New energy code for commercial buildings released

The recent publication of Standard 90.1-2016 marks the latest edition of the Standard, setting the stage for future building energy efficiency requirements in commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy.

Bosch facility achieves DOE energy platinum certification

Bosch Rexroth’s Bethlehem, Penn., facility has earned platinum certification in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Superior Energy Performance program, according to the agency. The facility used a rigorous energy management system to meet the ISO 50001 standard and save $2.7M...

Toolkits help businesses save money from energy upgrades

Toolkits help businesses save money from energy upgrades

The diverse commercial building sector includes office buildings, warehouses, schools, restaurants, health care facilities and hotels. Together, they consume approximately 20 percent of the total U.S.

6 school districts, two states among first to make zero energy schools mainstream

The U.S. Department of Energy has launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator as a part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in America’s buildings. Six school districts, two states and several national organizations are working...

U.S.-Brazil collaboration leads to device that reduces energy use in buildings

U.S.-Brazil collaboration leads to device that reduces energy use in buildings

Researchers from the United States and Brazil have developed a new device that can reduce energy losses in buildings by measuring and assessing the energy performance of windows without removing them from their site. The portable window energy meter, still...

Report shows cost reductions, rapid deployment of clean energy technologies

Report shows cost reductions, rapid deployment of clean energy technologies

A new U.S. Department of Energy report highlights the accelerated deployment of five clean energy technologies: wind turbines, solar technologies for both utility-scale and distributed photovoltaic (PV), electric vehicles (EVs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Revolution…Now is annually updated and describes...

Energy Department forms partnership to develop more sustainable communities

As a part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National League of Cities have launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator to...

PACE being set for commercial solar growth

PACE being set for commercial solar growth

Big box retailers are leading in commercial solar installations in the United States, but solar’s energy-saving benefits aren’t limited to Fortune 500 companies. Hospitals, small businesses, shopping malls, multi-family and other commercial and industrial properties have a new tool to...

Better Buildings launches smart energy analytics campaign for commercial buildings

Better Buildings launches smart energy analytics campaign for commercial buildings

The White House recently announced a new Energy Department-led Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to encourage the use of cost-effective, energy-saving building analytics platforms – also known as energy management information systems technologies (EMIS) – in commercial buildings nationwide and to...

5 energy-saving tips for end of daylight savings

5 energy-saving tips for end of daylight savings

This weekend – at 2 a.m. Sunday – clocks roll back one hour, returning to Standard Time. In addition to celebrating the extra hour of sleep, this is also a good time to check batteries in smoke detectors and get mentally prepared for it to be dark out when leaving work for the day. Here are five energy-saving tips from the U.S.

UC-Berkeley recognized for campus innovations

The U.S. Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program has recognized the University of California-Berkeley for its leadership in energy efficiency. The university achieved 65 percent energy savings at its Jacobs Hall facility, the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary hub where students...

Energy Department funding promotes commercial building efficiency

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of $6.5 million for DE-FOA-0001518, “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages.” The BTO seeks proposals driving innovation in building technology demonstrations while...

Energy Department invests $21 million to speed solar adoption, maximize benefits for states

The Energy Department will invest $21.4 million for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers turn toward renewable energy each...

Better Buildings Challenge partners net energy savings with efficiency improvements

What do Frosty's and Cheerios have in common? Both brands are tied to a larger effort that is committed to serving food while saving energy at the same time. Wendy’s and General Mills are not alone. Other conglomerates such as...

Electric vehicle charging coming to more federal workplaces

Electric vehicle charging coming to more federal workplaces

For three out of four Americans, commuting alone is the norm, and that figure has been steadily increasing since the 1980s. Employers have made some progress promoting public transportation, biking to work, teleworking and carpooling programs; however, more can be...

U.S. manufacturing leading way to global clean energy economy

U.S. manufacturing leading way to global clean energy economy

The world is changing how it gets its energy — and it needs to re-think inno­vation, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. No longer is it possible or acceptable for Americans to “invent here, manufacture overseas.” Rather, companies are...

Better Buildings initiative expanding to increase efficiency of U.S. labs

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Buildings Smart Labs Accelerator to advance energy efficiency in laboratory buildings owned and operated...

GSA, Energy Department exploring new green building technologies

The General Services Administration and Energy Department are looking for emerging or underused technologies that could make federal and commercial buildings more economical and eco-friendly, reports FedScoop. The two agencies have released a joint request for information asking industry to...

ENERGY STAR Impact On Reducing Building Energy Consumption

ENERGY STAR Impact On Reducing Building Energy Consumption

Americans’ increasing need for energy is certainly an environmental hurdle we will need to jump over.

Energy Department launches $30 million effort to improve solar module materials

The U.S. Department of Energy plans a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab Consortium led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), according to a press release. DuraMat is designed to accelerate the...

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