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What Snowmageddon 2015 Is Showing Boston About Building Efficiency

February 25, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boston and Building Efficiency

The Boston area is locked in one of the snowiest winters on record, and nearly every home, condominium and apartment building in the Northeast is adorned with icicles, which are hugely troubling from an environmental perspective. Ice on roofs speaks volumes about how easily heat is escaping from buildings.[read more]

One University's Attempt to Reduce Energy Waste at Work

February 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Saving and Waste at Work

 

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. Of course, there are plenty reasons to be conscientious about energy consumption.[read more]

Why Build Green? [INFOGRAPHIC]

January 31, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Green Building Benefits

Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. 35-40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption and 12 percent of water consumption come from our buildings.[read more]

The Department of Energy's Final Act of 2014 Could Save Office Buildings and Schools $15 Billion

January 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Efficiency and Standards

On the very last day of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will lower the electric bills of virtually every office building, school, and hospital across the country by $15 billion through 2030.[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]

Manufactured Housing: A Strong Consensus for Energy Savings and Affordability

November 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Major energy efficiency gains and improved home affordability are actually within reach for new manufactured homes in the United States following a strong consensus agreement that has been reached by the Manufactured Housing Working Group.[read more]

From Artisanal to Integrated: How Data Is Remaking the Efficiency Industry

October 20, 2014 by Wego Wise

Data and Efficiency

The past few years have seen an abundance of software innovations designed to enhance the efficiency of the built environment. Taking advantage of inexpensive computing power and storage, these platforms are leveraging the torrent of data generated by and about our buildings.[read more]

Opower Enters Rare Partnership With FirstFuel to Expand Into Commercial Building Efficiency

September 14, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower doesn't often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell for a smart thermostat deployment, it hasn't needed to rely on others to expand.[read more]

Building Smart Cities in India

August 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Smart Cities

In his Independence Day speech from Old Delhi’s famed Red Fort, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to replace the country’s 64-year-old Planning Commission with a new central government think-tank led by a mix of experts.[read more]

Quick Comparisons of Building Ordinance Policies

August 23, 2014 by Wego Wise

Building Ordinances

It makes us happy to see that city governments have recently been catching on to the importance of energy benchmarking, with new policies being implemented all over the country that require building owners to report their energy and water use.[read more]

Demand Response at the Core of Energy Savings for Large Office Building in Chicago

August 22, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Demand Respone and Building Efficiency

Demand response – an energy saving tool that encourages customers to shift their electricity use to times of day when there is less demand on the power grid or when more renewable energy is abundant – has been at the core of my work this summer.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

August 21, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power, also called cogeneration, generates both electricity and useful heat from the same fuel source. CHP typically involves dedicated equipment to generate electricity, followed by recovery of exhaust/waste heat for use in industrial processes, space heating, or water heating.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Efficient Building Insulation

August 14, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Building Insulation and Loss Prevention

One key building material that greatly impacts the efficiency of a building is insulation. Up to 45% of a building’s heat can be lost through the roof. The effectiveness of insulation can be determined by its thermal resistance, represented by R-value.[read more]

Diagnosing 'Broken' Buildings to Make them Greener

June 24, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Diagnosing Buildings

The co-founders of MIT spinout KGS Buildings have an important saying: “All buildings are broken.” The energy that is wasted through faulty or inefficient equipment, they say, can lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in avoidable annual costs.[read more]

Smart Grid and Smart Buildings Share Same Disruptive Impacts

June 24, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Buildings use 40% of all energy in the USA. The National Academy of Sciences reported that if buildings fully deployed available energy efficiency technologies and programs, we could avoid construction of new electricity-generating plants in the USA until 2030.[read more]