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Startup software company EcoFactor is partnering with Texan utility company Oncor to turn programmable thermostats into smart, energy-saving devices.
Date: 07/07/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
Microsoft announced today that it has combined its Hohm Web home energy-efficiency application with the PowerCost electricity monitor. Using a broadband internet connection, consumers can then monitor their home electricity consumption from the web or from the tabletop electricity monitor.
Date: 07/27/2010
Type: Article, Video
Infrared scan of a retrofitted building.
A new crop of startups such as Skyline Innovations and Metrus Energy hope to transform energy efficiency and building management through creative financing, service contracts and software.
Date: 08/30/2010
Type: Article
CFL
In partnership with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Office of Naval Research Global has developed a device for harvesting residual magnetic power from electrical currents. The technology could reduce the energy used for lighting by up to 39 percent.
Date: 09/26/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
HVAC
While the markets for energy management in large-scale buildings and homes are booming, the market for mid-sized commercial buildings (fast food restaurants, small office parks etc.) remains relatively untapped.
Date: 10/05/2010
Type: Blog
Building Construction
State and local code officials voted to adopt new building codes that will achieve 30% in energy savings, using the 2006 model code as the baseline, for commercial and residential buildings. The new code will impact building construction, additions, and renovations in 47 states and Washington DC.
Date: 11/02/2010
Type: Article, News
two thermal energy storage tanks
CALMAC's ICEBANK technology provides an energy-efficient alternative for cooling buildings by freezing ice at night (when energy costs are lower) and then using cool water from the melting ice to cool the building during the day.
Date: 11/05/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
EnerNOC
Demand response company EnerNOC has launched EfficiencySMART, a line of business software designed to help companies better control their spending on energy. EnerNOC’s move comes as part of a general shift among demand response aggregators into the broader fields of energy efficiency and management.
Date: 11/17/2010
Type: News
“Le Hive,” the Paris headquarters of Schneider Electric.
French company Schneider Electric has built a campus of interconnected buildings as a test bed and proving ground for advanced sensor, measurement, analysis, and control technologies that promise to improve building energy efficiency by an average of 30 percent.
Date: 01/19/2011
Type: Article
President Obama
Obama’s "Better Building Initiative" may attract new innovators to the energy efficiency sector by providing incentives to reduce building energy use. Obama has proposed tax deductions, financing, competitive grants and other incentives as part of his budget.
Date: 02/10/2011
Type: Blog

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