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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.

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.