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January 11, 2017
Energy Department Introduces New Financing Navigator for Energy Efficiency Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is introducing a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover...

January 10, 2017
Low-energy building retrofit design is one of the key applications of energy modeling. This OpenStudio energy model was used to evaluate the conversion of a 1950s Army barracks to a zero net energy (ZNE) office building as part of the Fort Carson (CO) Energy Research Project. Credit: Matt Leach, NREL.
Building Energy Modeling 101: What Is It and What Is DOE’s Role?
Whole-Building Energy Modeling (BEM) is a versatile, multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, code compliance, green cer...
January 5, 2017
Photo of a man switching on or off a light switch on a wall.
Energy Department Veteran Saves Electricity One Light Switch at a Time
Lighting makes up nearly 10% of the energy costs in our homes. But how many of us actually flip off that switch when leaving the room? Tien Nguyen ...
January 4, 2017
The Home Energy Score helps consumers know what to expect from their utility bills when buying or renting a home.
Portland, Oregon Becomes Second City to Adopt a Home Energy Score Policy

Similar to a car’s miles-per-gallon rating, the Energy Department’s Home Energy Score provides homeowners with valuable information about their...

January 3, 2017
EcoSnap-AC is a simple snap-together system—with indoor and outdoor components that snap together with a connection through a wall. EcoSnap-AC provides the convenience of a room air conditioner while delivering higher efficiency, reducing noise, improving aesthetics, and eliminating air leaks and water intrusion. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL
7 Award-Winning Clean Energy Inventions of 2016

When the R&D 100 Awards – also known as the “Oscars of Innovation” – were handed out, seven EERE-supported technologies invented by our...

December 22, 2016
This Holiday Season, Beware of “Miscellaneous” Scrooges

Miscellaneous electric loads (MELs) represent appliances, equipment, and devices that use electricity but don't contribute to a building’s core...

December 22, 2016
EERE Success Story—Sowing the Seeds for Improved Home Energy Efficiency in Florida
A common obstacle to accelerating American investment in home energy efficiency is the up-front cost of home energy upgrades and other sustainable ...
December 22, 2016
Finally, a Major Update from OpenStudio
End users may not notice big changes in OpenStudio 2.0.0, but the underlying development platform has been drastically revamped to make third-party ap
December 21, 2016
Connected Thermostats Offer Gateway for Increasing Energy Savings
A study found 45% of homeowners indicated they plan to install smart systems or devices as part of their home renovation projects.
December 14, 2016
Energy efficiency improvements like window replacements, insulation, air sealing, and ventilation upgrades can help ensure a home is high-performing, affordable, and healthy. Image courtesy of Home Energy Score.
Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes
A home is intimately tied to the health and well-being of its residents.
December 14, 2016
Success Story: 2030 Districts Helps Small Commercial Businesses Save Money Through Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Launched by Architecture 2030, the 2030 Districts program focuses on supporting major metropolitan areas in their endeavors to work towards the...

December 13, 2016
Photo Courtesy | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Aeroseal and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Develop Technology to Find and Fill Building Energy Leaks

Many residential and commercial buildings leak air like sieves, wasting up to 40% of their heating and cooling energy. The primary reason for this...

December 9, 2016
Photo of a hose spraying on a home.
Aerosol Envelope Sealing in New Construction
In this project, researchers sought to optimize the integration of aerosol enveloping-sealing technology into the construction process.
December 8, 2016
DOE Launches Signature Partnership to Jump-Start Zero Energy Schools

On December 6, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of a new partnership to jump-start zero energy schools across the country...

December 8, 2016
Insulation wall on an affordable house.
Integrated Design: A High-Performance Solution for Affordable Housing
This project developed low-cost, highly efficient comfort system designs to enable homes in two of the largest affordable housing market segments.
December 7, 2016
Image courtesy of NREL.
The New Energy Code for Commercial Buildings: Standard 90.1-2016
The recent publication of Standard 90.1-2016 marks the latest edition of the Standard.
December 6, 2016
EERE Success Story—L Prize™ Competition Drives LED Lighting Innovation, Energy Savings

As light-emitting diode (LED) performance continues to improve and prices continue to drop, adoption continues to increase. According to the latest...

December 6, 2016
Energy Department Launches Zero Energy Schools Accelerator

Six school districts & two states are among first aiming to make zero energy schools mainstream...

December 5, 2016
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Toolkits Help Businesses Save Money from Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The toolkit integrates new and existing technical tools that give small and medium commercial buildings the ability to analyze and evaluate...

November 30, 2016
Navy Vs. Air Force – the latest Better Buildings SWAP highlights federal leadership

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today launched season two of “Better Buildings Challenge SWAP,” featuring the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air...

November 28, 2016
A technician installs central air conditioning equipment. Image courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Energy Department Hosts Workshop to Advance Residential HVAC Installation Best Practices

Over the past 25 years, substantial gains have been achieved in the energy efficiency of residential central air conditioners and heat pumps....

November 22, 2016
BTO Innovation Crowdsourcing JUMP Program Celebrates a Year of Successes
The JUMP program experienced a successful year of engagement and innovation in 2016, adding 12 industry partners, launching 13 calls for innovations,
November 21, 2016
Helping Businesses Achieve Energy Savings in Tenant Spaces

The returns on investment jump off the page like a 3D movie, ranging from 42% to a whopping 410%. They are the energy saving results from 10 pilot...

November 18, 2016
Updated Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing Programs

The Energy Department has updated Best Practice Guidelines for Residential PACE Financing Programs, which allow qualifying homeowners in states...

November 18, 2016
Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment

This year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo saw continuation of the “health and well-being” theme as related to the built environment...