Deep Energy Retrofits: Benefits, Challenges & Solutions

Deep Energy Retrofits: Benefits, Challenges & Solutions

Nearly a fifth of energy consumed in the US is used by commercial buildings – but building owners and managers have a number of options when it comes to reducing that energy consumption and increasing their margins, from simple behavioral changes to easy updates to … Read more…

Implementing Zero-Loss Thinking in Energy Management: News from EL Conference

Implementing Zero-Loss Thinking in Energy Management: News from EL Conference

One of the many topics covered at the 2017 Environmental Leader Conference and Energy Summit was “zero-loss” thinking in energy management. To talk about the matter were Aiman Abdrabou, global manager of energy and sustainability with Goodyear Tire and Rubber, and Richard Gorze, global energy manager … Read more…

Net Zero Energy Buildings Popping Up Nationwide

Net Zero Energy Buildings Popping Up Nationwide

Net Zero Energy, a building certification program initiated by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), is now known as Zero Energy (ZE) Building Certification. ZE, in partnership with the New Buildings Institute (NBI), advocates for improved energy performance in commercial buildings, while ILFI administers certification … Read more…

MGM Resorts, Other Hospitality Groups Chip Away at Energy Costs – Here’s How (And Why)

MGM Resorts, Other Hospitality Groups Chip Away at Energy Costs – Here’s How (And Why)

Smart building owners and developers who implement energy management efforts within their buildings and organizations use sustainability and energy efficient initiatives because of the business case, which ultimately comes down to reducing energy use and spend, while improving the reliability of its energy sources – but sometimes, … Read more…

Better Buildings Progress Report Says Companies Saved a Total of $1.9 Billion

Better Buildings Progress Report Says Companies Saved a Total of $1.9 Billion

Hundreds of organizations have engaged in energy saving efforts that have resulted in a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings. That’s according to the Better Buildings Progress Report, which tracks accomplishments across the broader Better Buildings … Read more…

Microgrid Use on the Rise with Military and Beyond

Microgrid Use on the Rise with Military and Beyond

The use of a microgrid system could help the US military stay operational in the case of an attack on America’s main electricity grid. The findings were published in a paper by Michigan Technological University engineering and energy policy experts, who say going off-grid — by … Read more…

Boston Tops List of Most Energy Efficient U.S. Cities

Boston Tops List of Most Energy Efficient U.S. Cities

Boston remains the top U.S. city for energy efficiency – receiving 84.5 out of a possible 100 points in the third edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released on May 10 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. That’s an improvement of 2.5 points over its score in the 2015 study.

Joining EP100, Cree and H&M Commit to Bold Efficiency Targets

Joining EP100, Cree and H&M Commit to Bold Efficiency Targets

Multinational clothing retail company, H&M, and US-based LED lighting manufacturer, Cree, have become the latest members of EP100, a one-year-old global, collaborative initiative of influential businesses that have pledged to double their energy efficiency.

NREL Licenses Forge Nano to Commercialize Patented Li-ion Battery That Won’t Explode and Is Less Costly

NREL Licenses Forge Nano to Commercialize Patented Li-ion Battery That Won’t Explode and Is Less Costly

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Forge Nano – a company that claims to be “inventing the future, one atom at a time” – to commercialize NREL’s patented lithium-ion (li-ion) battery materials and systems capable of operating safely in high-stress environments.

Demand Grows in Rhode Island for Commercial Clean Energy Projects

Demand Grows in Rhode Island for Commercial Clean Energy Projects

A program designed to finance projects to make commercial buildings more energy efficient is growing in Rhode Island, according to a May 5 report by Rhode Island Public Radio.  Thirteen more municipalities are working to participate in the Rhode Island Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy … Read more…

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