Building Energy Articles

  • International investment in CSP South Africa: New data and a Building Energy case study

    Introduction: A renewable energy market of extraordinary growth In just four years, South Africa has gone from being a coal-dependent economy to a prime destination for renewable energy investment. Largely propelled by the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which commenced in August 2011, the scheme has procured 79 projects with a capacity of 5,243 ...


  • President Obama signs executive order reducing federal GHG emissions

    On March 19, 2015, the White House published an Executive Order signed by President Obama that would further a preference for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred products. Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Welcome to Net-Zero

    For most people (and for most homes) the likelihood of going through a whole year spending next to nothing on energy is a goal that seems far out of reach. In fact, it is only relatively recently that insulation technologies, coupled with cutting-edge renewable energy tools, have made the concept of a net-zero energy use home anything more than a pipe dream. However, thanks to a program at the ...


    By ASTM International

  • Women @ Energy: Nora Wang

    Nora Wang is an engineer in the Building Energy Systems group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She has ten years of research experience in building energy efficiency and sustainability. She received her doctorate in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She began her career in architecture, gaining experience on international projects and winning several ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • 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

  • The architect–MEP engineer disconnect

    In this era in which many building industry professionals extol the benefits of integrated design teams, the rift between some engineers and architects persists that impedes the design and construction of high performing and ecologically sound projects. Books, articles and innumerable jokes have been written about the frequently troubled relationship between the two professions, but few have ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • One In Three Councils Not Complying With Legal Duties On Monitoring Their Buildings’ Energy Use

      Nearly a third of councils are not complying with their legal duties on monitoring their buildings’ energy use under laws designed to encourage councils to improve their estates. The Energy Performance ...

  • How the UK could save £8 Billion per Annum

    We know that buildings use about (40)% of all energy use and we also know that the energy efficiency of buildings can be greatly improved, often just by better monitoring and controls with low capex and fast paybacks. Savings of 20% or more can often be achieved by better control strategies and recommissioning. New design techniques such as integrative design of whole building retrofits can ...

  • 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

  • Evaluation of miscellaneous and electronic device energy use in hospitals

    Miscellaneous and electronic loads (MELs) consume about one–third of the primary energy used in US buildings, and their energy use is increasing faster than other end–uses. In healthcare facilities, 30% of the annual electricity was used by MELs in 2008. This paper presents methods and challenges for estimating medical MELs energy consumption along with estimates of energy use in a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fluorescent lighting case study

    Installed Measures: T5 OSRAM Fluorescent Lighting Refurbishment, New diffusers, New T5 vapour proof fittings, CP Electronics microwave absence & daylight detection, new switching arrangements. History: The Alun and Maes Garmon Schools combined is the largest school in Wales. They had a yearly issue with electricity consumption in that when the darker evenings came in and the colder ...


    By Elite Energy

  • Building energy and GHG reporting scheme for enterprises: A Guangdong Strategy Study

    Technical solutions for the reporting scheme are outside the scope of this paper. However, the GHG Protocol Tool for Energy Consumption, developed by the World Resources Institute, and the Guangdong GHG Information Management Platform, established by Guangdong Energy ...

  • Building Energy Management System - Ford of Europe Daventry - case study

    Use ENER-G's intelligent building controls and take advantage of: Average financial savings of 43% No capital investment 30% reduction in C02 emissions ENER-G's innovative Building Energy Management System (BEMS) offers seamless integration with your buildings' heating, lighting and ventilation. Our high technology solution can reduce your energy consumption and ...


    By ENER-G

  • Is Occupy Wall St. Occupying the Wrong Street?

    My Dad and I have a running joke when we’re in the car together. “Look,” he’ll say. “Gas is cheap. It’s down to $3.39.” Cheap, he means, compared with the month before when it was $3.79 per gallon. The joke illustrates a good point. A few years ago we were flabbergasted by gasoline prices that exceeded $3 per gallon. Now we’re really happy when it ...

  • Define ‘green’ please

    Describing a building as ‘green’ makes a lot of people cringe. The word is overused. And what does it mean exactly? Serious efforts are underway to move away from the hype and offer a more specific analysis of a building’s energy performance. Think nutritional labels for food, except in kilowatt-hours instead of calories. In fact, more than 50 national, regional and local ...

  • Exergy analysis combined with LCA for building envelope energy efficiency retrofit

    This article presents a kind of exergy analysis combined with LCA to evaluate the building envelope energy efficiency retrofit. A typical case in Ningbo city of China is analysed. The results show that it takes 15 years for the cumulative saved energy consumption in the use stage to equal the embodied energy of the newly added insulation materials in the product stage. Yet, it is impossible that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From compliance to measuring the actual energy use of a building

    Looking in greater detail at energy consumption has begun to show that buildings often fall short of targeted performance. One reason for this is a disconnection between design, procurement and operation of a building. Compliance calculations do not fully address factors relating to building occupation and operation, with EPC effectively leaving occupants out of the equation, although they ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Why President Obama’s better buildings initiative doesn’t work for multifamily

    You might think by this headline that I’m about to rant about the news regarding energy efficiency policy that was circulating last week. President Obama outlined a plan called the Better Buildings Initiative to incentivize energy efficiency in ...

  • Implementing the new national Regulation for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (KENAK): Role and responsibility of the Energy Auditors

    The new Regulation for Buildings Energy Performance (KENAK) has been recently adopted within national legislation and expected to comprise an integral part of all future developments in the building sector in Greece. The regulation will undoubtedly significantly affect the construction of new buildings through the introduction of energy performance standards. Furthermore, the real estate market ...


    By LDK Consultants

  • 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 BioMicrobics, Inc.

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