building energy performance Articles

  • Decentralised energy: powering a sustainable future

    With rising fuel prices putting households under pressure, Helen Andrews Tipper, Public Sector Energy Programmes Manager, explains how decentralised energy schemes provide an alternative solution How we generate and consume energy is perhaps the most significant threat to economic and social wellbeing that we face today. Already high energy prices are only predicted to keep rising. Our ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Wasting energy through steam loss

    The European Union Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings, which relates to all member nations of the European Union, are obliged to set limits on greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from buildings. Typically steam is used for a wide range of applications within larger establishments including, humidification, hot water, space heating and air heating.  Primary energy losses in ...

  • Calcium Carbonate, a solution to the energy crisis!

    A 'chemical' solution exists to solve jointly the energy crisis and CO2 release. Thanks to the Lime, “Cycle C4” could produce liquid fuels (petrol, diesel, etc.) with no CO2 release. The cycle presents no technological uncertainty, each step is widely known and controlled. Profitable with a barrel quote at 100 dollars. In 2004, the International Energy Agency annual report predicted that oil ...


  • Commercial Validation Trial Results Confirm BioLargo’s Advanced Oxidation System (AOS) as High Performance, Cost-Effective Water Treatment System

    BioLargo, Inc. (OTC: BLGO) held its third annual “AOS technical symposium” last month, hosting a group of scientists, collaborators, water industry experts, and government representatives, according to a recent post on the company blog. Prior AOS symposiums have updated stakeholders on the company’s progress with their innovative technologies for high performance, low cost, ...


    By Biolargo, Inc.

  • US to lead on efficient design of energy systems

    Despite the availability of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies and proven benefits and performance of these systems, projects often are not implemented even when investment is compelling. The United States will lead this effort, building on its CHP Partnership Program to identify and clear barriers to efficient design of on-site energy systems. The project will promote collaborative ...

  • Energy & Environment: Driving industrial development in the southeastern Mediterranean

    Recent developments in the environmental markets of the greater southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean make explicit the necessity for the provision of integrated services, covering both issues of energy efficiency and environmental protection. Such services, when provided by a single entity, promote the uniformity of the deliverables and strengthen customer benefits; the service is not ...


    By LDK Consultants

  • Case study - Synapsys - Making a splash in energy excellence

    Synapsys makes a splash in energy excellence Synapsys, UK leader in developing and supplying innovative communication interfaces for the built environment, is at the high-tech heart of a low carbon leisure centre building which has received a top accreditation for energy saving and attracted half a million visitors in its first year. The £7million new Wolverton Leisure ...

  • Energy efficiency service companies missed the memo

    The folks who install insulated windows, efficient factory motors and energy saving lights apparently missed the memo about the economic meltdown. As US gross domestic product slipped to under 1% in 2008, the $4.1 billion energy service industry grew 7%.  Jealous?  Just wait. That was nothing compared to the expansion predicted over the next couple of years, according to a new report by ...

  • Mining for Energy Efficiency in New York City

    New York City recently became the first in the US to make public how well (or poorly) large, private buildings within its borders perform when it comes to energy and water use. A city website displays information about 2,065 large commercial properties, encompassing 530 million square feet. ...

  • A primer on energy efficiency for municipal water and wastewater utilities

    This primer is concerned with energy use and efficiency of network-based water supply and wastewater treatment in urban areas. It focuses on the supply side of the municipal water cycle, including the extraction, treatment, and distribution of water, and collection and treatment of wastewater-activities which are directly managed by Water and Wastewater Utilities (WWUs). The main challenges to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Modelling of an open loop ground source energy design

    Client: Max Fordham Consulting Engineers Location: London Services: Ground Source Energy Modelling Summary: An open loop ground source heating/cooling scheme is being developed for the redevelopment of the Tate Modern, located close to the River Thames.  ESI Ltd was instructeded by Max Fordham to construct a FEFLOW ...


    By ESI Consulting

  • Direct incentives for smart energy and sustainability projects

    Implementing actions to be more sustainable or to “go green” are shown to be economically beneficial in a number of ways (see my article on the 9 Purely Business Reasons to Go Green). One thing that holds back many companies from these programs, however, is the upfront costs. Although a smart sustainability program will make back that initial investment and more over time, some ...


  • Report reveals unusual energy market pattern

    “Big dogs eat first” is a phrase often used to describe energy markets. That is, expect large energy consumers – usually manufacturers — to be the first at the plate to take advantage of any economic benefits. But a recent report suggests that when it comes to energy efficiency, householders may nudge the Mastiffs out of the way.The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that in ...

  • Seal Fireplace Dampers With Weatherstripping to Conserve Energy

    Introduction When fireplaces are not being used, they should be sealed with weatherstrip to air seal the damper and prevent wasted energy. The common perception should be that just like doors and windows, fireplaces require weatherstripping to prevent energy loss. Leaking Fireplace Dampers Waste Energy Fireplaces are the largest intentional opening in the ...


  • Energy Star failings: Much ado about something

    As suspected, Energy Star appliances do not always live up to their energy savings claims, according to preliminary results of laboratory tests reported his week by the US Department of Energy (DOE).   The DOE began testing the appliances after watchdogs raised serious questions about the federal labeling program. The Energy Star seal appears on hundreds of models of refrigerators, air ...

  • VERYSchool - Valuable EneRgY for a smart school case study

    Enerit helps European Schools become Energy Efficient Enerit are a key member of a consortium of energy specialists from across Europe under the EU VERYSchool project for energy efficient schools. As Europe determines how to meet 2020 and 2050 energy efficiency targets, VERYSchool becomes extremely relevant. Schools represent a major ...


    By Enerit Ltd

  • Xebec powers an energy revolution case study

    Rumpke Landfill Biogas Project at a Glance: Type: Landfill biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas Claim to fame: One of the largest gas recovery operations of its kind in the world Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Number of acres-landfill: 230 (93 hectares) Waste received annually: Two million tons Plant refining capacity: 15 million cubic feet of landfill gas ...


    By Xebec Adsorption Inc.

  • Case study - net zero energy & LEED

    Anna Maria Historic Green Village (HGV) is a unique, sustainable commercial development in Anna Maria, Florida.  The village is comprised of five buildings.  Four of the five are renovated historic buildings and one is new construction.  The campus is a mix of retail spaces, office and residential units.  One of the HGV developer’s goals is for the entire campus to ...


    By Powerhouse Dynamics

  • Are you wasting the cashback potential of energy audits?

    If  the government offered your business £20 cashback on every £100 you spent on energy, you would probably head for the front of the queue.  Yet that's exactly the sort of money saving opportunity an energy audit can deliver. The Carbon Trust's analysis of a sample of recent ESOS energy savings opportunities ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • So why is it essential to utilize energy management systems?

    First of all, let’s define, what the phrase of energy-management system means. An energy-management system includes measurement device sub-systems with the possibility of user-intervention on failure. By utilizing such a system, we are able to continously track, and analyze consumption/quality patterns, and determine low-efficiency areas quickly and easily, giving the opportunity to take ...


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