Release Notes

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
  • Global peers
  • 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%. That is, stops after 80% is reached, but may reach up to 90% or beyond.
  • 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
  • Person Normalization
  • 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

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
  • Fix to Benchmarking tab javascript error. Caused chart to not render in IE9 or IE10
  • 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

v5.1 (5/17/2015)

  • Advanced Benchmarking

v5.0 (2/16/2015)

  • 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® Portfolio Manager
  • 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)

v4.5 (9/12/2014)

  • Support for sub meters
  • Branded portals
  • Automated seasonal reports
  • New ENERGY STAR space type support

v4.4 (5/1/2014)

  • New RADS (Rating and Disclosure System) Report
  • Support for sector and site-level privileges

v4.3 (4/20/2014)

  • Support for national utility rates
  • National e-Grid sub regions and carbon factors

v4.2 (3/10/2014)

  • Quarterly reports
  • Improvement programs (Improvements tab)
  • Archived energy documents (Improvements tab)
  • Branded portals
  • Support for organizations without sites
  • Completeness reporting

v4.1 (1/27/2014)

  • Meter reading import wizard
  • New organization editor and site editor
  • Cost avoidance report
  • Initial support for import from Energy Star Portfolio Manager

v4.0 (12/20/2013)

  • Redesigned user interface
  • Support for building images
  • Search by organization or site, with highlighted search results
  • Performance boost
  • 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

v3.5 (8/6/2013)

  • Water meters

v3.4 (2/19/2013)

  • Performance boost

v3.3 (12/5/2012)

  • Meter-level reporting

v3.2 (10/13/2012)

  • 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

v3.1 (5/19/2012)

  • 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

v3.0 (2/20/2012) 

  • 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.

v2.8 (1/7/2012)

  • Faster. Upgraded hardware and improvements to the software framework have sped up the B3 system significantly.
  • Custom Targets. 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.
  • Improved Reporting.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.
  • Conversion Factors.We have made minor modifications of our internal energy unit conversion factors to match that of industry standards.
  • Security Updates.The site now operates under SSL. Improvements have been made in password policies and caching.

v2.7 (9/24/2011)

  • 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

v2.6.1 (8/23/2011)

  • 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

v2.6 (6/29/2011)

  • 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

v2.5 (2/21/2011)

  • Energy Star ratings
  • Building versioning
  • 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

v2.2 (11/17/2010)

  • 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

v2.1.5 (10/7/2010)

  • 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

v2.1 (7/25/2010)

  • 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

v2.0 (5/12/2010)

  • 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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