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Are Building Codes the Key to Zero Net Energy Buildings?

Karen Henry

The interest in zero net energy (ZNE) is reflected in the growing number of ZNE-related targets, goals and certifications, such as the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge, California’s ZNE goals for residential and commercial new construction, and DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes Program. According to a new report from the American Council for an   …Continue Reading


Commercial BAS Market to Exceed $86B by 2023

Karen Henry

According to a new report from Navigant Research, global revenue for commercial building automation systems (BAS) is expected to grow from $59.3 billion annually in 2013 to $86.7 billion in 2023. At the beginning of 2014, Navigant released a report projecting the BAS market to reach $34 billion by 2021. Growth in the BAS market   …Continue Reading


CNEE Releases Energy Legislation Year in Review

Karen Henry

With all but eight state legislative sessions closed for 2014, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has released its 2014 Year in Review of State Advanced Energy Legislation. The paper includes the following highlights: Thus far in 2014, 430 advanced energy bills have become law. While the total number of enacted   …Continue Reading


NREL Demos 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar cells. NREL’s new solar cell, which is designed for operation in a   …Continue Reading


EU Heat Pump Market Shows Signs of Recovery

Karen Henry

The number of heat pump units sold in the European heat pump market increased by 3 percent in 2013, according to a new report from the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA). The European Heat Pump Market and Statistics Report 2014 includes a compilation of market data and statistics on heat pumps from 21 European countries. After three   …Continue Reading


NREL Seeks to Determine Equation for Solar Market Success

Karen Henry

While no standard formula exists to determine why solar market policies in certain states are more successful than others, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar PV installations in any state, according to a new report from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The report, The Effect of State Policy   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficient Building Technologies Market to Reach $623 Billion by 2023

Karen Henry

The market for energy efficient building technologies today is $307.3 billion and is expected to grow to $623 billion by 2023. A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for commercial building energy efficient products and services, including global market forecasts for revenue through 2023. The building industry is on a long-term path   …Continue Reading


Database Showcases 37 Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The New Building Institute has published a database of North America’s most energy-efficient and zero energy commercial buildings. The database features more than 280 buildings from all climate zones across the US, Canada and beyond, including a variety of building types such as schools, offices, nursing homes and courthouses. The number of zero energy-verified buildings   …Continue Reading


California has 431,000 Advanced Energy Workers

Linda Hardesty

According to an industry survey commissioned by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, California boasts 431,800 advanced energy jobs, which grew 5 percent in the past year – more than double the overall state job growth rate – and is on track to grow 17 percent in the coming year, to more than 500,000 workers, based   …Continue Reading


ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy Sees Global Increase in Demand

Karen Henry

Significant growth in the global middle class, expansion of emerging economies and an additional 2 billion people in the world will contribute to a 35 percent increase in energy demand by 2040, according to a new report released by ExxonMobil. The report, 2015 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040, outlines ExxonMobil’s long-term view of   …Continue Reading


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