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March 31, 2016
Home Improvement Catalyst: Bringing Energy Efficiency to More Homes Across America

The home improvement market represents $150 billion in annual investment, with more than 14 million projects that involve replacement or upgrades of heating and cooling systems, windows, siding and roofs, insulation, and other measures.

March 30, 2016
Energy Department Announces Publication of Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator Resources Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the publication of a high-impact, informational resources toolkit through its Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator developed in partnership with 18 cities and utilities across the nation.

March 29, 2016
EPA and DOE Honor 2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year for Outstanding Achievements in Energy Efficiency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department honoring 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

March 23, 2016
Success of the Interior Lighting Campaign

The Better Buildings Initiative (BB), works with a variety of market sectors to develop innovative solutions with the ultimate goal of decreasing energy costs without adversely affecting productivity.

March 23, 2016
RESNET’s decision to use EnergyPlus for the central implementation of HERS Index is part of a broad initiative aimed at enhancing consistency of HERS Index scores. <br />Credit: RESNET, DOE.
EnergyPlus Is Going Residential

Hourly energy modeling—and specifically DOE’s advanced hourly energy modeling engine EnergyPlus—is poised to assume a greater role in residential energy modeling and energy efficiency. A turning point took place several weeks ago, when RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) announced that it will move its popular HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index toward a centralized single-source implementation based on EnergyPlus.

March 23, 2016
Quiz: Test Your Lighting IQ

Test your knowledge about the lighting technology that brightens our world.

March 21, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University recognized the University of Pennsylvania's DR-Advisor team as the top winner at its inaugural Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize in March. Dr. Grace M. Bochenek, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (left) and Dr. Jared Cohon, director of Carnegie Mellon's Scott Institute for Energy Innovation (right) presented the winnings to Professor Rahul Mangharam (second from left), Dr. Madhur Behl (second from right), and Kuk Jiang (not pictured).
Carnegie Mellon Launches Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize

The Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition traveled to the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for the first-ever Allegheny Region contest. A team from the University of Pennsylvania, which has developed a data-drive model for predicting a building’s power consumption, was crowned the winner and took home the $50,000 prize. Teams from the University of Maryland, Drexel University, and Carnegie Mellon University also secured additional prize money.

March 18, 2016
Seeking Feedback on General Service Lamps

The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program is seeking information from the public regarding lamps in general illumination applications.

March 15, 2016
4 Small Businesses Selected to Collaborate with National Labs on Building Technologies Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 33 small businesses, including 4 businesses working on buildings related issues, to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resource to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace.

March 14, 2016
Better Buildings Accelerators: Driving Uptake of Home Energy Information and Upgrade Programs Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program and Home Energy Information Accelerators work with partners across the nation and are making important progress in lowering the costs of energy upgrade programs, while improving overall program effectiveness and enhancing access to information on home energy performance for consumers.

March 11, 2016
Under Secretary for Science and Energy  Dr. Franklin Orr announces Denver as the host city for the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. | Photo courtesy of Ellen Jaskol
Energy Department Announces Denver as Next Location for Solar Decathlon Competition in 2017

Denver wins bid to host next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, in which student teams compete to design, build and operate cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered houses.

March 10, 2016
DOE’s Innovative Small Business Vouchers Pilot Selects 33 Small Businesses for Lab Collaboration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that 33 small businesses have been selected to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy. The selected businesses will be afforded access to world-class laboratory resources to help move these innovative ideas and technologies closer to the marketplace. 

March 8, 2016
Heating and air conditioning – an $11 billion industry in America - accounts for 5% of domestic energy use. By reducing contaminant buildup, a new technology could increase efficiency by as much as 25%. Photo courtesy: ©iStockphoto/JaniceRichard.
Berkeley Joins the Cleantech University Prize

Heating and air conditioning -- an $11 billion industry in America -- accounts for 5% of domestic energy use. A new technology showcased at the Energy Department's Cleantech University Prize competition has the potential to significantly cut down on appliance degradation and increase efficiency.

March 4, 2016
Top Better Buildings Beat Articles for February

You want a rundown of the Better Buildings Beat blog’s commercial specific posts, and we’ve got them. Check out February’s list of Beat articles to get caught up on the progress being made in the market towards breaking various barriers to energy efficiency.

February 26, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Energy Efficient Appraisals, a Hydrogen Leak Detector, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

February 24, 2016
U.S. Department of Energy Launches $40 Million Effort to Improve Materials for Clean Energy Solutions

Energy Materials Network will include four initial National Laboratory-led Consortia

February 23, 2016
Energy Department Releases Better Buildings Alliance 2016 Winter Progress Update

The U.S. Department of Energy today released the annual Better Buildings Alliance 2016 Winter Progress Update featuring new partners, recent reports and resources, and upcoming priorities identified in the coming year.

February 22, 2016
Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy Demonstration
What Makes AMIE, the 3D printed home and vehicle, unique?

AMIE, or the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy project, is one of the world’s first 3D printed houses. But it’s not just a house. It’s also a vehicle. It’s also solar panels, and energy storage, and intelligent controls. It’s an entire integrated energy system, and it’s changing how we think about generating, storing, and using energy.

February 19, 2016
Trimble’s recent acquisition of Sefaira and its pairing with SketchUp is a good sign for the BEM industry. Image credit: Sefaira. DOE.
A Good Sign for the Building Energy Modeling Industry

If you are a BEM professional, know a BEM professional, or even follow one on LinkedIn or Twitter, you’ve probably heard the news. Trimble Navigation™ has acquired Sefaira™, adding it to a line of design products that includes previous acquisition SketchUp™.

February 18, 2016
ANSI Approval of Better Buildings Workforce Schemes

As a means to successfully achieve the Better Buildings Initiative’s goal of making commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next 10 years, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and DOE have collaborated with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary national guidelines aimed at improving the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials for key energy-related jobs.

February 17, 2016
Better Buildings Challenge SWAP Teams with Industry for Major Energy Savings

Hilton Worldwide and Whole Foods Market swap energy teams to learn from each other and produce even greater savings in a new video series.

February 16, 2016
What is the #1 Way to Save Money on Your Rooftop Unit? Fix it BEFORE it Breaks

It’s a common challenge in the deferred maintenance world of commercial buildings: rooftop units (RTUs) over 15 years old often provide reduced service and waste substantial energy and money. However, facility managers often wait for the RTUs to die a slow, expensive death or fail completely before replacing them.

February 12, 2016
Saving American Families and Businesses Money through Lighting Efficiency

A newly proposed Energy Department efficiency rule for lightbulbs will make it easier for consumers to make cost-effective, energy efficient choices to light their homes and offices. The proposal marks the next step of a public process that has been underway for more than two years and will continue over the course of this year to keep pace with changes in lighting technology.

February 11, 2016
Energy Department Announces New Asset Score Partnership Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced partnerships with 21 companies, federal agencies, and state and local governments to promote the use of DOE's Building Energy Asset Scoring Tool (the Asset Score).

February 10, 2016
Selections from the front page of the BEM R&D roadmap draft and the recommended initiatives table. Image credit: Navigant Consulting.
BTO Publishes Two Important Building Energy Modeling Documents

This week, BTO published two important and related documents regarding its Building Energy Modeling (BEM) program. The first is the final revision of the BTO multi-year program plan (MYPP). In conjunction with the MYPP, BTO also published a set of program logic models that trace BTO activities to outputs and market outcomes.