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A model of a renovated building at Penn State's new Energy Innovation Hub.
Institute faculty member Igor Mezic is part of a team led by Pennsylvania State University that will receive up to $122 million over the next five years from the Department of Energy to establish an Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing technologies to make buildings more energy efficient.
Date: 08/26/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings
Innovative startup OPower is focusing on customer engagement and behavior modification to achieve great gains in home energy efficiency.
Date: 08/16/2010
Type: Article
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
"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
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
Obama promotes green jobs and discusses the Home Star program which will provide rebates for homeowners to pursue energy efficiency home upgrades.
Date: 03/02/2010
Type: News
The Commerce Department reveals the first 77 smart grid standards along with gaps and priorities to be addressed. A final report is expected to be released by the end of the year.
Date: 09/24/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings, Smart Grid
New York City's newest skyscraper has received the city's first commercial gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. This is part of a larger effort to increase the efficiency of all buildings in the city.
Date: 04/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings
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
In most facilities, changing a light bulb is a pretty simple task. However, in a hospital, even minor tasks can be complicated.
Date: 11/07/2013
Type: Article

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