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5 Big Trends in Home Energy in 2014

December 19, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy concerns might not be the star player when it comes to the connected home, but the past year has shown this issue may actually have a lot more pull than some think. And it isn't just things like consumer devices that are moving the market along.[read more]

Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar Energy

December 16, 2014 by Devashree Saha
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Utilities and Rooftop Solar Support

NRG Energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.[read more]

New National Standard for Building Energy and Water Benchmarking Professionals Launched

December 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Center for Building Knowledge at New Jersey Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, recently launched the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking, a training and certificate program for building energy and water benchmarking professionals.[read more]

Energy Efficiency and Renewables Are Lowest Risk, Cost Investments for Utilities

December 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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A new report by utility and finance experts contains positive news for the environment: the economics of electric power resources have made zero-emissions energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies the most financially attractive options to meet the nation’s future energy demands.[read more]

Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses

November 26, 2014 by Willem Post
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Energy efficiency for buildings wasn't an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption.[read more]

Are Housing Regulators Quietly Dropping Their Opposition to PACE?

November 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government entity responsible for regulating America's multi-trillion-dollar secondary mortgage market, is reportedly easing its opposition to local programs that allow homeowners to pay for renewable energy and efficiency retrofits through their property taxes.[read more]

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Can Buildings Help Regulate the Power Grid and Integrate Renewable Energy?

November 10, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Buildings, Renewables, and Grid Integration

Grid operators may have a new ally in their efforts to integrate renewables and regulate the frequency of the grid: buildings. Variable-speed drives used to run heating and cooling systems can be modulated in response to signals from grid operators, helping keep the frequency of electricity flowing across the grid.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October 2014 [VIDEO]

October 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy Report

In this Brussels Briefing on Energy, leading energy journalist Hughes Belin for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, provides an overview of the European Union’s most pressing energy issues including the Juncker Commission, and the recent green light for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project.[read more]

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Sprouting Sustainable Buildings Across the Emirates: Green Construction and Building Regulations

September 26, 2014 by Tanya Malik
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Green Buildings

Sustainable construction was first embraced in the UAE by Abu Dhabi, with the creation of a building and design methodology platform in 2010 known as Estidama, to promote the core sustainability principles of the Abu Dhabi 2030 master plan.[read more]

California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

September 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean the air, reduce plastic litter pollution, combat climate change, and reduce toxic chemicals in our environment.[read more]

Vivint Solar IPO: Residential Solar is Growing Up

September 16, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Two weeks ago Vivint Solar registered for its initial public offering. Valued at $200 million, this looks to be the latest in a series of success stories in the residential solar market. The Vivint announcement follows the very successful run in SolarCity stock since its IPO in late 2012.[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]

Opening the Multi-Trillion Dollar Market for Energy Management

August 19, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of Things. Energy management will be a multi-trillion dollar industry that will reverberate across industrialized economies.[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]