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Welcome to Uptake: The CBI Blog. Here you'll find news from the Energy Department's Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program and partners.

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 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.
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...

April 11, 2016
CBI’s Unwavering Commitment to Continuous Improvement
CBI, along with our four other sister programs in BTO, hosted one of our most important events of the year: the peer review.
April 8, 2016
Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away …
Or, well maybe not that long ago and a little closer to home ... two federal programs with building sustainability and efficiency goals in mind ...
March 23, 2016
Success of the Interior Lighting Campaign
The Better Buildings Initiative (BB), works with a variety of market sectors to develop innovative solutions with the ultimate goal of decreasing e...
March 4, 2016
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Top Better Buildings Beat Articles for February
You want a rundown of the Better Buildings Beat blog’s commercial specific posts, and we’ve got them. Check out February’s list of Beat artic...
February 19, 2016
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A Good Sign for the Building Energy Modeling Industry
If you are a BEM professional, know a BEM professional, or even follow one on LinkedIn or Twitter, you’ve probably heard the news.
February 18, 2016
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ANSI Approval of Better Buildings Workforce Schemes
NIBS and DOE have collaborated with industry stakeholders to develop voluntary guidelines to improve commercial building workforce credentials.
February 16, 2016
What is the #1 Way to Save Money on Your Rooftop Unit? Fix it BEFORE it Breaks
It’s a common challenge in the deferred maintenance world of commercial buildings: rooftop units (RTUs) over 15 years old often provide reduced s...
February 10, 2016
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BTO Publishes Two Important Building Energy Modeling Documents
This week, BTO published two important and related documents regarding its Building Energy Modeling (BEM) program.
January 29, 2016
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Cities and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency
The White House today announced several updates to the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Initiative.
January 12, 2016
Envision America, a new nationwide nonprofit, is issuing a challenge to America’s cities to become smarter by accelerating deployment of innovative technologies that tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges.
Envision America Launches Inaugural Workshop to Help Cities Meet Sustainability Challenges
Last fall, the White House announced a “Smart Cities” initiative allocating over $160 million in federal funding to be invested in new technolo...
December 7, 2015
EnergyPlus Logo Debuts on Revit Toolbar
Autodesk’s interest in EnergyPlus has been public for some time. In 2013, the company underwrote the translation of EnergyPlus from FORTRAN.
December 2, 2015
Advanced RTU Campaign: Decision Tree for RTU Replacements or Retrofits.
How Do I Know if My RTUs are Efficient? When do I Replace or Retrofit Them?
Because roof top unit (RTU) air conditioners have such long useful lifetimes, building owners/managers don’t always know the best way to optimize...
November 19, 2015
Sefaira Serves A Double Helping of EnergyPlus with Collaboration on Top
One of the exciting recent entrants into the building design and analysis software marketplace is London/New York-based startup Sefaira.
November 18, 2015
Live from Greenbuild: From the Industrial Facilities Connect & Learn

The industrial industry is filled with unique and dynamic projects with substantially high process loads and resource consumption. This sector...

November 10, 2015
What’s on Your Roof? Rooftop Unit (RTU) Efficiency Advice and Guidance from the Advanced RTU Campaign
Did you know that rooftop unit (RTU) air conditioners serve cooling to ~60% of U.S. commercial building floor space?
November 9, 2015
Together with Key Allies, DOE Launches New Data Collaborative to Help Cities and States Advance Building Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – together with the National League of Cities (NLC), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)...

November 9, 2015
Design Data Exchange Helps AIA and Member Firms Track and Improve Design Performance
A building’s architecture—its form, mass, envelope design, selection of construction materials, and layout of interior spaces—has a tremendous impact
November 3, 2015
Producing a High Impact Technology
The spectrum of commercial building efficiency technologies is large. Opportunities to save cost and energy diverge across market sectors, types, b...
October 26, 2015
SoCal Edge First Movers and Advisory Board with representatives from the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Kilroy Realty, UCLA, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jones Lang LaSalle, Morlin Asset Management, Los Angeles Green Building Council, Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Southern California Edison, ABM, and RedCar Properties LTD.
SoCal Edge: Accelerating Investments in Innovative Building Technologies

Any time industry leaders and stakeholders are brought together great strides can be made toward accomplishing mutual goals. The Los Angeles Better...

October 26, 2015
To the Cloud! Apidae Helps Modelers Turn Information into Knowledge
One of the companies leveraging cloud economics is BUILDlab, an Ithaca-based startup that produces Apidae: a suite of EnergyPlus simulation service...
October 15, 2015
BEDES: Creating A Common Data Language for Building Energy Performance
DOE and LBNL developed the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification, or BEDES, to for building performance data.