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June 7, 2016
QM Power discusses the company's new refrigeration motor with a supermarket. (Source: QM Power)
EERE Success Story—Revolutionary Refrigeration Motor Slashes Supermarket Energy Usage
Thanks to a DOE Building Technologies Office funding award, QM Power is demonstrating its technology, called the Q-Sync fan motor, in supermarkets.
June 2, 2016
Energy Secretary Moniz Hosts Gathering of World’s Energy Ministers in San Francisco to Advance Technology Solutions, Accelerate Clean E...

21 governments and European Union announce efforts to double clean energy R&D investments over five years to $30 billion per year.

June 1, 2016
ORNL Collaborates with Industry on Award-Winning Building Envelope Technologies
LIQUIDARMOR, a sprayable liquid sealant developed by The Dow Chemical Company and evaluated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), recently won t...
June 1, 2016
EERE Success Story—Dow Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings
Dow Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings
May 31, 2016
Energy Codes 101: What Are They and What is DOE’s Role?
I recently got back from Louisville, Kentucky, where I was representing DOE in the latest round of energy code development hearings.
May 31, 2016
Back row, left to right: Bartlomiej Walentynski (Tiffany & Co.), Joshua Yiangou (REI), Tanvi Umarje (Express), Brad Waters (Under Armour), Lisa Lieberbaum (PVH). Front row, left to right: Nitin Raviprasad (Best Buy), Lillian Mirviss (The Gap), Shuvya Arakali (American Eagle Outfitters), Linh Tran (Guitar Center).
DOE Participates in EDF Climate Corps Training
DOE was pleased to help Better Buildings Alliance affiliate Environmental Defense Fund prepare a new class of Climate Corps fellows.
May 26, 2016
Energy Department Announces Partnership with CoStar Group, Inc. to Expand Visibility of Energy-Efficient Buildings in U.S. Real Estate Ma...

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the America's buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings...

May 24, 2016
Energy Efficiency as an Asset in Mortgage Underwriting
Securing funding for energy efficiency projects within the commercial sector is difficult due to the perceived risk by lending institutions.
May 23, 2016
DOE Announces JUMP Initiative Winners, Launches New Crowdsourcing Calls at Bay Area Maker Faire
For the first round of JUMP, BTO worked with three industry partners and ORNL to identify three critical technology challenges.
May 23, 2016
The Shockingly Short Payback of Energy Modeling
Energy modeling is often used to evaluate ECM payback, calculating the operational energy savings that accrue after an initial capital investment. One
May 19, 2016
DOE Previews Smart Energy Analytics Campaign
DOE will launch the campaign in October 2016, having previewed the campaign at the biannual Better Buildings Summit last week.
May 16, 2016
Energy Department Invests Nearly $2 Million in Small Business-Led Building Technology Projects
The Department of Energy recently announced nearly $2 million for 13 new building technology projects led by small businesses with a strong potenti...
May 16, 2016
Next-Generation Rooftop Unit Doubles Efficiency, Uses Lower-GWP Refrigerant
Trane Commercial Systems and ORNL have attained 25% greater performance out of a baseline commercial RTU.
May 11, 2016
INFOGRAPHIC: Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings
INFOGRAPHIC: Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings

Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s...

May 11, 2016
Better Buildings Challenge Partners Exceed $1.3 Billion in Energy Cost Savings, Share Hundreds of Solutions to Help Spur Future Efficienc...

Better Buildings Challenge partners and energy efficiency commitments have tripled, resulting in energy cost savings that now exceed $1.3 billion.

May 10, 2016
Man working in a laboratory.
Good Vibrations: No Heat Needed for Ultrasonic Dryers
With support from BTO, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE Appliances are changing the way Americans do laundry—using vibrations instead of heat.
May 9, 2016
Energy Department Invests $14 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Nation’s Homes and Buildings

As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department...

May 5, 2016
DOE Announces Webinars on Building a Billion Ton Bioeconomy and an Opportunity in Innovative Sensors

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

May 4, 2016
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills
May 3, 2016
DOE Releases Report Showing Tremendous Energy Efficiency Opportunity in Commercial Tenant Spaces
DOE published its Energy Efficiency in Commercial Tenant Spaces feasibility study highlighting opportunities and barriers to energy efficiency.
May 3, 2016
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hut test site in Champaign, Illinois. ORNL used EnergyPlus to model the performance of the original B-Hut (middle), insulated B-Hut (left) and SIP Hut (right).<br />Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
When Saving Energy Helps Save Lives
National lab researchers are working with U.S. Military to evaluate energy-efficient base structures and reduce the need for dangerous refueling mi...
May 2, 2016
Screenshot of the Heat Pump Design Model web interface.
Web-Based DOE/ORNL Heat Pump Design Model Released
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Heat Pump Design Model (HPDM), a hardware-based vapor-compression system research and design tool origin...
April 26, 2016
Kaushik Biswas analyzes small-scale modified atmospheric insulation foam composites in a multi-transducer heat flow meter apparatus.
Insulation Project Moves Toward Higher R-value
Current commercially available insulation materials yield R-6 per inch or less with no major improvements in thermal performance since the 1970s. I...
April 26, 2016
Energy Department Recognizes Organizations for Leadership in Rooftop Unit Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized six organizations for their leadership in replacing and upgrading rooftop units as part of the Better...

April 25, 2016
In Search of Good Ideas!

Join us in the fight to eliminate building energy waste. BTO, five national laboratories, and a dozen industry partners are working to solve some...