Palm Springs Cultural Center Upgrades with Solar + Storage

Palm Springs Cultural Center Upgrades with Solar + Storage

The Palm Springs Cultural Center, which hosts a number of film festivals and live performances annually, has completed the installation of a solar-plus-battery-storage system, the non-profit organization announced on March 27.

Breakthough Construction: Passive Homes Go Prefab

Breakthough Construction: Passive Homes Go Prefab

When Elizabeth Scott ordered a new energy-efficient home for her property in rural Guilderland, New York, a factory in Searsmont, Maine that manufactures passive house components  went to work. Ecocor High Performance Buildings, a construction firm that designs, manufacturers, delivers and assembles passive house parts … Read more…

Energy Trust of Oregon Selects ICF for Commercial-Building Energy Efficiency Contract

Energy Trust of Oregon Selects ICF for Commercial-Building Energy Efficiency Contract

On March 14, Energy Trust of Oregon – a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping 1.5 million utility customers in the Beaver State, as well as in southwest Washington, to save energy and generate renewable power – announced the selection of Fairfax, Virginia-based ICF to manage its energy efficiency program for existing commercial buildings.

NAHB Survey: U.S. Home Builders Use Energy Efficient Products, Especially Windows

NAHB Survey: U.S. Home Builders Use Energy Efficient Products, Especially Windows

On average, builders of single-family residences use 10.2 different green products or practices – and 22 percent always or almost always have their homes certified to a green standard, according to survey results released on March 13 by the National Association of Home Builders.

Will Complexity Sideline the IoT’s Great Potential?

Will Complexity Sideline the IoT’s Great Potential?

Embedded Computing offers a comprehensive look into the complexities of building automation systems in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT). The piece tracks through the layers of building elements. It defines building automation systems and building automation device networks. The piece points out … Read more…

Energy Efficiency Projects on Iconic Buildings in Pittsburgh, NYC

Energy Efficiency Projects on Iconic Buildings in Pittsburgh, NYC

Upgrading older and especially iconic buildings is difficult. It can be done, however. Indeed, The U.S. Steel Tower in downtown Pittsburgh recently was updated and upgraded to the extent that it received ENERGY STAR certification. Commentary at Facility Executive points out that the 47-year-old, 64-story building … Read more…

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