building energy use News

  • ‘Smart’ windows to cut energy use in buildings by 20%

    A consortium of three European manufacturers and suppliers of windows and ventilation systems has created a new technology for energy efficient heat recovery windows for the renovation of residential and commercial buildings. In winter, windows and ventilation are a significant source of heat loss, particularly in older buildings, and the new windows address this. The smart  ...


    By European Commission

  • Duke Energy to build ninth US wind farm

    Duke Energy continues to add to its renewable power portfolio with the announcement that it will build and operate a 200-megawatt wind energy project near Casper, Wyo. The Top of the World Windpower Project will be the company’s ninth U.S. wind farm and its fourth in Wyoming. Duke Energy will construct the Top of the World project on approximately 17,000 acres of private and public land it holds ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • US Department of Energy to increase energy efficiency in new federal buildings by 30%

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established regulations that require new Federal buildings to achieve at least 30% greater energy efficiency over prevailing building codes.  Mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), these standards apply to new federal commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings, as well as new federal low-rise residential buildings  designed for ...

  • New Smart Transformer Helps Commercial Buildings Cut Energy Use

    (Burnaby, British Columbia) April 7, 2010 — With a decade of research and development, Legend Power’s new smart transformer helps commercial buildings, big box retailers and other large facilities save 5-7% in electricity bills, energy consumption (kWh) and peak demand (kW). This smart grid device, called the Electrical Harmonizer-AVR, is a high efficiency auto-transformer with an ...


    By Legend Power Systems Inc.

  • Why isn`t more being done to slash energy use in buildings?

    Buildings are responsible for at least 40% of energy use in most countries. This figure is rising fast as construction booms, especially in countries such as China and India. Knowledge and technology exist today to slash the energy buildings use, while at the same time improving levels of comfort – all for a reasonable cost. Given those basic facts, why isn’t more being done? Because the ...

  • New England Buildings Score in National Energy Star Building Competition

    More than 5,500 individual buildings across the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico competed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's fifth-annual ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings Competition: Team Challenge. Together, the competitors saved more than $50 million in utility bills, cut their energy use by more than two billion kBtus, and prevented more than 250,000 ...

  • New England Buildings Score in National Energy Star Building Competition

    In a competition in which more than 3,000 buildings across the country went head-to-head to see which one could reduce its energy use the most over the course of one year, buildings located in New England states made significant strides on energy savings. Building managers made smart energy conservation decisions in areas including improvements in operations and maintenance, and upgrades in ...

  • 300+ New England Buildings Compete in Energy Star National Building Competition

    A total of 334 buildings across the six New England states are among more than 3,200 buildings across the country competing in the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings. These buildings are going head to head to improve energy efficiency, and find out who can be the biggest energy loser in the third annual EPA and Energy Star-sponsored competition. Commercial buildings in ...

  • Seattle expands energy efficiency buildings program

    The City of Seattle is sending letters to the owners of 8,000 buildings this week informing them of its new building energy-efficiency program. The program aims to help building owners and managers reduce their energy costs through benchmarking - or measuring and rating a building's energy performance. By benchmarking, owners get insight into how their building uses ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Building Technology Answers Global Energy Crisis

    Efforts to go green often focus on recycling and conserving water, but the biggest impact lies in buildings that consume 40 percent of the world's energy. The United Arab Emirates has some of the most sophisticated and spectacular buildings in the world. This degree of sophistication and comfort requires sizeable ...


    By Johnson Controls, Inc.

  • Efficiency of Buildings Critical to Reducing U.S. Energy Consumption

    Addressing our nation’s existing and future building inventory presents one of the greatest opportunities in the United States for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, according to Ingersoll Rand Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Lamach, who took part in an event today during the Democratic National Convention titled ...


    By Ingersoll-Rand Company

  • Building Energy Management System Market to 2020

    This report provides in-depth analysis of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) market at global as well as at country level. Building Energy Management System (BEMS) is emerging as an important tool to minimize energy consumed by buildings. The BEMS is a system that can help building operators to monitor and control building systems. The global market for Building Energy Management Systems ...


  • Duke Energy to Build Second Kansas Wind Farm

    For the second time in a month, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced plans today to build a large-scale wind farm in Kansas. Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, will build, own and operate the 131-megawatt (MW) Cimarron II Windpower ...


    By Duke Energy

  • ISO standard for assessing energy efficiency of new buildings

    The new International Standard ISO 23045:2008 will help the building sector to contribute to energy saving by providing it with specific design guidelines. The building sector is recognized as a major contributor to the build-up of greenhouse gases. These emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere could be reduced significantly through the application of International Standards relating to the ...

  • Centrica to Build Pioneering Local Energy Market in Cornwall

    Centrica plc has announced a trial to develop a local energy market in Cornwall, which will see the development of a virtual marketplace and the installation of new technology into over 150 homes and businesses. Working with partners, the £19m program will test the use of flexible demand, generation and storage, and reward local people and businesses for being more flexible with their ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Energy efficiency in buildings: business realities and opportunities

    This study highlights opportunities to promote green building know-how and technologies as the WBCSD pushes for zero net energy construction worldwide through its Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project. Zero net energy buildings will reduce demand by design, be highly efficient and generate at least as much energy as they consume. Buildings are responsible for at least 40% of energy use in ...

  • Light inspires energy efficient building design

    Artists find inspiration in many ways. But for the artists (architects and researchers) working collaboratively to create the most energy efficient office space in the U.S., the inspiration was simply light. In fact, light and the access to light turned out to be a top factor when designing the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Research Support Facility (RSF) located on ...

  • ABB cuts energy costs in Singapore buildings

    ABB i-bus is the most widely used building installation system in Singapore. It has the largest installed base across the entire range of building uses – offices, factories, hotels and resorts, universities and schools, apartments, villas and bungalows. Several of these installations have recently won best-performance awards for energy efficiency and environmental friendliness from the Singapore ...


    By ABB

  • Energy monitoring system a world first for iCon building

    The award winning iCon environmental innovation centre in Daventry, UK, has become the first building in the world to have an innovative self-adjusting Wireless Building Monitoring System installed by energy management company, Seamless Sensing. The state-of-the-art £8.5m building, offers office accommodation and a supportive environment for firms working in green technologies and ...


  • Duke Energy to Build Fifth Texas Wind Farm

    For the second time in a month, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is announcing plans to build a large-scale wind farm in Texas. Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, will build, own and operate the 202-megawatt (MW) Los Vientos II Windpower ...


    By Duke Energy

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