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September 26, 2016
Energy Department Launches Better Communities Alliance to Ignite Clean Energy Action in Cities and Counties Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a new collaborative effort among 60 local governments,...

September 26, 2016
Air Conditioning That's Out of This World
Reducing air conditioning energy use by using new materials to enhance the cooling effects from outer space may not be such a far-out idea. In a si...
September 22, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz talking at a table.
New Study Reveals Options to Replace Global Warming-Causing Chemicals Used in Air Conditioning
The Energy Department is supporting efforts to phase down the global use of climate-change causing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in cooling.
September 21, 2016
Poster for the awards, with the DOE seal and the month and location.
BTO Standards Team Honored for Record-Breaking Work in 2015
At the Secretarial Honor and Presidential Rank Awards, the DOE Building Technologies Office’s Appliance and Equipment Standards (ASP) Program won...
September 20, 2016
Man standing next to a refrigeration system at the laboratory.
EERE Success Story—New Advanced Refrigeration Technology Provides Clean Energy, Low Utility Bills for Supermarkets
EERE Success Story—New Advanced Refrigeration Technology Provides Clean Energy, Low Utility Bills for Supermarkets
September 19, 2016
The Building Performance Database Has Grown to Nearly 1 Million Buildings
The BPD has expanded to include data from over 950,000 commercial and residential buildings.
September 19, 2016
Image of commercial office buildings.
How Are Building Codes Adopted?
Building energy codes set minimum energy efficiency levels, but those savings are never realized unless states and localities actually adopt them.
September 15, 2016
Miscellaneous Electric Loads: What Are They and Why Should You Care?
Many appliances and building technologies, such as air conditioning and solid-state lighting, continue to become more and more energy efficient.
September 15, 2016
Screenshots of the OpenStudio platform.
New OpenStudio-Standards Gem Delivers One Two Punch
A new Ruby gem, openstudio-standards, delivers two significant and closely related capabilities.
September 14, 2016
ORNL Refrigerator Cools With Magnetism, Not Freon
Some metals do a remarkable thing when they’re placed within a magnetic field: They heat up. Remove the magnetic field, and they grow cold.
September 7, 2016
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Appliance and Equipment Standards Program Manager Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

John Cymbalsky, program manager of Appliance and Equipment Standards within DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), was recently recognized as a ...

September 1, 2016
140 Million Places to Save Energy
I recently spoke with two distinct audiences about the importance of buildings in the U.S. energy space.
September 1, 2016
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Winner Announced for FEMP JUMP Call for Innovation
At the Energy Exchange 2016 earlier this month, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and Building Technologi...
August 31, 2016
Energy Department Recognizes The Wendy’s Company, and its Franchisee Wendco Group, For Leadership in Energy Performance

Restaurant achieved a 37 percent total energy reduction or more than 50 percent energy savings per sales transaction, and nearly $8,000 in savings...

August 24, 2016
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Second Round of Small Business Vouchers Pilot Awards 3 Small Businesses in Buildings Sector
DOE has selected 43 small businesses to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the transformation toward a clean energy economy.
August 18, 2016
Financing Energy Efficiency in Retail

Driving the reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through efficiency projects in the retail sector can be difficult,...

August 18, 2016
Energy Department Awards 43 new Business-Laboratory Collaborations under Small Business Vouchers Pilot
Today, the Energy Department announced 43 small businesses will participate in the second round of the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot.
August 18, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Technology Innovation and International Hydrogen Infrastructure

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to...

August 17, 2016
New Residential Water Heater Concept Promises High Efficiency, Lower Cost
A team of scientists from ORNL and the University of Florida has developed a novel method that could yield lower-cost, higher-efficiency systems.
August 12, 2016
Photo of an archway entrance on the UC Berkeley campus, with students walking all around it and in front of it.
UC Berkeley Captures Energy Savings by Empowering Building Operators
University campuses are a treasure trove of energy efficiency opportunities, as their facilities teams will tell you. The challenge is not in ident...
August 9, 2016
New Town Builders built this 2,115-square-foot home in Denver, Colorado, to the performance criteria of the U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program. The project won a 2015 DOE Housing Innovation Award. Photo courtesy of New Town Builders.
Residential Buildings Leader Speaks at Congressional Expo on Zero Energy Ready Homes

Sam Rashkin, the Building Technologies Office’s (BTO’s) chief architect, spoke at the 19th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy...

August 8, 2016
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How are Building Energy Codes Developed?
We recently gave an overview of building energy codes. Now, we are going to take a deeper dive into the three main steps in the codes process.
August 4, 2016
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Excitement around the Data Surge App Showcase

The Data Surge App Showcase during this year’s Better Buildings Summit was filled with excitement as attendees were given the opportunity to vote...

August 4, 2016
BEMOSS deployment in Equipment Bureau building in Arlington, VA, for control of lighting circuits. Photo Courtesy: BEMOSS team, Virginia Tech
EERE Success Story—Software Platform Offers Underserved Smaller Buildings Sector an Innovative Solution for Cutting Energy Costs and Waste
For the past two years, a team of professors and graduate students at Virginia Tech, in close consultation with industry, have been developing BEMO...
August 4, 2016
Energy Department Partners with Cleantech Open to Help Startups Bring Technologies to Market Faster
Select participants in DOE’s JUMP will be advanced into Cleantech Open’s Accelerator Program, based on their technical merit and market relevance.