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Proposed Policy Would Require Portland Buildings to Report Energy Use

Karen Henry

Energy costs for commercial buildings in Portland, Oregon, are currently $335 million per year. The Portland Business Journal reports that the city is considering a policy that would require commercial buildings over 20,000 square feet to track and report their energy use. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) introduced the proposal in a bid   …Continue Reading


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


San Francisco Construction Office Uses Daylighting System in Bid to Earn Net-Zero Status

Karen Henry

DPR Construction recently installed 19 Solatube SolaMaster Series 750 DS units in its San Francisco office as part of the company’s effort to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Net-Zero Energy building (NZEB) designation. If the San Francisco building earns the designation, it will be the first one in the city to do so. Located at   …Continue Reading


IWS Sewage Heat Recovery System Aims to End Waste

Linda Hardesty

International Wastewater Systems has developed a sewage heat recovery system for large residential and commercial buildings that delivers efficiency savings five times the investment. The sewage, once it’s captured and the solids are removed, is put through a heat exchanger  and used to produce 140 degree Fahrenheit water for domestic potable use. The process is 500   …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


UTC, TERI Open Center to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in India

Linda Hardesty

United Technologies Corporation and The Energy and Resources Institute launched Wednesday a center to encourage the development of energy efficiency buildings in India. UTC and TERI announced plans for the center in October.   The Centre of Excellence for Energy Efficient Buildings opens as the Indian government introduces the Smart City Programme to address the challenge   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Talent Trends for 2015

Matthew Cohen

What will be the emerging talent and hiring trends in the energy efficiency workplace for 2015? One major trend is that the demand for energy engineers, project developers and managers, sales managers and program directors is on the rise. As an executive recruiter in the Energy Efficiency and Building Technologies space, I see several trends that have   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Proposes New Climate Zone for 90.1 Standard

Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE/IES are proposing an expansion of climate zones for Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, saying the expanded climate data could make the energy standard more applicable for global use. The proposed addendum closes for review Jan. 19, 2015. The addendum was developed in response to an update of ASHRAE Standard   …Continue Reading


Project Looks at the Intelligent Coupling of Solar and CHP

Karen Henry

German solar inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology; German HVAC company, Vaillant; and RWTH Aachen University in Germany are conducting a joint research project to find out how best to intelligently couple PV systems with CHP plants and heat pump heating systems. The goal of the PV-KWK project is to develop optimized system solutions that create   …Continue Reading


Beaming Heat Away From Buildings and the Atmosphere

Linda Hardesty

Stanford engineers have invented a coating material that can help cool buildings by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into the cold of space, according to Stanford News. The ultrathin, multilayered material acts as both a radiator and a reflector of light. The material sends invisible, infrared, heat-bearing light into space.   …Continue Reading


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