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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]

The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy

March 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

President Obama recently signed an executive order directing federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent.[read more]

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The Coolest, Interactive Net-Zero Home Guide Makes Green Fun

March 22, 2015 by Andre Bourque

Net-Zero Homes

A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy building, or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.[read more]

LED-Based Building Controls Aren't Just for New Construction

March 15, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Terralux has raised $11 million in growth investment to build its retrofit LED business. In 2014, Terralux sold its portable lighting business to Lightstar Corporation to focus on commercial solid-state lighting. The company has raised $40 million to date.[read more]

New York's Next Step in Cutting Carbon from Buildings

March 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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When New York City leads, the world follows. That's why the announcement a few weeks ago of the creation of a technical working group to help the city cut greenhouse gas emissions from its building sector by 30 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 is such exciting news.[read more]

Following the Nest Path to Energy Efficiency

March 5, 2015 by Matt Conway

Home Energy Efficiency

The Nest thermostat is notable for matching the use of heating and air conditioning equipment to actual times of building occupancy and intuitively adjusting the temperature to a desirable level. Noticeably absent is the ability to optimize the inner workings of the equipment that is connected to the thermostat.[read more]

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]

Reducing the Cost of Energy Savings

February 18, 2015 by Matt Conway

Notable changes are on the horizon for realizing energy saving in buildings. Given the phenomenal pace of improvements in the manufacture of products like cars and computers it is hard to believe that advances have scarcely impacted the way that mechanical equipment is installed.[read more]

Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon
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European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

February 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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As detailed in the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo, New York State is about to embark on an ambitious program to expand the Five Cities Energy Plan initiative, while also establishing the "New York State Community Partnership" program that will help additional municipalities.[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]

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]

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

January 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twenty-first century managers must pay attention to the use and cost of natural resources, the cost of waste production and disposal, and the environmental impact of organizational outputs and waste.[read more]

Tonio Buonassisi Seeks to Make Solar Cells Competitive

January 15, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cells and Market Competitiveness

One day, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. It was then he realized that there had to be better ways for people to produce and use energy, and that he wanted to try to do something about it.[read more]