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Version 9.5 (5/24/2021)
Redesigned and reimagined Site/Building Wizard with guidance tools to direct users to a proper building location. Includes intelligence to recommend appropriate building type and square footage. Includes a square footage measurement tool and inputs for conditioning and new meter configurations
Redesigned and reimagined Site/Building Editor. Greatly enhanced user interface including guidance tools at varying levels of granularity. Combined site/building user interface to better handle single building sites.
ENERGY STAR property use details moved into building editor with support for versioning
Enhanced synchronization of ENERGY STAR property use details with B3 attributes.
Modernized export to Excel tools. Includes options for meter source types, normalization, weather normalization and baseline comparisons. New export functionality at the organization level.
Delete/decommission functionality for buildings and sites.
Single, common usage period broken out into separate energy usage period, water usage period, and total usage period for costs.
ENERGY STAR Connection Wizard enhanced to allow new site/building creation and synchronization of energy star property detail uses
Communication with ENERGY STAR Web Services updated to latest version 16
Organization Editor enhanced to allow parent organization specification
New Mass Report Engine included in Control Center for mass automated distribution of printed reports
Dashboard enhancements to support building photos and better definitions of default values
Updated Benchmark year over year export to include columns for completeness
MinnState report updated to include separate energy current to period from water current to period.
Visualizations panel expand/collapse functionality standardized to function the same as the rest of the application
ESPM properties created for utility sharing updated to use shorter meter names.
Meter Editor bug fixed requiring utility company to be clicked for selection.
Target Editor baseline selection grid updated to locked height and locked table headers.
Cost avoidance report updated to use actual and baseline terminology for clarification
Defined duration export timeframe labels updated to properly reflect selections.
Visualization Events logic updated to flip to energy mode/water when appropriate.
Performance boost of Export to Excel window to eliminate initial loading call.
B3 Benchmarking 9.0.2 (1/28/2021)
Rework of the ENERGY STAR Connection Wizard interface
Rework of the Target Editor interface into the B3 app proper
New Events tab in the Organization Editor
Support for ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Web Service version 15
Updates to colors, logos, templates, documents throughout the app to match the new design
Fix to completeness algorithm at the org level to account for sewer meters
Fix to actual weather normalization algorithm to reset normalization signature based on last meter reading date of the energy source type being normalized, and not the Analysis’ last meter reading date. Printed reports updated to use All mode instead of Energy/Water mode
Update to potential savings calculations to use utility rate averages when actual cost data not available
Updates for ADA support. 3rd party libraries amCharts and Kendo updated to latest versions.
Cost avoidance report updated to use actual costs when available
Updates to Meter Editor to label ESPM ID as ESPM Meter ID, not ESPM Property ID
Support for SharedPortfolioManagerID field in custom exports
Fix to dashboard Energy widget when a user customizes a widget for native units, then reports on multiple meter source types that don’t support native. Updated to report on kBtu.
Control Center updates for handling of shared utility meters. New Shared ESPM Property dialog window that details the operation, provides checkboxes to choose the meters to connect
Child popup windows now resize when parent window resizes
Support for new printed report widget AnnualEnergyCost
Update to MinnState term reports to support new algorithms
B3 Benchmarking 9.0.1 (10/28/2020)
Year over Year visualizations updated to support baseline and weather normalization
Updates to Meter Editor causing PMID and units to reset to defaults
CAPTCHAs added to all public facing forms
Import Wizard support for formulas in cells.
Update to weather normalization algorithm to not weather normalize electric/PV overlaps.
jQuery upgrade from 3.4.1 to 3.5.1.
Removal of modernizr nuget package from all websites
Fix to SQL timeout error when grouping by attribute
Update to report widget Best12MonthPeriod widget to show proper 12-month range
Updated colors and icons for PV Onsite Owned, PV Offsite Owned, Steam and Indoor Water
Meter Reading Import Wizard Excel template format changed from Excel 2010 to Excel 2013
Update to meter editor missing column headers/misaligned for PV and Wind meters
Update to broken status icon links in Sites Grid and Buildings Grid
Fix to missing PV and Wind meter source icons in reports
Update to Building Editor Controller causing null parent org exception
Baseline Period updated to allow period set at the Parent Organization level
Autocomplete disabled for all login password fields
B3 Benchmarking 9.0 (9/27/2020)
All new interface and design
Integrated water mode with summated costs of energy and water
Integrated map with zoom and selection capabilities
New customizable Dashboard with draggable, sizable widgets
Updated baseline graphical gauge
Ability to Share Access with other users (data owners only)
Performance boost with calculations performed and cached in the client
New Data tab, supported at the Building, Site and Organization level
Data tab Filter allows specific meter source type(s) to be selected
Updated New Meter dialog to support both energy and water meter source types
Graphical meter diagram available on the Data tab
All Data grids retain sort expression, direction and column width
B3 Benchmark, B3 Peer, ENERGY STAR and Baseline moved into new Metrics Tab
B3 Benchmark draggable date chart and metric filters
Historical ENERGY STAR scores with draggable date chart
Updated Baseline support with draggable date chart, filters for energy, water and cost
Enhanced Visualizations tab with new visualization templates (energy and water)
Visualization templates grouped by category
Draggable date chart in Visualizations tab
Immediate calculations in Visualizations annual rollup table
Support for specific meter charting in Visualizations tab
Support for Events at the Organization level
Meter Editor, Import Wizard and most other dialog windows ported into the application
Enhanced Baseline Editor allows specific meter source types to be selected
Updated potential savings calculation
Enhanced ADA support
Selected IDs and Tabs reflected in URL. Retained on browser refresh and linkable
Version 8.6.1 (6/2/2020)
Updates to mass import process and template to better handle renewables and water
Consumption renamed to Usage through all the applications
Energy Star integration enhancement to support getting a score for multifamily housing
Report tab updated to hide the save report icon when no report has yet been generated
Export to Excel popup updated to prevent error when saving a custom export
Encoding of Control Center elements to prevent cross-site scripting
Logic to validate both filenames and directories for valid characters
Cache Builder updated to include global stats for clients excluded from peers
DaysSinceCurrentTo removed from Cache Builder global stats to avoid redundancy
Fix to display missing exception error messages from the interface
Meter search enhanced to be able to trigger a handled exception for testing purposes
Version 8.6 (3/24/2020)
Baseline Editor updated to ignore time zone differences
Support for ENERGY STAR Web Services v14
New report widgets for SquareFootageAtEndOfBaselinePeriod, PersonsAtEndOfBaselinePeriod and TotalBuildingsAtEndOfBaselinePeriod
New report widgets for Electric and all but Electric baseline comparisons
2018 carbon emission rates for all eGRID regions
Energy/Water Charge column consolidated to the term 'Usage Charge'
The term Consumption renamed to Usage
Transport Charge renamed to Delivery Charge
Input validation added to mass upload tool in Control Center
ENERGY STAR service updated with wait mechanism to handle potential concurrent calls
Transport column checkbox supported for all energy source types
Unit selection support for interval meters
Update to Visualizations comparison by benchmark to include decommissioned sites
Performance improvements, primarily with submeters
Iowa Municipal Utilities report updated to suppress map
Update to branded portal public reports to support reporting at the client and parent organizations level
Update to completion algorithm to treat delivery type fuel meters the same as non-delivery types.
Update to Excel exports to properly handle peak consumption column
Revamp to BBC export for 2019 reporting, support for renewables
B3 web service search algorithm updated to allow searching by site and organization
Building editor updated to allow zero months of occupancy per year
Update to primary index seeding in Meters and Buildings tables to combat primary key violation
Update to MissingCoolingEnergy algorithm to acknowledge standalone renewable meters without electric
Meter editor utility company combo box updated to support each renewable type
Max value added to meter editor to block entries greater than 999,999,999.99
Update to Control Center Summary tab, link to individual for inheritted data owner rights
Commerce capabilities removed from Xcel integration wizard
Version 8.5 (2/3/2020)
Updates to building editor to allow users to select specific months of operation per space asset allocation. Backwards compatible to support existing infrastructure of simple numeric months per year.
New B3Benchmarking public WebAPI service for providing benchmarks to external clients.
Pie chart detail popup window detailing breakdown by building type.
Historical Energy Star scores gathered, used in baseline reports.
Report generator updated to use square footage at end of baseline period for baseline reports.
Support for downloading of reports in PDF and DOCX format.
Fixes to peak demand reporting in Visualizations tab.
Support for new report widget 'BenchmarkChartGrayscale'.
Updates for ADA compliance.
Interval management tools ported to Control Center.
Nightly cache builder updated with tools to import interval data from devices.
Session ID removed from Control Center display.
Snapshot report PDFs vetted for proper PDF format.
Export to Excel updated to vet formulaic characters from output.
Removal of global references to charts. Reuse of chart handlers to minimize memory usage.
Fix to Benchmarks tab for sites that have 12 non-synchronous complete months. Error message no longer shows when viewing prior period.
Mixed use water color lightened.
Fix to submeters not being acknowledged when reporting at the site level.
Meter editor updated to retain peak demand and demand charges after toggling peak column checkbox.
Renewable meter Credit column renamed to 'Subscription Adjustment', supports both positive and negative entries.
Peak demand and demand cost columns allowed for renewable meters.
Peak demand added to monthly and annual Excel exports when applicable.
Updates to meter editor to not allow negative numbers in the peak demand and demand cost fields.
Fix to Site Delete method to clean out Meter Building connections before deletion.
Fix to Sector drop down in Control Center Organization editor.
Iowa registration form updated to include Private sector text entry, and waiting panel upon form submission.
Fix to new meter editor when creating interval meters.
Bug fixed causing native unit data to graph forward in time when baselining/actual weather normalization.
Fix to Organization-level Baseline tab to no longer acknowledge selected energy source type from another tab.
Version 8.4.1 (12/16/2019)
Override functionality in Report Templates to use baseline period instead of automatic best 12 period
Iowa public report updated to support reporting on Municipal utility companies
Fix to energy source usage reporting pie chart to include all energy sources within organization
Updates to support ADA compliance (delete column width, chart export drop down menu)
Fix to Excel export empty year values in monthly and annual drop downs
Archived energy documents no longer available for guest accounts
Annual kBtu/SF/Year Excel export year formatted updated
Fix to errant site load after Energy Star score update request
Improvement plan popup help no longer locked out from hitting Close button
Version 8.4 (11/14/2019)
Advanced functionality for managing renewable energy sources (PV and Wind). Specification of energy generation (Onsite/Offsite), REC Ownership (Owned/Sold) and support for additional meter reading columns to track consumption exported offsite and subscription credits.
New options in the Visualizations tab to report on renewable energy production and net energy used.
Improvements to end-use outlier identification and weather normalization algorithm. New data quality metric to represent correlation between weather signatures and actual data.
Support for ENERGY STAR Web Services v13. REC ownership designation transferred to web service.
Revamp of exception handling, logging and notifications. Enhanced trapping at both the client and server level.
Export to Excel window rewritten and ported to the B3 application proper. Progress bar halted when export is complete.
Baseline period selector rewritten and ported to the B3 application proper. ADA compliant.
Weather station selector rewritten and ported to the B3 application proper. ADA compliant.
Weather data import engine upgraded to use new NOAA web service v2.0.
Improvement program link checker and weather data import engine migrated from CacheBuilder to Framework. Control Center updated to initiate those processes.
New global stats data. Reporting tool available in the Global Admin.
General interface enhancements to support ADA compliance.
Support for Reports tab in water mode.
Update to meter editor to check the 'Not connected' checkbox for meters associated to non-buildings.
Water meters connected to other sites in the organization show the proper 'Connected To' number.
Export to Excel suppressed for users with Guest access.
Fixes to water mode to display current connection count when connecting to water meters outside of the site, and inclusion of disconnected water meters.
Revamp to Visualization models to enhance exporting of CSV data.
Support for Sector designation at Client and Organization level. Organization level sector inherits from Client.
Portals switched from using the AverageDaysOverdue metric to the new DaysSinceCurrentTo.
Web.config and app.config transforms for Atomic demo and Atomic prod.
Update to CSS content-box setting, allowing proper bootstrap layout.
Updates to diagnostics page to test TWGIdentity and return response.
Google Map key consolidation.
Upgrade to latest jQuery 3.4.1.
All cookies marked secure.
Corrections to annual cost calculations to include transport charges.
Fix to P12 report consumption by fuel source table to include all energy source types.
Version 8.3.1 (9/10/2019)
Report Snapshots - allows users to save and archive PDF reports
Meter Search tool supports searching by meter name and meter type (meter/interval)
ADA compliance updates
Allow branded portals to opt-out of the Request-Access page
Update to Cache Builder to only update MeterMonthlyCache table for records that are > 3 months old
Update to Cache Builder Report Items to only write records when changed
Fix to Iowa portal content editor domain block
Fix to Energy Star score gathering for wastewater treatment plants with null AnnualConsumption
ASHRAE protocol version label added to organization editor
Reorder of IA portal menus and sub menus
Global audit log manager with export capabilities. Ability to export individual audit logs
More info about audit logs – inclusion of site name
New Domain Settings section in Control Center, read only
Fixes to mass upload manager to handle new column names, energy star score calculations
Version 8.3 (7/21/2019)
New end-use breakdown in the Improvements tab. Displays consumption and potential savings by end-use (heating, cooling, base load). Uses an all new weather normalization algorithm to determine end-use based on existing consumption and weather.
Redesigned organization summary with panels for completeness, freshness and building type breakdowns
New data freshness property 'Days/Months/Years Since Meter Current To' used throughout the site and exports
New organization editor Defaults tab. Allows users to specify default meter reading columns at the organization level which are applied when adding new meters.
Users allowed to exclude sites from completeness/freshness metrics in the site editor
Improvement plan support at the site level
Updates to new meter windows to gather column selections and consumption units
Meter editor unit specification and utility notes moved to Options tab
Meter editor allows gap and overlap warnings to be ignored prior to a specified point in time
Terminology change from Contiguous to Continuous in terms of meter readings
Comments field enlarged in Meter Editor
Support for numerous new PDF report widgets, including water report widgets
New Excel export for defined duration comparisons
Zendesk support messaging system added to MN and IA portals
All references of Weidt Group and TWG changed to Willdan
Cleanup and standardization to Organization ID and Site ID in all Excel exports
New features and functionality to support ADA compliance
Mass import template Meter Readings tab updated to 'Energy Charge' instead of 'Total Charge'
Bug fix in Meter editor admin tab when switching a meter from utility to interval and back again
Fix to water meters connected to external sites. Water consumption now properly being shown in Baseline and Visualizations tab.
Peak Demand table headers corrected to kW in meter editor and import meter wizard
Export to CSV support on all charts
Iowa registration form updated to allow submission without buildings, and request for training
Standardization of unit descriptions in database
Version 8.2.1 (5/22/2019)
Numerous updates for accessibility mode
New report and supporting report widgets for NYSERDA
Update to logic to include newer sites in baseline comparisons. Includes sites that were incomplete in the the baseline period
Switch to new NOAA weather service
Meter reading wizard files no longer logged in audit trail
Updated Accessibility mode toggle switch in branded portal header
Removal of empty kendo tooltip from map
Decommissioned buildings indicated as such in the navigation tree
Visualizations tab water summary table kGal entries expanded to two decimal places
Fix to double counting of peers
Fix to meter readings export to Excel crash with sewer meters
ExceptionHandler page added to MinnState portal
Tree selection persistance in Control Center
New Control Center landing dashboard
Date selector in Control Center Session Manager
Branded portal Reports footer updated to include custom email and phone if specified
Fix to Visualizations tab site count x of y
Fix to unclosed memory stream in portal GetImage logic
Building Version field added to custom export
Fix to meter editor to not blank out PortfolioManagerID and MeterSourceType for non-admins
Update to MinnState Portal to report in 2018
Fix to GetUtilityCompaniesByIndividual to return proper utilities for user roles assigned by utility
Update to TWGIdentity v1.0.21 to support only active security questions
Version 8.2 (3/25/2019)
Improvements and simplification to Water Mode. Support for sewer and stormwater fee columns instead of separate meters.
Updated search tool for finding organizations, sites and buildings within the navigation tree
Admin tool for consolidating legacy sewer and stormwater fee meters into standard water meters
Support for water targets
New instructional videos
Consolidation of all Excel export functionality to centralized engine
Updates to meter reading import wizard to standardize water meter imports
Advanced metrics for audit change logs and audit management tools
New 'Save' button added to Meter Editor to allow changes to be committed without closing the window
New Excel export report for Events
Version 8.1 (2/5/2019)
Support for electric-only or gas-only benchmark ratings when applicable
Numerous new report widgets and report templates
Movable splitter control separating the navigation tree and body
New custom imports for MSUM, We Energies and WPS
Updated messaging and functionality to handle ENERGY STAR Web Services outages due to government shutdown
New reporting options at the org and site level for Public, Anonymous and Hidden
Export to Excel monthly export options support for start and end dates
Version 8.0 (12/12/2018)
ADA WCAG 2.0 compliance
Performance boost to the analysis engine and building editor
Support for ethanol meters
Improvements to Print functionality
Support for walk-in coolers and freezers in advanced benchmark mode
Support for historical benchmarks across building versions
New global application menu
Ability to specify ASHRAE protocols for benchmarks by client
Update to peer comparison algorithm to support multiple protocols
Target editor updated to display 12-month ranges for baseline period
Stepped targeting algorithm update to step after the baseline period and reach the target by the start of the achieve period
Uploaded meter reading wizard files stored in the audit log
Asset management in the Global Admin tool
Report templates moved into database. New check-in/check-out system added to Global Admin
Updates to IA registration form. Fully automated, warning on organizations already in the system
Version 7.7 (10/16/2018)
Support for Improvement Plans at the Utility Company and Custom Attribute grouping level
Improvement Plan management moved to Site level
Ability to assign user rights by Utility Company and Custom Attribute
Diagramming of sub meter relationships
Selected organization/site retained after timed out sessions
New user privilege for Control Center, allowing limited access to users other than administrators
Gap/overlap warnings display when applicable, regardless of time-period
Instance banners added to all portals to clearly mark dev, demo and QA versions
New public school PDF report
Public registration form for Iowa portal
Show Events checkbox defaulted to on
Upgrade to latest versions of all third party libraries
Version 7.6 (8/27/2018)
Versioning of CO2e factors
Updated ENERGY STAR scores and web service connections
Session timeout countdown warning
Support for custom home page content for branded portal domains
Support for branded portal domains to localize their peer pool
Ability for clients to opt out of peer pool
Interval meter wizard export includes up to 10,000 editable rows
Update to completeness calculations for partial years
Version 7.5 (7/5/2018)
Custom Excel Exports with the ability to create, save and retrieve custom export formats
New Reports tab and PDF reporting functionality - initial support for 4 PDF reports
Interval Meter support - users can create interval meters and import/export interval data
Support for daily interval readings
Support for cumulative interval meter readings
Thermal Renewable grouping functionality in baseline and Visualizations tab
New military building types for armory, barracks, vehicle repair, vehicle storage and aviation storage
Updates to new meter dialog with frequency specification, thermal renewable offset specification, and cumulative meters
Integration with API updated to use their new REST web service
Meter reading import wizard support for exporting of errors and warnings to Excel
Export to Excel annual consumption includes footnote when weather normalizing
All references to CO2 clarified to be CO2e
Fix to baseline weather normalization calculations for non-buildings
Version 7.4.2 (6/9/2018)
Water ENERGY STAR scores for multifamily buildings
Support for stepped targets with achieve dates
Reports tab renamed to Visualizations
Meter search by comments
Building Editor invoked as inline popup window
Building Editor summary tab redesign
Building Editor image upload no longer persists images to disk
Meter reading import wizard support for exporting of errors and warnings to Excel
Fixes to export to Excel concerning extra columns and alignment
Google Maps API reference set to 3.31 instead of 3.x
MN potential savings tables row id's updated to properly work at Atomic
Fix to benchmark site level for sites that don't have 12 months of complete data. Graph now plots the consumption they have
Baseline period allowed to be set for parent organizations in the Visualizations tab
B3 Newsletter manager in Control Center to manage content and sending of newsletter
New Global Admin tool, separated out from the Control Center
BrandedPortal support across all the domains
New Unhandled Exceptions manager in the Control Center
Improvement Programs include support for website field, and monitor in the nightly Cache Builder
Version 7.4.1 (4/12/2018)
Weather station data quality rules updated to look at the last 10 years of monthly data, and only activate stations with 98% complete readings or higher.
B3 Cache builder updated to automatically re-assign weather stations that are no longer active
Control Center weather station manager updated to include a column for number of missing readings. Weather Station editor updated to highlight missing months
TLS 1.2 directive added to B3 Components Startup
Fix to water reporting (All Potable Meters) selection to include meter combo box when selected
MN RADS Report export to Excel now includes baseline columns for 2016 and 2017.
Update to weather normalization actual algorithm to skip normalization for months resulting in 0 consumption where the unnormalized values was not 0 and vice-versa.
Version 7.4 (4/1/2018)
All new weather system for gathering monthly average temperatures from stations across North America. Used in weather normalization algorithms.
Reassignment to nearest weather station for all active sites.
Default baseline comparison switched from Normalize Baseline to Normalize Actual.
Performance boost in baseline weather normalization calculations.
Export to Excel monthly and annual consumption exports include selections for weather normalization method.
Baseline Export to Excel honors the selected scope – By Organization/By Site.
Fixes to water sub-meter functionality to handle water meters sub-metered to other water meter types.
Reports tab option to select a specific meter always visible when reporting at the Site level.
Bug fix in Normalize Baseline routine for buildings with multiple versions. Baseline period now properly acknowledges a change in version
Weather station selector updated to no longer list data quality score. Only high quality weather stations are used now.
New algorithm for determining 'active' weather stations. B3 gathers data on some 9000+ stations, but only deems them as 'active' if they are reporting on 99% of the data points in the last 15 years starting 6 months back.
New warning built into the messaging system when a site is referencing a weather station no longer deemed “active”.
Weather importing routine moved into the B3CacheBuilder.
Fixes to ENERGY STAR web service integration to better handle multi-family housing and water meters measured in hundred gallons.
Control Center weather station manager updated to handle new stations and new data, plus weather station searchability.
Weather data import routine imports HeatingDegreeDays, CoolingDegreeDays and station elevation.
Control Center includes functionality to clear out users' security questions.
New custom import routine for MIT.
New custom import routine for Met Council.
Custom import for City of Warren.
SSL security protocol wired to use TLS 2.0.
Updated cache-control meta tag.
Fix to Baseline tab gauge header labels to properly detail person normalization with /person.
Reports tab annual summary table includes column for People when person normalizing.
Fix in water mode to no longer show red triangle warning about no data for buildings that have meters connected from other sites.
Fix to MinnState quarterly report, null crash error.
Decommissioned sites now show up with their most recent baseline comparison. They used to display with a gray triangle. Necessary, because decommissioned sites are included in org-level baseline reports when reporting on each site’s baseline period.
Best12MonthPeriod function updated to better handle decommissioned sites.
Update to IntervalMeterManager to handle ERP's new web service signature.
BBC Export (Better Building Challenge) updated to report on 2017
Fix to organization-level potential savings calculations. Was using the organization's best 12 month period instead of each sites' period.
Reports tab annual consumption percent complete calculation updated to use same calculation as the application.
AutoComplete disabled for security questions in all portals.
Version 7.3.1 (2/19/2018)
Support for water submeters
Version 7.3 (2/7/2018)
Incorporation of interval meter reading data into benchmarks, peer comparisons and baselines
Enhanced reporting tools for interval meter readings
Ability to mark a sub meter to another sub meter
Faster application load-up
Upgrade to latest Excel toolkit version
Version 7.2.2 (1/15/2018)
Branded portal deactivation functionality added to Control Center
Removal of weather normalization functionality in water mode
People column added to reporting on tables
Sewer meters included in completeness calculations
Group by building type filter correction
CacheBuilder updated to disable expired users
Fix to kitchen space asset type refrigeration defaults in advanced mode
Version 7.2.1 (11/29/2017)
Support for Electric Total reporting at Benchmark, Baseline and Reporting level. Electric Total calculated as the summation of electric + PV + Wind.
Version 7.2 (11/13/2017)
Enhanced security requirements
Username & password synchronization across the entire family of B3 applications
Geolocation tracking of County
Peak demand and demand cost integration between B3 and ENERGY STAR
Submeter calculation correction
Wastewater treatment plant scores suppressed for aerated ponds, non-aerated ponds and other treatment low energy plans
Version 7.1 (8/9/2017)
New Diagram view supported at the Site level.
Map view support at the Site level (in addition to Organization level).
New toggle switches for controlling the various views – Table View, Map View, Diagram View.
New toggle switch design for showing/hiding decommissioned sites.
CurrentTo column added to benchmark by year Excel exports.
Mass Import tool updated to generate a mass import template for a given state. Populates with relevant utility companies.
Event stick pins icons created for the renewable energy source types.
80/20 improvement rule updated to include sites up to 80%.
Bug fix when reporting on benchmark, all energy source types, native units for buildings with only one energy source type. Actual consumption was properly converting to native, benchmark was not.
Version 7.0 (6/13/2017)
Improvement Plan – lets users prioritize sites they wish to target for improvements and monitor savings
Event Comparison Reporting
Baseline weather normalization support at the organization level
Export to Excel more responsive to the filters chosen in the app (normalization, weather normalization, energy source type)
Archived Energy Documents can be managed at both the site and organization level
Security updates with tighter password requirements and recovery operations
Benchmark modeling engine updated to latest WeidtSIM version
Xcel Integration Wizard supports full e-commerce capabilities
Additional reporting options for wastewater treatment plants –Plant flow normalization and BOD Removed normalization in Baseline tab
Version 6.6 (12/21/2016)
Support for wastewater treatment plants
Expansion of wastewater treatment plant ENERGY STAR scores for plants operating at less than 0.6 MGD
Support for three renewable meter types - PV Renewable, Wind Renewable and Thermal Renewable
New meter type 'Flow Meter' with input values for flow rate, influent BOD and effluent BOD
Specific meter reporting for interval meters
New Ratio column in Reports tab when viewing a Benchmark comparison
Meter reading import wizard support when grouped by attribute
Import capabilities for EnergyCAP's BL23A export
Version 6.5 (9/21/2016)
Building level metrics at benchmark, baseline and reporting level
Building metrics acknowledge meter-to-building connections
New meter-level warning issued for meters not connected to any buildings
Override flag introduced to allow meters to be marked as not connected to any buildings
Potential savings calculation modified to summate the potential savings for each building at each energy source type
New 'Reporting On' panels in Benchmark and Baseline tabs to display relevant buildings and meters
Redesigned meter editor with new Connections tab
Meters allowed to be assigned to other organizations and sites in Meter Editor
New Admin tab in Meter Editor for administrative controls
Updated icons for multi-building sites, single building sites, non-buildings and decommissioned buildings
Meter reading import wizard supports updates to existing readings as well as new readings
Updated search engine
ENERGY STAR connection wizard allows import start date to be specified
Fix to interval meter square foot normalization calculations and completeness percentages
Fix to peer comparison tab to update chart and metrics when toggling between comparison selection
Version 6.4 (8/13/2016)
Support for Events - custom markers in all graphs to denote changes in buildings, operation and meters
Update to WeidtSIM engine version 2.6
Fix when selecting a site or org greater than 4 levels deep on the navigation tree.
Fix to (Unassigned) node when grouping by attribute
Correction to summer quarterly reports
Update to % Complete column in Report summary table
Parent organization name included in site detail heading
Meter editor consumption field max length expanded to 15 characters
Fix to organization date created field initialization
Notification added to meter editor for meters that are linked to ENERGY STAR
Bug fix to building count display
Version 6.3.1 (4/5/2016)
Update to ENERGY STAR web service signature
Fix to building and meter count when toggling decommissioned/disconnected checkboxes
Update to MNSCU quarterly report to use weather normalize actual to baseline weather method
Fix to GetRoles stored procedure to better handle client-level rights
Annual summary report moved to general 'Export To Excel' window
New export to Excel option for annual consumption data and annual consumption data by site
Version 6.3.0 (3/27/2016)
Support for cascading parent/child relationships across organizations, and multilevel inheritance for rights, addresses and baselines.
New Client concept. Reassignment of many private and other sector organizations to designated clients.
New State Agency baseline reporting in public reports
Revamp of individual roles and privileges to multilevel organization tiers
Updated Iowa branded portal design and content
Inclusion of 'Sign Out' link on main master page header
Fix to organization editor to no longer reset data owner when opening as non-admin
Open air parking lots no longer assumed to include supplemental heating when exporting to Energy Star
Weather normalization routine limits returning buildings and meters based on method and sf normalization selection
Reports tab updated to include percent complete and up/down percent change designation
Version 6.2.0 (2/26/2016)
Supporting websites redesign. Update to layout, content, structure, mobile-friendliness
Login process standardized onto Launch page
AM Charts updated to latest version. Reports tab code updated to reuse single instance of the Chart variable
Weather normalization option removed from rolling average report
Potential savings calculation updated to only include when consumption and dollars are over threshold
New Site/Building/Meter import engine updated to support importing of mass meter readings
Building and Meter counts updated to reflect shared buildings and shared meters
Branded portal supports custom address, phone, email, background color
Version 6.1.2 (2/2/2016)
Disconnected sites, buildings and meters separated out in Summary tab, not included in completeness stats
Ability to assign individuals to specific branded portals. Welcome email URL references portal address
Fix to actual water consumption column in export to Excel
Stacked tooltips in Reports tab
Version 6.1.1 (1/30/2016)
New 'Group By Utility Company' functionality
Updated eGRID carbon emission factors
Rerunning of all B3 Benchmarks
Fix to Excel export wizard focused cell when no meter readings entered
Correction to water mode baseline tab actual column and baseline change column
Reports tab 'Reporting on' label changed to associated meters rather than connect to meters
Version 6.1.0 (1/19/2016)
Greatly improved support for printing
New functionality to save graphs out to PNG and JPG format
Inclusion of benchmark reporting at the composite level – reports only benchmark-complete sites
Update to baseline reports at the composite level - reports only on baseline-complete sites
New EUI report
Inclusion of site counts in ‘Reporting On’ label
Support for latitude and longitude coordinates for non-buildings & weather station selection
All grids allow columns to be resized
Update to summary count table to properly accommodate decommissioned sites
Fix to benchmark calculations using domestic hot water
Version 6.0.8 (1/10/2016)
Updates to Excel export to better match on-screen layout
Meter editor 'Peak Demand' column header units now populated for all energy source types
Correction to chilled water emission calculation
Version 6.0.7 (1/6/2016)
Collection of TMY weather data for all weather stations
Removal of Benchmark comparison in Reports tab when viewing anything other than a site
Fix to square foot normalization in Reports tab for interval meters
Export to Excel file names given unique time stamp
Fix to site counts when toggling between decommissioned sites
Correction to report summary end dates
Version 6.0.6 (1/3/2016)
Removal of legacy Silverlight application
Baseline period selector now displays confidence percentage instead of number of meters completed
Updates to RADS report to show benchmark completeness, and better match of EUI and Dollars/SF
Updates to password reset functionality to hide inputs when reset key is expired
Group by utility functionality complete
Locked header row in exported Excel worksheets
Version 6.0.5 (12/23/2015)
Locked table headers in meter editor
Updates to RADS report benchmarks to match application
Version 6.0.4 (12/20/2015)
Site Summary tab's four metrics boxes always visible (not hidden during errors)
ESPM web services signature updated to latest version
Group by utility company benchmarks updated to reflect selected utility company only
Bug fix to interval meter calculations
Fix to ESPM score gathering for sites with data centers
Meter cache cleared after import from ESPM
Version 6.0.3 (12/4/2015)
Fix to RADS report complete SF and complete meters for state agencies
Updates to more conversion factors to match ESPM
Control Center meters sort by functionality
Control Center filter users by administrator
Search placeholder term in search text box changed to be compatible with IE9 and IE10
Version 6.0.2 (11/29/2015)
Support for natural gas units in kcf. Existing meters defined in mcf converted to kcf.
Natural gas kBtu conversion factors changed from 1029 to 1026 to match ENERGY STAR
Report tab bug fix when comparing to benchmark, all energy source types
Fix to seasonal report generator
Version 6.0.1 (11/20/2015)
Support for specific meter selection in Reports tab
Meter Editor no longer defaults a new blank meter reading for new meters
Meter editor cursor focus defaults to newest entry instead of oldest
RADS reporting completeness changed to general-complete instead of benchmark-complete
Fix to quarterly report generator dates
Export to Excel window Cancel button renamed to Close when submitted
Days Overdue renamed to Days Old on Summary tab
Version 6.0.0 (11/14/2015)
Redesigned and redeveloped in HTML5
Compatible with most modern web browsers and tablet devices
Optimized service and data layer for faster performance
Integration with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to automatically import ESPM data on an ongoing basis
Month and year navigation in benchmark and baseline graphs
Advancements in reporting:
Weather normalization options for baseline-to-actual and actual-to-baseline
Peak demand reporting
Square footage report
Month and year duration settings
Outside air temperature plotting
Comparison reporting on benchmark
Smarter report templates
Listing of reported buildings and meters at all levels
Reports tab available in all tree groupings
Detailed reasons displayed when ENERGY STAR cannot provide a score
Integrated Google map reporting
Ability to show/hide disconnected meters and decommissioned buildings
Potential savings dollar calculations updated to use actual costs
Support for additional meter unit types
B3 Benchmarking now uses WeidtSIM
; for all building modeling to calculate a basic benchmark. Advanced benchmarking coming soon in version 5.1
Minnesota benchmarks upgraded to the ASHRAE 90.1 2010 standard
Buildings now recognized with both a primary building type and collection of space allocation types (SATs)
Support for over 70 buildings types, each driven by The WeidtSIM Typical Building Template System v2.0.
Graphical benchmark reporting by month
Benchmark filtering by energy source type and specified 12 month consumption period to compare against
Baseline controls to normalize baseline consumption to actual weather, or, conversely actual consumption normalized to baseline period weather
Baseline time period filtering for both actual consumption period and baseline consumption period
Peer comparison controls to compare buildings by space allocation types, or by building type
Enhanced integration with ENERGY STAR
Redesigned B3 MN supporting site with responsive design for tablet and mobile devices
New content pages in the MN support site – What is B3, features & benefits, testimonials, new case studies
Better support for non-building energy consumers with physical address specification
Support for sites with energy meters only (no water meters) and water meters only (no energy meters)
Support for sub meters
Automated seasonal reports
New ENERGY STAR space type support
New RADS (Rating and Disclosure System) Report
Support for sector and site-level privileges
Support for national utility rates
National e-Grid sub regions and carbon factors
Improvement programs (Improvements tab)
Archived energy documents (Improvements tab)
Support for organizations without sites
Meter reading import wizard
New organization editor and site editor
Cost avoidance report
Initial support for import from Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Redesigned user interface
Support for building images
Search by organization or site, with highlighted search results
Support for monthly weather data from over 2,000 weather stations across the continental US
Weather station selection in baseline tab
Revamped baseline tab with 12 month display
Bing map display in building editor, general tab
Print support from every folder tab
New freshness rating on summary tab
Simplified view and editing controls for single-building sites
Support for interval meter data
Tighter integration with Energy Star Portfolio Manager data
Public reports - general statistics, potential savings and data completeness.
Integration with Google maps. Metric reporting by mapped location.
Support for renewable energy source types.
Event reporting - building occupancy, building versions and target achieve dates.
Tooltip display options
Support for building and target descriptions
Removal of export privilege
New columns in the organization view - first reading date, last reading date
Export to Excel capabilities allowed in group by views
Redesigned Interface. Streamlined for common tasks and standardized amongst all tabs and windows. Updated help and tooltips throughout the application.
Peer Comparison. New metric displays how a site is performing compared to peer sites of similar space usage
Summary Tab. New Summary tab displays organization and site status in terms of data being complete, correct, current and contiguous. Site summary displays all four metrics together - benchmark, peer comparison, ENERGY STAR and baseline.
Add New Buildings & Sites. Add buildings and sites within the application. No longer needed to use a request form.
Export To Excel. Context-sensitive export links throughout the application. New exports include buildings, building space usages, meters, meter readings, and monthly consumption.
Advanced Meter Search. New advanced meter search tool allows you to quickly find meters using a variety of full or partial search parameters.
All Organization View. New high-level organizational view with navigation to specific organizations and sites.
Faster. Internal calculations and load times are more efficient. Group-by operations are streamlined for speed. Large datasets are summarized for efficiency.
Upgraded hardware and improvements to the software framework have sped up the B3 system significantly.
Targets are used to establish quantifiable consumption goals for your organizations and sites. You can now define your own custom targets - relative targets against a baseline period, and absolute targets against a set of simulated monthly consumption.
Rolling Twelve Month Average.
B3 reporting now includes a new chart type to display a rolling 12 month average over time for all fuel types.
.The reporting tab allows users to control the visibility of weather normalization, baselines and targets. Custom report options are retained when viewing other organizations and sites.
Natural Gas Units
.Therms have been separated from CCF as a separate unit selection. For users with natural gas meters, please review your specified units and adjust if necessary.
.We have made minor modifications of our internal energy unit conversion factors to match that of industry standards.
The site now operates under SSL. Improvements have been made in password policies and caching.
Baseline definitions allowed at both the organization and site level
Baseline granularity expanded to month and year specification
Updated baseline period selection editor
New 'Program' custom attribute and reporting capabilities
Custom report configurations retain selections between clicks
Ability to specify separate transport charges from energy charges
CO2 factors updated to use latest Climate Registry data
CO2 numeric values formatted to show 2 significant digits
Custom attributes added to Excel exports
Locked building bug fixed - now allows Save button to be clicked when locked
B3 Control Center now allows meter to be added
Grouping – Ability to assign custom group attributes to organizations and sites and report on them collectively
Space Type Descriptions – Online help with detailed descriptions of each space type
Annual Summary Report – ability to report on sites as well as organizations
Mapping – building linkage to Google Maps
Operation Period – updated to allow decimal precision
Negative consumption values allowed in meter editor – First step towards implementation of renewable meters
Revamped new building and new contact request forms
Energy Star ratings
Introduction of the B3 Control Center for site administrators
New benchmarking engine and calculation subsystem
Enhanced interface for viewing benchmark, baseline and Energy Star data both at the organization and site levels
Enhanced messaging system, including the separation of benchmark, baseline and Energy Star errors and warnings
New tabbed building editor for the inclusion of building versioning and Energy Star attributes
Change to launch methodology, including separate launch page
Aged meter reading email alert system
Account editor, allowing users to change personal information
Email template system
Real-time statistics on supporting site
B3 Benchmarking application upgraded to Silverlight 4.0 and the 4.0 .NET Framework
Print capabilities from all report screens
Print preview, including the ability to save a report out as a graphic png format
Monthly data export report with weather data from total energy dashboard
Support for wood fuel sources
Meter search tool properly deals with double-clicks on meters in the grid
Addition of (Unknown) utility company for fuel oil, propane and wood delivery meters
Save button now enabled on all editors, even when required data is missing
Save button enabled on editors when no information has changed
Disconnected meters indicated as such in the meter list with strikethrough
Organization summary and site summary display only relavant fuel types in list
Space usage and special condition factors moved into relational data structure
Formalization of energy fuel sources, consumption units and their factors
Overlapping day adjustment in consumption calculations
LoadSitesSummaries method no longer being called twice upon load
Site Excel export now sorts by % change ratio
Site export fix to baseline carbon emissions
Enhanced stretching behaviors on all reporting screens
Standardization of selection and rollover colors
Standardization of baseline reporting in summary and report pages, use of most recent 12 months from each site
New Excel export capabilities for organization summary and site level data
New meter search mode for API/DNR integration
Import of DNR region 4 data
Introduction of 'Image ID' at the meter reading level. Linkage to PDF via API SOAP link
New privilege rights system. Four new privileges - API, DNR, Full Mode, Meter Search Mode
New field 'Region' added to organization level
New field 'Site Code' added to organization level
New field 'Consultant' added to organization level, included in organization Excel export
New field 'Group' added to site level, plus new lookup table for defined groups
Group editor added to site level, editable by DNR and API only
New field 'NonBuilding' added to site level
New field 'TankNumber' added to meter level, applicable to propane and fuel oil fuel types
New field 'DemandCharge' at meter reading level
Negative total dollar amounts allowed in meter editor
Address, city, state and zip fields added to vendor (utility company)
Data owner column added to organization Excel export
New DNR space types added to master space type list
Governer put on best 12 month function to ensure the return of no more than 12 months
Ability to select data owners in admin site via drop down list
Removal of prospect label from admin site
Descriptive error message now appears for enabled users with 0 sites. (Mark Sehr reported this bug). Prior versions resulted in a cryptic WCF error message.
Increased max message site from the default 64K. Addresses Brian Millberg’s problem of max message site exceeded. Correct in web.config.
Export to Excel is now properly functioning for non-TWGAdmin folks. Prior to this version, data owners had visibility to the ‘Export To Excel’ button, but no data actually made it out to Excel.
Bug fixed in the B3 Administrator which did not retain an ‘Export’ checkbox selection without an associated ‘View’ checked. The two checkboxes are synced now similar to the Edit/View checkbox behavior.
Export checkbox added to the organization editor in the B3 administrator
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