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City of Lake Crystal
Inver Hills Community College
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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