New database spotlights nation's wind turbines

New database spotlights nation's wind turbines

A new database provides insight into wind turbines in use across the country. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S.

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America earns 2018 Energy Star Award for Excellence

Panasonic Eco Solutions North America earns 2018 Energy Star Award for Excellence

Panasonic Eco Solutions will be honored April 20 for its outstanding efforts to improve the availability of energy-efficient indoor air quality solutions in the marketplace.

Businesses recognized for commercial building rooftop unit efficiencies

Seven organizations have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign for leadership in installing more energy efficient RTUs in commercial buildings. As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the Advanced RTU Campaign works...

DOE partnership targets manufacturing sustainability

DOE partnership targets manufacturing sustainability

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have formed the Sustainability in Manufacturing partnership to advance energy approaches. Through the partnership fostered by DOE’s Better Plants program, the organizations will work together to help U.S.

Toolkit helping local governments put data to work

An increase in building energy benchmarking policies at the state and local levels has produced an abundance of data with potential for actionable energy-efficient approaches. However, city staff and program administrators often do not have access to proper resources or...

Retrofitting a pathway to affordable housing

Aging properties are in desperate need of improvements, given that nearly 60 percent of multifamily buildings were built before 1980 and more than half of available rentals are at least 50 years old. Investing in retrofitting has the potential to...

Schools can chart path toward zero-energy status

Schools can chart path toward zero-energy status

Spring break is almost upon us and students are getting ready for some time away from reading, writing and exams. While students are hoping to return to high-scores, others may be returning to low scores – even zero. Zero energy...

Smart technology drives commercial structure efficiency

Smart technology drives commercial structure efficiency

Imagine decreasing energy bills, reducing operational costs, increasing worker productivity, putting an end to the great “cold/hot office” debate and helping the grid become more resilient – all at the same time. What building owner or operator wouldn't want to...

5 facts about geothermal energy

5 facts about geothermal energy

Geothermal energy — energy derived from the heat of the earth — can be harnessed both as a source of renewable electricity and directly for heating and cooling applications. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funds geothermal research and development...

Work underway to modernize rooftop solar production

Work underway to modernize rooftop solar production

There are alternatives to standard silicon solar panels. In fact, someday soon, consumers might be able install a solar panel that is 50 percent more efficient than the average silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar panel. That’s exactly what Iris Photovoltaics Inc.

DOE report highlights geothermal advances

DOE report highlights geothermal advances

Geothermal technologies today – like all high-potential technologies – are driven by research and development platforms that focus not only on what’s required now, but where the needs are in the future. Geothermal energy continues to show tremendous potential, with...

Partnership produces free tool to save building energy

Partnership produces free tool to save building energy

A partnership between Lucid Design Group of Oakland, Calif., and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have produced a free tool that can benchmark a building energy’s use. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Small Business Voucher (SBV)...

3 new tools for advancing energy affordability in low-income communities

3 new tools for advancing energy affordability in low-income communities

Better Buildings’ Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator (CELICA) is breaking down barriers that low-income communities face for implementing energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. Low-income households – both single and multifamily – carry a disproportionate energy burden –...

DOE announces $12 million to advance early-stage solar research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $12 million for eight projects to advance predictive modeling capabilities for solar generation. The models will lead to more accurate forecasts of solar generation levels, enabling utilities to better manage the variability...

Great Green Home | Courtyard Rows by Thrive Home Builders

Great Green Home | Courtyard Rows by Thrive Home Builders

With the Courtyard Rows townhomes at RidgeGate, Thrive is also the first builder in Colorado to offer net zero energy construction in a townhome community.

Restaurant, airport recognized for leadership in energy efficiency

Restaurant, airport recognized for leadership in energy efficiency

Two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for their successful energy-efficient upgrade achievements at the King County International Airport and the local Shari's in Lynnwood, Wash. Through the Better Buildings Challenge,...

Duck curve addresses over-generation of solar energy

Duck curve addresses over-generation of solar energy

Technology represents transition point for utilities, industry

Course helps make the case for high-performance buildings

Course helps make the case for high-performance buildings

The commercial real estate sector has seen an increase in property owners pursuing the development of high-performance buildings because of their marketability benefits and alignment with corporate sustainability goals. Research has also shown that owning and operating high-performance properties is...

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

DOE hands out 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented the 2017 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 of the nation's leading builders at the recent Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta. Overall, 26 award-winning homes were...

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