building energy use Articles

  • China and US cooperate on building efficiency

    Chu Announces Joint U.S.-China Building Efficiency MOU BEIJING, CHINA - After touring the "America House," a U.S. designed demonstration of cutting edge "zero energy" building technology, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Chinese Ministry of Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) to foster collaboration and partnership ...


    By Bio-Microbics, Inc.

  • Building Energy Modeling 101: HVAC Design and Operation Use Case

    A great deal of energy use in buildings goes toward heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC). In 2015, HVAC consumed 15.5 quads. The first step in reducing HVAC energy use is reducing heating and cooling load—i.e., the amount of heat that needs to be added to or removed from a building—typically by reducing heat from equipment and lighting; minimizing unnecessary ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • New research in the US on the financial benefits of energy efficient `green` buildings

    Buildings in the US with 'green' ratings, such as Energy Star and LEED, can significantly impact market rents and value of commercial space, according to new research commissioned by RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). The report 'Doing Well by Doing Good?' provides the first credible evidence in the US supporting the economic value of the certification of 'green' buildings in the ...

  • Case study - Multi-tenant building energy efficiency

    Buildings accounted for roughly 40% of total U.S. energy consumption in 2010, according to the United States Energy Information Association. “[New York] City's roughly 1 million buildings cost $15 billion a year to power and heat and account for 80% of the city's greenhouse gas emissions”(1). The proliferation of smart energy devices and building management systems will result in the ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • Case study - Building energy generation & usage

    A Scottish council looking to make financial savings due to recent budget cuts needed to make decisions on whether renewable energy could improve the efficiency of their existing buildings. They wanted a time saving system that would allow them to get instant live data whenever they needed it and which would store the data in an easy to read format so that they didn’t have to spend ...


    By Logic Energy Ltd.

  • Sainsbury’s to cut energy costs with new intelligent building

    Retail giant will start using a smart-grid system at Kent store on Wednesday as part of another green initiative to cut carbon emissions. Sainsbury’s will start testing a smart-grid system at its new Hythe store in Kent on Wednesday, in an attempt to cut its carbon emissions and reliance on the grid at times of peak demand. The company said the smart grid system technology was a ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Energy sustainable development through energy efficient heating devices and buildings

    Energy devices and buildings are sustainable if, when they operate, they use sustainable (renewable and refuse) energy and generate nega-energy. This paper covers three research examples of this type of sustainability: (1) use of air-to-earth heat exchangers, (2) computer control of heating and cooling of the building (via heat pumps and heat-recovery devices), and (3) design control of energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • What are the benefits of using BIM to improve building performance and create a sustainable, energy efficient development fit for the 21st century?

    BIM (Building Information Modelling) is not just about 3D designs; it is about fully understanding a building model. This includes all ...


    By ENER-G

  • Reduce carbon and energy cost with Building Energy Management Systems

    Building Energy Management Systems can achieve the cost and carbon saving benefits businesses are seeking. One of the most efficient methods of reducing energy consumption is a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), yet many organisations overlook BEMS  in their energy efficiency plans because of ...


    By ENER-G

  • Climate Adapted Buildings

    Acknowledging our power-hungry practices and demanding a proper understanding of the fundamental laws of physics within the context of a building. The single-greatest environmental impact of buildings today is their ongoing energy usage, which accounts for almost half of global energy usage. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements of conventional buildings represent more ...


    By Actual Media

  • What Are Solar Buildings Technologies?

    Solar buildings technologies use the non-polluting power of the sun to help heat, cool, and power our buildings. Because buildings now use one-third of the energy currently consumed in this country, the potential markets for using solar buildings technologies in place of conventional ones is substantial. Whether you're a home owner, architect, builder, business owner, or industry or utility ...

  • Residential building electrical fires

    Electricity is a basic part of residential life in the United States. It provides the energy for most powered items in a contemporary home, from lights to heating systems to televisions. Today it is hard to imagine a residence without electricity. It is a part of our homes and our activities that most of us take for granted. We rarely think how powerful electricity is. Yet, using electricity can ...


    By US Fire Administration

  • Free guide shows energy managers how to build compliant supply chains

    How energy and environmental managers can reduce risk and increase supply chain compliance Supplier assessment and assurance specialist Altius has published a free guide to supply chain compliance to help energy and environmental managers focus on performance ...

  • Energy-efficient and low carbon emission residential building near Torino, Italy

    This paper describes a green design strategies applied on a residential building "House E3" – an eco-compatible and energy efficient building near Turin airport. High noise level, elevated humidity and severe summer climate of the site were key considerations when creating the envelope with emphasis on inside comfort. Correct use of materials based on a previous research work, integrated design ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) Frequently Asked Questions

    The Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector is growing as organisations realise that BEMS are one of the most effective solutions for optimising efficiency in a building - providing the quick win that organisations are seeking. Energy managers and building owners might have ...


    By ENER-G

  • Building Envelope Design for Optimization: Leveraging BEM and Energy Simulation Capabilities

    When it comes to energy efficiency in building and occupant structures like Homes, Offices, Healthcare facilities, etc, the first things that come to your mind are probably the efficiency and use of HVAC systems and the lighting within a facility. However building envelope is arguably the first place to start with as this is ...


    By TrueCADD

  • Scottish councils will receive £10m to cut energy use

    Scottish councils will receive £10m in grants as part of a major initiative to cut Scotland’s energy use 12% by 2020. Local councils in Scotland will receive £10m in grants as part of a major new initiative from the Scottish government that aims to reduce the country's total energy use 12% by 2020. This is part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan (EEAP). EEAP is ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Justification of the continued development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy

    The argument for justification of the nuclear electric power development is examined in the following terms: practicability, economic and new build-up; effects on health; safety; security; the environment; issues and opportunities to overcome barriers to its development are identified. Uncertainties are identified in the areas of health and security that must be acknowledged and tackled from an ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Using partnerships and governance to solve the energy `Trilemma`

    The theme of today’s Blog Action Day is the “Power of We,” a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world. The idea of partnership is at the core of WRI’s Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI), a network of civil society ...

  • Smart grid and stupid buildings: Can this marriage survive?

    Smart grid is still in its honeymoon phase. Hardly a day goes by without fanfare in the news about how it will reform building energy use. Maybe so. But for the marriage of smart grid and US buildings to work, someone's got to change. Is the stupid building up to the task? “Wiring the Smart Grid for Energy Efficiency,' a white paper by Oregon-based Portland Energy Conservation Inc (PECI), brings ...

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