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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.

November 13, 2015
<a href="/node/1382076">2015 Revolution…Now report </a> details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S. that provide technology solutions to climate change.  | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo
Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report

November 10, 2015
What’s on your Roof? Rooftop Unit (RTU) Efficiency Advice and Guidance from the Advanced RTU Campaign

Did you know that rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioners serve cooling to ~60% of U.S. commercial building floor space? Odds are high that you’ve worked from, shopped at, or eaten in a building cooled by an RTU. Older, inefficient commercial rooftop unit air conditioning systems are common and can waste from $900 to $3,700 per unit annually.

November 9, 2015
Together with Key Allies, DOE Launches New Data Collaborative to Help Cities and States Advance Building Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – together with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) – announced the launch of the SEED Collaborative, a strategic effort to assist state and local governments manage, standardize and share large building performance data sets.

November 9, 2015
Energy Department Launches New Data-Driven Initiative to Help Cities, States Advance Building Efficiency

The Energy Department today announced the launch of the SEED Collaborative, a strategic effort to help cities and states manage building energy performance data and identify opportunities for efficiency improvements in their jurisdictions.

November 9, 2015
The DDX allows firms to search and filter 2030 commitment projects and look at aggregate performance of different building use types, in different climate zones, and with different architectural and HVAC features. Image credit: Amir Roth.
Design Data Exchange Helps AIA and Member Firms Track and Improve Design Performance

A building’s architecture—its form, mass, envelope design, selection of construction materials, and layout of interior spaces—has a tremendous impact on both its energy efficiency and the comfort and productivity of its occupants. Recognizing the importance of architecture to the international mission of climate change mitigation via energy efficiency, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched the 2030 Commitment in 2010.

November 3, 2015
Producing a High Impact Technology

The spectrum of commercial building efficiency technologies is large. Opportunities to save cost and energy diverge across market sectors, types, by systems and application, based on programming and occupant behavior and organizational mission. Learn how we sift through these opportunities to prioritize the technologies with the highest impact.

October 29, 2015
DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Solid-State Lighting R&D

Deadline for concept papers: November 20, 2015
Deadline for full applications: January 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) R&D funding opportunity on October 29, 2015. Under this funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0001364, “Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D—2016”), a total of up to $10.5 million in funding is directed toward all three existing DOE SSL R&D program areas.

October 29, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes Arby’s Restaurant Group for Leadership in Energy Performance

Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. flagship restaurant in Atlanta achieves 38 percent energy savings.

October 26, 2015
SoCal Edge First Movers and Advisory Board with representatives from the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Kilroy Realty, UCLA, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jones Lang LaSalle, Morlin Asset Management, Los Angeles Green Building Council, Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Southern California Edison, ABM, and RedCar Properties LTD.
SoCal Edge: Accelerating Investments in Innovative Building Technologies

Any time industry leaders and stakeholders are brought together great strides can be made toward accomplishing mutual goals. The Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge (LABBC) provided a platform to do just that during its Third Annual Building Technology Showcase, where leading technology companies gave fast-pitch presentations on the best energy and water solutions available in the marketplace to the LABBC’s network of property owners, property managers, and contractors.

October 26, 2015
Apidae is a collection of cloud-based simulation and data analysis tools that help modelers better understand their models. Image credit: BUILDlab.
To the Cloud! Apidae Helps Modelers Turn Information into Knowledge

One of the companies leveraging cloud economics is BUILDlab, an Ithaca-based startup that produces Apidae: a suite of EnergyPlus simulation services.

October 26, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Bioproducts in the Federal Bioeconomy, Tribal Energy Financing Models, 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.

October 22, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes California’s Placer County for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

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.

October 15, 2015
The Energy Department is developing alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in supermarket refrigeration, air conditioners and more. | Photo by I-5 Design & Manufacture.
A Global Effort to Phase Down Hydrofluorocarbons

The Energy Department is part of the global effort to scale back the use of refrigerants thousands of times more potent than CO2.

October 15, 2015
At its core, BEDES is a universal dictionary for the language of data. BEDES provides a standardized set of common terms and definitions that different repositories of building energy performance data can align to.
BEDES: Creating A Common Data Language for Building Energy Performance

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.

October 13, 2015
Energy Department Recognizes General Mills for Leadership and Innovation at Iowa Plant

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.

October 7, 2015
Energy Department Announces Winners of Housing Innovation Awards

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:

October 5, 2015
Figure 1: Energy Information Systems (EIS) comprise data acquisition meters, communication gateways, and performance monitoring software with visualization. EIS collect, analyze, and display building energy data, and enable site operational efficiency. (Source: LBNL)
Springboarding Building Energy Savings in India and the U.S.

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.

October 1, 2015
Energy Department Unveils 3D-Printed Building; New Initiatives During Industry Day

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.

September 30, 2015
DOE Releases Updated Versions of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio

With the end of fiscal year 2015 approaching, DOE is releasing updates to its flagship building energy modeling software products, EnergyPlus and OpenStudio.

September 29, 2015
The World’s Largest 3D Printed House at EERE Industry Day

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.

September 24, 2015
James White, Rod Stucker and James Rowland, winners of DOE's inaugural Buildings Crowdsourcing Community Campaign, joined GE Appliance’s Venkat Venkatakrishnan and DOE Assistant Secretary David Danielson for a panel discussion at EERE Industry Day at ORNL. Image: ORNL.
ORNL Crowdsourcing Site Advances Building Technologies Ideas to the Market

Editor’s note: This article was first published on the ORNL website.

September 24, 2015 – Winners of the inaugural Buildings Crowdsourcing Community Campaign were announced today at the Department of Energy’s Industry Day event at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.