Energy Efficiency

AIA: Energy modeling key to reaching carbon neutrality in buildings

Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Photo: York Region/Creative Commons

November 18, 2015 | AIA

Energy modeling allows architects to be more ambitious with energy-saving in their design project...

DOE launches new data collaborative to help cities and states boost building efficiency

The SEED Collaborative will partner with a select group of cities, like Philadelphia, and states to help them better collect and manage building energy data. Photo: Peter Miller/Creative Commons

November 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The SEED Standard will help manage, standardize, share performance data.

Amazon's Denny Triangle campus in Seattle. Rendering courtesy NBBJ

November 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Up to 4 million kilowatt-hours of energy will be saved each year.  

DOE’s Energy Asset Score diagnostic tool gets upgrade

The Asset Score's software was developed in part by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Photo: Ian Roberts/Creative Commons

November 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The tool is used to assess energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily buildings.

Energy Department’s Building Technology Office seeks public input

Solar panels on a roof. Photo: Jon Callas/Creative Commons.

November 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Draft Multi-Year Program Plan available for review.

Boston’s energy reporting law shows older buildings more efficient than post-1950 structures

Photo: Adavyd/Wikimedia Commons.

October 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First year of reporting tracks 45% of commercial building space.

San Francisco energy consumption benchmarking ordinance bears fruit

Commercial properties in San Francisco have been more energy-efficient since 2011. Photo: Kitchen from San Francisco/Wikimedia Commons

October 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Efficiency has improved since 2011 law initiated.

Renewables surging in mix of U.S. energy generation

Power County Wind Farm in Idaho. From 2000 to 2014, wind power production grew 33 fold. Photo: Commons

October 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

‘Tectonic Shift’ as coal use plummets; wind and solar rise.

new york apartment retrofit green

Apartments in Jackson Heights, Queens. A new program's goal is to retrofit 1,000 buildings a year and retrofit all city-owned buildings by 2025. Photo: Jleon/Wikimedia Commons.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is 1,000 buildings a year.

Reynobond composite panels were used for the soffit

| September 28, 2015 | Petersen Aluminum

The building, a Walgreens made with metal and composite material from Petersen Aluminum Corp., in...

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Photovoltaic array on top of the Forrestal Building in Washington, D.C.

September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Agencies must get 30% of electricity from renewables by 2025

University of South Carolina’s Darla School of Business

University of South Carolina’s Darla School of Business. Image courtesy Firewater Photography; other images courtesy Bruce Damonte

August 31, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The project is part of a large DOE initiative to develop more buildings that can generate as much...

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North American Passive House Network e-book explains Passivhaus, net-zero techniques

Courtland Place Passive House in Washington. Photo: Rob Harrison/Creative Commons

August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Free guide includes spotlight on individual projects

Google Develops Google Maps for Solar Energy

Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.

August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the t...

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Seven parking garages officially recognized as green

Photo: The Forest Home Garage in Ithaca, N.Y. All images courtesy of Green Parking Council.

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new program rates parking structures based on 48 elements of operation, from water reuse to b...

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Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center

| June 15, 2015 | Viega

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) is the Grand Central Station of the...

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Fuel cell technology makes its way into energy generation

A 1.4-MW fuel cell power plant, installed on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in 2014, generates clean, round-the-clock baseload power. The fuel cell is part of a configuration, in which high-quality heat produces steam for campus heating and absorption cooling. Photo courtesy FuelCell Energy

June 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Demand for fuel cells, while modest, is growing, and cost savings are getting noticed.

Milwaukee’s Lakeshore State Park visitor center will be ‘off-the-grid’

Restrictions on park land mean the building's enclosed space cannot be larger than 2,500 sf. Rendering courtesy Kubala Washatko Architects

April 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The plans also include a built-in wastewater treatment system and rainwater collection.

New survey shows top companies prioritize global green building rating system LEED

The new Apple headquarters designed by Norman Foster. Image: Apple, Inc.

April 07, 2015 | USGBC

The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate s...

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DOE releases Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons

April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training...

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C40 cities across the globe are making sustainability a policy

Cities around the world are enacting policies to create more sustainable environments. Image: Morgue File/iceman0

April 02, 2015 | USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group with the World Green Buil...

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Global wind power installations expected to slow through 2019

Navigant projects a curtailment in the growth of annual new installations through 2019. Image: Morgue File/AcrylicArtist

April 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

After a 20% falloff in 2013, the global wind power industry made a strong comeback in 2014, with...

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Metl-Span systems meet design needs in cost effective manner

One challenge required onsite bending of CFA panels for the curved portion of the facility. Photo courtesy of Metl-Span.

| March 25, 2015 | Metl-Span

The goal from the beginning was to construct an energy efficient building with insulated metal pa...

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Sealing the deal: An easier way to dike air leaks in buildings

This image shows how the sealant is injected into the shafts. Photo courtesy Hyundai

March 19, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An aerosol product injected into ductwork allowed Hyundai to open its new U.S. HQs on time.

California Cuts its Carbon Footprint with Solar

Photo courtesy of Panasonic

| March 16, 2015 | Panasonic

Spanning four locations in Central Valley, the California Renewable Energy Small Tariff projects...

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DOE launches crowdsourcing website for technology innovators

Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology. Infographic: DOE

March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new crowdsourcing website called the Buildings Crowd...

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Bjarke Ingels designs geodesic dome for energy production, community use

The geodesic facade will contain PV panels to generate electricity for off-season use. Renderings courtesy BIG

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new building in Uppsala, Sweden, will serve as a power plant during the winter and a venue for ...

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Make It Right Releases New Designs for Affordable Housing Complex

Renderings courtesy of Make It Right

February 18, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BNIM is among the six firms involved in the project.

ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

The Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. Photo credit: The Emerging Objects Corporation. 

February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Cool Brick is made of porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. The bricks absorb water, which cools t...

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