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

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The White Room provides current information relating to new technologies for energy efficiency. Stay connected with the latest news, events, and scientific breakthroughs in this fast moving sector. Use our filters on the left or click here to send a suggestion for content to add.

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Will California's statewide green building codes advance energy-efficient construction or undermine stricter standards like LEED? The CALGreen codes promote efficiency without the costs of third-party certification, but critics note that the standards are prescriptive rather than performance-based.
Date: 01/06/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
green construction
A new study from the Building Codes Assistance Project reveals that the average incremental cost of constructing a new home to meet the current energy efficiency building code is relatively small, and that owners will recoup those costs through energy savings in less than four years.
Date: 11/20/2010
Type: News
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
GE Ecomagination announcement
The 12 winners of GE's Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid include an energy-efficient solar-powered cooling/heating technology, a network-based energy management solution, and energy-efficient electrochromatic windows.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: News
Schematic of quantum dot LED
A recent report from Lux Research (”Nanotech’s Answer Key to the Energy Problem”) suggests that six different nanotechnologies could project energy efficiency savings and energy consumption reductions that are the equivalent of shutting off all the coal-fired power plants in the United States.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: Blog, Report
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
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
Hara's supply chain EEM software.
Energy management startup Hara has released software for a supply-chain module that can evaluate energy efficiency among a client’s suppliers – vendors, transportation services, warehouses, etc.
Date: 10/05/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Transportation
Green building products company Serious Materials has developed a software-as-a-service for monitoring and lowering energy consumption in commercial buildings.
Date: 09/24/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Control Systems
Westarkade tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
A sensor-tuned facade lets fresh air in without throwing energy out.
Date: 09/09/2010

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