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Videos from UCSB Summit on Energy Efficiency, May 1-2, 2013  

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New York City has publicly posted 2011 energy benchmarking results for over 2,000 large commercial properties. This is the first time any US city has disclosed private-sector building energy data. Results show areas for possible energy improvements.
Date: 09/12/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Air conditioners consume a large amount of energy. Nearly all of the world’s booming cities are in the tropics and will be home to an estimated one billion new consumers by 2025. As temperatures rise, they (and we) will use more air-conditioning worrying researchers.
Date: 09/05/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Climate Change, HVAC
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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