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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]

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]

10 US Cities Plan Coordinated Attack on Building Energy Waste

February 2, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

If building efficiency were an indicator of success in sports, we could likely declare a winner in this week's Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver. As one of the top five most efficient cities in the country, Seattle takes the crown. But other cities aren't waiting on the sidelines.[read more]

What This Green Super Bowl Signifies

February 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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This year’s Super Bowl poignantly demonstrates the gap between partisan climate deniers and our business culture at large. The Super Bowl is a global exhibition of the types of ecological actions we all should emulate to address climate change.[read more]

Cutting Energy Waste By Running Buildings Better

October 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Building Inefficiency

Most people know that upgrading light fixtures and windows can reduce energy waste in office buildings, but even the experts may be surprised to learn just how much energy can be saved by simply running our existing office buildings better.[read more]

Have You Visited Ford's Gigantic Living Roof Lately?

October 24, 2013 by Tina Casey

Ford Green Roof

We’ve been so busy checking out Ford’s rapidly growing fleet of electric vehicles that we let this one slip under our radar, but the largest green roof, or “living roof” as Ford calls it, in North America has been flourishing atop the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant for the past ten years.[read more]

Why Efficiency Is Harder in Industrial Facilities Than Commercial Buildings

September 29, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Energy efficiency is often compared to picking up dollar bills off the ground. It is, in theory, one of the simplest ways to save money in a facility. In commercial buildings, those dollar bills are in close reach. But what if those bills were stuffed underneath a conveyer belt at a pulp mill?[read more]

Virtual Audits Uncover Surprising Trends in Building Energy Efficiency

September 19, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Building Virtual Audits

Over the last few years, the handful of startups developing virtual energy auditing services have analyzed over a billion square feet of commercial buildings. Virtual audits, called 'no-touch audits' or 'rapid energy modeling,' aren't yet an industry standard, but they continue to gain momentum.[read more]

Energy Innovation: Lucid Unveils Universal Operating System for Buildings

August 27, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Lucid launched BuildingOS on Monday, an online operating system for buildings. It brings together meter and building system data into one integrated platform. Lucid spent years doing back-end technology integration so that the platform can be essentially plug-and-play.[read more]

Is New York's 'Greenest' Tower Really Toxic?

August 9, 2013 by Sandy Tung

A Toxic Building?

When it comes to the energy debate, knowing the facts is key to justifying where you stand. But so many articles that I read exaggerate, misinform and pick and choose convenient facts to make their arguments it makes me wonder if people still do real research.[read more]

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Accurately Measuring Building Energy Use

July 25, 2013 by Erik Mazmanian

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub recently used their headquarters in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, to conduct on-site energy audits using three different providers to better understand the variability in audit results for commercial buildings.[read more]

New Laws and Leadership Cultivate Green Building in Southwest

There’s something happening in those dry Southwestern mountains. The benefits of healthy, efficient and low-impact buildings are on the minds of builders, and lawmakers are taking action.[read more]

Sticker Shock: Getting the Real Estate Community to Embrace Energy Disclosure

July 16, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Brian Swett knows real estate. As LEED project manager for the large real estate investment trust Boston Properties until last year, Swett helped property owners and managers understand the value of green buildings.[read more]

Empire State Building Efficiency Retrofit Model Rolls Out Across US

July 3, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Energy Efficient Empire Building

New York City’s Empire State Building is colloquially called “The World’s Most Famous Office Building.” Thanks to a successful energy efficiency retrofit program, that title may change to “The World’s Most Famous Green Building.”[read more]

Apartment Energy Use Drops Nearly 40 Percent

June 20, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

Apartment Energy Efficiency

If you live in an apartment building with five or more units, you probably use significantly less energy than your those people who are living in single-family homes.[read more]