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Comment Period Extension Pertaining to the Request for Information on the Process for Developing Energy Conservation Standards

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting comments on DOE’s Request for Information concerning the “Process Rule” was, March 2, 2018. However, in light of the emergency closure of Federal offices today in the Washington, D.C. area, and the likely effect today’s weather conditions are having on others, DOE will accept comments submitted […]

A New Metric for Tracking Energy Codes Driving Toward Zero

A New Metric for Tracking Energy Codes Driving Toward Zero

By Kevin Carbonnier

ACEEE’s 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard was released in late September with Massachusetts leading based on six categories including utility programs, transportation, building energy codes, combined heat and power, state initiative and appliance standards, according to ACEEE. Looking ahead, there are changes […]

Burlington 2030 District Private-public Partnership Created to Address Climate Change

Leading Burlington, Vermont businesses and institutions have committed over 3.6 million square feet to participate in the Burlington 2030 District, a private-public partnership working to reduce building energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions 50% by 2030. By establishing the economic case for the necessary reductions, the District helps property owners increase asset value, reduce […]

Understanding the Sustainable Supply Chain

By Alex Popp

Many green building programs put a heavy emphasis on not only the sustainability of a building once it is built, but increasingly so on the sourcing and management of building materials in an environmentally responsible way. Sustainable Supply Chain (SSC), sometimes referred to as “cradle-to-cradle,” is the standard term to reference […]

ACEEE Introduces State Energy Efficiency Scorecard:

ID, FL, VA Three Most-Improved States, MA Still #1

As more states struggle with extreme weather events, the 2017 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard gives state-level policymakers a road map for building stronger and more-resilient communities. This eleventh annual report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), shows which states are doing the best […]

DOE Issues a Notice of Petition and Request for Public Comment pertaining to Test Procedures for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing receipt of petitions requesting that DOE incorporate the IEC 60034-2-1:2014 (2014) test methods 2-1-1A and 2-1-1B as alternative test methods in addition to the existing test methods referenced in its regulations for determining the energy efficiency of certain electric motors […]

A Net Zero Concrete Home

 

Homerun House, a net-zero concrete demonstration home where the concrete modulates the temperature Cont’d on p.29 and a solar PV array is employed. Photos courtesy of Dave Sellers.

The low cost of longevity

By George Harvey

Tell and environmentalist that you are building a net-zero home out of concrete, and […]

Energy efficiency as a Key Driver of Successful Business Outcomes

From The Energy Alliance Group of Michigan

When the relationship of a strong energy strategy and successful business outcome is clearly understood, energy will never be ignored or overlooked as “just another cost of doing business.”

“..a small group of leading edge companies report they now see energy as a key business value driver, and […]

Vermont Zero-Energy Office Building Combines New with the Old

Energy Futures Group Constructs Green and Sustainable Work Space

Energy Futures Group building from the south. All photos courtesy of Richard Faesy.

By Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group

Energy Futures Group (EFG), a seven-person clean energy consulting firm based in Hinesburg, Vermont, recently completed construction of their new zero-energy office building and moved in […]

Energy Efficiency Day 2017: Perspectives from Energy Efficiency Leaders

Energy Efficiency Day 2017: Perspectives from Energy Efficiency Leaders

October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day! Today brings the energy efficiency community together to discuss the benefits and opportunities for America from energy efficiency.

Here at the Building Technologies Office, we’re celebrating by offering the perspectives of highly regarded colleagues to discuss how our perspectives […]