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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]

Making Intelligent Efficiency a Core Driver of the Real Estate Market

June 10, 2014 by Wego Wise

Intelligent Efficiency and Real Estate

The building efficiency field has never been as promising and full of opportunities as it is today. The proliferation of energy disclosure laws and rating systems has brought greater understanding of the potential savings embedded in our built environment.[read more]

Wal-Mart, Schneider Electric Test the Grid-to-Building Energy Connection

May 28, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Modern buildings contain a lot of devices -- fans, pumps, lights, motors -- that can slow down or speed up, dim or brighten, or otherwise alter their electricity consumption on the fly. Utilities and grid operators are eager for fast-responding energy assets that can shave power usage.[read more]

Libraries Need to 'Read Up' on Energy Efficiency

May 23, 2014 by Wego Wise

Libraries and Energy Efficiency

We have the privilege of spending a LOT of time in energy data. Beyond the 20,000 multifamily buildings in our database, we have spent much of the last year adding non-residential buildings. This week we were digging into libraries, and decided we might as well share what we found.[read more]

Earth Day Pioneer Denis Hayes' New Challenge: Greenest Commercial Building in the World

April 24, 2014 by Christina Nunez

Denis Hayes and Green Buildings

Forty-four years ago, Denis Hayes convened the first Earth Day, an event that drew millions to events across the United States and heralded a new global awareness of the need to preserve our natural resources. Hayes is now at the vanguard of an effort to rethink our buildings and our growing cities.[read more]

Building Genome Project: Retroficiency Takes a City-Wide Approach to Efficiency

April 17, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Building Genome

If more than 30,000 commercial buildings in New York City adjusted their thermostats just one degree upward in summer and one degree lower in winter, the savings would add up to $145 million dollars annually. That finding is just one gleaned from Retroficiency’s new Building Genome project.[read more]

Report: Building Efficiency Incentives, Strong Codes Form Cornerstone to Greener, More Energy-Secure Indian Cities

March 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Buidling Efficiency in India

Recently in Delhi, my colleague Dr. David Goldstein and I discussed increasing building efficiency in India’s states at a high-level meeting held by the Planning Commission, Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and key state leaders.[read more]

Look at the Cool Stuff You Can Do With Consumption Data From Buildings

March 4, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Consumption Data

Through a combination of energy disclosure laws and new applications for IT in buildings, we're seeing a lot of data emerge about our built environment. Turns out that in Seattle, police stations are energy guzzlers. And in New York, buildings from the 1930s are more efficient than newer ones.[read more]

US Building Efficiency Was Worth More Than Clean Electricity in 2013

February 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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America's building sector often gets criticized for being an inefficient drain on the country's electricity system. At the same time, the natural gas industry gets held up as an economic miracle for the grid. But does that perception match reality?[read more]

Why Build Green? [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 4, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Build Green

This infographic from Green Building Canada displays the many advantages of adopting green building practices for new buildings and retrofitting old ones. At first we may only think of “green building” in terms of environmental benefits, but it goes far beyond that.[read more]