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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.

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.