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February 7, 2018
The Roadmap to Successful Energy Proposals
There are a variety of challenges that energy projects face in the path to implementation, not the least of which is navigating the approvals process.
February 7, 2018
4 Technological Advances for Keeping Your Home Warm While Reducing Your Energy Bill
4 Technological Advances for Keeping Your Home Warm While Reducing Your Energy Bill
While winter weather can bring magnificent snowy views, it isn’t always a pretty picture for your heating bill.
February 2, 2018
LEEP Campaign Concludes with Strong Validation that High Energy Efficiency Parking Lighting is Ready for Prime Time
Today's lighting technology quickly pays for itself by cutting energy costs up to 70% and can potentially eliminate up to 90% of maintenance costs.
February 1, 2018
Variable capacity heat pumps.
Evaluating Moisture Control of Variable-Capacity Heat Pumps in Mechanically Ventilated, Low-Load Homes in Climate Zone 2A
This Building America project identified several space-conditioning issues unique to high-performance homes that impact energy use and comfort.
January 31, 2018
abstract graphic with terms related to color fidelity research.
Research Compares Measures of Average Color Fidelity
The emergence of SSL technology quickly challenged longstanding performance metrics used for assessing color quality.
January 31, 2018
Photo of the 2018 SSL student poster competition winners.
Student Poster Winners Announced at DOE SSL R&D Workshop
DOE announced the winners of the 2018 Student Poster Competition at the 15th annual DOE SSL R&D Workshop, held January 29-31 in Nashville, Tennessee.
January 29, 2018
Photo of a man attaching cable to a luminaire.
PoE Connected Lighting System Energy Losses in Ethernet Cables
DOE has released the results of an exploratory study investigating energy losses in Ethernet cables used between Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches...
January 23, 2018
Five Years and a Million Stronger
The Building America Solution Center celebrates its fifth anniversary.
January 22, 2018
Unlocking Innovative Design for Better Schools
The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings was recently released to support schools in their zero energy performance goals.
January 17, 2018
Photo of a worker in a greenhouse with LED lighting.
A New Report on SSL’s Energy-Saving Potential in Horticultural Applications
DOE has just released a report that examines the energy-saving potential of LED lighting in horticultural applications.
January 16, 2018
Photo of a man reading a specification sheet.
NGLS Competition 2 Kicks Off
The Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) indoor competition 2, which focuses on LED troffer conversion (retrofit) kits with...
January 11, 2018
Lucid and LBNL Partnership Produces Free Tool to Save Energy
Lucid and LBNL Partnership Produces Free Tool to Save Energy
A free tool to benchmark a building’s energy use…and save money? That's the result of a partnership between Lucid Design Group and LBNL
January 11, 2018
Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign Awards – 2018 Applications Open!
The awards will reflect the campaign’s new focus by including categories for intelligent controls and automated fault detection and diagnostics.
January 10, 2018
A Look Back at 2017: Highlights from the Emerging Technologies Program
We live in an exciting time for energy efficiency and for technological innovation.
January 4, 2018
Five Fun Facts about NREL’s New Solar Windows Innovation
Five Fun Facts about NREL's New Solar Windows Innovation
A group of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists recently made a significant breakthrough in solar window efficiency.
December 21, 2017
Buildings and the Grid 101: It Matters, But How Much?
It’s the last days of holiday shopping, and everyone is noticing all of the Internet-connected products out there.
December 20, 2017
BTO Year in Review: Looking Back At Progress and Looking Forward to Innovation
Looking back at all of the progress we’ve made in 2017 is certainly cause for celebration.
December 19, 2017
500 Home Energy Score Assessors Have Now Scored Over 75,000 Homes Nationwide
The Home Energy Score program is celebrating a milestone this month: over 500 individuals are qualified to offer the Score.
December 18, 2017
FloorspaceJS is a new, open-source, web-based 2D floor-plan editor.
The OpenStudio World Is Flat
FloorspaceJS is new open-source 2D floor-plan editor. It will initially complement the OpenStudio SketchUp plug-in and eventually replace it.
December 14, 2017
Opportunity in Local Resiliency Efforts
Cities across the U.S. are working to slash energy waste, save money for citizens, and improve the overall quality of life in their communities.
December 12, 2017
Energy Department Recognizes Shari's Café & Pies and King County International Airport for Leadership in Energy Efficiency
DOE recognized two Seattle-area Better Buildings Challenge partners, King County and Shari's Café & Pies, for their energy-efficient upgrades.
December 11, 2017
Hear Ye, Hear Ye – The Advanced RTU Campaign has a New Focus on Intelligent Controls and Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics
The focus of the RTU Campaign has been encouraging high-efficiency RTU improvements in commercial buildings through the replacement of old RTUs.
December 11, 2017
Robotics Intern Retrofits Home Appliance to Operate in New, More-Efficient Ways
Of more than 250 interns that climbed to new heights at NREL over summer 2017, Jamie Santos was “one of the stars,” according to her NREL mentor.
December 9, 2017
Attic retrofits using nail-base insulated panels.
Attic Retrofits Using Nail-Base Insulated Panels
This project explored the development and demonstration of a roof/attic energy retrofit solution using nail-base insulated panels for existing homes.
December 9, 2017
Extended plate and beam wall system.
Extended Plate and Beam Wall System
Home Innovation Research Labs studied the extended plate and beam wall system to determine the wall’s structural performance and more.