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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
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
verge quadrants
The GreenBiz Group is unveiling a new initiative called VERGE, focusing on the convergence of four technology sectors: vehicles, information, buildings, and energy.
Date: 04/18/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Transportation
A recent study by New York City's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability found that most energy intensive large buildings typically use three to five times more energy than least energy intensive buildings. NYC large buildings account for 45% of the city's carbon emissions.
Date: 08/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
Many HVAC systems run at full power or no power. By designing automated partial power modes, huge energy gains have be achieved with short payback periods.
Date: 06/12/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: HVAC
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
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
NASA is in the process of constructing the greenest building in America at their Ames campus near the Silicon Valley in California. The agency has recruited green architect William McDonough for the project.
Date: 08/28/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Buildings
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
The US Green Building Council is attempting to improve the LEED building certification due to inaccurate projections of energy use.
Date: 09/04/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Modeling

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