building energy efficiency Articles

  • Building Experience: Energy Efficient Buildings

    Issue: The development of large commercial, governmental and even residential buildings which take advantage of energy efficient design and incorporate on-site renewable energy sources could have a major impact on achieving and maintaining Kyoto targets on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the future. Although demonstration sites across Europe have been built, the lessons learnt in their ...


  • Higher energy efficiency standards in buildings

    The task To help South Oxfordshire District Council investigate the feasibility of using the planning ...


    By Ricardo-AEA

  • Energy efficiency in buildings - facts & trends

    Urgent action is needed to reduce energy use in buildings and remove the barriers to addressing this major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) project will develop a roadmap from a business perspective, outlining the critical steps needed to transform buildings’ energy consumption. The project has ...

  • How to Choose the Right Energy Management Software [GUIDE]

    Happy New Year! Wait, what’s wrong? Not so happy? In trouble trying to choose the right energy management software for your project? Oh no! We can just picture the scene: your desk is piled high with brochures, quotes and provider offers… and the clock is ticking. Yours is the classic energy manager dilemma: the longer ...


    By DEXMA

  • Energy efficiency in buildings - business realities and opportunities

    Buildings are responsible for at least 40% of energy use in most countries. The absolute figure is rising fast, as construction booms, especially in countries such as China and India. It is essential to act now, because buildings can make a major contribution to tackling climate change and energy use. Progress can begin immediately because knowledge and technology exist today to slash the ...

  • 10 measures to make buildings more energy efficient

    Reducing the energy consumption of your bricks and mortar is fast becoming a no-brainer for any business, specially, with the Government setting its sights on existing buildings as a key focus in helping to meet its carbon reduction targets, and with the price of energy and carbon continuing to rise for the near future. But, while substantial money savings can be achieved from retrofitting your ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Four rules to improve energy efficiency with Intelligent Buildings

    The new wave of energy efficiency is based on waste reduction, instead of sacrifice and discomfort as it used to be years ago. Everything is automated now, with no need to turn down thermostats manually. A Building Management System is considered central to the concept of an ‘Intelligent Building’ and is a vital tool in any organisation’s drive to improve energy efficiency ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Increasing energy efficiency in India by the use of green building

    Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and using process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from sitting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Energy Efficiency Data Insights: How Efficient Is My Building?

    A few months ago, DEXMA launched Energy Grader, a free tool that enables you to assess your energy efficiency data to discover potential savings, anywhere and at any time, for free. Energy Grader is a free energy efficiency calculator that shows you how much money you can save on energy and what it means for your company’s ...


    By DEXMA

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Valuation of urban sustainability and building energy efficiency: a case study

    The general objective of the research is to set up a strategy of sustainable conservation at two levels: at city level, to conceive and plan interventions at block, street, neighbourhood scale; at building level to propose and design specific conservation and enhancement interventions that pay particular attention to the ecological and energy dimensions. Specific objective of the research is to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 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 ...

  • Survey: What will it take to make buildings more energy efficient?

    Companies are unaware of the actual costs of their energy use. Less than a third have commissioned energy audits for their buildings. Further, two thirds of those surveyed overestimate the cost of energy efficient construction. A surprising 75 percent saw benefit in energy regulation and described lack of enforcement as a problem. The solution Not too much carrot and not too much stick, concluded ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Obama, energy efficiency & accountability

    Not once, but twice President Obama mentioned the importance of energy efficiency in his state of the union address January 27. His support for the resource is no surprise; his administration has channeled $20 billion toward energy savings programs. Obama made clear that going into his second year his support will not waver.“I know that there are those who disagree with the overwhelming ...


    By Energy Efficiency Markets

  • Time to export energy efficiency?

    We keep hearing that China is going to become a really big deal in world energy markets. But it wasn’t until I read this statement by Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council, that I grasped the scope of its coming influence: "China is projected to build the equivalent of 10 New York Cities over the next decade.” For some, such rapid economic expansion by China is cause ...

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