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ASHRAE Announces Student Design Competition Award Winners

Karen Henry

ASHRAE announced the winners of its 2014 Student Design Competition. This year’s competition focused on designing an energy efficient HVAC system for a two-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. The University of Central Florida in Orlando took first place in the HVAC Design Calculations category. The team designed   …Continue Reading

There’s a Better Way to Organize the UK Energy Market

Karen Henry

Sara Bell, managing director of Tempus Energy and principal of the UK Demand Response Association, says she believes the UK energy market has never prioritized the customer, The Guardian reports. In order to meet shareholder expectations, energy suppliers are “duty bound” to sell at the highest price. The business model for energy has to change, Bell   …Continue Reading

Air Quality Association Merges with ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and board of directors. IAQA will operate   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Investments Create Jobs in the Southeast

Karen Henry

Every million dollars invested in the Southeast’s energy efficiency sector from 2010 to 2013 resulted in the creation of just over 17 jobs, according to the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) Energy Pro3 report, “Benchmarking Job Creation in the Southeast.” The independent analysis conducted by the Cadmus Group studied job creation impacts from the SEEA’s   …Continue Reading

Redesigned Building Rating Website Improves User Experience

Karen Henry

The Building Rating website has gone through a comprehensive redesign with the user’s experience in mind. It is now fully responsive, with a layout and navigation that adapts to a range of devices, from mobile phones to desktop computers. Building Rating has four primary features: Learn about a jurisdiction: An interactive map reveals the jurisdictions (cities,   …Continue Reading

Online Tools Track Energy Policy

Karen Henry

Staying on top of state energy policy involves navigating legislative and public utility commission websites state by state and keeping track of information manually with lists and spreadsheets. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) aims to change that with the launch of PowerSuite, an integrated set of online tools for tracking energy legislation and regulatory proceedings across   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE Publishes Guideline on Specifying Building Automation Systems

Karen Henry

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published new guidance on performance monitoring. ASHRAE Guideline 13-2014, Specifying Building Automation Systems, provides designers of building automation systems (BAS) with background information, recommendations for good practice, project considerations and detailed discussion of options with respect to the design of a BAS system. The   …Continue Reading

4 National Grid Customers Honored for Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has chosen four National Grid commercial customers as 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency. National Grid New England and New York customers being recognized include: Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods. The Massachusetts-based company manufactures and distributes Mediterranean foods throughout the United States. It was recognized for two major energy efficiency   …Continue Reading

Group Aims to Double US Energy Productivity by 2030

Linda Hardesty

The Alliance to Save Energy’s state and local campaign – Energy 2030 On the Road – has garnered the support of nearly 100 organizations to date. Energy 2030 On the Road is an education, awareness and action-building campaign to achieve the goal of doubling US energy productivity by 2030. The campaign has already made stops   …Continue Reading

Mexican Energy Agenda Attracts Support

William Opalka

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) said it is working with the 21st Century Power Partnership to help strengthen Mexico’s renewable energy effort and will provide financial support. Up to $3.9 million will support the 21st Century Power Partnership to create and operate a platform for power sector technical support for the Mexican federal government   …Continue Reading

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