VertPro® simplifies the process, making it efficient and straightforward, even for large portfolios.
Proactive Updates: As laws evolve, VertPro® keeps you informed. Receive timely updates on regulatory changes and proactive guidance on how to adapt.
In a landscape where regulatory shifts are the norm, VertPro® emerges as your beacon of compliance, offering a service and a strategic partnership for a sustainable and compliant future.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been at the forefront of technological innovation, and one area that continues to captivate our imaginations is AI-powered chatbots. In this ever-evolving landscape, ChatGPT 3.5, ChatGPT 4, and Claude stand as remarkable milestones, each with its unique capabilities and potential. Let’s dive into the exciting world of AI chatbots and explore the differences between these three cutting-edge models.
ChatGPT 3.5 is the precursor to its successors, a model developed by OpenAI that showcases the rapid advancement in natural language processing. This version is known for its impressive conversational abilities, and ability to generate human-like text responses. With a vast knowledge base up to its last training data in September 2021, it can provide answers on an extensive range of topics. Its ability to assist with a multitude of tasks makes it a valuable tool for content generation, customer support, and more.
The release of ChatGPT 4 marked another significant stride in AI chatbot technology. Building upon the foundation of ChatGPT 3.5, this model boasts improved conversational context handling. It can engage in more coherent and context-aware conversations, which is a substantial step toward making AI interactions feel even more human-like. ChatGPT 4’s ability to understand nuanced prompts and generate coherent responses has made it a promising candidate for various applications, from content creation to virtual assistants.
Claude represents an exciting shift in the AI chatbot landscape. Developed by a different team, Claude comes with its strengths. What sets Claude apart is its utilization of ChatGPT as a foundational model but fine-tuned to be a chatbot.
Its creators have optimized it for specific conversational applications, making it an intriguing option for businesses seeking tailored solutions. Claude’s potential is most prominent when deployed in contexts where a chatbot’s domain-specific conversational abilities are paramount.
While each of these AI chatbots brings a unique set of capabilities, they share common traits. All are designed to handle natural language with impressive fluency, offering the capacity for human-like interactions. They’ve expanded the horizons of AI, enabling these technologies to become more integral in our daily lives.
In comparison, ChatGPT 4 presents a refined step forward in conversational AI compared to ChatGPT 3.5. Claude, on the other hand, is an illustration of how AI models can be fine-tuned for specific tasks, which can be advantageous in domain-specific applications. The choice between these models depends on the intended use case and the desired level of conversational sophistication.
ChatGPT 3.5, ChatGPT 4, and Claude are a testament to the continual advancement of AI chatbots. They provide us with a glimpse of a future where AI-powered interactions become increasingly natural, versatile, and impactful in our daily lives. These technologies, though distinct, serve as critical building blocks in the larger AI ecosystem, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and promising a future where AI truly augments our capabilities.
New York, the city that never sleeps, is also a city that never stops evolving. In recent years, the city has undertaken an ambitious initiative: achieving net-zero carbon emissions. This endeavor is part of a broader movement toward sustainability and environmental responsibility. Let’s dive into New York’s journey toward net-zero carbonization, exploring the goals, challenges, and strategies that have come to define this ambitious project.
New York City’s net-zero carbonization goal is an ambitious commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to practically zero by 2050. The goal is part of the city’s comprehensive climate action plan, which aims to address the threats of climate change and create a more sustainable and resilient urban environment. Achieving net-zero carbonization is no small feat, and New York City faces a host of challenges as it pursues this goal:
- Urban Density: New York’s density presents challenges in reducing emissions. The city is home to over 8 million people, and the carbon footprint of such a populous metropolis is substantial.
- Aging Infrastructure: Much of New York’s infrastructure is aging, and retrofitting buildings and transportation systems to be more energy-efficient is a complex and expensive endeavor.
- Sea-Level Rise: New York City is vulnerable to sea-level rise and the impacts of climate change. Preparing for these risks is a critical component of the net-zero plan.
- Policy and Regulation: Implementing policies and regulations that encourage sustainability and carbon reduction is a complex task in a city with a diverse array of stakeholders.
New York City has employed several strategies to work toward net-zero carbonization. One of the primary strategies is improving energy efficiency in buildings. This includes retrofitting older buildings and ensuring new constructions meet high-efficiency standards. Other strategies include shifting toward renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and promoting electric vehicles (EVs) and investing in EV infrastructure to help reduce emissions from the transportation sector, preparing for climate change with initiatives to protect against sea-level rise and extreme weather events. Another essential factor is engaging communities in the effort. Outreach, education, and partnerships with local organizations are key components of the strategy.
New York’s journey to net-zero carbonization is still ongoing, and it will undoubtedly encounter more challenges along the way. However, the city’s determination, innovation, and commitment to sustainability are setting a positive example for urban centers worldwide. As New York takes steps to reduce its carbon footprint, the hope is that other cities will be inspired to follow suit, creating a collective global effort to combat climate change. It’s a journey well worth diving into as we collectively strive for a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.
Did you know that honey never spoils? Archeologists have unearthed pots of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are over 3,000 years old and still perfectly edible. This remarkable longevity is due to the unique chemical composition of honey.
It has low moisture content and is naturally acidic, making it an inhospitable environment for bacteria and microorganisms. Moreover, honeybees add an enzyme, glucose oxidase, during the production process, which further inhibits spoilage by breaking down glucose and releasing small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, a natural antiseptic.