building energy performance News

  • Understanding thermal performance of buildings

    The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is currently working in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on a project to investigate discrepancies between new in-situ techniques for measuring the thermal performance of brick walls and the values obtained from calculations based on long-established reference values for building materials. The ...

  • USGBC tackles building performance head on

    The U.S. Green Building Council has stepped up its commitment to improved building performance with the launch of the Building Performance Initiative. The Initiative will put in place a comprehensive data collection effort from all buildings that have achieved LEED certification; implement an appropriate analysis methodology of that data; and provide feedback to building owners so they have ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Cooling Towers & Legionnaires Disease

    The largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City history was traced to a cooling tower at a Bronx hotel in 2015. Over 120 people were infected and 12 of them died causing health officials to establish regulations for ongoing Legionella control measures. In March of 2016 in Sydney, Australia, 12 cooling towers tested positive for Legionella levels above the regulatory ...


    By Delta Cooling Towers, Inc

  • Guide to assessing viability of cogeneration projects published by ENER-G

    Cogeneration specialist ENER-G has published a free guide to assessing the economic feasibility of combined heat and power (CHP) projects. The guide, which is available to download, details the steps that building engineers and energy and facilities managers should take to prove the viability of a proposed CHP scheme to investors or board members. ...


    By ENER-G

  • Conference to Examine Latest Advances in Grid Modernization

    Building on the success of the 2016 edition, the 2nd Annual Grid Modernization Forum, April 3-5, 2017 in Chicago, closely examines lessons learned to date by industry leaders pushing the frontiers of grid modernization and reliability. Key technology innovators and executives will gather to share perspectives on how best to leverage AMI investment, engage the customer, and take the ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on energy performance of buildings

    Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs welcomes the political agreement on energy performance of buildings reached yesterday by representatives of the European Parliament and the Council. The agreement will greatly contribute to achieving EU Climate and Energy objectives for 2020 and to boost European economy. The agreement will strengthen the building codes and energy performance requirements for ...

  • New Analysis: LEED Buildings are in Top 11th Percentile for Energy Performance in the Nation

    A recent analysis performed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) shows that buildings in the sample are performing in the top 11th percentile in the U.S. in terms of energy usage and the average ENERGY STAR score for those LEED buildings is 89 out of 100 possible points. The analysis was based on LEED projects that have submitted data to USGBC both voluntarily and as required by LEED 2009. ...

  • Energy performance of buildings: EC launches Court proceedings against Belgium and the UK

    The European Commission has launched court proceedings against Belgium and the United Kingdom for failure to notify adequate national implementing measures as required by the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive[1]. The goal of the Directive is to reduce energy consumption in buildings and it thus forms an important part of EU legislation aimed at improving overall energy efficiency. ...

  • NREL Aims to Improve Building Energy Performance with New Web-Based Tool

    The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed a web-based tool to help consumers better understand the energy performance of building-related products. The Technology Performance Exchange™ (TPEx™) is a portal that helps manufacturers and other organizations that measure and test products easily share performance data ...

  • GSA Transforms 1974 Building Into Top Performing Green Building

    Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the completion of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building renovation project in downtown Portland, Oregon. The 39-year-old facility is now a high-performing green building designed to be one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the country. U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer and representatives from the ...

  • The Next Generation of Smart, Connected, High Performance Buildings

    The financial pressures of the past five years to contain costs and increase operating efficiencies propelled technology and automation into mainstream discussions for the commercial, corporate, government and institutional real estate industry. During this period, cloud computing emerged, mobile technologies became more powerful and permeated the marketplace, big data made its way into building ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • NREL launches initiative to build solar performance database

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched an initiative to build an open-source database of real-world performance from solar facilities across the country. As part of DOE’s SunShot Initiative, the Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC) will give the private market tools to develop investment vehicles to tap ...

  • California to require zero energy buildings

    Every two years, the California Energy Commission (CEC) releases an Integrated Energy Policy Report in which it makes recommendations for energy policy in the state, including changes to Title 24, the energy efficiency portion of the building codes. In its 2007 report, CEC recommends adjusting Title 24 to require net-zero-energy performance in residential buildings by 2020 and in commercial ...

  • Energy Star Buildings Powered With Savings

    Washington, D.C. – More than 3,200 top performing buildings have earned the Energy Star for powerful cuts to their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions.  These award-winning buildings represent almost 575 million square feet, save an estimated $600 million annually in lower energy bills, and prevent almost 11 billion pounds of ...

  • Top of the class for renewable energy performance

    Two educational establishments have reached the top of the class for energy performance by using renewable ground source energy.   St John’s College, Oxford, and the new Ynysowen Community Primary School in South Wales, will reap major financial and environmental benefits from ground source heat pump technology from ENER-G. The 280-pupil school, near Aberfan, and 500-student College ...


    By ENER-G

  • Energy performance of buildings: the Commission asks Italy and Spain to ensure full compliance with European legislation

    The European Commission today formally requested Italy and Spain to ensure full compliance with European rules on the energy performance of buildings. These rules should in particular enable European citizens to benefit from all relevant information about the buildings which they buy or rent. They also require each Member State to provide for a scheme for the regular inspection of boilers and ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Building for the future

    The public sector's ability to contribute to the UK's low-carbon and cost-effective economy through realising savings from non-domestic buildings. Viewpoint from Michael Ashcroft, Strategy Analyst, and Richard Rugg, Director, Carbon Trust Programmes. Recent debates about creating a low carbon economy in the UK have been dominated by how we should generate energy in the future. However, ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • DOE and the appraisal foundation announce new partnership to focus on energy performance and building appraisals

    As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to improve commercial building efficiency 20 percent by 2020, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a partnership with The Appraisal Foundation that will help expand access to energy efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings and help American businesses to reduce energy waste.  Under the new partnership, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • DOE Announces Webinars on High Performance Enclosure Strategies for Buildings, Fuel Cell Forklifts and Energy Management, and More

    EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts. Upcoming Webinars ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • DOE Announces Webinars on New Energy Savings Performance Contracting Resources, Better Buildings Challenge, and More

    EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts. Upcoming Webinars ...


    By US Department of Energy

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