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September 19, 2016
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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
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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
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
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
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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.
August 3, 2016
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Video: Appliance Standards Testing Ensures Level Playing Field
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan recently toured the Intertek testing laboratory i...
August 1, 2016
New Method Shows Promise for Turning Energy Peaks into Valleys
Early results from an experiment at PNNL suggest that a new method known as Intelligent Load Control rapidly reins in a building's energy demand.
August 1, 2016
ORNL Announces New JUMP Partnership with Siemens, Launches Crowdsourcing Call on the Internet of Things

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office has announced a new partnership between DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...

August 1, 2016
Photo of the interior of a home with a mini-split heat pump.
Integrated HVAC Control Methods for Supplemental High Efficiency Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Existing Homes
This project refined a new approach to using mini-split heat pumps in existing homes.
July 26, 2016
Two Startups Win DOE Follow-On Funding to Develop Software for Building Efficiency
The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced follow-on funding for the two Buildings topic winners of the Catalyst Energy...
July 21, 2016
EERE Success Story—LED Lighting in the Classroom for Energy Efficiency and Enhanced Learning

Energy costs are a large operational expense for schools and universities – comprising the second-largest such expense for school districts, after...