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The commercial building sector is the largest electric energy consumption segment in the U.S. It currently represents almost 20 percent of all energy use and is growing faster than any other market segment.
Date: 05/07/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Microsoft has pledged to reach net-zero emissions with its operations in over 100 countries. They will retrofit offices, data centers, and software development labs with the latest energy-efficient technologies.
Date: 05/10/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, HVAC, Data Centers
Energy efficiency is gaining momentum in states that have traditionally been behind the curve in pushing such technology, according to research by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy. Many of these states are passing legislation and taking steps in improving energy efficiency by 2020.
Date: 05/17/2012
Type: Article
HP has unveiled designs for a new data center that will require no net energy from traditional power grids.
Date: 06/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Data Centers
Many New York City tenants in city-owned buildings are not interested in saving energy, since they do not directly pay the utility bill and retrofits can be expensive. The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services decided to put these agencies on the hook for their energy consumption.
Date: 06/07/2012
Type: Article
Bloom Energy fuel cells
This project will make eBay the first major tech company to use fuel cells as a primary source of energy for data centers, rather than getting their energy from the national power grid, which is heavily dependent on coal plants.
Date: 06/22/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Data Centers
Thirty-six new states, local governments and school districts have committed about 300 million square feet in building energy upgrades to President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, intended to make US buildings 20 percent more efficient by 2020.
Date: 06/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
The National Training & Education Resource (NTER) is an open source platform that serves to education individuals about weatherizing their homes and offices. Viewers acquire new skills at a time, place, and pace that is convenient to them.
Date: 07/03/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
A recent study by New York City's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability found that most energy intensive large buildings typically use three to five times more energy than least energy intensive buildings. NYC large buildings account for 45% of the city's carbon emissions.
Date: 08/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
From 1978 to 2005, energy use in homes has remained essentially constant. There have been incredible energy efficiency improvements, but that has been offset by bigger homes and more stuff that needs to be plugged in.
Date: 08/23/2012
Type: Article

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