green building

Sacramento Has the Most Net Zero Buildings of Any City in America

January 13, 2016 by Katherine Tweed

California has more than half of the net zero buildings in the U.S., according to a new survey from the Net-Zero Energy Coalition. The survey is the first effort to catalog all of the zero energy buildings in North America.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Residential and Commercial Building Solar

January 30, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Building Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV modules produce direct current, which is converted to grid-compatible alternating current through an inverter. The flat-plate PV modules are commonly mounted on the roofs of residential and commercial buildings.[read more]

Peer-to-Peer Energy Benchmarking, Elevators, Revolving Doors and Merry-Go-Rounds

December 7, 2014 by Wego Wise

Energy Benchmarking

By asking our users a few simple questions about their buildings, we can categorize buildings quite easily. And, because our industry-leading database is over 25,000 buildings strong, you can feel confident about the accuracy of these benchmarking comparisons.[read more]

Chicago's Investment in Cleaner, Greener Water

October 13, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Chicago and Green Infrastructure

Climate change is bringing major changes to our cities right now. Those impacts have been readily visible in Chicago where low levels in Lake Michigan and massive, violent rain storms have twice been complicit in the reversal (or re-reversal) of the Chicago River this year.[read more]

Which City Leads in Energy Efficiency?

September 22, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

City Energy Efficiency

Greentech Media is feeling pretty good about itself this week, because its headquarters is located in Boston, the city that earned the highest score in the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s inaugural City Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

New Building Energy Code Would Cut Home Energy Waste 20 Percent

September 11, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Suppose you’re in the market for a new home. Many factors enter into your decision, but if you’re a smart buyer, you’ll consider not only the obvious factors like the purchase price of the house, but the cost of maintaining it, including utility bills.[read more]

Energy Code Proposal Could Save Consumers Billions, and Help Builders

August 22, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Code Proposal

NRDC and the Institute for Market Transformation are proposing a change to the 2015 national model residential energy code that, for the first time ever, brings the nation’s largest homebuilders together with energy efficiency advocates in recommending a major code update.[read more]

Energy Innovation: Microsoft Takes a Step Toward Programming the City of the Future

July 10, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Microsoft Monitoring

Microsoft doesn't just want to control the computer in your office building. It wants to control the building itself. Today, the tech giant took a step toward that goal by equipping four Seattle buildings with its monitoring software.[read more]

Homebuilding Beyond Energy Star: Illinois Gets First 'Challenge Home'

July 3, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Illinois Challenge Home

Ever thought about building a very energy-efficient custom home? What if this home would be one of the greenest homes of its kind? Weiss Building & Development LLC and Tom Bassett Dilley Architects have accomplished just that.[read more]

Dublin Firefighters Go Carbon Neutral

February 22, 2013 by Clare Taylor

The Kilbarrack Fire Station Carbon Neutral Project began life not solely as a response to climate change and energy efficiency, but also as an exercise in social cohesion and community responsibility.[read more]

Infographic: Nuclear Power vs. Energy Efficient Homes

July 18, 2011 by Peter Troast

Our friends at Energy Savvy continue to be great visual communicators of the benefits of energy efficiency. Yesterday we stumbled across this great infographic that provides a powerful visual demonstration of the economics, as well as the job-creating potential, of residential energy efficiency vs. building nuclear power plants....[read more]

Communities Key To Reducing Carbon From Buildings

July 5, 2011 by David Thorpe

If the Government is keen on reducing the carbon emissions from the domestic sector, it should ideally target efforts at the community level rather than individual households, according to a study of British Gas' Green Streets programme by the IPPR.Not only are there efficiencies in scale at this level, there is also the knock-on benefit...[read more]

Comprehensive Senate Energy Efficiency Bill Resurrects National Model Energy Code

June 13, 2011 by Shari Shapiro

     On May 12, 2011 the Energy Savings & Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESICA) of 2011 was introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D. N.H.) and Rob Portman (R. OH). The Act creates a national strategy to increase use of energy efficiency technologies through a national model energy code, enhanced appliance...[read more]

IEA: Building Energy Consumption Can be Cut 33%

May 18, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

In its latest energy roadmap, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says dramatic energy savings could be achieved rapidly if policies which promote energy efficient heating and cooling technologies are adopted. It is estimated that buildings -- residential, commercial, and public -- account for one-third of the globe's total final...[read more]

WEBINAR - JOIN IT NOW: Funding Green Cities

May 13, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

If you're in energy, you've heard it before: 40% of US carbon emissions come from buildings. Everything that uses electricity- HVAC, lighting, appliances, etc- adds to this burden. To cut down on buildings' share of emissions, we have a collective challenge to transition to low carbon forms of energy. And trust me, that sounds great; we...[read more]