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Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab designed a new material for windows that could lead to "smart windows" that let people control the amount of light and heat that gets through.
Date: 08/29/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
Currently, the United States uses more air conditioning than all other countries combined. This can soon change, as air conditioning demand increases in China, India, Indonesia, among others developing countries.
Date: 08/15/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC
Researchers at Harvard University and University of Toronto have developed leaf-like sheets that can be applied to existing windows to increase a building's thermal regulation and decrease building temperature.
Date: 08/12/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
An assessment of the city of Boston identifies Boston's vulnerability to climate change and provides steps to help property owners reduce their vulnerability to severe storms and sea level rise.
Date: 08/09/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Climate Change
ACEEE released a report on miscellaneous energy loads in buildings, indicating that these loads consume $70 billion in energy each year. The author suggests that the efficiency of these loads could be increased 40% - 50%.
Date: 08/08/2013
Type: Article
Washington DC has launched the Sustainable DC initiative that aims to make the city the "greenest, healthiest and most livable city in the U.S."
Date: 08/05/2013
Type: Article
LBNL and DOE have launched Simergy, a free user-interface for easier and more effective use of the whole-building energy modeling engine EnergyPlus.
Date: 07/25/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC
Starting September 1st, owners of non-residential buildings in California of 50,000 square feet or greater will be required to release their building's energy usage when they sell their property.
Date: 07/22/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Microsoft is working with Seattle and its local utility to conduct a pilot to increase energy efficiency in large commercial buildings in downtown Seattle. The pilot will use Accenture’s Smart Building & Energy Solutions energy management software alongside Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology.
Date: 07/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Siemens is working to launch a large smart city project in Vienna, Austria where power supply, building systems, intelligent power grids, and information and communication technologies will interact.
Date: 07/09/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings

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