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Energy Efficiency

Historic Courthouse Gets Net-Zero Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US General Services Administration (GSA) is aggressively pursuing avenues to eliminate the Federal government’s impacts on the natural environment. To prove that net-zero energy goals can be achieved in a historic building with a bevy of preservation requirements, GSA completed a deep retrofit at the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse in   …Continue Reading


PRES Energy Uses Pritchett Controls’ Energy Management

Linda Hardesty

PRES Energy, a national real estate services company, has partnered with Pritchett Controls for the delivery of energy management systems (EMS) for PRES Energy customers across the US. Pritchett will rely on fellow members of InsideIQ, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, to provide local support to PRES Energy customers. PRES Energy wanted   …Continue Reading


Plug Load Company Grows in Hawaii

Linda Hardesty

Honolulu-based Ibis Networks offers a plug load management system for enterprises, and the company says it is expanding its workforce to 14 to keep up with new customers in Hawaii, reports Pacific Business News. Ibis says plug-load energy efficiency is a numbers game, and that up to 50 percent of energy use in commercial buildings   …Continue Reading


ACEEE Examines CHP in State Scorecard

Karen Henry

Assessing the state friendliness of combined heat and power (CHP) is an inexact science. Many factors impact CHP development. Favorable CHP policies and programs can encourage CHP deployment, but fluctuating electricity and natural gas prices can dramatically impact the business case for CHP. To examine the relationship between policy and deployment, the American Council for   …Continue Reading


EPA Names 2014 Green Power Leaders

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and four suppliers across the country for achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions . The award winners use a combined total of more than 7.6 billion kWh of green power annually, according the EPA. The award-winning partners were chosen for their   …Continue Reading


LED Panel Light Replaces Fluorescents

Linda Hardesty

VOLT Lighting added a line of edge-lit LED panel lights to provide an energy-saving replacement for outdated fluorescent lighting. In addition to energy savings, the LEDs provide illumination that is more diffuse and evenly distributed. Another benefit is that, unlike fluorescents, these LED panels can be dimmed. The LED panels have the same width and   …Continue Reading


Sandia Releases API for Energy Features of High-Performance Computing

Linda Hardesty

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control of power- and energy-relevant features for high-performance computing (HPC) systems. The High Performance Computing – Power API specification, still open to collaborators for future development,   …Continue Reading


Standard 189.1-2014 Now Available via ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

New requirements to further reduce energy of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, among other   …Continue Reading


India’s First Net Zero Energy Building Serves as a Model for the Country

Karen Henry

India’s Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats organized a tour of the Indira Paryavaran Bhavan in New Dehli to promote the need for green building strategies in the country, Eco-Business reports. Completed almost one year ago, the government building is India’s first net-zero energy building. In   …Continue Reading


Bluestone Offers Retail Electricity Through Constellation

Linda Hardesty

Bluestone Energy Services, a company that provides energy conservation and development services for businesses, will now offer Constellation’s Efficiency Made Easy (EME) program. Constellation’s EME combines a multi-year electricity agreement with energy conservation measures. The cost of efficiency measures is included in the price per kWh over the term of the electricity supply agreement. In creating   …Continue Reading


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