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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
"In its first year, President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge has signed up 7,700 participants that have reduced energy use by 2.5 percent on average." -- An article by Greentech Media.
Date: 06/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
The Department of Energy released a free publicly available database of actual energy performance data from more than 60,000 residential and commercial buildings; the data will allow users to identify key building energy efficiency opportunities and perform insightful statistical analyses.
Date: 06/18/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Roughly 20 to 50 percent of energy consumed in the world is dispersed as heat. A company has come up with a way to harness waste heat as low as 86 degrees Fahrenheit to be converted to electricity.
Date: 05/23/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Utilities
New analysis shows that the US building sector has made tremendous improvements in energy efficiency over the last six years -- potentially eliminating the need to build any new power plants to support growth in this sector through 2030.
Date: 05/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings

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