Energy Star Honors Bestowed

Energy Star Honors Bestowed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), through the Energy Star program, have commended 149 organizations in 35 states. The story from at the DoE website gives special mention to Beazer Homes USA; Pella Corp.; Verizon; General Motors; Ivey Residential; … Read more…

Daimler Detroit Diesel Facility Earns DoE SEP Certification

Daimler Detroit Diesel Facility Earns DoE SEP Certification

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded its Superior Energy Performance Platinum (SEP) certification to Daimler’s Detroit Diesel Corp. The story says that the facility used the ISO 50001 standard to save $37 million over 10 years. This savings was accomplished as as production increased 93 … Read more…

Using Modern Tools to Diagnose Buildings

Using Modern Tools to Diagnose Buildings

Building faults are estimated to waste 20 percent to 30 percent of a building’s annual energy expenditures. Finding problems, however, often is a highly automated operation – and one that only shows its effectiveness hours later when conditions are shown to improve or not. The … Read more…

2014 Better Than 2013 for Distributed Wind Turbines, But Far Below 2012

2014 Better Than 2013 for Distributed Wind Turbines, But Far Below 2012

Several factors made 2014 a down year for distributed wind turbines compared to 2012, though it was far superior to 2013. The factors that saw demand sink include relatively low prices for electricity, competition from other sources and high permitting and other nonmaterial costs. The report … Read more…

DOE Solar Loan Program had ‘Weaknesses’

DOE Solar Loan Program had ‘Weaknesses’

A Department of Energy program that administered a $400 million loan guarantee for now-bankrupt photovoltaics manufacturer Abound Solar had “several weaknesses,” according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General. In December 2010, the program issued the loan guarantee to Abound for up … Read more…

PNNL: China Building Codes Could Cut Energy Use by 22%

PNNL: China Building Codes Could Cut Energy Use by 22%

China can build its way to a more energy efficient future — one house, apartment and retail store at a time — by improving the rules regulating these structures, according to a study by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL scientists at … Read more…

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