Geothermal energy is safe, reliable and resides just beneath our feet. It can help meet U.S.
Hydropower has been around for more than a century and accounts for up to 7 percent of the nation’s power supply. But it does a lot more than just generate power. This energy source plays a major role in maintaining the reliability and resiliency of the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Energy, through the Better Buildings Alliance's Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign (ARC), has recognized eight organizations for their energy efficiency leadership in replacing and upgrading rooftop units (RTUs) in commercial buildings. Since 2013, 300 partners have replaced...
Finding a new job can be tough. One way to maximize the odds is to look for opportunities in clean energy. It’s one of the fastest-growing, most innovative sectors of the U.S.
One of the big stories of the past decade is the rising percentage of America’s electricity that is generated by renewable energy. Wind power represents a large amount of that growing number. So here are five things to know about wind power, according to the U.S.
Energy sources originating from beneath the Earth’s surface satisfy more than 80 percent of total U.S. energy needs, and a key energy challenge today is to ensure safe, sustainable and affordable availability of these natural resources in the subsurface. A key issue, however, is being able to “see” what is in the subsurface.
Entries are open for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Housing Innovation Awards that show case homes that meet the most rigourous guidelines for high performance homes. Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office, recently issued this call for entries. Okay, you’ve done the hard part.
One reason people choose to live in the EcoVillage co-housing community is the community’s commitment to sustainability. That commitment to sustainability, especially sustainable energy-efficient construction, is one reason why builder Kendall Carpenter of AquaZephyr, LLC, wanted to work on the co-communal housing project.
The same visionary scientists responsible for pioneering space exploration are also behind a national effort to commercialize concentrating solar power (CSP) plants with integral energy storage. After years of research, testing and validating the technology, in late 2015 scientists working...
One of the nation’s leading organizations focused on the development of high-performance single- and multi-family homes wants Americans to push congressional leaders to fight for energy-efficient federal funding that threatens to be cut. The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA)...
What do LEDs, high-efficiency washers and dryers, and smart thermostats have in common? All were developed with help from researchers at U.S. national laboratories. But these energy efficiency innovations didn’t reach homeowners and building developers overnight.
As Major League Baseball opened the 2017 season this week, fans might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together...
Facilities setting a standard for sustainability for others to follow
The modern, three-story highly insulated townhomes at the REVIVE community in Fort Collins, Colorado have geothermal heating and cooling and a shed roof pitched at just the right angle to maximize solar electric production from the roof-mounted photovoltaic panels. The townhomes received a 2016 DOE Housing Innovation Award.
Have you ever wondered how buildings are designed for energy-efficiency, when there are so many requirements, technologies and systems to consider? Building energy modeling (BEM) is a tool that helps architects solve many of the complex problems they face during...
Corporations are making major investments in wind power. In February, North Carolina commissioned its first commercial-scale wind farm. The Amazon Wind Farm U.S.
Winter is waning, and spring is about to, well, spring. As flowers begin to bloom and trees sprout new leaves, evidence of the changing season is popping up across most of the country. For a large majority of home and building owners, that means it’s time to start thinking about landscaping projects, according to the U.S.
Collecting wind farm data can be tricky. Climbing up to wind turbine blades to inspect them for damage can be dangerous and time-consuming. Once up there, some inspectors rely only on a cell phone camera to snap pictures of any problems.
In 2016, solar energy was the largest source of new generating capacity in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element on earth. It consists of only one proton and one electron.