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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
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
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area opened a new net-zero visitor center -- the first of its kind. The building is equipped with LED lighting and solar panels. The article also includes other LED news.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
China struggles to contain its energy demand as the world’s most populous nation. Cities continue to grow, requiring more buildings and floor space. The country is working with companies around the world to help mediate energy demand in new and existing buildings.
Date: 10/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
The number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed about 51 percent this year, from 544 completed in 2011 to 821 in just the first eight months of 2012, the Federal Times reports.
Date: 10/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
US building owners are scaling back the pace of energy efficiency upgrades, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Building owners not only need financing, but convincing that the improvements will increase the bottom line.
Date: 11/08/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
LG says its "Energy Star Most Efficient" sales have increased by 75%. According to the EPA, these purchases will save consumers more than $150 million in utility costs and reduce GHG by about 930 million pounds over the lifetime of these products.
Date: 11/09/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 39. Roughly $550 million a year will be spent on improving the energy efficiency for public schools and government buildings.
Date: 12/03/2012
Type: Article
Greentech Media summarizes Americans' 2012 home energy usage and statistics. "Home energy management in 2012, like every other year, finds us somewhere between the Flintstones and the Jetsons."
Date: 12/17/2012
Type: Article
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.
Date: 01/04/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings

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