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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.

February 4, 2016
City and State Partners Announced in the Better Buildings SEED Platform Collaborative

As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the Energy Department today featured 12 new partnerships with cities, counties, and states to unlock the power of building energy performance data for the purposes of informing decision making on energy efficiency opportunities in their local communities.

January 29, 2016
Cities and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

The White House today announced several updates to the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Initiative, a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, aimed at doubling American energy productivity by 2030 while motivating corporate and public-sector leaders across the country to save energy through voluntary commitments.

January 25, 2016
Six SBIR-STTR Proposals Selected for Award for SSL Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has selected for award six Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)-Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology: 

January 25, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Energy Planning for Tribal Economic Development and Water Efficiency and Energy Savings

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.

January 15, 2016
The planned research effort would support the U.S. hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown proposal, which targets an 85% reduction by 2035 compared to a 2014-2016 average baseline. Image credit: Navigant Consulting.
DOE and Stakeholders Consider Best Approach to Major HVAC&R Research Effort

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) recently convened two workshops to discuss the potential launch of a major research effort for advanced HVAC&R technologies. DOE’s goal is to develop next-generation heating and cooling technologies that leapfrog the existing vapor compression solutions and result in dramatically improved efficiency while utilizing near-zero global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants or non-vapor compression approaches.

January 12, 2016
Envision America, a new nationwide nonprofit, is issuing a challenge to America’s cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges.
Envision America Launches Inaugural Workshop to Help Cities Meet Sustainability Challenges

Last fall, the White House announced a “Smart Cities” initiative allocating over $160 million in federal funding to be invested in new technology collaborations to help communities address issues related to resource availability, sustainability, and infrastructure. Stepping up to the Administration's call to action is Envision America, a national nonprofit whose aim is to encourage cities to meet the challenge of sustainability by developing innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste and air quality issues.

December 18, 2015
Future Home Tech: 8 Energy-Saving Solutions on the Horizon

A sneak peek of the energy-saving technologies we can expect to see soon that will make our homes more sustainable.

December 17, 2015
Energy Savings Week: Standards for Kitchen and Laundry Products Create Big Savings

Efficiency standards established by the Energy Department help ensure appliances used almost every day such as washer and dryers, dishwashers and refrigerator meet a minimum level of efficiency, which translates to big savings on utility bills. As manufacturers develop more advanced technologies, the Energy Department updates these standards to help consumers keep saving money.

December 17, 2015
New efficiency standards expected to save more energy than any other standard issued by the Energy Department to date.
Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History

With new efficiency standards, businesses are expected to save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons.

December 16, 2015
Energy Savings Week: Lowering Energy Bills with Efficient Home Heating

With winter in full swing in many parts of the U.S., your thermostat may be getting more attention than usual. Whether you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump system, you want to make sure your home stays warm—especially as holiday guests arrive. Fortunately, the Energy Department’s efforts to improve efficiency standards is paying dividends with energy bills associated with heating and appliances lower compared to past holiday seasons.

December 15, 2015
Energy Savings Week: How Lighting Standards Are Saving You Money

Lighting accounts for about 11% of home electricity use in the U.S. Home events with family during the holidays can lead to higher utility bills due to increased lighting use. The good news is—even with that extra light—your energy bill can still be reasonable, thanks to efficiency standards the Energy Department has implemented for light bulbs. Lighting standards in place today are projected to save U.S. households almost $7 billion in 2015 alone.

December 14, 2015
FACT: Consumers are saving more than $62 billion a year as a result of the Energy Department's Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. | Infographic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
INFOGRAPHIC: How Appliance Standards Help Consumers Save Big

Consumers are saving more than $62 billion a year as a result of Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

December 14, 2015
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter welcomed teams to Philadelphia, which he is trying to make the "Greenest City in America"
Seven Teams Win Big at Catalyst Energy Innovation Demo Day

The Energy Department today announced the seven winners of the second round of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize Demo Day, which were chosen out of 19 finalist startups. Each of the contestants faced a diverse panel of judges and an audience of nearly 100 local and regional innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors as they demonstrated their energy software solutions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 10th. Winners will receive up to $100,000 each to help advance their early-stage solutions toward commercialization.

December 10, 2015
Building Technologies Office’s National Laboratories Tech-to-Market Challenge
Building Technologies Office Challenges National Labs to Rethink Market Engagement Strategy

The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is taking steps to prevent technologies developed in a laboratory from failing to successfully transition into mainstream commercial market. Five of the Energy Department’s national laboratories recently collaborated on BTO’s first National Lab Tech-to-Market Challenge and documented their progress in a video that demonstrates how government and lab teams work together to bring cutting-edge technology to the market.

December 9, 2015
ORNL Researchers Study Market Entry Challenges for Building Envelope Retrofit Product

DOE laboratories that are participating in the Lab-Corps pilot program have assembled entrepreneurial teams to identify private sector opportunities for commercializing promising sustainable energy technologies. Each Lab-Corps team has its own industry mentor.

December 7, 2015
With Insight 360, Revit and FormIt 360 Pro users can use EnergyPlus to calculate building heating and cooling loads and map the results onto the model for easy identification of high load zones and spaces. Image credit: Autodesk.
EnergyPlus Logo Debuts on Revit Toolbar

Autodesk’s interest in EnergyPlus has been public for some time. In 2013, the company underwrote the translation of EnergyPlus from FORTRAN to the more modern C++, donating the translated code back to DOE (Autodesk has continued collaborating with DOE and the development team on improving the code’s runtime performance). In 2014, it launched EnergyPlus Cloud™, a simulation service that uses online resources to parallelize EnergyPlus simulations. Autodesk unveiled the next link in the chain two weeks ago at GreenBuild 2015 in Washington, D.C.—Insight 360.

December 7, 2015
Rise and Shine: Lighting the World with 10 Billion LED Bulbs

Launched at COP21 in Paris, the Global Lighting Challenge is a race to deploy 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality and affordable lighting fixtures and bulbs (like LEDs) around the world.

December 2, 2015
Advanced RTU Campaign: Decision Tree for RTU Replacements or Retrofits
How do I know if my RTUs are Efficient? When do I Replace or Retrofit them?

Because roof top unit (RTU) air conditioners have such long useful lifetimes, building owners/managers don’t always know the best way to optimize them. The Advanced RTU Campaign offers an Evaluation Methodology that ranges from an initial RTU inventory through analysis, procurement, and M&V.

December 1, 2015
DOE Catalyst Teams to Unveil Software Products at Demo Day

Join an audience of thought leaders on December 10th at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as the DOE showcases the next big startups in building energy efficiency and solar energy. Demo Day challenges 19 teams from around the country to pitch innovative buildings and solar-focused software products to an esteemed panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and energy policy experts. Judges will award up to $700,000 in cash prizes to 7 of the 19 competing teams.

November 30, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Reducing Energy Use in Buildings, Integrating Bioenergy into the Classroom, 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.

November 25, 2015
Making a Difference: Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps are a highly efficient technology for heating, cooling and water heating. GHP systems can save 33-65% on energy compared to HVAC systems and cut CO2 emissions by 25-65%.

November 19, 2015
Sefaira’s Real-Time Analysis plug-ins for Trimble SketchUp and Autodesk Revit give the user instant feedback on design changes. As of two weeks ago, these plug-ins now let the user select EnergyPlus as the simulation engine. Image credit: Sefaira.
Sefaira Serves A Double Helping of EnergyPlus with Collaboration on Top

One of the exciting recent entrants into the building design and analysis software marketplace is London/New York-based startup Sefaira. Its software targets the early design stages during which critical decisions about building form, mass, and envelope—which deeply impact energy performance—are made. Sefaira uses simple interfaces, interoperability with existing design tools, and cloud-based execution to make energy analysis accessible to architects and engineers to inform these high-leverage design decisions.

November 18, 2015
Live from Greenbuild: From the Industrial Facilities Connect & Learn

The industrial industry is filled with unique and dynamic projects with substantially high process loads and resource consumption. This sector faces a different set of challenges in attaining sustainably built campuses. Owners must address compliance, regulations and safety of tenants in working towards their energy efficiency goals.