As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized Placer County for its leadership in improving energy efficiency across its 5-million-square-foot portfolio of county-owned buildings and schools by 20 percent in 10 years. Through the department's Better Buildings Challenge, the county's showcase project, the Granlibakken conference center and resort, is expecting a 43 percent reduction in energy use and savings of up to $44,000 each year.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) developed the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification, or BEDES, to overcome a key barrier preventing the exchange and integration of building performance information: the time and expense involved in sharing data.
As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut climate-changing carbon emissions produced by the nation's buildings and manufacturing plants, today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies, for its leadership in pursuing energy savings through innovative technologies as demonstrated in its Cedar Rapids, Iowa plant. Through the Energy Department's Better Plants Challenge, General Mills has committed to 20 percent energy savings over 10 years in 25 manufacturing plants across the country.
The U.S. Department of Energy presented the 2015 Housing Innovation Awards to 24 industry leaders last night during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Conference in Denver, Colorado. This distinguished recognition is being provided to 27 winning DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes, where the awards showcase the very best in business excellence required to deliver high-performance homes.
The following industry professionals were presented with Housing Innovation Awards:
The U.S.-India Center for Building Energy Research & Development (CBERD) R&D team is is developing technical requirements for scalable, cost-effective energy information systems (EIS) packages that would enable widespread building adoption.
The Energy Department announced several new and exciting innovations and programs during Industry Day held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee Sept. 23-24. This included unveiling a 3-D printed building with integrated energy storage via bidirectional wireless power transfer to and from a vehicle, revealing the first-round winners of ORNL’s crowdsourcing competition to advance innovative building technology ideas, and announcing a new open innovation program between ORNL and four industry partners.
Complexity, customization and cost are three of the most prevalent barriers to technology integration in commercial buildings. But last week at EERE Industry Day we previewed promising solutions to these barriers. New advanced manufacturing offers access to smaller batches of new, innovative technologies, crowdsourced R&D connects stakeholder needs with new product development and EERE’s National Laboratory Impact Initiative helps identify pathways to connect smart people and difficult problems.
It’s becoming easier to demonstrate a home’s energy efficiency performance. This month, through its Better Buildings Colorado program, Colorado became the second state to offer the Home Energy Score statewide, which provides a home’s efficiency score and recommendations for efficiency improvements. Similar to a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating, the Home Energy Score is a free tool from the Energy Department that provides an energy efficiency score for a home and recommendations for energy efficiency improvements. The program is uniquely targeting real estate professionals to implement the benefits that Home Energy Score can bring to home buyers and home sellers.
The AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon brings together software developers that work in and around the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries to learn about the latest technologies and to use them to prototype new products in a 30-hour caffeine-fueled grand finale.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition for a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building.
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. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.
The Energy Department today announced $5 million in funding to 11 states to advance innovative approaches for local clean energy development that will reduce energy bills for American families and businesses, protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions, and increase our nation’s national energy security.
This week, the Department announced that the Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Certified Energy Manager® is the first certification program to be recognized under the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines program.
The second cycle of the Catalyst Prize Program is moving forward. The Business Innovation contest—designed to help teams form and explore software solutions to the most compelling problems facing building energy efficiency—is complete and finalists have been selected for the next competition phase, the Prototyping contest.
A year ago this week, a star was born. Working with IBPSA-USA, the US chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, and Big Ladder Software, a Denver, CO startup, the Energy Department launched Unmet Hours, a peer-to-peer question-and-answer site for the building energy modeling community.
Since its initial launch in the summer of 2013, the Building Performance Database (BPD) has grown to include over 800,000 records from existing residential and commercial buildings across the country—making it the largest database of its kind.
DOE and NREL, with help from Big Ladder Software, recently launched user feedback portals for EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, ensuring that the development team focuses on features and improvements that users want and need.
The effect on a property’s value is usually one of the first things to consider before a building is retrofitted with green features. However, appraisers are often not experienced in working with green buildings. When an appraiser is not versed in investigating the costs and benefits of green strategies, they might miss some of the benefits. To address this concern, the Energy Department and the Appraisal Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve resources for appraisers who are involved with energy efficient buildings.