building energy efficiency

Building Energy Codes in 2015: A Foundation of Cutting Climate Pollution

December 23, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Energy Efficiency

The Paris climate talks gave strong impetus to the world's determination to curtail climate pollution through policies that create jobs and economic growth while simultaneously cutting emissions. While they may be a lower profile solution, improved building codes are a cornerstone of a successful climate policy.[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

Steroids for Efficiency: Digital Solutions for Juicing Building Energy Codes

March 26, 2015 by Matt Conway

Boosting Green Buildings

Massachusetts recently adopted a new energy code to improve building efficiency. The merits of the legislation are on display in Boston’s current building boom. At construction sites across the city, the latest energy saving building insulation, ultra-efficient windows and weather sealing technologies can be seen.[read more]

Ayla and Regen Build the Internet of Things for Energy-Aware Buildings

January 31, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Here’s a noteworthy revenue figure to attach to the ill-defined and still-imaginary "internet of things" -- $99 in energy savings. That’s the average amount that Steve Dixon of Regen, says the Toronto-based startup’s tech can squeeze out of every rooftop air conditioner it equips with its “swarm logic” control system.[read more]

A Common Energy-Saving Device that I've Never Seen in the United States

October 8, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram

Building Energy Savings

I tend to think of the US as ahead of most of the rest of the world when it comes to energy efficiency. Our utilities are spending billions of dollars per year encouraging energy efficiency. But in France, Singapore and Kenya I've seen an energy-saving device that I’ve never seen in the US.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Analytics

September 19, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Energy Analytics

Energy analytics for mass-scale building energy efficiency evaluations is a category of software solutions that determine how a building is currently consuming energy and recommend operational and retrofit measures to maximize energy savings.[read more]

Going Back to School, Moving Forward with Solar Energy

September 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

School Energy Costs and Savings

While this may have been a tough week for some of New York’s school kids, who, in the last few days, have headed back to class, the school districts that educate them, just got some great news: A new, New York State program called K-Solar (read that: “K through Solar”) has just launched.[read more]

Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: ESCO Model Enables Energy Efficiency Savings in India

September 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Tower Retrofit

More than ever, people are flocking to India’s cities, where increasing standards of living and rapid urbanization are causing enormous strain on the country’s energy supplies. At the same time, 400 million people in India lack any access to reliable power.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Efficient Building Envelope

August 7, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Building Technology

A building envelope consists of all the elements of a building that separate its interior from the exterior environment. This includes external walls, insulation, windows and roofing. Technological advancements in envelope materials have lowered building operating costs.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Building Energy Management Systems

August 2, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Building Energy Management and Savings

A Building Energy Management System (BEMS) is an integrated system of software, hardware and services that controls energy use through information and communication technology. Used primarily in commercial buildings, BEMS technology works by monitoring, automating, and controlling building systems.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Progress by America's Utilities: An Update

March 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency and Utilities

Some people are surprised to learn that our electric and natural gas utilities spend billions of dollars a year to help customers need and use less energy. But helping people get more work out of less electricity and natural gas has long been a winning strategy for many of America’s hometown utilities.[read more]

Spotlight on Los Angeles: Increasing Energy Efficiency in Buildings

March 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the Ziman Center for Real Estate hosted the UCLA Green Building Symposium - Building Better Places. The symposium addressed the critical issue of increasing the efficiency of buildings.[read more]

New DOE Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Mean Big Energy Savings

March 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficient Refrigeration

Have you ever walked into a grocery store and thought about how much energy must be wasted through those open-air refrigerators that store dairy products or the freezers you can see into in the ice cream aisle? Unless you’re an energy geek like me, perhaps not.[read more]

Tenants and Landlords Can Both Save with Energy Efficiency Upgrades

March 7, 2014 by Katie Mandes

Talk about a win-win. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and government-backed mortgage provider Freddie Mac recently agreed on a plan that will cut carbon emissions and at the same time make rental housing more affordable.[read more]