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Sample records for building efficiency standards

  1. Energy Efficiency Standards for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Montana Department of Labor must also develop and adopt high performance building standards, along with the Montana university system and other state agencies. These standards must take into...

  2. Energy-Efficient Building Standards for State Facilities

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Via Executive Order 27, Maine requires the construction or renovation of state buildings to incorporate "green building" standards that would achieve significant energy efficiency and environmental...

  3. Energy Efficiency Standard for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In December 2015, Governor Raimondo issued an executive order establishing a renewable energy and an energy efficiency goal for the State facilities. The order directs the RI state government: 1)...

  4. Commercial building energy efficiency standards & performance evaluation

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Levine, Wei Feng (weifeng@lbl.gov) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Commercial building energy efficiency standards & performance evaluation 2015 Building Technologies Office Peer Review 2 Project Summary Timeline: Start date: Feb, 2014 Planned end date: Dec, 2015 Key Milestones 1. Chinese reference office building model; 05/31/2014 2. Performance analysis and comparison with ASHRAE 90.1 08/31/2014 3. Cost-benefit analysis 12/31/2014 Budget: Total DOE $ to date: $130K (2014) Total

  5. City of Asheville- Efficiency Standards for City Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In April 2007, the Asheville City Council adopted carbon emission reduction goals and set LEED standards for new city buildings. The council committed to reducing carbon emissions by 2% per year...

  6. Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Construction Standards for Public Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Major facility projects must include Georgia products such that not less than 10% of all building materials used in a project are harvested, extracted or manufactured in Georgia, where such...

  7. EA-1872: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design Standards for New Federal Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This EA evaluated the environmental impacts of a proposal to amend the current rule for commercial and high-rise multi-family residential buildings, 10 CFR 433 “Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and High-Rise Multi-Family Residential Buildings,” to replace ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 with the more stringent ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007, incorporated by reference. This EA also evaluated the environmental impacts with regard to low-rise residential buildings; this rulemaking updated 10 CFR 435 Subpart A, “Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Residential Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” to replace the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2004 with the more stringent IECC 2009, incorporated by reference. This EA was completed as DOE/EA-1871.

  8. Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2013-04-01

    Energy Efficient Buildings HUB Lunch Presentation for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review

  9. Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Energy Efficient Buildings HUB Lunch Presentation for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review

  10. EA-1926: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings (RIN# 1904-AC61)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This EA was to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of implementing the provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new Federal buildings, including low-rise residential buildings. DOE has canceled this EA and is replacing it with EA-2020.

  11. EA-2020: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings (RIN# 1904-AD56)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This EA will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of implementing the provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new Federal buildings, including low-rise residential buildings.

  12. Energy Efficient State Building Initiative

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The DOA has incorporated the requirements of the Executive Order into Indiana's standard instructions to designers for projects on state-owned buildings. Efficiency can be demonstrated through...

  13. EA-2001: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards Update (RIN 1904-AD39)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this final rule to implement provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new Federal commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings. This rule updates the baseline Federal commercial standard to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1-2013.

  14. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.4 Efficiency Standards for Commercial HVAC

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    2 Efficiency Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers Effective for products manufactured between January 1, 1994 and March 1, 2012 Combustion Efficiency (1) Gas-fired, with capacity ≥ 300,000 Btu/hr Not less than 80% Oil-fired, with capacity ≥ 300,000 Btu/hr Not less than 83% Effective for products manufactured on or after March 2, 2012 Size (Btu/hr) Efficiency Level (1) Gas-fired, hot water ≥300,000 and ≤2,500,000 80% thermal efficiency Gas-fired, hot water >2,500,000 82%

  15. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.5 Efficiency Standards for Residential Appliances

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    1 Efficiency Standards for Residential Room Air Conditioners (1) Note(s): Source(s): 20,000+ 8.5 20,000+ 8.5 1) Effective for products manufactured on or after October 1, 2000. 2) EER = Energy Efficiency Ratio. Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 430 - Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products, Subpart C - Energy and Water Conservation Standards and Their Effective Dates. January 1, 2010. 8,000-13,999 9.8 8,000-13,999 8.5 14,000-19,999 9.7 14,000-19,999 8.5 <6,000 9.7

  16. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.7 Efficiency Standards for Lighting

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    Efficiency Standards for Lighting March 2011 7.7.2 Efficiency Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps Effective for products manufactured before July 14, 2012 Minimum Nominal Lamp Average Lamp Lamp Type (1) Wattage (W) Minimum CRI Efficacy (lm/W) Effective Date 4-Foot Medium Bipin >35 69 75.0 November 1, 1995 4-Foot Medium Bipin 45 75.0 November 1, 1995 2-Foot U-Shaped >35 69 68.0 November 1, 1995 2-Foot U-Shaped 45 64.0 November 1, 1995 8-Foot Slimline >65 69 80.0 May 1, 1994

  17. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.4 Efficiency Standards for Commercial HVAC

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    1 Efficiency Standards for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Effective for products manufactured on or after January 1, 1994 Thermal Efficiency (1) Gas-fired, with capacity ≥ 225,000 Btu/hr Not less than 80% Oil-fired, with capacity ≥ 225,000 Btu/hr Not less than 81% Note(s): Source(s): 1) Measured at the maximum rated capacity. Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 431 - Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment, Subpart D - Commercial Warm Air Furna

  18. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.5 Efficiency Standards for Residential Appliances

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    2 Efficiency Standards for Residential Refrigerators and Freezers (1) 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Note(s): Source(s): Refrigerator-freezers, automatic defrost with side-mounted freezer with through-the-door ice service 10.10AV + 406.0 1) Effective for products manufactured on or after July 1, 2001. Standards do not apply to refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with total refrigerated volume exceeding 39 cubic feet or freezers with total refrigerated volume exceeding 30 cubic feet. AV = total adjusted

  19. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.4 Efficiency Standards for Commercial HVAC

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    3 Efficiency Standards for Commercial Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (1) Type Cooling Capacity (Btu/hr) Category (2) Efficiency Level Small commercial package air conditioning <65,000 AC SEER = 13.0 and heating equipment (air-cooled, HP SEER = 13.0 three-phase) Single package vertical air conditioners and <65,000 AC EER = 9.0 single package vertical heat pumps, HP EER = 9.0, COP = 3.0 single-phase and three phase Single package vertical air conditioners and ≥65,000 and <135,000 AC

  20. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.3 Efficiency Standards for Residential HVAC

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    3 Efficiency Standards for Residential Boilers Effective for products manufactured before September 1, 2012 AFUE(%) (1) Boilers (excluding gas steam) Gas Steam Boilers Effective for products manufactured on or after September 1, 2012 (2) AFUE (%) (1) No Constant Burning Pilot Automatic Means for Adjusting Water Temperature Gas Steam No Constant Burning Pilot Oil Hot Water Automatic Means for Adjusting Water Temperature Oil Steam None Electric Hot water Automatic Means for Adjusting Water

  1. Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Henry C. Foley April 3, 2013 Presentation at the U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office Peer Review Meeting Purpose and Objectives * Problem Statement - Building energy efficiency has not increased in recent decades compared to other sectors especially transportation - Building component technologies have become more energy efficient but buildings as a whole have not * Impact of Project - A 20% reduction in commercial building energy use could save the nation four quads of energy annually *

  2. National Green Building Standard Analysis

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

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    2012-07-01

    DOE's Building America Program is a research and development program to improve the energy performance of new and existing homes. The ultimate goal of the Building America Program is to achieve examples of cost-effective, energy efficient solutions for all U.S. climate zones. Periodic maintenance of an ANSI standard by review of the entire document and action to revise or reaffirm it on a schedule not to exceed five years is required by ANSI. In compliance, a consensus group has once again been formed and the National Green Building Standard is currently being reviewed to comply with the periodic maintenance requirement of an ANSI standard.

  3. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.6 Efficiency Standards for Lighting

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    2 Efficiency Standards for Incandescent Reflector Lamps (1) Effective for lamps manufactured after November 1, 1995 and before July 14, 2012 Minimum Nominal Average Lamp Lamp Wattage Efficacy (lm/W) 40-50 10.5 51-66 11.0 67-85 12.5 86-115 14.0 116-155 14.5 156-205 15.0 Effective for lamps manufactured on or after July 14, 2012 Minimum Rated Lamp Rated Average Lamp Lamp Wattage Lamp Spectrum Diameter (in) Voltage (V) Efficacy (lm/W) (2) 40-205 Standard Spectrum >2.5 ≥125 6.8*P^0.27 40-205

  4. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.3 Efficiency Standards for Residential HVAC

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    1 Efficiency Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (1) Type SEER (3) HSPF (4) Split System Air Conditioners 13.0 -- Split System Heat Pumps 13.0 7.7 Single Package Air Conditioners 13.0 -- Single Package Heat Pumps 13.0 7.7 Through-the-Wall Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: -Split System (2) 10.9 7.1 -Single Package (2) 10.6 7.0 Small Duct, High Velocity Systems 13.0 7.7 Space Constrained Products -Air Conditioners 12.0 -- -Heat Pumps 12.0 7.4 Note(s): Source(s): 1)

  5. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.3 Efficiency Standards for Residential HVAC

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    2 Efficiency Standards for Residential Furnaces AFUE (%) (2) Furnaces (excluding classes noted below) 78 Mobile Home Furnaces 75 Small Furnaces with input rate < 45,000 Btu/hr (1) - Weatherized (outdoor) 78 - Non-Weatherized (indoor) 78 AFUE (%) (2) Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces 80 Weatherized Gas Furnaces 81 Mobile Home Oil-Fired Furnaces 75 Mobile home Gas Furnaces 80 Non-Weatherized Oil-Fired Furnaces 82 Weatherized Oil-Fired Furnaces 78 Note(s): 1) Excludes those intended solely for

  6. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.5 Efficiency Standards for Residential Appliances

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    3 Efficiency Standards for Residential Water Heaters (1) Effective for products manufactured from January 20, 2004 through April 15, 2015 Gas-Fired Storage Water Heaters Oil-Fired Water Heaters EF = 0.67 - (0.0019 x Rated Storage Volume in gallons) EF = 0.59 - (0.0019 x Rated Storage Volume in gallons) Instantaneous Gas-Fired Water Heaters Instantaneous Electric and Table Top Water Heaters EF = 0.62 - (0.0019 x Rated Storage Volume in gallons) EF = 0.93 - (0.00132 x Rated Storage Volume in

  7. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.5 Efficiency Standards for Residential Appliances

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    4 Efficiency Standards for Wet Cleaning Equipment Effective from products manufactured from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2011 Top-Loading, Compact (Capacity < 1.6 ft^3) Front-Loading, Compact (Capacity < 1.6 ft^3) Top-Loading, Semi-Automatic (1) Suds-Saving (1) Effective for products manufactured on or after January 1, 2011 Top-Loading, Compact (Capacity ≥ 1.6 ft^3) Front-Loading, Compact (Capacity ≥ 1.6 ft^3) Dishwashers: Effective for products manufactured on or after January

  8. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.6 Efficiency Standards for Lighting

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    1 Efficiency Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps Effective for products manufactured before July 14, 2012 Minimum Nominal Lamp Average Lamp Lamp Type (1) Wattage (W) Minimum CRI Efficacy (lm/W) Effective Date 4-Foot Medium Bipin >35 69 75.0 November 1, 1995 4-Foot Medium Bipin ≤35 45 75.0 November 1, 1995 2-Foot U-Shaped >35 69 68.0 November 1, 1995 2-Foot U-Shaped ≤35 45 64.0 November 1, 1995 8-Foot Slimline >65 69 80.0 May 1, 1994 8-Foot Slimline ≤65 45 80.0 May 1,

  9. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.6 Efficiency Standards for Lighting

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    3 Efficiency Standards for Medium Base Compact Fluorescent Lamps (1) Factor Requirements Lamp Power (W) & Configuration Minimum Efficacy: lumens/watt (based upon initial lumen data) Bare Lamp: Lamp Power < 15 45.0 Lamp Power ≥ 15 60.0 Covered Lamp (no reflector): Lamp Power < 15 40.0 15 ≤ Lamp Power < 19 48.0 19 ≤ Lamp Power < 25 50.0 25 ≤ Lamp Power 55.0 Note(s): Source(s): 1) Effective for products manufactured on or after January 1, 2006

  10. Recommended Changes to Specifications for Demand Controlled Ventilation in California's Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

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    Fisk, William J.; Sullivan, Douglas P.; Faulkner, David

    2010-04-08

    In demand-controlled ventilation (DCV), rates of outdoor air ventilation are automatically modulated as occupant density varies. The objective is to keep ventilation rates at or above design specifications and code requirements and also to save energy by avoiding excessive ventilation rates. DCV is most often used in spaces with highly variable and sometime dense occupancy. In almost all cases, carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) sensors installed in buildings provide the signal to the ventilation rate control system. People produce and exhale CO{sub 2} as a consequence of their normal metabolic processes; thus, the concentrations of CO{sub 2} inside occupied buildings are higher than the concentrations of CO{sub 2} in the outdoor air. The magnitude of the indoor-outdoor CO{sub 2} concentration difference decreases as the building's ventilation rate per person increases. The difference between the indoor and outdoor CO{sub 2} concentration is also a proxy for the indoor concentrations of other occupant-generated bioeffluents, such as body odors. Reviews of the research literature on DCV indicate a significant potential for energy savings, particularly in buildings or spaces with a high and variable occupancy. Based on modeling, cooling energy savings from applications of DCV are as high as 20%. With support from the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has performed research on the performance of CO{sub 2} sensing technologies and optical people counters for DCV. In addition, modeling was performed to evaluate the potential energy savings and cost effectiveness of using DCV in general office spaces within the range of California climates. The above-described research has implications for the specifications pertaining to DCV in section 121 of the California Title 24 Standard. Consequently, this document suggests possible changes in these specifications based on the research findings. The suggested changes in specifications were developed in consultation with staff from the Iowa Energy Center who evaluated the accuracy of new CO{sub 2} sensors in laboratory-based research. In addition, staff of the California Energy Commission, and their consultants in the area of DCV, provided input for the suggested changes in specifications.

  11. EnergyPlus Analysis Capabilities for Use in California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Development and Compliance Calculations

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Hong, Tianzhen; Buhl, Fred; Haves, Philip

    2008-03-28

    California has been using DOE-2 as the main building energy analysis tool in the development of building energy efficiency standards (Title 24) and the code compliance calculations. However, DOE-2.1E is a mature program that is no longer supported by LBNL on contract to the USDOE, or by any other public or private entity. With no more significant updates in the modeling capabilities of DOE-2.1E during recent years, DOE-2.1E lacks the ability to model, with the necessary accuracy, a number of building technologies that have the potential to reduce significantly the energy consumption of buildings in California. DOE-2's legacy software code makes it difficult and time consuming to add new or enhance existing modeling features in DOE-2. Therefore the USDOE proposed to develop a new tool, EnergyPlus, which is intended to replace DOE-2 as the next generation building simulation tool. EnergyPlus inherited most of the useful features from DOE-2 and BLAST, and more significantly added new modeling capabilities far beyond DOE-2, BLAST, and other simulations tools currently available. With California's net zero energy goals for new residential buildings in 2020 and for new commercial buildings in 2030, California needs to evaluate and promote currently available best practice and emerging technologies to significantly reduce energy use of buildings for space cooling and heating, ventilating, refrigerating, lighting, and water heating. The California Energy Commission (CEC) needs to adopt a new building energy simulation program for developing and maintaining future versions of Title 24. Therefore, EnergyPlus became a good candidate to CEC for its use in developing and complying with future Title 24 upgrades. In 2004, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company contracted with ArchitecturalEnergy Corporation (AEC), Taylor Engineering, and GARD Analytics to evaluate EnergyPlus in its ability to model those energy efficiency measures specified in both the residential and nonresidential Alternative Calculation Method (ACM) of the Title-24 Standards. The AEC team identified gaps between EnergyPlus modeling capabilities and the requirements of Title 24 and ACMs. AEC's evaluation was based on the 2005 version of Title 24 and ACMs and the version 1.2.1 of EnergyPlus released on October 1, 2004. AEC's evaluation is useful for understanding the functionality and technical merits of EnergyPlus for implementing the performance-based compliance methods described in the ACMs. However, it did not study the performance of EnergyPlus in actually making building energy simulations for both the standard and proposed building designs, as is required for any software program to be certified by the CEC for use in doing Title-24 compliance calculations. In 2005, CEC funded LBNL to evaluate the use of EnergyPlus for compliance calculations by comparing the ACM accuracy test runs between DOE-2.1E and EnergyPlus. LBNL team identified key technical issues that must be addressed before EnergyPlus can be considered by the CEC for use in developing future Nonresidential Title-24 Standards or as an ACM tool. With Title 24 being updated to the 2008 version (which adds new requirements to the standards and ACMs), and EnergyPlus having been through several update cycles from version 1.2.1 to 2.1, it becomes crucial to review and update the previously identified gaps of EnergyPlus for use in Title 24, and more importantly to close the gaps which would help pave the way for EnergyPlus to be adopted as a Title 24 compliance ACM. With this as the key driving force, CEC funded LBNL in 2008 through this PIER (Public Interest Energy Research) project with the overall technical goal to expand development of EnergyPlus to provide for its use in Title-24 standard compliance and by CEC staff.

  12. Building Energy Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The 2015 Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES) took effect on March 1, 2015. The code is based on the 2015 IECC, with amendments to incorporate ASHRAE 90.1-2013. The new guidelines ...

  13. Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Science and industry work together to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions of both new and existing buildings while also stimulating private investment and quality job creation.

  14. Building America Residential Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting: July 2010 Building America Residential Buildings ... More Documents & Publications Summary of Gaps and Barriers for Implementing Residential ...

  15. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.6 Efficiency Standards for Lighting

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    4 Lighting Standards for General Service Incandescent Lamps Prescribed by EISA 2007 General Service Incandescent Effective Date Maximum Wattage Rated Lumen Range Minimum Life Modified Spectrum General Service Incandescent Effective Date Maximum Wattage Rated Lumen Range Minimum Life By 2020, the minimum efficacy for general service incandescent will be 45 lm/W unless the Secretary of Energy has implemented another standard which saves as much or more energy than a 45 lm/W standard. Source(s): U.

  16. Energy Standards for Public Buildings | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Comprehensive MeasuresWhole Building CHPCogeneration Yes Life-Cycle Analysis and Energy Efficiency in State Buildings (Missouri) Energy Standards for Public Buildings Missouri...

  17. Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy created the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to promote regional job creation and economic growth while also improving the energy...

  18. Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Washington voters passed Initiative 937 in 2006, creating a renewable energy standard and an energy efficiency resource standard for the state's electric utilities. Initiative 937, enacted as th...

  19. Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2004 the Energy Efficiency Standards Act (EESA of 2004) became law in the State of Maryland. The General Assembly passed the EESA to establish minimum energy efficiency standards on nine...

  20. Energy Efficiency Product Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Jersey Energy Efficiency Product Standards, enacted in 2005, include minimum standards for eight products, which were preempted by the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Future standards, if...

  1. Local Option- Property Tax Assessment for Energy Efficient Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    An energy-efficient building is defined as any building that exceeds the energy efficiency standards of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by 30%; meets performance standards of the...

  2. Voluntary Green Building Standards for Public Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    NOTE: The program described below is a voluntary program that encourages state agencies to consider using green building standard. The State of Alabama does not have mandatory Green Building...

  3. EA-1463: 10 CFR 433: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and High-Rise Multi-Family Residential Buildings and 10 CFR 435: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Residential Low-Rise Residential Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The EA examines the potential environmental impacts of the Final Rule on building habitability and the outdoor environment. To identify the potential environmental impacts that may result from implementing the Final Rule for new Federal commercial and residential buildings, DOE compared the Final Rule with the “no-action alternative” of using the current Federal standards – 10 CFR Part 434 and 10 CFR Part 435 Subpart C (referred to as the “no-action alternative”).

  4. Energy Standards for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The State is still required by statute to adopt planning and construction standards for state buildings that conserve energy and optimize the energy performance of new buildings. The standards mu...

  5. Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    On December 2015, the NY PSC issued an order extending the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) and Customer-Sited Tier (CST) of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) till Feb 29, 2016...

  6. Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2008, New Mexico enacted H.B. 305, the Efficient Use of Energy Act, which created an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) for New Mexico’s electric utilities, and a requirement that all ...

  7. Appliance Standards and Building Codes

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Program Manager Presentation Appliance Standards and Building Codes John Cymbalsky U.S Department of Energy - Building Technologies Office john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov 202.287.1692 2 | Building Technologies Office eere.energy.gov Appliance Standards and Building Codes Program Goals Appliance Standards Program Goals Provide cost-effective energy savings through national appliance and equipment standards: Issue 23 final rules by end of FY2015 Deliver at least 1 qBtu of savings annually by 2030

  8. EA-1918: Final Rule, 10 CFR 433, "Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and MultiFamily High-Rise Residential Buildings" RIN 1904-AC60

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This EA evaluates the environmental impacts of implementing provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new Federal buildings, including commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings. This EA addresses Federal commercial standard to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1-2010. The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2013, 78 FR 40945.

  9. Building on Efficiency

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Two administration-led, industry-driven efforts marked milestones today. The first will put Americans to work on more than $2 billion in energy upgrades for federal buildings. The second will offer 30 million households and businesses more control over their energy bills. And together, these efforts will support an economy thats built to last, one that makes use of every source of American energy more efficiently.

  10. EA-2001: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    1: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards Update (RIN 1904-AD39) EA-2001: Energy Efficiency...

  11. State Building Energy Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In May 2013 the Sustainable Coonstruction Advisory Committee responsible for adopting buildings codes was mandated to automatically adopt tne most recent version of the rating systems developed b...

  12. The Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SEED: The Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform Bill Prindle Bill Prindle ICF International William.prindle@icfi.com 202-492-9698 2 | Building Technologies Office eere.energy.gov Purpose & Objectives Problem Statement: Data invisibility is a fundamental barrier in building end-use markets. Measuring and recognizing efficiency in U.S. buildings requires standardizing our energy data infrastructure via software conventions. Impact of Project: SEED is intended to provide public agencies

  13. Best Practices: Policies for Building Efficiency and Emerging Technologies

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    | Department of Energy Best Practices: Policies for Building Efficiency and Emerging Technologies Best Practices: Policies for Building Efficiency and Emerging Technologies Information about appliance standards, building energy codes, ENERGY STAR program and tax incentives for building efficiency. PDF icon session_2_buildings_track_digert_en.pdf PDF icon session_2_buildings_track_digert_cn.pdf More Documents & Publications Realizing Building End-Use Efficiency with Ermerging Technologies

  14. Building Standards Lead-by-Example Resources | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Standards Lead-by-Example Resources Building Standards Lead-by-Example Resources State and local governments can lead by example by promoting energy efficiency programs and policies for public facilities, equipment, and government operations. Find building standards lead-by-example resources below. DOE Resource National Best Practices Manual For Building High Performance Schools. Other Resource Roadmap to Green Government Buildings

  15. EA-2001: Energy Efficiency Design Standards: New Federal Commercial...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    2001: Energy Efficiency Design Standards: New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings and New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings EA-2001: Energy...

  16. Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

  17. PROGRESS IN ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Wall, L.W.; Rosenfeld, A.H.

    1982-12-01

    Recent accomplishments in buildings energy research by the diverse groups in the Energy Efficient Buildings Program at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) are summarized. We review technological progress in the areas of ventilation and indoor air quality, buildings energy performance, computer modeling, windows, and artificial lighting. The need for actual consumption data to track accurately the improving energy efficiency of buildings is being addressed by the Buildings Energy Data (BED) Group at LBL. We summarize results to date from our Building Energy Use Compilation and Analysis (BECA) studies, which include time trends in the energy consumption of new commercial and new residential buildings, the measured savings being attained by both commercial and residential retrofits, and the cost-effectiveness of buildings energy conservation measures. We also examine recent comparisons of predicted vs. actual energy usage/savings, and present the case for building energy use labels.

  18. Funding Opportunity Coming Soon: Buildings Energy Efficiency...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Opportunity Coming Soon: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016 Funding Opportunity Coming Soon: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & ...

  19. Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes Project Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes Project Building Codes Project for the 2013 ...

  20. Building Energy Efficiency in Rural China

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Evans, Meredydd; Yu, Sha; Song, Bo; Deng, Qinqin; Liu, Jing; Delgado, Alison

    2014-04-01

    Rural buildings in China now account for more than half of Chinas total building energy use. Forty percent of the floorspace in China is in rural villages and towns. Most of these buildings are very energy inefficient, and may struggle to meet basic needs. They are cold in the winter, and often experience indoor air pollution from fuel use. The Chinese government plans to adopt a voluntary building energy code, or design standard, for rural homes. The goal is to build on Chinas success with codes in urban areas to improve efficiency and comfort in rural homes. The Chinese government recognizes rural buildings represent a major opportunity for improving national building energy efficiency. The challenges of rural China are also greater than those of urban areas in many ways because of the limited local capacity and low income levels. The Chinese government wants to expand on new programs to subsidize energy efficiency improvements in rural homes to build capacity for larger-scale improvement. This article summarizes the trends and status of rural building energy use in China. It then provides an overview of the new rural building design standard, and describes options and issues to move forward with implementation.

  1. EA-2001: Energy Efficiency Design Standards: New Federal Commercial and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings and New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings | Department of Energy 1: Energy Efficiency Design Standards: New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings and New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings EA-2001: Energy Efficiency Design Standards: New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings and New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings SUMMARY The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing

  2. Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2007 the District of Columbia (D.C.) enacted legislation, entitled the Energy Efficiency Standards Act of 2007, which created efficiency standards for six products, four of which were...

  3. Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Arizona’s Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards (Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 44, Section 1375) set minimum energy efficiency standards for twelve products, all of which have since been...

  4. Energy Efficient Buildings Hub | Department of Energy

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Efficient Buildings Hub Energy Efficient Buildings Hub August 1, 2010 - 4:27pm Addthis This model of a renovated historic building -- Building 661 -- in Philadelphia will house the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub. The facility’s renovation will serve as a best practices model for commercial building design, historic adaptive re-use, and energy efficiency innovation through continuous retrofit. This model of a renovated historic building -- Building 661 -- in Philadelphia will house the

  5. Business Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings | Department...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    institutional customers of any of the state's investor owned utilities to increase the energy efficiency of their existing buildings. The standard incentive program provides...

  6. Building Energy Asset Score: Utilities and Energy Efficiency Program

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Administrators | Department of Energy Utilities and Energy Efficiency Program Administrators Building Energy Asset Score: Utilities and Energy Efficiency Program Administrators The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Asset Score is a national standardized tool for evaluating the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings, and

  7. EA-1926: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    EA-1926: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings (RIN 1904-AC61) EA-1926: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise...

  8. Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Build Better Neighborhoods |...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Build Better Neighborhoods Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Build Better Neighborhoods May 6, 2013 - 4:55pm Addthis In neighborhoods all across the...

  9. EA-2020: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Low-Rise...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    0: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards Update (RIN 1904-AD56) EA-2020: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal...

  10. Building America Webinar: National Residential Efficiency Measures...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    National Residential Efficiency Measures Database Unveiled Building America Webinar: National Residential Efficiency Measures Database Unveiled This webinar presented an overview...

  11. Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Testing procedures for energy efficiency not provided for in Rhode Island law or in the State Building Code may be adopted from the test methods approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, or in t...

  12. Energy Efficiency Standards for Appliances

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Connecticut enacted efficiency standards through legislative actions in 2004 and 2007 and 2011. This law covers the following products that have not been pre-empted by federal standards:...

  13. Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The California Legislature emphasized the importance of energy efficiency and established broad goals with the enactment of Assembly Bill 2021 of 2006. The bill calls for a 10% reduction in forec...

  14. Energy Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) adopted rules in August 2010 and December 2010 requiring certain electric and gas utilities in the state to meet prescribed energy efficiency requirements...

  15. Energy Efficiency Resource Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Illinois Power Agency Act (IPAA), enacted in 2007, created energy efficiency and demand response programs in Illinois. Under the IPAA, electric utilities are required to demonstrate 2% annual...

  16. Building America Residential Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting: July 2010

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    | Department of Energy Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting: July 2010 Building America Residential Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting: July 2010 On this page, you may link to the summary report and presentations for the Building America Energy Efficiency meeting in July 2011, held in Denver, Colorado. PDF icon Summary of Gaps and Barriers for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Strategies More Documents & Publications Summary of Gaps and Barriers for Implementing

  17. Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Commercial Buildings » Analysis Tools » Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform The SEED Platform(tm) makes it easy to manage and share data on the energy performance of buildings. Overview The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform(tm) is an open source software application that fills a major market need for data-driven energy efficiency program design and implementation. In today's digital age, the amount of data available to inform decision

  18. Energy Efficiency Program for State Government Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The High-Performance Buildings Advisory Committee assisted the Finance and Administration Cabinet with setting out the standards and benchmarks by which to evaluate buildings. Leadership in Energ...

  19. Worldwide Energy Efficiency Action through Capacity Building...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Capacity Building and Training (WEACT) Jump to: navigation, search Logo: Worldwide Energy Efficiency Action through Capacity Building and Training (WEACT) Name Worldwide...

  20. Stronger Manufacturers' Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Air Conditioners Go Into Effect Today Stronger Manufacturers' Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Air Conditioners...

  1. Mainstreaming Building Energy Efficiency Codes in Developing...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Area: Energy Efficiency, Buildings Topics: Policiesdeployment programs Resource Type: Lessons learnedbest practices Website: www.ecn.nlfileadminecnunitsbsIEC...

  2. National Residential Efficiency Measures Database - Building...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    National Residential Efficiency Measures Database - Building America Top Innovation Image of a man insulating the ceiling of a home. Robust cost data for energy-efficiency measures ...

  3. Worldwide status of energy standards for buildings: Appendices

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Janda, K.B.; Busch, J.F.

    1993-02-01

    This informal survey was designed to gain information about the worldwide status of energy efficiency standards for buildings, particularly non-residential buildings such as offices, schools, and hotels. The project has three goals: 1. To understand and learn from the experience of countries with existing building energy standards; 2. To locate areas where these lessons might be applied and energy standards might be effectively proposed and developed; and 3. To share the information gathered with all participating countries. These appendices include the survey cover letter, the survey, and the details of selected energy standards in 35 countries, thus providing supporting material for the authors` article of the same title.

  4. SEED: Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SEED: Standard Energy Efficiency Data Platform 2014 Building Technologies Office Peer Review Rich Brown, REBrown@lbl.gov Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Project Summary Timeline: Start date: 2013 Planned end date: Sept 30, 2014 Key Milestones 1. v1.0 launch; April 2014 2. Adoption by 2-3 cities; May 2014 3. v1.1 launch; July 2014 Budget: Total DOE $ to date: $1,400,000 Total future DOE $: TBD, depends on market adoption Target Market/Audience: organizations that manage and publish building

  5. Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies |

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Department of Energy Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies April 18, 2016 5:00PM EDT DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program is accepting applications to fund three Innovation topics and two Frontiers topics to support efforts to reduce the energy use of commercial and residential buildings. Innovations section includes: Topic 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency

  6. Energy Standards for Public Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Note: As of July 2015, Missouri state facilities under construction or renovation, and commercial buildings purchased or leased by state agencies, must comply with the 2015 IECC, pursuant to the...

  7. NREL Buildings and Energy Efficiency Program | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    NREL Buildings and Energy Efficiency Program (Redirected from Buildings Energy Efficiency Capabilities at NREL) Jump to: navigation, search Logo: Buildings Energy Efficiency...

  8. NREL Buildings and Energy Efficiency Program | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    NREL Buildings and Energy Efficiency Program Jump to: navigation, search Logo: Buildings Energy Efficiency Program at NREL Name Buildings Energy Efficiency Program at NREL Agency...

  9. Appliance Standards and Building Codes | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Building Codes Appliance Standards and Building Codes Appliance Standards Overview for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review appstdsoverviewcymbalsky040213...

  10. Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 established a tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings applicable to qualifying systems and buildings placed in service from January 1, 2006, ...

  11. Building Efficiency Report | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building Efficiency Report Building Efficiency Report Buildings use 40% of total energy in the United States - more than either the industrial or transportation sectors. Technical improvements and cost reductions (see Appendix 3) in building materials, components and energy management systems are enabling progress in reducing the nation's energy consumption and consequent greenhouse gas emissions with payback periods as low as 24 months. With responsibility and funding for the nation's largest

  12. Commercial Energy Efficiency Rebate for Existing Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Business customers retrofitting existing buildings through measures not covered under the standard incentive program can still receive financial assistance from Energy Trust through the custom...

  13. Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ... Topic AreasTechnical Areas of Interest INNOVATIONS Section: * Topic 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings Within this topic, the ...

  14. Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholders Meeting...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Stakeholders Meeting: March 2011 Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholders Meeting: March 2011 On this page, you may link to the summary report and presentations ...

  15. Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Technical Update Meeting: August 2011 Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting: August 2011 On this page, you may link to the summary report and ...

  16. Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Research Planning...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Research Planning Meeting: October 2011 Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Research Planning Meeting: October 2011 On this page, you may link to the summary report and ...

  17. Energy Department Announces Building Energy Efficiency Investments...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    to create jobs, boost domestic manufacturing in energy-saving technologies and help American families and businesses save money. "Deploying energy efficiency in our buildings, ...

  18. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas | Department of Energy Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas PNNL, FSEC, and CalcsPlus provided technical assistance to Build San Antonio Green on three deep energy retrofits. For this gut rehab they replaced the old roof with a steeper roof and replaced drywall while adding insulation, new HVAC, sealed ducts, transfer

  19. Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform Homepage Screenshot

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform™ is an open source software application that helps organizations easily manage data on the energy performance of large groups of buildings. This is a screenshot of the application homepage.

  20. Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - August 2010 Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - August 2010 Overview of building trends ...

  1. Draft Environmental Assessment for Direct Final Rule, 10 CFR 434, Energy Standards for New Federal Commercial and High-Rise High-Rise Multi-FamilyResidential BuildingsŽ and 10 CFR 435, Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Residential Low-Rise Re

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR Final Rule, 10 CFR Part 433, "Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and Multi- Family High-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards Update" (RIN 1904-AD39) (DOE/EA-2001) Prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy September 2015 2 Environmental Assessment for Final Rule, 10 CFR Part 433, "Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential

  2. Energy Efficiency Standards for State Facilities

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    HB 1266 (July 2013) requires that newly constructed state buildings meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2010 requirements or any other more stringent efficient building requirements selected by the Bureau...

  3. Analysis of the Chinese Market for Building Energy Efficiency

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Yu, Sha; Evans, Meredydd; Shi, Qing

    2014-03-20

    China will account for about half of the new construction globally in the coming decade. Its floorspace doubled from 1996 to 2011, and Chinese rural buildings alone have as much floorspace as all of U.S. residential buildings. Building energy consumption has also grown, increasing by over 40% since 1990. To curb building energy demand, the Chinese government has launched a series of policies and programs. Combined, this growth in buildings and renovations, along with the policies to promote green buildings, are creating a large market for energy efficiency products and services. This report assesses the impact of China’s policies on building energy efficiency and on the market for energy efficiency in the future. The first chapter of this report introduces the trends in China, drawing on both historical analysis, and detailed modeling of the drivers behind changes in floorspace and building energy demand such as economic and population growth, urbanization, policy. The analysis describes the trends by region, building type and energy service. The second chapter discusses China’s policies to promote green buildings. China began developing building energy codes in the 1980s. Over time, the central government has increased the stringency of the code requirements and the extent of enforcement. The codes are mandatory in all new buildings and major renovations in China’s cities, and they have been a driving force behind the expansion of China’s markets for insulation, efficient windows, and other green building materials. China also has several other important policies to encourage efficient buildings, including the Three-Star Rating System (somewhat akin to LEED), financial incentives tied to efficiency, appliance standards, a phasing out of incandescent bulbs and promotion of efficient lighting, and several policies to encourage retrofits in existing buildings. In the third chapter, we take “deep dives” into the trends affecting key building components. This chapter examines insulation in walls and roofs; efficient windows and doors; heating, air conditioning and controls; and lighting. These markets have seen significant growth because of the strength of the construction sector but also the specific policies that require and promote efficient building components. At the same time, as requirements have become more stringent, there has been fierce competition, and quality has at time suffered, which in turn has created additional challenges. Next we examine existing buildings in chapter four. China has many Soviet-style, inefficient buildings built before stringent requirements for efficiency were more widely enforced. As a result, there are several specific market opportunities related to retrofits. These fall into two or three categories. First, China now has a code for retrofitting residential buildings in the north. Local governments have targets of the number of buildings they must retrofit each year, and they help finance the changes. The requirements focus on insulation, windows, and heat distribution. Second, the Chinese government recently decided to increase the scale of its retrofits of government and state-owned buildings. It hopes to achieve large scale changes through energy service contracts, which creates an opportunity for energy service companies. Third, there is also a small but growing trend to apply energy service contracts to large commercial and residential buildings. This report assesses the impacts of China’s policies on building energy efficiency. By examining the existing literature and interviewing stakeholders from the public, academic, and private sectors, the report seeks to offer an in-depth insights of the opportunities and barriers for major market segments related to building energy efficiency. The report also discusses trends in building energy use, policies promoting building energy efficiency, and energy performance contracting for public building retrofits.

  4. 1994 Building energy codes and standards workshops: Summary and documentation

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Sandahl, L.J.; Shankle, D.L.

    1994-09-01

    During the spring of 1994, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Codes and Standards, conducted five two-day Regional Building Energy Codes and Standards workshops across the United States. Workshops were held in Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, and Denver. The workshops were designed to benefit state-level officials including staff of building code commissions, energy offices, public utility commissions, and others involved with adopting/updating, implementing, and enforcing state building codes in their states. The workshops provided an opportunity for state and other officials to learn more about the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) requirements for residential and commercial building energy codes, the Climate Change Action Plan, the role of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Building Energy Standards Program at Pacific Northwest Laboratory, the commercial and residential codes and standards, the Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS), Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM), training issues, and other topics related to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of building energy codes. In addition to receiving information on the above topics, workshop participants were also encouraged to inform DOE of their needs, particularly with regard to implementing building energy codes, enhancing current implementation efforts, and building on training efforts already in place. This paper documents the workshop findings and workshop planning and follow-up processes.

  5. Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform - 2013 BTO Peer Review |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Database Platform - 2013 BTO Peer Review Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform - 2013 BTO Peer Review PDF icon commlbldgs09_prindle_040313.pdf More Documents & Publications Buildings Performance Database - 2013 BTO Peer Review Commercial Buildings Integration Program Overview - 2013 BTO Peer Review Future Funding: Effective Models for Leveraging Public Funds

  6. The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models

    K-12 Energy Lesson Plans and Activities Web site (EERE)

    This activity allows students the opportunity to explore materials used in architectural engineering and gain an understanding of their insolating properties. Students will research, design, build, test and improve a structure as to achieve the highest energy efficiency possible. Structures will be tested outside on a sunny day for eight hours with temperature changes being recorded each hour. Students will gain an understanding of how the combination of building location and orientation along with building design and materials can greatly affect the energy efficiency of a building.

  7. Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    ApplianceEquipment Efficiency Standards Massachusetts Boilers Furnaces No Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards (Maryland) ApplianceEquipment Efficiency Standards Maryland...

  8. Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New York appliance efficiency standards legislation, enacted in 2005, covers the following products offered for sale in New York not preempted by federal standards as of August 2011:

  9. Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In June 2005, Oregon passed legislation setting minimum energy efficiency standards for 11 appliances. The standards have been updated to include additional products, most recently by Senate Bill...

  10. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    ... NREL. Historic Energy Efficiency Rules Would Save Consumers Money and Cut Carbon Emissions New Energy Efficiency Standards to Help Americans Save Money by Saving Energy, Cut

  11. Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Education Project

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2013-01-13

    The primary objective of this grant is to educate the public about carbon emissions and the energy-saving and job-related benefits of commercial building energy efficiency. investments in Illinois.

  12. Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The 2016 Summer Study will be the 19th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this pre-eminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings.

  13. Energy Efficiency Resource Standard | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    including standards for energy supply diversification, distributed generation, demand response, and "prudent and reliable" energy efficiency and energy conservation...

  14. Whole Building Efficiency for Whole Foods: Preprint

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Deru, M.; Doebber, I.; Hirsch, A.

    2013-02-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory partnered with Whole Foods Market under the Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) program to design and implement a new store in Raleigh, North Carolina. The result was a design with a predicted energy savings of 40% over ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004, and 25% energy savings over their standard design. Measured performance of the as-built building showed that the building did not achieve the predicted performance. A detailed review of the project several months after opening revealed a series of several items in construction and controls items that were not implemented properly and were not fully corrected in the commissioning process.

  15. ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC)  The Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap is on target for publication in June 2014  Developed by the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), a cross-sector group of 160 experts chaired by the U.S. Department of Energy and Schneider Electric, and convened by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)  Establishes a national framework for action and coordination on energy

  16. Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform - 2014 BTO Peer Review |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Data (SEED) Platform - 2014 BTO Peer Review Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform - 2014 BTO Peer Review Project Objective The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) software application helps organizations easily manage data on the energy performance of large groups of buildings, thus also improving the consistency and interoperability of the data. The project's objectives this year are to: (1) complete development of a production-grade, first version of SEED

  17. Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency at Truck Manufacturing Facility Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency at Truck ...

  18. Best Practices: Policies for Building Efficiency and Emerging...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Best Practices: Policies for Building Efficiency and Emerging Technologies Best Practices: Policies for Building Efficiency and Emerging Technologies Information about appliance...

  19. Building Energy Asset Score: Utilities and Energy Efficiency...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Utilities and Energy Efficiency Program Administrators Building Energy Asset Score: Utilities and Energy Efficiency Program Administrators The U.S. Department of Energy's Building ...

  20. Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency Project Decision Making Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency Project Decision Making ...

  1. Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Wright, Graham S.; Klingenberg, Katrin

    2015-07-29

    In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized the value of performance-based passive building standards when it joined with Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) to promote DOE’s Challenge Home program in tandem with the PHIUS+ Certification program. Since then, the number of passive building projects that have been certified under the partnership has grown exponentially because of some synergy. Passive building represents a well-developed approach to arrive at the envelope basis for zero energy and energy-positive projects by employing performance-based criteria and maximizing cost-effective savings from conservation before implementing renewable energy technologies. The Challenge Home program evolved into the Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program in a move toward 1) attaining zero energy and 2) including active renewable energy generation such as photovoltaics (PV)—toward the zero energy goal.

  2. Draft Environmental Assessment for Direct Final Rule, 10 CFR 434, "Energy Standards for New Federal Commercial and High-Rise High-Rise Multi-FamilyResidential Buildings" and 10 CFR 435, "Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Residential Low-Rise Re

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR Final Rule, 10 CFR Part 435, "Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings' Baseline Standards Update" (RIN 1904-AD56) (DOE/EA-2020) Prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy January 11, 2016 1 ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS CAIR Clean Air Interstate Rule CAP Climate Action Plan CEQ Council on Environmental Quality CFR Code of Federal Regulations CH 4 methane CO 2 carbon

  3. New Energy Efficiency Standards for External Power Supplies to Cut

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Consumers' Utility Bills | Department of Energy External Power Supplies to Cut Consumers' Utility Bills New Energy Efficiency Standards for External Power Supplies to Cut Consumers' Utility Bills February 3, 2014 - 12:30pm Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - Building on President Obama's State of the Union address, which called for reducing carbon pollution and helping communities move to greater energy efficiency, the Energy Department today announced new efficiency

  4. Implementing energy standards for motors and buildings in the Philippines

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Wiel, S.; Busch, J.; Sanchez, C.; Deringer, J.; Fernandez, E.; Companano, M.

    1998-07-01

    The Philippines' master plan for energy makes cornerstones of energy standards for appliances, buildings, and motors in their energy efficiency effort. Significant progress has been made in implementing appliance standards for some products, but has lagged for others. This has been partly because the resources allocated have dictated a cautious deliberate approach. Products where there has been a lack of information about the respective markets have received lowest priority. Motors fall in this latter category. In their development of building codes, the Philippine government has also taken a cautious deliberate approach and is just now attending to the compliance of a commercial building energy performance standard that was enacted into law in 1994. This paper describes the results of recent new buildings and motor market assessments carried out in the Philippines, a survey of building energy code implementation in other countries, and how these products are being used to further implementation of energy standards in the Philippines. Lessons for other countries are drawn from this experience.

  5. Appliance Standards and Building Codes | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Appliance Standards and Building Codes Appliance Standards and Building Codes Appliance Standards Overview for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review PDF icon appstds_overview_cymbalsky_040213.pdf More Documents & Publications Energy Code Compliance and Enforcement Best Practices Residential Buildings Integration Program Stretch/Reach Codes

  6. Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Washington enacted appliance efficiency legislation in 2005, creating minimum efficiency standards for twelve products, all of which have been preempted by federal law. HB 1004, signed in May 2009...

  7. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to Cut Businesses' Energy Bills and Carbon Pollution New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to Cut...

  8. Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    pucoindex.cfmconsumer-informationconsumer-to... State Ohio Program Type Energy Efficiency Resource Standard Summary Note: In May 2014 SB 310 made significant...

  9. Public Meeting Transcript: Sustainable Design Standards for Federal Buildings

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OFFICE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PUBLIC MEETING SUSTAINABLE DESIGN STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL BUILDINGS U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20585 Room 8E-089 Wednesday July 28, 2010 Chair: Cyrus Nasseri Department of Energy (FEMP) Facilitator: Jim Raba Department of Energy Executive Court Reporters (301) 565-0064 2 Participants Identified: Mark Ames American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- Conditioning Engineers

  10. Building Energy Efficiency Technologies - Energy Innovation Portal

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Technology Marketing Summaries Site Map Printable Version Share this resource About Search Categories (15) Advanced Materials Biomass and Biofuels Building Energy Efficiency Marketing Summaries (80) Success Stories (3) Electricity Transmission Energy Analysis Energy Storage Geothermal Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Hydropower, Wave and Tidal Industrial Technologies Solar Photovoltaic Solar Thermal Startup America Vehicles and Fuels Wind Energy Partners (27) Visual Patent Search Success Stories Browse

  11. Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    PDF icon businesscaseforenergyefficiencyretrofitrenovationsmr2011.pdf More Documents & Publications Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - ...

  12. Realizing Building End-Use Efficiency with Ermerging Technologies

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Information about the implementation of emerging technologies to maximize end-use efficiency in buildings.

  13. Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - August

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    2010 | Department of Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - August 2010 Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - August 2010 Overview of building trends and energy use in commercial and residential buildings, including environmental impacts of buildings and trends in select product specification and market insights. PDF icon building_trends_2010.pdf More Documents & Publications Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and

  14. Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency August 26, 2014 - 11:00am Addthis Building or remodeling a home provides an opportunity to build energy-efficiency into your design from the ground up. | Photo courtesy of Paul Norton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Building or remodeling a home provides an opportunity to build energy-efficiency into your design from the ground up. | Photo courtesy of Paul Norton, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Paige Terlip Paige

  15. Sault Tribe Building Efficiency Energy Audits

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    Holt, Jeffrey W.

    2013-09-26

    The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is working to reduce energy consumption and expense in Tribally-owned governmental buildings. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will conduct energy audits of nine Tribally-owned governmental buildings in three counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to provide a basis for evaluating and selecting the technical and economic viability of energy efficiency improvement options. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will follow established Tribal procurement policies and procedures to secure the services of a qualified provider to conduct energy audits of nine designated buildings. The contracted provider will be required to provide a progress schedule to the Tribe prior to commencing the project and submit an updated schedule with their monthly billings. Findings and analysis reports will be required for buildings as completed, and a complete Energy Audit Summary Report will be required to be submitted with the provider?s final billing. Conducting energy audits of the nine governmental buildings will disclose building inefficiencies to prioritize and address, resulting in reduced energy consumption and expense. These savings will allow Tribal resources to be reallocated to direct services, which will benefit Tribal members and families.

  16. Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards

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    Wright, Graham S.; Klingenberg, Katrin

    2015-07-01

    Passive design principles (super insulation, airtight envelopes, elimination of thermal bridges, etc.) - pioneered in North America in the 70s and 80s and refined in Europe in the 90s have proven to be universally effective to significantly reduce heating and cooling loads. However, a single, rigid performance metric developed in Germany has led to limited uptake of passive building principles in many regions of the United States. It has also, in many cases, promoted some design decisions that had negative effects on economic feasibility and thermal comfort. This study's main objective is to validate (in a theoretical sense) verifiable, climate-specific passive standards and space conditioning criteria that retain ambitious, environmentally-necessary energy reduction targets and are economically feasible, such standards provide designers an ambitious but achievable performance target on the path to zero.

  17. EA-2020: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Residential Buildings (RIN# 1904-AD56) | Department of Energy 20: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings (RIN# 1904-AD56) EA-2020: Energy Efficiency Design Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings (RIN# 1904-AD56) Summary This EA will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of implementing the provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency

  18. Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Facilities » Water Efficiency » Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides agencies with guidance and direction on how to increase water efficiency and reduce water use in federal buildings and campuses. Three legal authorities require agencies to reduce water use and implement water efficiency measures: Executive Order (E.O.)

  19. Laying the Foundation for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Laying the Foundation for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Laying the Foundation for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings March 7, 2014 - 11:47am Addthis Watch the latest Energy 101 video above to find out how to improve energy efficiency of commercial buildings. Arah Schuur Building Technologies Program, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy RELATED RESOURCES Take action to save energy Join the Better Buildings Alliance with the Energy Department's

  20. Seize the Day Using Building Milestones as Energy Efficiency Opportunities

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Attend this webinar to learn more about transforming building milestones such as purchase, sale, tenant transitions, etc., into energy efficiency opportunities. Presenters from Better Buildings...

  1. Appliance Efficiency Standards and Price Discrimination

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    Spurlock, Cecily Anna

    2013-05-08

    I explore the effects of two simultaneous changes in minimum energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR standards for clothes washers. Adapting the Mussa and Rosen (1978) and Ronnen (1991) second-degree price discrimination model, I demonstrate that clothes washer prices and menus adjusted to the new standards in patterns consistent with a market in which firms had been price discriminating. In particular, I show evidence of discontinuous price drops at the time the standards were imposed, driven largely by mid-low efficiency segments of the market. The price discrimination model predicts this result. On the other hand, in a perfectly competition market, prices should increase for these market segments. Additionally, new models proliferated in the highest efficiency market segment following the standard changes. Finally, I show that firms appeared to use different adaptation strategies at the two instances of the standards changing.

  2. 179D Commercial Buildings Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The 179D commercial buildings energy efficiency tax deduction primarily enables building owners to claim a tax deduction for installing qualifying systems and buildings. Tenants may be eligible if...

  3. Chapter 5 - Increasing Efficiency of Buildings Systems and Technologies |

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Department of Energy 5 - Increasing Efficiency of Buildings Systems and Technologies Chapter 5 - Increasing Efficiency of Buildings Systems and Technologies Chapter 5 - Increasing Efficiency of Buildings Systems and Technologies The buildings sector accounts for about 76%* of electricity use and 40% of all U.S. primary energy use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making it essential to reduce energy consumption in buildings in order to meet national energy and environmental

  4. 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings | Department...

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    ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings August 21, 2016 9:00AM EDT to August 26, 2016 5

  5. Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes Project |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes Project Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes Project Building Codes Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review PDF icon bldgcodes04_zweig_040213.pdf More Documents & Publications State and Local Code Implementation: Southeast Region - 2014 BTO Peer Review Stretch/Reach Codes Energy Code Compliance and Enforcement

  6. Energy Efficiency Standards for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The statute also requires all departments to purchase products certified by Energy Star or the federal energy management program (FEMP) in all categories that are available unless the products ar...

  7. Better Buildings Neighborhood Program: Energy Efficiency Market Sustainable Business Planning

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Neighborhood Program: Energy Efficiency Market Sustainable Business Planning, October 25, 2011.

  8. NREL/OAS-Regional Building Efficiency Workshop | Open Energy...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Training materials, Online calculator Website: www.nrel.govinternational Language: English References: NRELOAS-Regional Building Efficiency Workshop1 "NRELOAS...

  9. Better Buildings Challenge is Expanding, Improving Energy Efficiency...

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    Challenge is Expanding, Improving Energy Efficiency Throughout America Better Buildings Challenge is Expanding, Improving Energy Efficiency Throughout America December 5, 2013 - ...

  10. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case ...

  11. Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings:Policies...

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    Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings:Policies and Actions Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient...

  12. Building America Webinar: National Residential Efficiency Measures Database

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Unveiled | Department of Energy National Residential Efficiency Measures Database Unveiled Building America Webinar: National Residential Efficiency Measures Database Unveiled This webinar presented an overview of this database of residential building retrofit measures and associated estimated costs, and progress to date. File webinar_residential_efficiencydb_20110118.wmv More Documents & Publications National Residential Efficiency Measures Database Webinar Slides Building America

  13. City of Phoenix- Design Standards for City Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The City of Phoenix has had energy standards for public buildings in place since 2005. In June 2005, the Phoenix City Council adopted a policy requiring all new city buildings built with 2006 bond...

  14. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Cut Businesses' Energy Bills and Carbon Pollution | Department of Energy Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to Cut Businesses' Energy Bills and Carbon Pollution New Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment to Cut Businesses' Energy Bills and Carbon Pollution February 28, 2014 - 10:45am Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - Building on President Obama's State of the Union address and the Administration's Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department

  15. Building America Webinar: Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy

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    Innovations | Department of Energy Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations Building America Webinar: Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations This webinar provided an overview of how Building America has impacted codes and standards in the past through technical and market innovations. The presenter also described new content on the Building America Solution Center that will help builders meet code requirements and will help code officials apply codes to

  16. Resolving Code and Standard Barriers to Building America Innovations

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ... gaps in building science and system knowledge that may limit effective implementation ... and inexpensively - Process for informing the code and standard setting ...

  17. City of Berkeley - Green Building Standards for City Owned and...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    State California Program Type Energy Standards for Public Buildings Summary The Berkeley City Council adopted Resolution 62284 on November 18, 2003 requiring that all...

  18. Resolving Code and Standard Barriers to Building America Innovations...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Standard Barriers to Building America Innovations - 2014 BTO Peer Review Presenter: Pam Cole, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This project is developing processes and...

  19. Financing Turnkey Efficiency Solutions for Small Buildings and Small

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Portfolios | Department of Energy Financing Turnkey Efficiency Solutions for Small Buildings and Small Portfolios Financing Turnkey Efficiency Solutions for Small Buildings and Small Portfolios Commercial Buildings Integration Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review PDF icon commlbldgs14_langner_040413.pdf More Documents & Publications Small- and Medium-Size Building Automation and Control System Needs: Scoping Study Technology Performance Exchange - 2013

  20. Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Build Better Neighborhoods | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Upgrades Help Build Better Neighborhoods Energy Efficiency Upgrades Help Build Better Neighborhoods May 6, 2013 - 4:55pm Addthis In neighborhoods all across the country, the Energy Department's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program is helping families and business owners make energy efficiency upgrades that are saving them money and improving the comfort of our buildings. | Photo by Ed Hancock, NREL. In neighborhoods all across the country, the Energy Department's Better Buildings

  1. Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building Design

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    | Department of Energy Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building Design Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building Design February 12, 2015 - 12:10pm Addthis In 2014, EERE's Federal Energy Management Program issued a final rule that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems. The use of green building rating systems

  2. Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Addthis Description Learn how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design to save energy and money while enhancing performance and comfort. This video highlights several energy-saving features of the Research Support Facility at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory-a model for high-performance office building design. Text Version Below is the text version for the Energy

  3. Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Commercial Buildings » Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Commercial Buildings On this page you'll find information about the tax deductions available for improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, as well as links to qualified software available for calculating these savings. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) offered businesses tax deductions for the costs of improving

  4. Green Building Standards for State Facilities

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Rhode Island Department of Administration was required to form a Green Buildings Advisory Committee to support implementation of this policy through education, training, and evaluation recomm...

  5. Resolving Code and Standard Barriers to Building America Innovations - 2014

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    BTO Peer Review | Department of Energy Resolving Code and Standard Barriers to Building America Innovations - 2014 BTO Peer Review Resolving Code and Standard Barriers to Building America Innovations - 2014 BTO Peer Review Presenter: Pam Cole, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory This project is developing processes and resources for a Codes and Standards Innovation (CSI) team to assist research partners and industry in overcoming codes and standards barriers to high-performance

  6. ENERGY STAR® Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Plants | Department of Energy ENERGY STAR® Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings and Plants ENERGY STAR® Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings and Plants This step-by-step guide outlines the steps for planning an energy efficiency competition or challenge, which can be used to engage the community and provide motivation to participate in a benchmarking and disclosure program. Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings & Plants More Documents

  7. Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned These brochures present the lessons learned from incorporating energy efficiency in the rebuilding and renovating of New Orleans K-12 schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both the summary brochure and the full brochure are available. PDF icon Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned (Summary Brochure) PDF icon

  8. ASEAN-USAID buildings energy conservation project. Volume 1, Energy standards: Final report

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Levine, M.D.; Busch, J.F.; Deringer, J.J.

    1992-06-01

    Mandatory or voluntary energy-efficiency standards for new or existing buildings can play an important role in a national program aimed at promoting energy conservation. Building codes and standards can provide a degree of control over design and building practices throughout the construction process, and encourage awareness of energy-conscious design. Studies in developed countries indicate that efficiency standards can produce energy reductions on the order of 20 to 40% or more. Within ASEAN, analyses of the savings potential from the proposed standards suggest that if implemented, these standards would produce savings over current new design practice of 19% to 24%. In this volume we provide an overview of the ASEAN-USAID project aimed at promulgating standards for energy efficiency in commercial buildings. The process of developing and implementing energy-efficiency standards for buildings can be subdivided into two key components: policy development; and technical and economic analysis. Each of these involves a number of steps and processes, as outlined in Figure 1-1. This volume describes the technical and economic analyses used to develop the proposed energy efficiency standards for four countries (Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia), and to refine an energy standard existing in Singapore since 1979. Though oriented toward the ASEAN region, the analysis methods described here are applicable in a range of settings, provided appropriate modifications are made for local building construction, climatic, economic, and political conditions. Implementation issues are not specifically addressed here; rather this volume is oriented towards the analytical work needed to establish or revise an energy standard for buildings.

  9. EA-2020: Energy Efficiency Standards for New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings’ Baseline Standards Update (RIN 1904-AD56)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This EA will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of implementing the provisions in the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) that require DOE to update the baseline Federal energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of new Federal buildings, including low-rise residential buildings.

  10. Building Technologies Office U.S. Appliance Standards Program plenary 2015

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    The U.S. Appliance Standards Program Building Technologies Office Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy United States Department of Energy PROGRAM ELEMENTS * Test Procedures * Energy efficiency is often difficult to define, and requires different metrics for different products. * Test procedures must be carefully developed, so they can't be gamed. * Standards * The standard is defined in terms of the test procedures established by the Program. * Manufacturers test their products using the DOE

  11. EIS-0061: Energy Performance Standards for New Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Conservation and Solar Energy prepared this statement to assess the environmental and socioeconomic implications of implementing the Energy Performance Standard for new buildings, as mandated by Congress in Section 305 of the Energy Conservation Standards for New Buildings Ac t of 1976.

  12. Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: California Energy Standards

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    Recognize the Importance of Filter Selection () | SciTech Connect : Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: California Energy Standards Recognize the Importance of Filter Selection Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: California Energy Standards Recognize the Importance of Filter Selection This 2014 Top Innovation profile describes Building America research on HVAC air filter sizing that prompted a change in the California

  13. Solar Design Standards for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    From 2010 to 2012, solar photovoltaic systems have been installed at seven state government facilities, providing an estimated 650 kW of power. In one building, a 50 kW system has reduced energy ...

  14. Green Building Standards for State Facilities

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Title 22 of the Arkansas Code includes Arkansas-specific provisions for LEED and Green Globes certification. These rating systems add to the state building energy code established in 2004 for New...

  15. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc., ... Home Plans to design zero-energy ready homes that score under HERS 60 for less than 2% ...

  16. Students Develop Innovative Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    As part of the second annual Better Buildings Case Competition, some of the country's brightest young minds presented their ideas on ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency.

  17. Curriculum for Commissioning Energy Efficient Buildings

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    Webster, Lia

    2012-09-30

    In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded funding to PECI to develop training curriculum in commercial energy auditing and building commissioning. This program was created in response to the high demand for auditing and commissioning services in the U.S. commercial buildings market and to bridge gaps and barriers in existing training programs. Obstacles addressed included: lack of focus on entry level candidates; prohibitive cost and time required for training; lack of hands-on training; trainings that focus on certifications & process overviews; and lack of comprehensive training. PECI organized several other industry players to create a co-funded project sponsored by DOE, PECI, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), California Energy Commission (CEC), Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and California Commissioning Collaborative (CCC). After awarded, PECI teamed with another DOE awardee, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), to work collaboratively to create one comprehensive program featuring two training tracks. NJITs Center for Building Knowledge is a research and training institute affiliated with the College of Architecture and Design, and provided e-learning and video enhancements. This project designed and developed two training programs with a comprehensive, energy-focused curriculum to prepare new entrants to become energy auditors or commissioning authorities (CxAs). The following are the key elements of the developed trainings, which is depicted graphically in Figure 1: Online classes are self-paced, and can be completed anywhere, any time Commissioning Authority track includes 3 online modules made up of 24 courses delivered in 104 individual lessons, followed by a 40 hour hands-on lab. Total time required is between 75 and 100 hours, depending on the pace of the independent learner. Energy Auditor track includes 3 online modules made up of 18 courses delivered in 72 individual lessons, followed by a 24 hour hands-on lab. Total time required is between 50 and 70 hours, depending on the pace of the independent learner. Individual courses can be taken for continuing education credits. Assessments are included for each course, and a score of at least 80% is required for completion. Completion of Modules 1 through 3 is prerequisite for participating in the laboratory. More experienced participants have the option to test out of Modules 1 and 2 and complete Module 3 to progress to the laboratory.

  18. Chapter 5: Increasing Efficiency of Building Systems and Technologies

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    5: Increasing Efficiency of Building Systems and Technologies September 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review 5 Increasing Efficiency of Building Systems and Technologies Issues and RDD&D Opportunities The buildings sector accounts for about 76% of electricity use and 40% of all U. S. primary energy use and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making it essential to reduce energy consumption in buildings in order to meet national energy and environmental challenges (Chapter 1) and to

  19. Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency at Truck

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Manufacturing Facility | Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency at Truck Manufacturing Facility Better Buildings, Better Plants: Volvo Boosting Energy Efficiency at Truck Manufacturing Facility April 10, 2014 - 5:30pm Addthis Thumbs up for Energy Efficiency 1 of 4 Thumbs up for Energy Efficiency Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan (center) visits the Volvo Trucks New River Valley (NRV) plant in Dublin, Virginia last

  20. Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2014-03-14

    Learn how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design to save energy and money while enhancing performance and comfort. This video highlights several energy-saving features of the Research Support Facility at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory-a model for high-performance office building design.

  1. Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

    ScienceCinema (OSTI)

    None

    2014-06-26

    Learn how commercial buildings can incorporate whole-building design to save energy and money while enhancing performance and comfort. This video highlights several energy-saving features of the Research Support Facility at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory-a model for high-performance office building design.

  2. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina | Department of Energy Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina PNNL worked with North Carolina Heritage Buildings and Energy Smart Home Plans to design zero-energy ready homes that score under HERS 60 for less than 2% added cost over code

  3. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina | Department of Energy Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina PNNL worked with North Carolina Heritage Buildings and Energy Smart Home Plans to design zero-energy ready homes that score under HERS 60 for less than 2% added cost over code

  4. Obama Administration Launches $130 Million Building Energy Efficiency

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Effort | Department of Energy 130 Million Building Energy Efficiency Effort Obama Administration Launches $130 Million Building Energy Efficiency Effort February 12, 2010 - 12:00am Addthis Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration today announced a multi-agency initiative to spur regional economic growth while making buildings more energy efficient. Seven federal agencies today issued a combined Funding Opportunity Announcement of up to $129.7 million over five years to create a regional

  5. NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building

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    America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review | Department of Energy Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review Presenter: Scott Horowitz, NREL View the Presentation PDF icon NREL: Energy Efficiency Potential Mapping (Analysis & Tools for Building America and Industry - 2015 Peer Review More Documents &

  6. Energy Department Announces Building Energy Efficiency Investments in

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    Twenty-Two States | Department of Energy Building Energy Efficiency Investments in Twenty-Two States Energy Department Announces Building Energy Efficiency Investments in Twenty-Two States June 27, 2012 - 6:55pm Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department today announced new investments in state-led energy efficiency projects, supporting the Obama Administration's commitment to reduce building energy costs and transfer those savings directly to taxpayers.

  7. SEATTLE HELPS COMMUNITIES POWER BUILDINGS EFFICIENTLY | Department of

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Energy SEATTLE HELPS COMMUNITIES POWER BUILDINGS EFFICIENTLY SEATTLE HELPS COMMUNITIES POWER BUILDINGS EFFICIENTLY SEATTLE HELPS COMMUNITIES POWER BUILDINGS EFFICIENTLY Seattle, Washington, is a diverse, environmentally aware city with a variety of languages, cultures, and income levels. Leveraging relationships with public, private, and nonprofit partners, the city set out to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy upgrades, and create living-wage green jobs. Using $20 million in seed

  8. MAINE MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS TRUST IN EFFICIENCY | Department of

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Energy MAINE MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS TRUST IN EFFICIENCY MAINE MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS TRUST IN EFFICIENCY MAINE MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS TRUST IN EFFICIENCY Nearly 70% of households in Maine rely on fuel oil as their primary energy source for home heating, more than any other state. Coupled with the state's long, cold winters, homeowners' dependence on oil renders them particularly vulnerable to fluctuating fuel costs. Especially for the state's aging multifamily housing

  9. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial ...

  10. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Humanity, Edgewater, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida

  11. Better Buildings Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in the...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Better Buildings Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in the Commercial Sector -- Part 1 Slides ... PDF icon Webinar slides More Documents & Publications May 4, 2011 - Financing ...

  12. Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    CODES AND INCENTIVES 31 Chapter Six VOLUNTARY PROGRAMS AND LOCAL AND STATE POLICIES FOR GREEN AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS 38 Chapter Seven RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION 50...

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

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    Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, ...

  14. ENERGY STAR® Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    participate in a benchmarking and disclosure program. Guide to Energy Efficiency Competitions for Buildings & Plants More Documents & Publications Benchmarking Outreach and Data ...

  15. Milwaukee Showcases Leadership in Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    "Through the Better Buildings Challenge, we're working to rebuild Milwaukee from the inside out." said Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Mayor. "With energy efficiency projects, our historic ...

  16. Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 (DE-FOA-0001027) Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 (DE-FOA-0001027) February 4, 2014 - ...

  17. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs for Buildings and Facilities

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Below are best practices, project resources, and other tools to help you develop and implement programs for designing, building, and operating energy efficient government, commercial, and...

  18. Energy Information Handbook: Applications for Energy-Efficient Building Operations

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    New Buildings Institute; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Granderson, Jessica; Piette, Mary Ann; Rosenblum, Ben; Hu, Lily; Harris, Daniel; Mathew, Paul; Price, Phillip; Bell, Geoffrey; Katipamula, Srinivas; Brambley, Michael

    2011-10-01

    This handbook will give you the information you need to plan an energy-management strategy that works for your building, making it more energy efficient.

  19. A history of the Building Energy Standards Program

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    Shankle, D.L.; Merrick, J.A.; Gilbride, T.L.

    1994-02-01

    This report describes the history of the Pacific Northwest Laboratory`s (PNL`s) work in development of energy standards for commercial and residential construction in the United States. PNL`s standards development efforts are concentrated in the Building Energy Standards Program (the Program), which PNL conducts for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Codes and Standards. The Program has worked with DOE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), and other building codes and standards organizations to develop, evaluate, and promulgate energy standards in all sectors of the building industry. This report describes the recent history of U.S. code development and PNL`s contributions through the 1980s and early 1990s, up to the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Impacts to standards development resulting from the passage of this act will be described in other reports.

  20. Greensburg Implements High-Efficiency Building Codes to Achieve...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Platinum standards, while the courthouse and other buildings have been rebuilt to LEED Certified and Gold standards saving a combined total of 200,000 in energy costs per year. ...

  1. Energy Efficiency and Green Building Standards for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Each of the six largest state agencies is required to submit a biannual report detailing plans for energy cost reduction in the facilities it occupies, and the DOA institutes rules promoting...

  2. Energy efficiency indicators for high electric-load buildings

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    Aebischer, Bernard; Balmer, Markus A.; Kinney, Satkartar; Le Strat, Pascale; Shibata, Yoshiaki; Varone, Frederic

    2003-06-01

    Energy per unit of floor area is not an adequate indicator for energy efficiency in high electric-load buildings. For two activities, restaurants and computer centres, alternative indicators for energy efficiency are discussed.

  3. New Efficiency Standards Mean Big Energy Savings for Consumers | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy Efficiency Standards Mean Big Energy Savings for Consumers New Efficiency Standards Mean Big Energy Savings for Consumers May 16, 2012 - 4:22pm Addthis New Efficiency Standards Mean Big Energy Savings for Consumers April Saylor April Saylor Former Digital Outreach Strategist, Office of Public Affairs What does this mean for me? By 2030, energy efficiency standards passed since 2009 will save nearly $350 billion total for consumers. Energy efficiency standards for residential

  4. Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Resources | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Resource Standards Resources Energy Efficiency Resource Standards Resources Energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) mandate a quantified energy efficiency goal for an energy provider or jurisdiction within a predetermined timeframe. The standards may encourage more efficient energy use or generation, may include a demand-side management program, and may be coupled with a state's renewable portfolio standard. Find EERS resources below. Coordination of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response

  5. Better Buildings Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in the Commercial

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Sector -- Part 1 | Department of Energy Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in the Commercial Sector -- Part 1 Better Buildings Financing Energy Efficiency Retrofits in the Commercial Sector -- Part 1 Slides from the Better Buildings webinar presented on May 4, 2011: Survey of Small Commercial Energy Efficiency Finance Programs Sponsored by State Governments Oregon Energy Loan: Financingg Oregon Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Abundant Power Solutions ADECA Leveraged Clean Energy

  6. Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Water Efficiency in Federal Buildings and Campuses The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides agencies with guidance and direction on how to increase water efficiency and reduce water use in federal buildings and campuses. Three legal authorities require agencies to reduce water use and implement water efficiency measures: Executive Order (E.O.) 13693, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Learn more about water efficiency requirements.

  7. Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History December 17, 2015 - 12:43pm Addthis New efficiency standards expected to save more energy than any other standard issued by the Energy Department to date. New efficiency standards expected to save more energy than any other standard issued by the Energy Department to date. News Media Contact: (202) 586-4940 DOENews@hq.doe.gov

  8. Transforming Markets for Energy Efficiency Buildings in China

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    Robert K. Watson; Barbara A. Finamore

    2002-09-30

    Program involved active support and participation in the development and implementation of a residential building energy consumption standards for the ''Transition Zone'' and ''Cooling Zone'' of China, with an implementation emphasis on Chongqing Municipality in southwestern China and, later, Shanghai Municipality. Beyond-code policies and programs, such as green building standards were also promoted.

  9. Energy efficient building structure and panel therefor

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    Carroll, Th.J.; Paisley, J.K.

    1984-08-28

    A building structure is constructed from a plurality of sheathed, foam cored structural panels which are adapted to receive solar energy conversion or heat storage devices and are adapted to be connected in an air flow loop to provide integral heating and/or cooling systems for the building structure.

  10. Kyiv institutional buildings sector energy efficiency program: Technical assessment

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    Secrest, T.J.; Freeman, S.L.; Popelka, A.; Shestopal, P.A.; Gagurin, E.V.

    1997-08-01

    The purpose of this assessment is to characterize the economic energy efficiency potential and investment requirements for space heating and hot water provided by district heat in the stock of state and municipal institutional buildings in the city of Kyiv. The assessment involves three activities. The first is a survey of state and municipal institutions to characterize the stock of institutional buildings. The second is to develop an estimate of the cost-effective efficiency potential. The third is to estimate the investment requirements to acquire the efficiency resource. Institutional buildings are defined as nonresidential buildings owned and occupied by state and municipal organizations. General categories of institutional buildings are education, healthcare, and cultural. The characterization activity provides information about the number of buildings, building floorspace, and consumption of space heating and hot water energy provided by the district system.

  11. Analysis of the Russian Market for Building Energy Efficiency

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    Lychuk, Taras; Evans, Meredydd; Halverson, Mark A.; Roshchanka, Volha

    2012-12-01

    This report provides analysis of the Russian energy efficiency market for the building sector from the perspective of U.S. businesses interested in exporting relevant technologies, products and experience to Russia. We aim to help U.S. energy efficiency and environmental technologies businesses to better understand the Russian building market to plan their market strategy.

  12. Building America Webinar: Standardized Retrofit Packages - What Works to

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Meet Consistent Levels of Performance? | Department of Energy Standardized Retrofit Packages - What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance? Building America Webinar: Standardized Retrofit Packages - What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance? This webinar focused on specific Building America projects that have examined methods to consistently meet high levels of energy performance in existing homes, with a focus on retrofit packages that can be replicated across many homes.

  13. Southeast Enertgy Efficiency Alliance's Building Energy Codes Project

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SEEA's Building Energy Codes Program Jenah Zweig Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) jzweig@seealliance.org, 404-602-9663 April 2, 2013 Significant energy efficiency advancements are underway in the Southeast 2 | Building Technologies Office eere.energy.gov Purpose & Objectives Problem Statement: The Southeast needs targeted energy codes adoption, implementation and compliance support Step 3: Compliance Step 2: Implementation Step 1: Adoption 3 | Building Technologies Office

  14. Financing Turnkey Efficiency Solutions for Small Buildings and Small Portfolios

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    Financing Turnkey Efficiency Solutions for Small Buildings and Small Portfolios Rois Langner NREL Rois.Langner@nrel.gov 303-275-4329 April 4, 2013 2 | Building Technologies Office eere.energy.gov Purpose & Objectives Problem Statement: Disproportionate transaction costs, lack of purchasing power, financial risk, insufficient organizational capacity, and lack of technical expertise inhibit the adoption of energy efficiency measures in the small building and small portfolio (SBSP) sector at

  15. Better Buildings Challenge is Expanding, Improving Energy Efficiency

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    Throughout America | Department of Energy is Expanding, Improving Energy Efficiency Throughout America Better Buildings Challenge is Expanding, Improving Energy Efficiency Throughout America December 5, 2013 - 4:36pm Addthis Industry and government officials discuss the Better Buildings Challenge expansion at the White House earlier this week. | Photo courtesy of Department of Housing and Urban Development Industry and government officials discuss the Better Buildings Challenge expansion at

  16. Milwaukee Showcases Leadership in Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings

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    Challenge | Department of Energy Milwaukee Showcases Leadership in Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings Challenge Milwaukee Showcases Leadership in Energy Efficiency, Better Buildings Challenge November 6, 2013 - 9:30am Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today recognized the city of Milwaukee, Wis., for its leadership in the Department's Better Buildings Challenge -

  17. Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies

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    (BENEFIT) - 2014 (DE-FOA-0001027) | Department of Energy Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 (DE-FOA-0001027) Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 (DE-FOA-0001027) February 4, 2014 - 1:47pm Addthis This funding opportunity is closed. The Building Technologies Office (BTO)'s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of up to $14 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT)

  18. Funding Opportunity Coming Soon: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers &

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    Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016 | Department of Energy Opportunity Coming Soon: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016 Funding Opportunity Coming Soon: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016 September 21, 2015 - 2:35pm Addthis The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has issued a notice of intent to release a funding opportunity focusing on reducing the energy use of commercial and residential

  19. Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Conservation Standards for State Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In January 2007, Ohio enacted HB 251 and Governor Ted Strickland issued Executive Order 2007-02S. Both initiatives amend state policy pertaining to energy efficiency in state buildings. H.B. 251...

  20. Standardized Retrofit Packages - What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

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    Building America Webinar Series Standardized Retrofit Packages - What Works to Meet Consistent Levels of Performance: Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Scott Yee March 19 th , 2014 1 Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 2 MEEA is a collaborative network whose purpose is to advance energy efficiency to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) Midwest Energy Efficiency

  1. Expanded standards and codes case limits combined buildings delivered energy to 21 quadrillion Btu by 2035

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Erin Boedecker, Session Moderator April 27, 2011 | Washington, DC Energy Demand. Efficiency, and Consumer Behavior 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 2005 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2010 Technology Reference Expanded Standards Expanded Standards + Codes -7.6% ≈ 0 Expanded standards and codes case limits combined buildings delivered energy to 21 quadrillion Btu by 2035 2 Erin Boedecker, EIA Energy Conference, April 27, 2011 delivered energy quadrillion Btu Source: EIA, Annual Energy Outlook 2011

  2. 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Builds Efficiently | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Builds Efficiently 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' Builds Efficiently February 12, 2010 - 9:30am Addthis Joshua DeLung You may recall this post on Energy Empowers, which previewed an upcoming episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" where the U.S. Department of Energy collaborated with builders to incorporate energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies at The Fishing School, one of two such collaborative projects in an episode that was

  3. Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Research Planning Meeting:

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    October 2011 | Department of Energy Research Planning Meeting: October 2011 Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Research Planning Meeting: October 2011 On this page, you may link to the summary report and presentations for the Building America Research Planning meeting in October 2011, held in Washington, D.C. PDF icon Residential Energy Efficiency Planning Meeting Summary Report More Documents & Publications Residential Energy Efficiency Research Planning Meeting Summary

  4. Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting:

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    August 2011 | Department of Energy Technical Update Meeting: August 2011 Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting: August 2011 On this page, you may link to the summary report and presentations for the Building America Technical Update meeting in August 2011, held in Denver, Colorado. PDF icon 2011 Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting More Documents & Publications 2011 Residential Energy Efficiency Technical Update Meeting Summary Report:

  5. Experience implementing energy standards for commercial buildings and its lessons for the Philippines

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    Busch, John; Deringer, Joseph

    1998-10-01

    Energy efficiency standards for buildings have been adopted in over forty countries. This policy mechanism is pursued by governments as a means of increasing energy efficiency in the buildings sector, which typically accounts for about a third of most nations' energy consumption and half of their electricity consumption. This study reports on experience with implementation of energy standards for commercial buildings in a number of countries and U.S. states. It is conducted from the perspective of providing useful input to the Government of the Philippines' (GOP) current effort at implementing their building energy standard. While the impetus for this work is technical assistance to the Philippines, the intent is to shed light on the broader issues attending implementation of building energy standards that would be applicable there and elsewhere. The background on the GOP building energy standard is presented, followed by the objectives for the study, the approach used to collect and analyze information about other jurisdictions' implementation experience, results, and conclusions and recommendations.

  6. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard | Department...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    State North Carolina Program Type Renewables Portfolio Standard Summary North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), established by Senate...

  7. Energy Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators in Brazil: A Methodology...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    Standards for Refrigerators in Brazil: A Methodology for Impact Evaluation Jump to: navigation, search Tool Summary LAUNCH TOOL Name: Energy Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators...

  8. Setting the Standard for Industrial Energy Efficiency

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    McKane, Aimee; Williams, Robert; Perry, Wayne; Li, Tienan

    2007-06-01

    Industrial motor-driven systems use more than 2194 billionkWh annually on a global basis and offer one of the largest opportunitiesfor energy savings.1 The International Energy Agency estimates thatoptimization of motor driven systems could reduce global electricitydemand by 7 percent through the application of commercially availabletechnologies and using well-tested engineering practices. Yet manyindustrial firms remain either unaware of or unable to achieve theseenergy savings. The same factors that make it so challenging to achieveand sustain energy efficiency in motor-driven systems (complexity,frequent changes) apply to the production processes that they support.Yet production processes typically operate within a narrow band ofacceptable performance. These processes are frequently incorporated intoISO 9000/14000 quality and environmental management systems, whichrequire regular, independent audits to maintain ISO certification, anattractive value for international trade. It is our contention that acritical step in achieving and sustaining energy efficiency ofmotor-driven systems specifically, and industrial energy efficiencygenerally, is the adoption of a corporate energy management standard thatis consistent with current industrial quality and environmentalmanagement systems such as ISO. Several energy management standardscurrently exist (US, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden) and specifications(Germany, Netherlands) others are planned (China, Spain, Brazil, Korea).This paper presents the current status of energy management standardsdevelopment internationally, including an analysis of their sharedfeatures and differences, in terms of content, promulgation, andimplementation. The purpose of the analysis is to describe the currentstate of "best practices" for this emerging area of energy efficiencypolicymaking and tosuggest next steps toward the creation of a trulyinternational energy management standard that is consistent with the ISOprinciples of measurement, documentation, and continuousimprovement.

  9. Global Potential of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Programs

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    McNeil, Michael A; McNeil, Michael A.; Letschert, Virginie; de la Rue du Can, Stephane

    2008-06-15

    This report estimates the global potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 for energy efficiency improvements associated with equipment (appliances, lighting, and HVAC) in buildings by means of energy efficiency standards and labels (EES&L). A consensus has emerged among the world's scientists and many corporate and political leaders regarding the need to address the threat of climate change through emissions mitigation and adaptation. A further consensus has emerged that a central component of these strategies must be focused around energy, which is the primary generator of greenhouse gas emissions. Two important questions result from this consensus: 'what kinds of policies encourage the appropriate transformation to energy efficiency' and 'how much impact can these policies have'? This report aims to contribute to the dialogue surrounding these issues by considering the potential impacts of a single policy type, applied on a global scale. The policy addressed in this report is Energy Efficient Standards and Labeling (EES&L) for energy-consuming equipment, which has now been implemented in over 60 countries. Mandatory energy performance standards are important because they contribute positively to a nation's economy and provide relative certainty about the outcome (both timing and magnitudes). Labels also contribute positively to a nation's economy and importantly increase the awareness of the energy-consuming public. Other policies not analyzed here (utility incentives, tax credits) are complimentary to standards and labels and also contribute in significant ways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We believe the analysis reported here to be the first systematic attempt to evaluate the potential of savings from EES&L for all countries and for such a large set of products. The goal of the analysis is to provide an assessment that is sufficiently well-quantified and accurate to allow comparison and integration with other strategies under consideration.

  10. Building America - Resources for Energy Efficient Homes

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2012-04-19

    Building America publications help builders achieve whole-house energy savings in five major climate zones. Using the recommendation and process improvements outlined in the Best Practices Series handbooks, builders can re-engineer their designs to improve energy performance and quality. Case studies for new and existing homes provide results from actual projects.

  11. A Retrofit Tool for Improving Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings

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    Levine, Mark; Feng, Wei; Ke, Jing; Hong, Tianzhen; Zhou, Nan

    2013-06-06

    Existing buildings will dominate energy use in commercial buildings in the United States for three decades or longer and even in China for the about two decades. Retrofitting these buildings to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use is thus critical to achieving the target of reducing energy use in the buildings sector. However there are few evaluation tools that can quickly identify and evaluate energy savings and cost effectiveness of energy conservation measures (ECMs) for retrofits, especially for buildings in China. This paper discusses methods used to develop such a tool and demonstrates an application of the tool for a retrofit analysis. The tool builds on a building performance database with pre-calculated energy consumption of ECMs for selected commercial prototype buildings using the EnergyPlus program. The tool allows users to evaluate individual ECMs or a package of ECMs. It covers building envelope, lighting and daylighting, HVAC, plug loads, service hot water, and renewable energy. The prototype building can be customized to represent an actual building with some limitations. Energy consumption from utility bills can be entered into the tool to compare and calibrate the energy use of the prototype building. The tool currently can evaluate energy savings and payback of ECMs for shopping malls in China. We have used the tool to assess energy and cost savings for retrofit of the prototype shopping mall in Shanghai. Future work on the tool will simplify its use and expand it to cover other commercial building types and other countries.

  12. Enforcing Energy-Efficiency Standards | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Enforcing Energy-Efficiency Standards Enforcing Energy-Efficiency Standards September 13, 2010 - 4:37pm Addthis Scott Blake Harris Former General Counsel What does this mean for me? The Department sets energy efficiency standards for a vast array of consumer and commercial products. The Department had never systematically enforced DOE's 35-year-old energy efficiency standard. Over the past year, we have thus moved quickly and decisively to end that situation. From now on, compliance with all

  13. Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    (BENEFIT) - 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement | Department of Energy Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement Apply: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement October 8, 2014 - 11:14am Addthis This funding opportunity is closed. The Building Technologies Office (BTO)'s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy

  14. 2014 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The 2014 Summer Study is the 18th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this pre-eminent meeting to...

  15. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm ... HERS prototype homes, 30% better than their typical homes at a cost of only 1,500 more. ...

  16. Energy Department Invests $14 Million in Innovative Building Efficiency Technologies

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Energy Department today announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early-stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes.

  17. Philadelphia Gas Works- Commercial and Industrial Efficient Building Grant Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Philadelphia Gas Works' (PGW) Commercial and Industrial Efficient Building Grant Program is part of PGW's EnergySense program. This program offers incentives up to $75,000 for multifamily,...

  18. Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Energy efficiency technologies defined by the RPS include heat pump water heating, ice storage, ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs, and the use of rejected...

  19. High-Efficiency Window Air Conditioners - Building America Top Innovation |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy High-Efficiency Window Air Conditioners - Building America Top Innovation High-Efficiency Window Air Conditioners - Building America Top Innovation This photo shows a window air conditioning unit in place in a window frame. Window air conditioners are inexpensive, portable, and can be installed by home occupants, making them a good solution for spot cooling and for installing air conditioning into homes that lack ductwork. However, window air conditioners have low

  20. Building Energy Efficiency Technologies Available for Licensing - Energy

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Innovation Portal Building Energy Efficiency Site Map Printable Version Share this resource About Search Categories (15) Advanced Materials Biomass and Biofuels Building Energy Efficiency Marketing Summaries (80) Success Stories (3) Electricity Transmission Energy Analysis Energy Storage Geothermal Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Hydropower, Wave and Tidal Industrial Technologies Solar Photovoltaic Solar Thermal Startup America Vehicles and Fuels Wind Energy Partners (27) Visual Patent Search Success

  1. Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholders Meeting: March

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    2011 | Department of Energy Stakeholders Meeting: March 2011 Building America Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholders Meeting: March 2011 On this page, you may link to the summary report and presentations for the Building America Stakeholders meeting in March 2011, held in Atlanta, Georgia. PDF icon Summary of Needs and Opportunities from the 2011 Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholders Meeting More Documents & Publications Summary of Needs and Opportunities from the 2011

  2. Energy Demands and Efficiency Strategies in Data Center Buildings

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    Shehabi, Arman

    2009-09-01

    Information technology (IT) is becoming increasingly pervasive throughout society as more data is digitally processed, stored, and transferred. The infrastructure that supports IT activity is growing accordingly, and data center energy demands haveincreased by nearly a factor of four over the past decade. Data centers house IT equipment and require significantly more energy to operate per unit floor area thanconventional buildings. The economic and environmental ramifications of continued data center growth motivate the need to explore energy-efficient methods to operate these buildings. A substantial portion of data center energy use is dedicated to removing the heat that is generated by the IT equipment. Using economizers to introduce large airflow rates of outside air during favorable weather could substantially reduce the energy consumption of data center cooling. Cooling buildings with economizers is an established energy saving measure, but in data centers this strategy is not widely used, partly owing to concerns that the large airflow rates would lead to increased indoor levels of airborne particles, which could damage IT equipment. The environmental conditions typical of data centers and the associated potential for equipment failure, however, are not well characterized. This barrier to economizer implementation illustrates the general relationship between energy use and indoor air quality in building design and operation. This dissertation investigates how building design and operation influence energy use and indoor air quality in data centers and provides strategies to improve both design goals simultaneously.As an initial step toward understanding data center air quality, measurements of particle concentrations were made at multiple operating northern California data centers. Ratios of measured particle concentrations in conventional data centers to the corresponding outside concentrations were significantly lower than those reported in the literature for office or residential buildings. Estimates using a material-balance model match well with empirical results, indicating that the dominant particle sources and losses -- ventilation and filtration -- have been characterized. Measurements taken at a data center using economizers show nearly an order of magnitude increase in particle concentration during economizer activity. However, even with the increase, themeasured particle concentrations are still below concentration limits recommended in most industry standards. The research proceeds by exploring the feasibility of using economizers in data centers while simultaneously controlling particle concentrations with high-quality air filtration. Physical and chemical properties of indoor and outdoor particles were analyzed at a data center using economizers and varying levels of air filtration efficiency. Results show that when improved filtration is used in combination with an economizer, the indoor/outdoor concentration ratios for most measured particle types were similar to the measurements when using conventional filtration without economizers. An energy analysis of the data center reveals that, even during the summer months, chiller savings from economizer use greatly outweigh the increase in fan power associated with improved filtration. These findings indicate that economizer use combined with improved filtration couldsignificantly reduce data center energy demand while providing a level of protection from particles of outdoor origin similar to that observed with conventional design. The emphasis of the dissertation then shifts to evaluate the energy benefits of economizer use in data centers under different design strategies. Economizer use with high ventilation rates is compared against an alternative, water-side economizer design that does not affect indoor particle concentrations. Building energy models are employed to estimate energy savings of both economizer designs for data centers in

  3. Enhancements to ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Prototype Building Models

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    Goel, Supriya; Athalye, Rahul A.; Wang, Weimin; Zhang, Jian; Rosenberg, Michael I.; Xie, YuLong; Hart, Philip R.; Mendon, Vrushali V.

    2014-04-16

    This report focuses on enhancements to prototype building models used to determine the energy impact of various versions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1. Since the last publication of the prototype building models, PNNL has made numerous enhancements to the original prototype models compliant with the 2004, 2007, and 2010 editions of Standard 90.1. Those enhancements are described here and were made for several reasons: (1) to change or improve prototype design assumptions; (2) to improve the simulation accuracy; (3) to improve the simulation infrastructure; and (4) to add additional detail to the models needed to capture certain energy impacts from Standard 90.1 improvements. These enhancements impact simulated prototype energy use, and consequently impact the savings estimated from edition to edition of Standard 90.1.

  4. Alternative Formats to Achieve More Efficient Energy Codes for Commercial Buildings

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    Conover, David R.; Rosenberg, Michael I.; Halverson, Mark A.; Taylor, Zachary T.; Makela, Eric J.

    2013-01-26

    This paper identifies and examines several formats or structures that could be used to create the next generation of more efficient energy codes and standards for commercial buildings. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is funded by the U.S. Department of Energys Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) to provide technical support to the development of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1. While the majority of PNNLs ASHRAE Standard 90.1 support focuses on developing and evaluating new requirements, a portion of its work involves consideration of the format of energy standards. In its current working plan, the ASHRAE 90.1 committee has approved an energy goal of 50% improvement in Standard 90.1-2013 relative to Standard 90.1-2004, and will likely be considering higher improvement targets for future versions of the standard. To cost-effectively achieve the 50% goal in manner that can gain stakeholder consensus, formats other than prescriptive must be considered. Alternative formats that include reducing the reliance on prescriptive requirements may make it easier to achieve these aggressive efficiency levels in new codes and standards. The focus on energy code and standard formats is meant to explore approaches to presenting the criteria that will foster compliance, enhance verification, and stimulate innovation while saving energy in buildings. New formats may also make it easier for building designers and owners to design and build the levels of efficiency called for in the new codes and standards. This paper examines a number of potential formats and structures, including prescriptive, performance-based (with sub-formats of performance equivalency and performance targets), capacity constraint-based, and outcome-based. The paper also discusses the pros and cons of each format from the viewpoint of code users and of code enforcers.

  5. DOE Proposes Higher Efficiency Standards for Refrigerators

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Proposed Standards for Residential Refrigerators and Freezers to Lower Energy Use by as much as Twenty-Five Percent

  6. DOE Increases Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Furnaces &

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    Boilers | Department of Energy Increases Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Furnaces & Boilers DOE Increases Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Furnaces & Boilers November 19, 2007 - 4:31pm Addthis WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has increased the energy efficiency standards for residential furnaces and boilers, underscoring the Department's commitment to meet its aggressive, five-year appliance standard rulemaking schedule,

  7. Building America Top Innovations 2012: National Residential Efficiency Measures Database

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    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes the DOE-sponsored National Residential Efficiency Measures Database, which contains performance characteristics and cost estimates for nearly 3,000 energy retrofit measures. To date, it is used in four prominent DOE software packages to help optimize energy-efficiency recommendations.

  8. HVAC & Building Management Control System Energy Efficiency Replacements

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    Hernandez, Adriana

    2012-09-21

    The project objective was the replacement of an aging, un-repairable HVAC system which has grown inefficient and a huge energy consumer with low energy and efficient HVAC units, and installation of energy efficient building control technologies at City's YMCA Community Center.

  9. National Residential Efficiency Measures Database- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This Building America Innovations profile describes the DOE-sponsored National Residential Efficiency Measures Database, which contains performance characteristics and cost estimates for nearly 3,000 energy retrofit measures. To date, it is used in four prominent DOE software packages to help optimize energy-efficiency recommendations.

  10. The Challenge: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Across the

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Nation | Department of Energy The Challenge: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Across the Nation The Challenge: Improving the Energy Efficiency of Buildings Across the Nation June 20, 2012 - 1:49pm Addthis Eric Barendsen Energy Technology Program Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy On the Energy Savers Blog, we talk a lot about what people can do at home to save money on their energy bills so they can use it on other things that enrich their lives. But

  11. Energy Efficient Buildings, Salt Lake County, Utah

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Barnett, Kimberly

    2012-04-30

    Executive Summary Salt Lake County's Solar Photovoltaic Project - an unprecedented public/private partnership Salt Lake County is pleased to announce the completion of its unprecedented solar photovoltaic (PV) installation on the Calvin R. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. This 1.65 MW installation will be one the largest solar roof top installations in the country and will more than double the current installed solar capacity in the state of Utah. Construction is complete and the system will be operational in May 2012. The County has accomplished this project using a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) financing model. In a PPA model a third-party solar developer will finance, develop, own, operate, and maintain the solar array. Salt Lake County will lease its roof, and purchase the power from this third-party under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement contract. In fact, this will be one of the first projects in the state of Utah to take advantage of the recent (March 2010) legislation which makes PPA models possible for projects of this type. In addition to utilizing a PPA, this solar project will employ public and private capital, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG), and public/private subsidized bonds that are able to work together efficiently because of the recent stimulus bill. The project also makes use of recent changes to federal tax rules, and the recent re-awakening of private capital markets that make a significant public-private partnership possible. This is an extremely innovative project, and will mark the first time that all of these incentives (EECBG grants, Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, New Markets tax credits, investment tax credits, public and private funds) have been packaged into one project. All of Salt Lake County's research documents and studies, agreements, and technical information is available to the public. In addition, the County has already shared a variety of information with the public through webinars, site tours, presentations, and written correspondence.

  12. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study:

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Retrofit of 1915 Home, Dayton, Washington | Department of Energy Retrofit of 1915 Home, Dayton, Washington Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Retrofit of 1915 Home, Dayton, Washington This case study lists project information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 1915 home in eastern Washington audited by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for an energy retrofit. The asbestos covered diesel

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Deep

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    Energy Retrofit of 1910 House, Portland, Oregon | Department of Energy Deep Energy Retrofit of 1910 House, Portland, Oregon Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Deep Energy Retrofit of 1910 House, Portland, Oregon This case study lists project information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 100-year-old home in Portland, Oregon, audited by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for a deep energy

  14. Energy Efficiency Standard | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    energy delivered and peak demand. Utilities are required to file an energy efficiency and demand-response plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) every three years,...

  15. Energy Efficiency Standards for State Facilities | Department...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Computing Equipment Program Info Sector Name State Website http:www.nyserda.ny.govEnergy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-ProgramsComme... State New York Program Type Energy...

  16. Energy Efficiency Standard for Focus on Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In March 2006, Wisconsin enacted Act 141 (2005), which requires the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (WPSC) to revise goals, priorities, and measurable targets for energy efficiency programs...

  17. Stronger Manufacturers' Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Air

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Conditioners Go Into Effect Today | Department of Energy Stronger Manufacturers' Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Air Conditioners Go Into Effect Today Stronger Manufacturers' Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Air Conditioners Go Into Effect Today January 23, 2006 - 11:09am Addthis WASHINGTON, DC -- To increase the energy efficiency of residential air conditioners, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued new manufacturing standards that go into effect today,

  18. A Bright Idea: New Efficiency Standards for Incandescent and Fluorescent

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    Lights | Department of Energy A Bright Idea: New Efficiency Standards for Incandescent and Fluorescent Lights A Bright Idea: New Efficiency Standards for Incandescent and Fluorescent Lights July 21, 2009 - 5:18pm Addthis John Lippert Pretty soon, lighting is going to get a lot more efficient. New standards for incandescent reflector bulbs, general purpose fluorescent bulbs, and regular incandescent bulbs are going into effect beginning in approximately three years. You may be curious about

  19. Fact Sheet: Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors Fact Sheet: Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors The following fact sheet outlines one of the Department of Energy's series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation¹s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. DOE will take the first step toward establishing energy efficiency standards for new natural gas compressor units by issuing a Request

  20. Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Savings | Department of Energy New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings May 1, 2014 - 12:12pm Addthis In February 2014, DOE issued an EERE-developed rule prescribing new energy efficiency standards for external power supplies. External power supplies convert household electric current from wall outlets into lower voltage current, and are used in many consumer products, including

  1. EERE Success Story-Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power

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    Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings | Department of Energy Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings EERE Success Story-Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate Energy Savings May 1, 2014 - 12:12pm Addthis In February 2014, DOE issued an EERE-developed rule prescribing new energy efficiency standards for external power supplies. External power supplies convert household electric current from wall outlets into lower voltage

  2. Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform - 2013 BTO Peer...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Database Platform - 2013 BTO Peer Review Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform - 2013 BTO Peer Review PDF icon commlbldgs09prindle040313.pdf More Documents & Publications...

  3. EIA Energy Efficiency-Appliance Standards and Labeling Links

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Indexed Site

    and enforcement requirements for residential appliances; final rule Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Appliances & Commercial Equipment Standards, the program develops test...

  4. New Energy Efficiency Standards for External Power Supplies to...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    "Appliance efficiency standards and high quality appliances go hand-in-hand, and represent a huge opportunity to help families and businesses save money by saving energy," said ...

  5. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    WASHINGTON - As part of the Energy Department's efforts to develop efficiency standards that cut carbon pollution and save money by saving energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest ...

  6. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens to Save Consumers...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    "Appliance efficiency standards represent a huge opportunity to help families save money by saving energy, while still delivering high quality appliances for consumers," said ...

  7. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors and Walk...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    WASHINGTON - As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which called for efficiency standards that cut carbon pollution and save money by saving energy, the Energy ...

  8. New Energy Efficiency Standards to Help Americans Save Money...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    to Help Americans Save Money by Saving Energy, Cut Carbon Pollution New Energy Efficiency Standards to Help Americans Save Money by Saving Energy, Cut Carbon Pollution December 31, ...

  9. Bureau of Energy Efficiency Standard & Labelling (India) Website...

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    URI: cleanenergysolutions.orgcontentbureau-energy-efficiency-standard-lab Language: English Policies: "Deployment Programs,Regulations" is not in the list of possible...

  10. Presenting a New (and Cool) Appliance Efficiency Standard | Department of

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Energy Presenting a New (and Cool) Appliance Efficiency Standard Presenting a New (and Cool) Appliance Efficiency Standard September 29, 2010 - 5:24pm Addthis Elizabeth Meckes Elizabeth Meckes Director of User Experience & Digital Technologies, Office of Public Affairs What does this mean for me? The proposed appliance standard could save consumers as much as $18.6 billion over thirty years Proposed standards could save nearly 4.5 quadrillion BTUs over 30 years Secretary Chu recently

  11. SEEDplatform@ee.doe.gov. WHAT IS SEED? The Standard Energy Efficiency

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SEEDplatform@ee.doe.gov. WHAT IS SEED? The Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform(tm), produced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), is an open-source, web-based platform that allows users to import building energy data from multiple sources into one central repository and track compliance with building energy initiatives. SEED BENEFITS * Serves as a repository for disparate sources of buildng energy data * Creates

  12. Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SmartMarket Report Produced with support from Energy Efficient Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation Funding provided by U.S. Department of Energy through the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory McGraw-Hill Construction President Keith Fox Vice President, Product Development Kathryn E. Cassino McGraw-Hill Construction Research & Analytics/Alliances Vice President, Industry Insights & Alliances Harvey M. Bernstein, F. ASCE, LEED AP Senior Director, Research

  13. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat

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    for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida | Department of Energy Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida PNNL and Florida Solar Energy Center worked with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County to upgrade an empty 1996 home with a 14.5 SEER AC, heat pump water heater, CFLs,

  14. From the lab to the marketplace: Making America`s buildings more energy efficient

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    1995-06-01

    Since the mid 1970s, DOE has invested some $70 million in research and development at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) for development of advanced energy-efficient building technologies, software, and standards. That investment has helped spawn a $2.4-billion U.S. market for key products-energy-efficient lighting and advanced window coatings-and efficiency standards for residential equipment and computerized tools for more efficient building design. By 1993 DOE`s initial investment had reduced consumers` energy bills by an estimated $5 billion ($1.3 billion in 1993 alone). By 2015 we estimate that the products of that investment will save consumers $16 billion annually. LBL research partnerships address a host of other building technology issues as well-building technology issues whose economic benefits are less easy to quantify but whose overall worth is equally important. We analyze public policy issues such as the role of efficiency options as a mitigation strategy for global climate change. We develop planning and demand-management methodologies for electric and gas utilities. We identify technologies and analytical methods for improving human comfort and the quality of indoor air. We contribute to the information superhighway. We focus on the special problems and opportunities presented by energy use in the public sector. And we do all these things at the local, national, and international levels. At LBL, we are part of the multi-laboratory, interdisciplinary approach to building technology research supported by DOE`s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. We also participate in buildings-related research supported by DOE`s Office of Health and Environmental Research, other federal agencies, and industry. This document describes LBL`s role within this wider effort.

  15. Building Energy-Efficiency Best Practice Policies and Policy Packages

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    Levine, Mark; Can, Stephane de la Rue de; Zheng, Nina; Williams, Christopher; Amman, Jennifer; Staniaszek, Dan

    2012-10-26

    This report addresses the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and the greatest opportunity to reduce these emissions. The IPCC 4th Assessment Report estimates that globally 35% to 40% of all energy-related CO{sub 2} emissions (relative to a growing baseline) result from energy use in buildings. Emissions reductions from a combination of energy efficiency and conservation (using less energy) in buildings have the potential to cut emissions as much as all other energy-using sectors combined. This is especially the case for China, India and other developing countries that are expected to account for 80% or more of growth in building energy use worldwide over the coming decades. In short, buildings constitute the largest opportunity to mitigate climate change and special attention needs to be devoted to developing countries. At the same time, the buildings sector has been particularly resistant to achieving this potential. Technology in other sectors has advanced more rapidly than in buildings. In the recent past, automobile companies have made large investments in designing, engineering, and marketing energy efficient and alternative fuel vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the buildings sector – dependent on millions and millions of decisions by consumers and homeowners – face a large variety of market barriers that cause very substantial underinvestment in energy efficiency. How can the trajectory of energy use in buildings be changed to reduce the associated CO{sub 2} emissions? Is it possible to greatly accelerate this change? The answer to these questions depends on policy, technology, and behavior. Can policies be crafted and implemented to drive the trajectory down? Can the use of existing energy efficiency technologies be increased greatly and new technologies developed and brought to market? And what is the role of behavior in reducing or increasing energy use in buildings? These are the three overarching issues. The information assembled in this study and the knowledge derived from it needs to be brought to bear on these three questions. And thus we turn to some of the insights from the study, presented in the form of findings and recommendation.

  16. North America Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy North America Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling North America Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling This document reflects a joint perspective of the national energy departments of Canada, Mexico, and the Unites States. PDF icon naewg_report.pdf More Documents & Publications Overview of Existing Home Energy Labels 2014-12-30 Issuance: Energy Conservation Standard for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps; Final Rule Inspection Report:

  17. A Stable Whole Building Performance Method for Standard 90.1

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    Rosenberg, Michael I.; Eley, Charles

    2013-05-01

    Wouldnt it be great if a single energy model could be used to demonstrate minimum code compliance, green code compliance, establish a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating, and determine eligibility for federal tax and utility incentives? Even better, what if the basic rules for creating those models did not change every few years? This paper descibes a recently proposed addendum to ASHRAE/ANSI/IES Standard 90.1 aims to meet those goals. Addendum BM establishes the Performance Rating Method found in Appendix G of Standard 90.1 as a new method of compliance while maintaining its traditional use in gauging the efficiency of beyond code buildings. Furthermore, Addendum BM sets a common baseline building that does not change with each update to the standard.

  18. Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Existing Building Energy Efficiency Analysis: November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2010

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    Finch, P.; Potes, A.

    2010-06-01

    In June 2009, the State of Hawaii enacted an Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) with a target of 4,300 gigawatt hours (GWh) by 2030 (Hawaii 2009). Upon setting this goal, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), working with select local stakeholders, partnered to execute the first key step toward attaining the EEPS goal: the creation of a high-resolution roadmap outlining key areas of potential electricity savings. This roadmap was divided into two core elements: savings from new construction and savings from existing buildings. BAH focused primarily on the existing building analysis, while NREL focused on new construction forecasting. This report presents the results of the Booz Allen Hamilton study on the existing building stock of Hawaii, along with conclusions on the key drivers of potential energy efficiency savings and on the steps necessary to attain them.

  19. Energy-efficient buildings with earth-shelter protection. Proceedings

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    Boyer, L.L.; Grondzik, W.T.; Sterling, R.L.; Baggs, S.A. (eds.)

    1983-01-01

    Climate and proximity to the equator as well as acceptance of the concept made Australia a logical place for an international conference on the energy-efficiency opportunities of earth-sheltered buildings. Papers presented at the conference are grouped under 10 general topics: earth environment, landscape/site, passive solar integration, hazard protection, design process, livability/acceptance, interior environment, energy conservation, performance simulation, and structural variations. Sixty-two papers were separately abstracted for the Department of Energy's Data Base.

  20. Building Energy Efficiency Success Stories - Energy Innovation Portal

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Success Stories Site Map Printable Version Share this resource About Search Categories (15) Advanced Materials Biomass and Biofuels Building Energy Efficiency Marketing Summaries (80) Success Stories (3) Electricity Transmission Energy Analysis Energy Storage Geothermal Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Hydropower, Wave and Tidal Industrial Technologies Solar Photovoltaic Solar Thermal Startup America Vehicles and Fuels Wind Energy Partners (27) Visual Patent Search Success Stories Graphic of a full-grown

  1. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Ravenwood

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida | Department of Energy Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida PNNL, Florida HERO, and Energy Smart Home Plans helped Ravenwood Homes achieve a HERS 15 with PV or HERS 65 without PV on a home in Florida with SEER 16 AC, concrete block and rigid foam walls,

  2. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida | Department of Energy Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, Florida PNNL and Calcs Plus helped the South Sarasota County Florida Habitat for Humanity retrofit a 1978 single-story home by stripping old drywall, air sealing concrete block walls, and installing rigid insulation, furring strips, and new

  3. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Ravenwood

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida | Department of Energy Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Ravenwood Homes and Energy Smart Home Plans, Inc., Cape Coral, Florida PNNL, Florida HERO, and Energy Smart Home Plans helped Ravenwood Homes achieve a HERS 15 with PV or HERS 65 without PV on a home in Florida with SEER 16 AC, concrete block and rigid foam walls,

  4. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy

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    Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida | Department of Energy Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Tommy Williams Homes Initial Performance of Two Zero Energy Homes, Gainesville, Florida Tommy Williams Homes worked with PNNL, Florida HERO, Energy Smart Home Plans, and Florida Solar Energy Center to design and test two zero energy homes.

  5. Light Inspires Energy Efficient Building Design - News Feature | NREL

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Light Inspires Energy Efficient Building Design March 1, 2010 Photo of a man and a woman in a lab holding a window with tinted glass. Enlarge image NREL Researchers Dane Gillespie and Erin Whitney will get to see the windows they normally test in the lab used in a real world environment at the RSF. Credit: Pat Corkery 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

  6. From the lab to the marketplace: Making America`s buildings more energy efficient

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    1995-01-01

    Since the mid 1970s, DOE has invested some $70 million in research and development at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) for energy-efficiency studies of advanced building technologies. That investment has helped spawn a $2.4-billion US market for key products -- energy-efficient lighting and advanced window coatings -- and efficiency standards for residential equipment and computerized tools for more efficient building design. By 1993 DOE`s initial investment had reduced consumers` energy bills by an estimated $5 billion ($1.3 billion in 1993 alone). By 2015 the authors estimate that the products of that investment will save consumers $16 billion annually. But LBL research partnerships address a host of other building technology issues as well-building technology issues whose economic benefits are less easy to quantify but whose overall worth is equally important. They analyze public policy issues such as the role of efficiency options as a mitigation strategy for global climate change. They develop planning and demand-management methodologies for electric and gas utilities. They identify technologies and analytical methods for improving human comfort and the quality of indoor air. They contribute to the information superhighway. They focus on the special problems and opportunities presented by energy use in the public sector. And they do all these things at the local, national, and international levels. At LBL, they are part of the multi-laboratory, interdisciplinary approach to building technology research supported by DOE`s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. They also participate in buildings-related research supported by DOE`s Office of Health and Environmental Research, other federal agencies, and industry. This document describes LBL`s role within this wider effort.

  7. Building Energy Efficiency in India: Compliance Evaluation of Energy Conservation Building Code

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    Yu, Sha; Evans, Meredydd; Delgado, Alison

    2014-03-26

    India is experiencing unprecedented construction boom. The country doubled its floorspace between 2001 and 2005 and is expected to add 35 billion m2 of new buildings by 2050. Buildings account for 35% of total final energy consumption in India today, and building energy use is growing at 8% annually. Studies have shown that carbon policies will have little effect on reducing building energy demand. Chaturvedi et al. predicted that, if there is no specific sectoral policies to curb building energy use, final energy demand of the Indian building sector will grow over five times by the end of this century, driven by rapid income and population growth. The growing energy demand in buildings is accompanied by a transition from traditional biomass to commercial fuels, particularly an increase in electricity use. This also leads to a rapid increase in carbon emissions and aggravates power shortage in India. Growth in building energy use poses challenges to the Indian government. To curb energy consumption in buildings, the Indian government issued the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) in 2007, which applies to commercial buildings with a connected load of 100 kW or 120kVA. It is predicted that the implementation of ECBC can help save 25-40% of energy, compared to reference buildings without energy-efficiency measures. However, the impact of ECBC depends on the effectiveness of its enforcement and compliance. Currently, the majority of buildings in India are not ECBC-compliant. The United Nations Development Programme projected that code compliance in India would reach 35% by 2015 and 64% by 2017. Whether the projected targets can be achieved depends on how the code enforcement system is designed and implemented. Although the development of ECBC lies in the hands of the national government the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power, the adoption and implementation of ECBC largely relies on state and local governments. Six years after ECBCs enactment, only two states and one territory out of 35 Indian states and union territories formally adopted ECBC and six additional states are in the legislative process of approving ECBC. There are several barriers that slow down the process. First, stakeholders, such as architects, developers, and state and local governments, lack awareness of building energy efficiency, and do not have enough capacity and resources to implement ECBC. Second, institution for implementing ECBC is not set up yet; ECBC is not included in local building by-laws or incorporated into the building permit process. Third, there is not a systematic approach to measuring and verifying compliance and energy savings, and thus the market does not have enough confidence in ECBC. Energy codes achieve energy savings only when projects comply with codes, yet only few countries measure compliance consistently and periodic checks often indicate poor compliance in many jurisdictions. China and the U.S. appear to be two countries with comprehensive systems in code enforcement and compliance The United States recently developed methodologies measuring compliance with building energy codes at the state level. China has an annual survey investigating code compliance rate at the design and construction stages in major cities. Like many developing countries, India has only recently begun implementing an energy code and would benefit from international experience on code compliance. In this paper, we examine lessons learned from the U.S. and China on compliance assessment and how India can apply these lessons to develop its own compliance evaluation approach. This paper also provides policy suggestions to national, state, and local governments to improve compliance and speed up ECBC implementation.

  8. EERE Success Story-Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon EERE Success Story-Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon August ...

  9. Chapter 5: Increasing Efficiency of Building Systems and Technologies | Building Technologies Office Potential Energy Savings Analysis Supplemental Information

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    5: Increasing Efficiency of Building Systems and Technologies Supplemental Information Building Energy Technology Roadmaps Building Technologies Office Potential Energy Savings Analysis ENERGY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 1 Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 Building Technologies Office Potential Energy Savings Analysis Chapter 5: Supplemental Information Introduction The analysis undertaken to support Chapter 5 compares the potential energy savings from research,

  10. Request for Information on Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    | Department of Energy Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors Request for Information on Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors Ormat Technologies is headquartered in Reno Nevada and designs and manufactures waste heat recovery units that are commonly applied on natural gas pipeline compressor stations PDF icon Ormat EERE meeting memo More Documents & Publications DOE Meeting Memorandum: Ex Parte Communications Review of Thermally Activated Technologies, July 2004

  11. Request for Information on Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    | Department of Energy Request for Information on Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors Request for Information on Efficiency Standards for Natural Gas Compressors Ormat Technologies is headquartered in Reno Nevada and designs and manufactures waste heat recovery units that are commonly applied on natural gas pipeline compressor stations PDF icon Ormat EERE meeting memo More Documents & Publications DOE Meeting Memorandum: Ex Parte Communications Geothermal Energy Production

  12. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Furnace Fans to Reduce Carbon

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Pollution, Help Americans Save on Energy Bills | Department of Energy Furnace Fans to Reduce Carbon Pollution, Help Americans Save on Energy Bills New Energy Efficiency Standards for Furnace Fans to Reduce Carbon Pollution, Help Americans Save on Energy Bills June 25, 2014 - 9:56am Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced a new energy efficiency standard for furnace fans, the latest of eight

  13. Model Building Energy Code

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Energy Efficiency Building Performance Standards (EEBPS) are statewide minimum requirements that all new construction and additions to existing buildings must satisfy. Exceptions include...

  14. Buildings sector demand-side efficiency technology summaries

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Koomey, J.G.; Johnson, F.X.; Schuman, J.

    1994-03-01

    This report provides descriptions of the following energy efficiency technologies: energy management systems; electronic fluorescent ballasts; compact fluorescent lamps; lighting controls; room air conditioners; high albedo materials, coatings and paints; solar domestic water heaters; heat pump water heaters; energy-efficient motors; adjustable-speed drives; energy-efficient refrigerators; daylight control glazing; insulating glazing; solar control glazing; switchable glazing; tree planting; and advanced insulation. For each technology, the report provides a description of performance characteristics, consumer utility, development status, technology standards, equipment cost, installation, maintenance, conservation programs, and environmental impacts.

  15. Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems. The use of green building rating systems advances...

  16. 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings | Department of

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Energy ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings August 21, 2016 9:00AM EDT to August 26, 2016 5

  17. The Practice and Thinking of Building Energy Efficiency Evaluation & Labeling in Shanghai

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Information about the development of Building Energy Efficiency Evaluation and Labeling in Shanghai with project examples and theory.

  18. Comparison of the Energy Efficiency Prescribed by ASHRAE/ANSI/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 and ASHRAE/ANSI/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004

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    Halverson, Mark A.; Liu, Bing; Richman, Eric E.; Winiarski, David W.

    2006-12-01

    This document presents the qualitative comparison of DOEs formal determination of energy savings of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. The term qualitative is used in the sense of identifying whether or not changes have a positive, negative, or neutral impact on energy efficiency of the standard, with no attempt made to quantify that impact. A companion document will present the quantitative comparison of DOEs determination. The quantitative comparison will be based on whole building simulation of selected building prototypes in selected climates. This document presents a comparison of the energy efficiency requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1999 (herein referred to as Standard 90.1-1999) and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004 (herein referred to as Standard 90.1-2004). The comparison was done through a thorough review of all addenda to Standard 90.1-1999 that were included in the published ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2001 (herein referred to as Standard 90.1-2001) and also all addenda to Standard 90.1-2001 that were included in the published Standard 90.1-2004. A summary table showing the impact of each addendum is provided. Each addendum to both Standards 90.1-1999 and 90.1-2001 was evaluated as to its impact on the energy efficiency requirements of the standard (greater efficiency, lesser efficiency) and as to significance. The final section of this document summarizes the impacts of the various addenda and proposes which addenda should be included in the companion quantitative portion of DOEs determination. Addenda are referred to with the nomenclature addendum 90.1-xxz, where xx is either 99 for 1999 or 01 for 2001, and z is the ASHRAE letter designation for the addendum. Addenda names are shown in bold face in text. DOE has chosen not to prepare a separate evaluation of Standard 90.1-2001 as that standard does not appear to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. What this means for the determination of energy savings for Standard 90.1-2004 is that the baseline standard for comparison is Standard 90.1-1999 and all addenda to both Standards 90.1-1999 and 90.1-2001 must be considered to determine the overall change in efficiency between Standard 90.1-1999 and Standard 90.1-2004.

  19. The Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) - A Building America Energy Efficient Housing Partnership

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    Robb Aldrich; Lois Arena; Dianne Griffiths; Srikanth Puttagunta; David Springer

    2010-12-31

    This final report summarizes the work conducted by the Consortium of Advanced Residential Buildings (CARB) (http://www.carb-swa.com/), one of the 'Building America Energy Efficient Housing Partnership' Industry Teams, for the period January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2010. The Building America Program (BAP) is part of the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program (BTP). The long term goal of the BAP is to develop cost effective, production ready systems in five major climate zones that will result in zero energy homes (ZEH) that produce as much energy as they use on an annual basis by 2020. CARB is led by Steven Winter Associates, Inc. with Davis Energy Group, Inc. (DEG), MaGrann Associates, and Johnson Research, LLC as team members. In partnership with our numerous builders and industry partners, work was performed in three primary areas - advanced systems research, prototype home development, and technical support for communities of high performance homes. Our advanced systems research work focuses on developing a better understanding of the installed performance of advanced technology systems when integrated in a whole-house scenario. Technology systems researched included: - High-R Wall Assemblies - Non-Ducted Air-Source Heat Pumps - Low-Load HVAC Systems - Solar Thermal Water Heating - Ventilation Systems - Cold-Climate Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps - Hot/Dry Climate Air-to-Water Heat Pump - Condensing Boilers - Evaporative condensers - Water Heating CARB continued to support several prototype home projects in the design and specification phase. These projects are located in all five program climate regions and most are targeting greater than 50% source energy savings over the Building America Benchmark home. CARB provided technical support and developed builder project case studies to be included in near-term Joule Milestone reports for the following community scale projects: - SBER Overlook at Clipper Mill (mixed, humid climate) - William Ryan Homes - Tampa (hot, humid climate).

  20. Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Updates the Social Cost of Carbon | Department of Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon August 21, 2013 - 9:18am Addthis A typical microwave is used to heat food for about 70 hours each year, but continues to use electricity for the remaining 8,690 hours of the year to power the electronic controls and display. On

  1. NREL's Building-Integrated Supercomputer Provides Heating and Efficient Computing

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Energy Systems Integration Facility (or ESIF) is the nation's premier facility for research, development, and demonstration of the components and strategies needed to optimize our entire energy system. It was established in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, on the campus of its National Renewable Energy Laboratory and is a designated U.S. Department of Energy user facility. NREL teamed with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Intel to develop the innovative warm-water, liquid-cooled Peregrine supercomputer, which not only operates efficiently but also provides hot water to the ESIF, meeting all of the building's heating needs. Peregrine is the first installation of the new HP Apollo Liquid-Cooled Supercomputing Platform, and it provides the foundation for numerical models and simulations that are enabling NREL scientists to gain new insights into a wide range of energy systems integration issues. This innovative high-performance computer (HPC) can do more than a quadrillion calculations per second as part of the world's most energy-efficient HPC data center. As HPC systems are scaling up by orders of magnitude, energy consumption and heat dissipation issues are starting to stress the supporting systems and the facilities in which they are housed. But unlike most other computers that are air-cooled, Peregrine is cooled directly with warm water, allowing much greater performance density, cutting energy consumption in half, and creating efficiencies with other building energy systems. Peregrine's warm-water cooling system eliminates the need for expensive data center chillers and heats the water to 103°F, allowing it to help meet building heating loads. At least 90 percent of the computer's waste heat is captured and reused as the primary heat source for the ESIF offices and laboratory space. The remaining waste heat is dissipated efficiently via evaporative cooling towers. The ESIF is designed to address the key challenge of delivering distributed energy to the grid while maintaining reliability. It's a complex problem involving systems within systems and leveraging Big Data—and the Peregrine serves as a powerful new tool in NREL's ongoing work to find a solution. But although it's a cutting-edge facility, the ESIF is not some esoteric experimental building tucked away from the public. It was designed for partners—and since it opened for business, NREL's world-class facility has attracted many commercial partners. Not surprisingly, the capabilities of the ultra-efficient HPC data center are placing NREL in the spotlight. It earned a 2014 R&D 100 Award and helped the ESIF earn R&D Magazine's 2014 Laboratory of the Year award and the Energy Department's 2013 Sustainability Award.

  2. High Performance Building Standards in New State Construction...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    sole use of state entities achieve US Green Building Council LEED Silver rating, a two-globe rating on the Green Building Initiative Green Globe rating system, or a comparable...

  3. Progress on Enabling an Interactive Conversation Between Commercial Building Occupants and Their Building To Improve Comfort and Energy Efficiency: Preprint

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Progress on Enabling an Interactive Conversation Between Commercial Building Occupants and Their Building To Improve Comfort and Energy Efficiency Preprint M. Schott, N. Long, J. Scheib, K. Fleming, K. Benne, and L. Brackney National Renewable Energy Laboratory To be presented at ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings Pacific Grove, California August 12-17, 2012 Conference Paper NREL/CP-5500-55197 June 2012 NOTICE The submitted manuscript has been offered by an employee of the

  4. DOE Announces More Than $76 Million for Advanced Energy-Efficient Building

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Technologies and Commercial Building Training Programs | Department of Energy Than $76 Million for Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technologies and Commercial Building Training Programs DOE Announces More Than $76 Million for Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technologies and Commercial Building Training Programs June 17, 2010 - 12:00am Addthis WASHINGTON-U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and

  5. Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency Project

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Decision Making | Department of Energy Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency Project Decision Making Database Aids Building Owners and Operators in Energy-Efficiency Project Decision Making September 23, 2013 - 12:00am Addthis In June 2013, the Building Technologies Office launched the Buildings Performance Database (BPD). Currently, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 70% of electricity consumption in the United States. One of the

  6. "Recovery Act: Advanced Energy Efficient BuildingTechnologies" |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy "Recovery Act: Advanced Energy Efficient BuildingTechnologies" "Recovery Act: Advanced Energy Efficient BuildingTechnologies" Description of a FOA funding oppourtunity with funds appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. PDF icon "Recovery Act: Advanced Energy Efficient BuildingTechnologies" More Documents & Publications Microsoft Word - FOA cover sheet.doc Building Technologies Program Planning Summary

  7. Low-to-No Cost Strategy for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings |

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Department of Energy Low-to-No Cost Strategy for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings Low-to-No Cost Strategy for Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings This webinar covered how to make existing buildings more energy efficient. Transcript PDF icon Presentation More Documents & Publications Effective O&M Policy in Public Buildings Preparing for the Arrival of Electric Vehicle Quality Assurance for Residential Retrofit Programs

  8. Confronting Regulatory Cost and Quality Expectations. An Exploration of Technical Change in Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards

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    Taylor, Margaret; Spurlock, C. Anna; Yang, Hung-Chia

    2015-09-21

    The dual purpose of this project was to contribute to basic knowledge about the interaction between regulation and innovation and to inform the cost and benefit expectations related to technical change which are embedded in the rulemaking process of an important area of national regulation. The area of regulation focused on here is minimum efficiency performance standards (MEPS) for appliances and other energy-using products. Relevant both to U.S. climate policy and energy policy for buildings, MEPS remove certain product models from the market that do not meet specified efficiency thresholds.

  9. MAINE MULTIFAMILY BUILDING OWNERS TRUST IN EFFICIENCY | Department...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ... marketing efforts by building relationships with statewide landlord associations, holding additional community events, providing webinars for building owners, and expanding online ...

  10. U.S. Building-Sector Energy Efficiency Potential

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    Brown, Rich; Borgeson, Sam; Koomey, Jon; Biermayer, Peter

    2008-09-30

    This paper presents an estimate of the potential for energy efficiency improvements in the U.S. building sector by 2030. The analysis uses the Energy Information Administration's AEO 2007 Reference Case as a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario, and applies percentage savings estimates by end use drawn from several prior efficiency potential studies. These prior studies include the U.S. Department of Energy's Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future (CEF) study and a recent study of natural gas savings potential in New York state. For a few end uses for which savings estimates are not readily available, the LBNL study team compiled technical data to estimate savings percentages and costs of conserved energy. The analysis shows that for electricity use in buildings, approximately one-third of the BAU consumption can be saved at a cost of conserved energy of 2.7 cents/kWh (all values in 2007 dollars), while for natural gas approximately the same percentage savings is possible at a cost of between 2.5 and 6.9 $/million Btu. This cost-effective level of savings results in national annual energy bill savings in 2030 of nearly $170 billion. To achieve these savings, the cumulative capital investment needed between 2010 and 2030 is about $440 billion, which translates to a 2-1/2 year simple payback period, or savings over the life of the measures that are nearly 3.5 times larger than the investment required (i.e., a benefit-cost ratio of 3.5).

  11. EnergyPlus Boosts Building Efficiency with Help from Autodesk | Department

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    of Energy EnergyPlus Boosts Building Efficiency with Help from Autodesk EnergyPlus Boosts Building Efficiency with Help from Autodesk November 21, 2013 - 1:55pm Addthis Amir Roth, Ph.D. Amir Roth, Ph.D. Technology Manager, Building Technologies Office KEY FACTS Building energy simulation is the calculation of energy used to heat, cool, light, and ventilate a building given a description of the building and its operation. Building energy simulation plays important roles in the design of

  12. Building for the Pacific Rim Countries. Energy-efficient building strategies for hot, humid climates

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    Sheinkopf, K.

    1991-09-01

    This book has been published by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the US trade association of the solar thermal, photovoltaic, and passive solar manufacturers, distributors, and component suppliers. Its purpose is to help architects, builders, and developers construct energy-efficient homes in hot humid climates like the Pacific Rim Countries, and to allow occupants of these homes to enjoy enhanced comfort without reliance on mechanical air-conditioning systems. Two important factors are addressed in this book. First, the past few years have seen a tremendous increase in practical applications of new research. The current popularity of ceiling paddle fans, attic radiant barriers and natural daylighting attest to the importance of keeping up with the latest concepts in energy-reduction and comfort-awareness. Professionals who have been in the field for the past few years may be unaware of the latest research findings--some of which dramatically alter prior thinking on such subjects as natural ventilation or mechanical air conditioning. The second factor is the importance of site-specific characteristics, which greatly affect building strategies and designs. A thorough understanding of the climate is a prerequisite to good building design. Such factors as temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and solar radiation must be understood and properly integrated into the design for the home to be truly energy-efficient.

  13. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Clothes Washers and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Dishwashers to Save Consumers Billions on Energy Bills | Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washers and Dishwashers to Save Consumers Billions on Energy Bills New Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Clothes Washers and Dishwashers to Save Consumers Billions on Energy Bills May 16, 2012 - 1:08pm Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - As part of the Obama Administration's focus on taking sensible steps to save families money while also reducing energy consumption,

  14. High Performance Healthcare Buildings: A Roadmap to Improved Energy Efficiency

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    Singer, Brett C.; Tschudi, William F.

    2009-09-08

    This document presents a road map for improving the energy efficiency of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The report compiles input from a broad array of experts in healthcare facility design and operations. The initial section lists challenges and barriers to efficiency improvements in healthcare. Opportunities are organized around the following ten themes: understanding and benchmarking energy use; best practices and training; codes and standards; improved utilization of existing HVAC designs and technology; innovation in HVAC design and technology; electrical system design; lighting; medical equipment and process loads; economic and organizational issues; and the design of next generation sustainable hospitals. Achieving energy efficiency will require a broad set of activities including research, development, deployment, demonstration, training, etc., organized around 48 specific objectives. Specific activities are prioritized in consideration of potential impact, likelihood of near- or mid-term feasibility and anticipated cost-effectiveness. This document is intended to be broad in consideration though not exhaustive. Opportunities and needs are identified and described with the goal of focusing efforts and resources.

  15. Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings FOA Webinar (Text Version)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Below is the text version of the webinar, Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings FOA, presented by Kristen Taddonio of the Commercial Buildings program in...

  16. NREL-Developed Software Tackles Building Efficiency and Offers Cost Savings

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    - News Releases | NREL NREL-Developed Software Tackles Building Efficiency and Offers Cost Savings November 20, 2013 A unique software application created by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) could improve the efficiency of commercial buildings by allowing occupants to interact with buildings more directly. The new Building Agent (BA) application allows facility managers to quickly diagnose and adjust for problems based on direct occupant comfort feedback.

  17. Analysis of federal policy options for improving US lighting energy efficiency: Commercial and residential buildings

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    Atkinson, B.A.; McMahon, J.E.; Mills, E.; Chan, P.; Chan, T.W.; Eto, J.H.; Jennings, J.D.; Koomey, J.G.; Lo, K.W.; Lecar, M.; Price, L.; Rubinstein, F.; Sezgen, O.; Wenzel, T.

    1992-12-01

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized the opportunity to achieve energy, economic, and environmental benefits by promoting energy-efficient lighting through federal policies, including lighting standards, financial incentives, and information programs. To assist in this process, the Office of Conservation and Renewable Energy`s Office of Codes and Standards invited Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory to assess prospective national impacts for a variety of policy options. Some progress has already been made in developing lighting policies at both the federal and state levels. The US DOE`s Office of Building Technologies has evaluated lighting efficiency incentives as part of its analysis for the National Energy Strategy. Fluorescent and incandescent lamp standards are included in the national Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-486, October 24, 1992). A few states have analyzed or implemented lamp and luminaire standards. Many policy-related issues merit further investigation. For example, there is considerable debate over issues such as mandatory or voluntary standards versus component labeling and other education-oriented strategies. Several different technologies are involved that interact with each other-lamps (incandescent, compact fluorescent, and HID), ballasts (for fluorescent and HID lamps), and fixtures with reflectors and lenses. Control systems and operation patterns must also be considered (timers, automated dimming, or occupancy sensors). Lighting applications are diverse, ranging from offices, restaurants, hallways, hospital operating rooms, to exterior lights. Lighting energy use influences heating and cooling requirements in buildings. Successful lighting system design must also address interactions between architectural design elements and daylighting availability. Proper system installation and ongoing operation and maintenance are crucial. The economic aspects of the preceding points must also be considered for policy making.

  18. Analysis of federal policy options for improving US lighting energy efficiency: Commercial and residential buildings

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    Atkinson, B.A.; McMahon, J.E.; Mills, E.; Chan, P.; Chan, T.W.; Eto, J.H.; Jennings, J.D.; Koomey, J.G.; Lo, K.W.; Lecar, M.; Price, L.; Rubinstein, F.; Sezgen, O.; Wenzel, T.

    1992-12-01

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recognized the opportunity to achieve energy, economic, and environmental benefits by promoting energy-efficient lighting through federal policies, including lighting standards, financial incentives, and information programs. To assist in this process, the Office of Conservation and Renewable Energy's Office of Codes and Standards invited Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory to assess prospective national impacts for a variety of policy options. Some progress has already been made in developing lighting policies at both the federal and state levels. The US DOE's Office of Building Technologies has evaluated lighting efficiency incentives as part of its analysis for the National Energy Strategy. Fluorescent and incandescent lamp standards are included in the national Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-486, October 24, 1992). A few states have analyzed or implemented lamp and luminaire standards. Many policy-related issues merit further investigation. For example, there is considerable debate over issues such as mandatory or voluntary standards versus component labeling and other education-oriented strategies. Several different technologies are involved that interact with each other-lamps (incandescent, compact fluorescent, and HID), ballasts (for fluorescent and HID lamps), and fixtures with reflectors and lenses. Control systems and operation patterns must also be considered (timers, automated dimming, or occupancy sensors). Lighting applications are diverse, ranging from offices, restaurants, hallways, hospital operating rooms, to exterior lights. Lighting energy use influences heating and cooling requirements in buildings. Successful lighting system design must also address interactions between architectural design elements and daylighting availability. Proper system installation and ongoing operation and maintenance are crucial. The economic aspects of the preceding points must also be considered for policy making.

  19. EIA Energy Efficiency-Commercial Buildings Sector Energy Intensities...

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Indexed Site

    Building Activity (Table 1b) html table 1b excel table 1b pdf table 1b. Total Primary Energy Consumption (U.S. and Census Region) By Principal Building Activity (Table 1c) html...

  20. Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned (Brochure), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Langston Hughes Elementary School Reversed White Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans Lessons Learned Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the United States, striking the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, and flooding 80% of New Orleans; to make matters worse, the city was flooded again only three weeks later by the effects of Hurricane Rita. Many of the buildings,

  1. Updated Buildings Sector Appliance and Equipment Costs and Efficiency

    Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (EIA)

    Full report (3.6 mb) Major residential equipment and commercial heating, cooling, & water heating equipment Appendix A - Technology Forecast Updates - Residential and Commercial Building Technologies - Reference Case (1 mb) Appendix B - Technology Forecast Updates - Residential and Commercial Building Technologies - Advanced Case (1 mb) Lighting and commercial ventilation & refrigeration equipment Appendix C - Technology Forecast Updates - Residential and Commercial Building Technologies

  2. Effect of Energy Efficiency Standards on Natural Gas Prices

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    Carnall, Michael; Dale, Larry; Lekov, Alex

    2011-07-26

    A primary justification for the establishment of energy efficiency standards for home appliances is the existence of information deficiencies and externalities in the market for appliances. For example, when a long-term homeowner purchases a new gas-fired water heater, she will maximize the value of her purchase by comparing the life-cycle cost of ownership of available units, including both total installed cost - purchase price plus installation costs - and operating cost in the calculus. Choice of the appliance with the lowest life-cycle costs leads to the most economically efficient balance between capital cost and fuel cost. However, if the purchaser's expected period of ownership is shorter than the useful life of the appliance, or the purchaser does not pay for the fuel used by the appliance, as is often the case with rental property, fuel cost will be external to her costs, biasing her decision toward spending less on fuel efficiency and resulting in the purchase of an appliance with greater than optimal fuel usage. By imposing an efficiency standard on appliances, less efficient appliances are made unavailable, precluding less efficient purchases and reducing fuel usage. The reduction in fuel demanded by residential users affects the total demand for such fuels as natural gas, for example. Reduced demand implies that residential customers are willing to purchase less gas at each price level. That is, the demand curve, labeled D{sub 0} in Figure 1, shifts to the left to D{sub 1}. If there is no change in the supply function, the supply curve will intersect the demand curve at a lower price. Residential demand is only one component of the total demand for natural gas. It is possible that total demand will decline very little if demand in other sectors increases substantially in response to a decline in the price. If demand does decrease, modeling studies generally confirm the intuition that reductions in demand for natural gas will result in reductions in its price as seen at the wellhead (Wiser 2007). The magnitude of the effect on price relative to the demand reduction, and the mechanism through which it occurs, is less well established. This report attempts to quantify the potential effects of reduced demand for natural gas in the residential sector, in response to the implementation of an energy efficiency standard for water heaters.

  3. Energy Department Issues Green Building Certification System Final Rule to Support Increased Energy Measurement and Efficient Building Design

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Supporting the Obama Administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, the Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design.

  4. Thinking Globally: How ISO 50001 - Energy Management can make industrial energy efficiency standard practice

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    McKane, Aimee; Desai, Deann; Matteini, Marco; Meffert, William; Williams, Robert; Risser, Roland

    2009-08-01

    Industry utilizes very complex systems, consisting of equipment and their human interface, which are organized to meet the production needs of the business. Effective and sustainable energy efficiency programs in an industrial setting require a systems approach to optimize the integrated whole while meeting primary business requirements. Companies that treat energy as a manageable resource and integrate their energy program into their management practices have an organizational context to continually seek opportunities for optimizing their energy use. The purpose of an energy management system standard is to provide guidance for industrial and commercial facilities to integrate energy efficiency into their management practices, including fine-tuning production processes and improving the energy efficiency of industrial systems. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has identified energy management as one of its top five priorities for standards development. The new ISO 50001 will establish an international framework for industrial, commercial, or institutional facilities, or entire companies, to manage their energy, including procurement and use. This standard is expected to achieve major, long-term increases in energy efficiency (20percent or more) in industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide.This paper describes the impetus for the international standard, its purpose, scope and significance, and development progress to date. A comparative overview of existing energy management standards is provided, as well as a discussion of capacity-building needs for skilled individuals to assist organizations in adopting the standard. Finally, opportunities and challenges are presented for implementing ISO 50001 in emerging economies and developing countries.

  5. Energy Savers: A one-stop energy efficiency shop for multifamily building

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    owners | Department of Energy A one-stop energy efficiency shop for multifamily building owners Energy Savers: A one-stop energy efficiency shop for multifamily building owners This is a document from Energy Impact Illinois posted on the website of U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. PDF icon Energy Savers program brochure More Documents & Publications Energy Savers: Your One Stop Shop for Energy Efficiency Upgrades Energy Savers: Fireplaces Saving Energy

  6. DOE Building Energy Asset Score: Energy Efficiency Services Companies Webinar (Text Version)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Below is the text version of the webinar DOE Building Energy Asset Score: Energy Efficiency Services Companies, presented in March 2015.

  7. Collaboration and Consensus Building in States to Support Energy Efficiency as a Resource

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation, given through the DOE's Technical Assistance Program (TAP), provides information on collaboration and consensus building in states to support energy efficiency as a resource.

  8. DOE Announces Webinars on Energy Efficiency Competitions, Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, and More

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    EERE webinars on November 5, 7, and 20 will cover energy efficiency competitions, Better Buildings workforce guidelines, and offshore wind economic impacts.

  9. Better Buildings Webinar Transcription- Financial Vehicles within an Integrated Energy Efficiency Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    "Financial Vehicles Within an Integrated Energy Efficiency Program," webinar transcript from the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings program.

  10. Regional variations in US residential sector fuel prices: implications for development of building energy performance standards

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    Nieves, L.A.; Tawil, J.J.; Secrest, T.J.

    1981-03-01

    The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Performance Standards for New Buildings presented life-cycle-cost based energy budgets for single-family detached residences. These energy budgets varied with regional climatic conditions but were all based on projections of national average prices for gas, oil and electricity. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking indicated that further analysis of the appropriateness of various price measures for use in setting the Standards was under way. This part of that ongoing analysis addresses the availability of fuel price projections, the variation in fuel prices and escalation rates across the US and the effects of aggregating city price data to the state, Region, or national level. The study only provides a portion of the information required to identify the best price aggregation level for developing of the standards. The research addresses some of the economic efficiency considerations necessary for design of a standard that affects heterogeneous regions. The first section discusses the effects of price variation among and within regions on the efficiency of resource allocation when a standard is imposed. Some evidence of the extreme variability in fuel prices across the US is presented. In the second section, time series, cross-sectional fuel price data are statistically analyzed to determine the similarity in mean fuel prices and price escalation rates when the data are treated at increasing levels of aggregation. The findings of this analysis are reported in the third section, while the appendices contain price distributions details. The last section reports the availability of price projections and discusses some EIA projections compared with actual prices.

  11. Buildings Energy Data Book

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    7.1 National Legislation 7.2 Federal Tax Incentives 7.3 Efficiency Standards for Residential HVAC 7.4 Efficiency Standards for Commercial HVAC 7.5 Efficiency Standards for Residential Appliances 7.6 Efficiency Standards for Lighting 7.7 Water Use Standards 7.8 State Building Energy Codes 8Water 9Market Transformation Glossary Acronyms and Initialisms Technology Descriptions Building Descriptions Other Data Books Biomass Energy Transportation Energy Power Technologies Hydrogen Download the Entire

  12. Revision of the Energy-Efficiency Requirements in the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards

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    Conner, Craig C.; Dillon, Heather E.; Lucas, Robert G.; Lubliner, Michael

    2004-06-01

    Energy-efficiency requirements were developed for manufactured (mobile) homes, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A life-cycle cost analysis from the homeowner's perspective was used to establish parameters for a least-cost home in a large number of cities. Economic, financial, and energy-efficiency measures for the life-cycle cost analysis were selected and documented. The resulting energy-efficiency levels were aggregated to zones that were expressed as a maximum overall home U-factor (thermal transmittance) requirement for the building envelope. The proposed revised standard's costs, benefits, and net value to the consumer were quantified. This analysis updates a similar effort completed in 1992, which was the basis for the existing HUD code overall U-factor requirement.

  13. Recommendations for energy conservation standards for new residential buildings - volume 3: Introduction and Background to the Standard Development Effort

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    Not Available

    1989-05-01

    The Energy Conservation for New Buildings Act of 1976, as amended, 42 U.S.C Section 6831 et. seq. requires the US Department of Energy to issue energy conservation standards for the design of new residential and commercial buildings. The standards will be mandatory only for the design of new federal buildings, and will serve as voluntary guidelines for the design of new non-federal buildings. This report documents the development and testing of a set of recommendations, from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) Special Projects Committee No. 53, designed to provide the technical foundation for the Congressionally-mandated energy standard for new residential buildings. The recommendations have been developed over the past 25 months by a multidisciplinary project team, under the management of the US Department of Energy and its prime contractor, Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Volume III -- Introduction and Background to the Standard Development Effort is a description of the Standard development process and contains the rationale for the general approach and specific criteria contained within the recommendations.

  14. State Energy Program (SEP) Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets and Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) presentation on State Energy Program (SEP) Strengthening Building Retrofit Markets and Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action DE-FOA-0000251, Stimulating Energy Efficiency Action from State Public Utility Commissions DE-FOA-0000266

  15. Energy Department Announces $5 Million for Residential Building Energy Efficiency Research and University-Industry Partnerships

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Energy Department today announced a $5 million investment to develop and demonstrate new residential energy efficiency solutions, and that will support building energy efficiency research at universities and colleges.

  16. Idaho Power - New Building Efficiency Program | Department of...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    for lighting controls, HVAC equipment and controls, building shell measures, and energy controlventilation equipment. Incentives are designed to average about half the...

  17. Updated Buildings Sector Appliance and Equipment Costs and Efficiency

    Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Update (EIA)

    Full report (4.1 mb) Heating, cooling, & water heating equipment Appendix A - Technology Forecast Updates - Residential and Commercial Building Technologies - Reference Case (1.9...

  18. Financing Turnkey Efficiency Solutions for Small Buildings and...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ...s14langner040413.pdf More Documents & Publications Small- and Medium-Size Building Automation and Control System Needs: Scoping Study Technology Performance Exchange - 2013 BTO ...

  19. Twenty Years On!: Updating the IEA BESTEST Building Thermal Fabric Test Cases for ASHRAE Standard 140

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    Judkoff, R.; Neymark, J.

    2013-07-01

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140, Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs applies the IEA BESTEST building thermal fabric test cases and example simulation results originally published in 1995. These software accuracy test cases and their example simulation results, which comprise the first test suite adapted for the initial 2001 version of Standard 140, are approaching their 20th anniversary. In response to the evolution of the state of the art in building thermal fabric modeling since the test cases and example simulation results were developed, work is commencing to update the normative test specification and the informative example results.

  20. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    information, cost and energy efficiency performance data, energy efficiency measures and lessons learned for a 1915 home in eastern Washington audited by Pacific Northwest...

  1. Lost Opportunities in the Buildings Sector: Energy-Efficiency Analysis and Results

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    Dirks, James A.; Anderson, David M.; Hostick, Donna J.; Belzer, David B.; Cort, Katherine A.

    2008-09-12

    This report summarizes the results and the assumptions used in an analysis of the potential “lost efficiency opportunities” in the buildings sector. These targets of opportunity are those end-uses, applications, practices, and portions of the buildings market which are not currently being addressed, or addressed fully, by the Building Technologies Program (BTP) due to lack of resources. The lost opportunities, while a significant increase in effort and impact in the buildings sector, still represent only a small portion of the full technical potential for energy efficiency in buildings.

  2. Funding Opportunity Webinar- Advancing Solutions To Improve the Energy Efficiency of US Commercial Buildings

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This webinar provides an overview of the DOE Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001168, "Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings," which seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector.

  3. Green Building and Energy Reduction Standards for State Agencies

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Executive Order 05-01 set the goal that - by September 2009 - state agencies must use all practicable and cost-effective means available, including energy efficiency and renewable energy measures,...

  4. Practical Integration Approach and Whole Building Energy Simulation of Three Energy Efficient Building Technologies: Preprint

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Miller, J. P.; Zhivov, A.; Heron, D.; Deru, M.; Benne, K.

    2010-08-01

    Three technologies that have potential to save energy and improve sustainability of buildings are dedicated outdoor air systems, radiant heating and cooling systems and tighter building envelopes. To investigate the energy savings potential of these three technologies, whole building energy simulations were performed for a barracks facility and an administration facility in 15 U.S. climate zones and 16 international locations.

  5. Summary of Gaps and Barriers for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Strategies

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Summary of Gaps and Barriers for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Strategies 2010 Residential Buildings Energy Efficiency Meeting Denver, Colorado - July 20 - 22, 2010 August 2010 Prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory For the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Program NOTICE This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States government. Neither the United States government nor any agency thereof, nor any of

  6. Energy Savings Modeling of Standard Commercial Building Re-tuning Measures: Large Office Buildings

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Fernandez, Nicholas; Katipamula, Srinivas; Wang, Weimin; Huang, Yunzhi; Liu, Guopeng

    2012-06-01

    Today, many large commercial buildings use sophisticated building automation systems (BASs) to manage a wide range of building equipment. While the capabilities of BASs have increased over time, many buildings still do not fully use the BAS's capabilities and are not properly commissioned, operated or maintained, which leads to inefficient operation, increased energy use, and reduced lifetimes of the equipment. This report investigates the energy savings potential of several common HVAC system retuning measures on a typical large office building prototype model, using the Department of Energy's building energy modeling software, EnergyPlus. The baseline prototype model uses roughly as much energy as an average large office building in existing building stock, but does not utilize any re-tuning measures. Individual re-tuning measures simulated against this baseline include automatic schedule adjustments, damper minimum flow adjustments, thermostat adjustments, as well as dynamic resets (set points that change continuously with building and/or outdoor conditions) to static pressure, supply air temperature, condenser water temperature, chilled and hot water temperature, and chilled and hot water differential pressure set points. Six combinations of these individual measures have been formulated - each designed to conform to limitations to implementation of certain individual measures that might exist in typical buildings. All of these measures and combinations were simulated in 16 cities representative of specific U.S. climate zones. The modeling results suggest that the most effective energy savings measures are those that affect the demand-side of the building (air-systems and schedules). Many of the demand-side individual measures were capable of reducing annual HVAC system energy consumption by over 20% in most cities that were modeled. Supply side measures affecting HVAC plant conditions were only modestly successful (less than 5% annual HVAC energy savings for most cities for all measures). Combining many of the retuning measures revealed deep savings potential. Some of the more aggressive combinations revealed 35-75% reductions in annual HVAC energy consumption, depending on climate and building vintage.

  7. Text-Alternative Version of Building America Webinar: Resolving Codes and Standard Issues to Energy Innovations

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Text-alternative version of the May 20 webinar on an overview of how Building America has impacted codes and standards in the past through technical and market innovations.

  8. Building America Webinar: Resolving Codes and Standards Issues to Energy Innovations

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Join us for a free webinar that will provide an overview of how Building America has impacted codes and standards in the past through technical and market innovations. Learn about new content on the Building America Solution Center that will help builders meet code requirements and will help code officials apply codes to new and emerging innovations. Our presenter will be:

  9. Building America Guidance for Identifying and Overcoming Code, Standard, and Rating Method Barriers

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Cole, P. C.; Halverson, M. A.

    2013-09-01

    This guidance document was prepared using the input from the meeting summarized in the draft CSI Roadmap to provide Building America research teams and partners with specific information and approaches to identifying and overcoming potential barriers to Building America innovations arising in and/or stemming from codes, standards, and rating methods.

  10. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    PNNL, FSEC, and CalcsPlus provided technical assistance to Build San Antonio Green on three deep energy retrofits. For this gut rehab they replaced the old roof with a steeper roof ...

  11. Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Support Commercial Building Efficiency

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Energy Department today announced up to $6 million in funding to deploy and demonstrate four emerging energy-saving technologies in commercial buildings across the country. These projects will...

  12. Buildings Energy Data Book: 7.7 Water Use Standards

    Buildings Energy Data Book [EERE]

    Water Use Standards March 2012 7.7.1 Water Use Standards for Faucets, Showerheads, and Prerinse Spray Valves (1) Faucet Type (2) Maximum Flow Rate Kitchen Faucets (3) 2.2 gpm Lavatory Replacement Aerators 2.2 gpm Kitchen Faucets 2.2 gpm Kitchen Replacement Aerators 2.2 gpm Metering Faucets (4) 0.25 gal/cycle Showerheads (5) 2.5 gpm Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves (6) 1.6 gpm Note(s): Source(s): 1) Effective for products manufactured on or after January 1, 1994. 2) When measured at a flowing

  13. Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    with Uncertainty in an Integrated Assessment Model (Journal Article) | SciTech Connect Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings with Uncertainty in an Integrated Assessment Model Citation Details In-Document Search Title: Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings with Uncertainty in an Integrated Assessment Model In this paper, an integrated assessment model (IAM) uses a newly-developed Monte Carlo analysis capability to

  14. Attendees: John Cymbalsky, Equipment and Appliance Standards Program Manager, Building Technologies Office,

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Lutron ex-parte meeting at DOE Pekka Hakkarainen 11 February 2015 Page 1 of 4 Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. ex-parte meeting at the U.S. Department of Energy Subject: LED drivers are not external power supplies Meeting date: 11 February 2015 Attendees: John Cymbalsky, Equipment and Appliance Standards Program Manager, Building Technologies Office, DOE Jeremy Dommu, Project Manager, Equipment and Appliance Standards Program, Building Technologies Office, DOE Laura Barhydt, Assistant General

  15. Comparison of the National Green Building Standard (ICC 700-2008) and LEED for Homes to the Residential Provisions of the 2009 IECC for the Delaware Green for Green Program

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Britt, Michelle L.; Makela, Eric J.

    2011-01-30

    Adhering to Delawares Green for Green program specifications results in homes being built to more energy-efficient levels than the 2009 IECC levels. Specifically: Certifying at the Silver Performance Level for the ICC 700 standard using either the Prescriptive or Performance Paths will result in a residential building that is more efficient than if the building only complied with the 2009 IECC. Certifying at the Silver level under LEED for Homes standard, including mandatory compliance with ENERGY STAR 2006 and earning two additional energy points will result in a residential building that is more efficient than if the building only complied with the 2009 IECC.

  16. Buildings

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Superior Energy Performance® Policy Interpretation providing a certification pathway for Commercial Buildings May 7, 2015 Question: As a hotel or university campus, can I use the supporting standards and protocols developed for SEP- Industry to apply for SEP certification? Response: The SEP Administrator is providing this interpretation regarding the types of facilities that can be certified to Superior Energy Performance (SEP). Background: A number of owners/operators of buildings and complex

  17. Final Technical Report. Sault Tribe Building Efficiency Audits of Tribally-Owned Governmental Buildings and Residential Tribal Housing

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    Holt, Jeffrey W.

    2015-03-27

    The Tribe is working to reduce energy consumption and expense in Tribally-owned governmental buildings and low income housing sites. In 2009, the Tribe applied to the U. S. Department of Energy for funding to conduct energy audits of Tribally-owned governmental buildings. Findings from the energy audits would define the extent and types of energy efficiency improvements needed, establish a basis for energy priorities, strategies and action plans, and provide a benchmark for measuring improvements from energy efficiency implementations. In 2010, the DOE awarded a grant in the amount of $95,238 to the Tribe to fund the energy audits of nine governmental buildings and to pay for travel expenses associated with attendance and participation at the DOE annual program reviews. In 2011, the Tribe applied for and was awarded a DOE grant in the amount of $75,509 to conduct energy audits of the remaining 30 Tribally-owned governmental buildings. Repeating mobilization steps performed during the first DOE energy audits grant, the Tribe initiated the second round of governmental building energy audits by completing energy auditor procurement. The selected energy auditor successfully passed DOE debarment and Sault Tribe background clearances. The energy audits contract was awarded to U. P. Engineers and Architects, Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Tribe continued mobilizing for the energy audits by providing the energy auditor with one year of electric, gas and water utility invoice copies per building, as well as supplemental building information, such as operating hours. The Tribe also contacted building occupants to coordinate scheduling for the on-site energy audit inspections and arranged for facilities management personnel to guide the energy auditor through the buildings and answer questions regarding building systems.

  18. State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: Design, Status, and Impacts

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    Steinberg, D.; Zinaman, O.

    2014-05-01

    An energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) is a policy that requires utilities or other entities to achieve a specified amount of energy savings through customer energy efficiency programs within a specified timeframe. EERSs may apply to electricity usage, natural gas usage, or both. This paper provides an overview of the key design features of EERSs for electricity, reviews the variation in design of EERSs across states, and provides an estimate of the amount of savings required by currently specified EERSs in each state. As of December, 2013, 23 states have active and binding EERSs for electricity. We estimate that state EERSs will require annual electricity savings of approximately 8-11% of total projected demand by 2020 in states with EERSs, however the level of savings targeted by the policies varies significantly across states. In addition to the variation in targeted savings, the design of EERSs varies significantly across states leading to differences in the suite of incentives created by the policy, the flexibility of compliance with the policy, the balance of benefits and costs of the policy between producers and consumers, and the certainty with which the policy will drive long-term savings.

  19. Chapter 5: Increasing Efficiency of Building Systems and Technologies | Building Energy Technology Roadmaps Supplemental Information

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Roadmaps Building Technology Scenarios ENERGY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 1 Quadrennial Technology Review 2015 Building Energy Technology Roadmaps Chapter 5: Supplemental Information The Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) 1 develops technology roadmaps and reports in consultation with industry, university, national laboratory, and other stakeholders and experts. These publications help guide research and development (R&D) investments by

  20. Control and Room Temperature Optimization of Energy Efficient Buildings

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Djouadi, Seddik M; Kuruganti, Phani Teja

    2012-01-01

    The building sector consumes a large part of the energy used in the United States and is responsible for nearly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. It is therefore economically and environmentally important to reduce the building energy consumption to realize massive energy savings. In this paper, a method to control room temperature in buildings is proposed. The approach is based on a distributed parameter model represented by a three dimensional (3D) heat equation in a room with heater/cooler located at ceiling. The latter is resolved using finite element methods, and results in a model for room temperature with thousands of states. The latter is not amenable to control design. A reduced order model of only few states is then derived using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD). A Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) is computed based on the reduced model, and applied to the full order model to control room temperature.

  1. Retail Building Guide for Entrance Energy Efficiency Measures

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Stein, J.; Kung, F.

    2012-03-01

    This booklet is based on the findings of an infiltration analysis for supermarkets and large retail buildings without refrigerated cases. It enables retail building managers and engineers to calculate the energy savings potential for vestibule additions for supermarkets; and bay door operation changes in large retail stores without refrigerated cases. Retail managers can use initial estimates to decide whether to engage vendors or contractors of vestibules for pricing or site-specific analyses, or to decide whether to test bay door operation changes in pilot stores, respectively.

  2. Energy Efficiency Trends in Residential and Commercial Buildings - August 2010

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2010-08-01

    This report overviews trends in the construction industry, including profiles of buildings and the resulting impacts on energy consumption. It begins with an executive summary of the key findings found in the body of the report, so some of the data and charts are replicated in this section. Its intent is to provide in a concise place key data points and conclusions. The remainder of the report provides a specific profile of the construction industry and patterns of energy use followed by sections providing product and market insights and information on policy efforts, such as taxes and regulations, which are intended to influence building energy use. Information on voluntary programs is also offered.

  3. Building America Guidance for Identifying and Overcoming Code, Standard, and Rating Method Barriers

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Cole, Pamala C.; Halverson, Mark A.

    2013-09-01

    The U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Building America program implemented a new Codes and Standards Innovation (CSI) Team in 2013. The Teams mission is to assist Building America (BA) research teams and partners in identifying and resolving conflicts between Building America innovations and the various codes and standards that govern the construction of residences. A CSI Roadmap was completed in September, 2013. This guidance document was prepared using the information in the CSI Roadmap to provide BA research teams and partners with specific information and approaches to identifying and overcoming potential barriers to Building America (BA) innovations arising in and/or stemming from codes, standards, and rating methods. For more information on the BA CSI team, please email: CSITeam@pnnl.gov

  4. Building Technologies Program Key Activities

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2011-12-15

    The Building Technologies Program (BTP) employs a balanced approach to making buildings more energy efficient. The three pillars of our program, research and development (R&D), market stimulation, and building and equipment standards, help meet our strategic vision.

  5. Solar System Tops Off Efficient NREL Building - News Feature...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability that have been advocated by NREL ... Enlarge image Although NREL's sustainability program is more than a decade old, a ...

  6. Lab Helps FAA Build Energy-Efficient Control Towers

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    With help from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its subcontractor, Redhorse Corporation, the agency that keeps our countrys airports running is bolstering its energy efficiency.

  7. Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ... Occupant Perspectives continued Motivation Factors green features that benefit ... Using Paybacks to Fund Energy Efficiency in Higher Education I n 2008, the university of ...

  8. Report: President's Energy Efficiency Contracting for Federal Buildings a Success

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    An industry report lauds the successes resulting from the President's challenge to federal agencies to enter into $2 billion worth of performance-based energy efficiency contracts.

  9. Forest County Potawatomi Community- 2010 Energy Efficiency Historic Building Project

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) will implement energy efficiency improvements in revitalizing its historic Milwaukee inner-city trust property.

  10. Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This report outlines ways to make the right business case for improving energy efficiency of commercial buildngs to save energy and money.

  11. Better Buildings Expanding to Help Increase Efficiency in Homes...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    launched today will focus on improving energy efficiency in our nation's homes by streamlining processes and expanding awareness of homes' energy performance. Through the Better...

  12. Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) Database | Open Energy...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    URI: cleanenergysolutions.orgcontentbuilding-energy-efficiency-policies-b Language: English Policies: "Deployment Programs,Financial Incentives,Regulations" is not in...

  13. Washington: Community Power Works is Building a More Efficient...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Working with Craft3, a community development financial institution, Seattle households are able to finance their efficiency improvements at low interest rates with repayments via ...

  14. Improved data and procedures needed for development and implementation of building energy performance standards

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Staats, E.B.

    1980-12-23

    Energy conservation standards for new buildings being developed by the DOE are discussed. Specifically, it addresses: (1) what still needs to be done before sound standards can be issued, (2) the need to transfer implementation responsibility for the standards from the US HUD to the DOE, and (3) the inappropriateness of the proposed sanction for noncompliance in view of the large decrease in expected energy savings.

  15. Walmart - Saving Energy, Saving Money Through Comprehensive Retrofits, Commercial Building Energy Efficiency (Fact Sheet); Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    2015-03-01

    Walmart partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2009 to develop and demonstrate energy retrofits for existing buildings. The goal was to reduce energy consumption by at least 30% versus ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007, as part of DOE's Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) Program. The project presented here, the retrofit of a 213,000 square foot store in Centennial, Colorado, withefficiency measures across multiple building systems, is part of Walmart's ongoing environmental sustainability program, which originated in 2005.

  16. Sustaining a Vision: DOE Funding Boosts Building Energy Efficiency...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    ... residence, the corporation office and hotel, the restaurant, and the village store. ... It also replaced the existing forced-air furnace in the village store with high-efficiency ...

  17. Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    These brochures present the lessons learned from incorporating energy efficiency in the rebuilding and renovating of New Orleans K-12 schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Both the summary brochure and the full brochure are available.

  18. Better Buildings Residential Network Case Study: Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Multifamily Housing

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Learn more at betterbuildings.energy.gov/bbrn BETTER BUILDINGS RESIDENTIAL NETWORK Better Buildings Residential Network case studies feature members to fulfill our mission to share best practices and learn from one another to increase the number of homes that are energy efficient. This case study addresses multifamily energy upgrade experiences by two members of the Better Buildings Residential Network-Elevate Energy and the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology

  19. Building Technologies Office Overview

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Roland Risser Director, Building Technologies Office Building Technologies Office Energy Efficiency Starts Here. 2 Building Technologies Office Integrated Approach: Improving Building Performance Research & Development Developing High Impact Technologies Standards & Codes Locking in the Savings Market Stimulation Accelerating Tech-to- Market 3 Building Technologies Office Goal: Reduce building energy use by 50% (compared to a 2010 baseline) 4 Building Technologies Office Working to

  20. The State Energy Program: Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Capacity in the States

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This study documents the capacity-building effects that the federal State Energy Program (SEP) has had on the states' capacity to design, manage and implement energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

  1. Webinar: Impacts of Energy Efficiency on the Financial Performance of Commercial Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Department of Energy conducted a review of existing market research on the impact of Energy Efficiency and Green Labels on building financial performance. This webinar will review the results...

  2. Department of Energy Finalizes Regulations to Increase Energy Efficiency in New Federal Buildings by 30%

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    WASHINGTON DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it has established regulations that require new Federal buildings to achieve at least 30% greater energy efficiency over...

  3. Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Existing Building Energy Efficiency Analysis: November 17, 2009- June 30, 2010

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This report presents the results of the Booz Allen Hamilton study on the existing building stock of Hawaii, along with conclusions on the key drivers of potential energy efficiency savings and on the steps necessary to attain them.

  4. Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting...

  5. Building Energy Asset Score: Building Owners | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Building Owners Building Energy Asset Score: Building Owners The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Asset Score is a national standardized tool for evaluating the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings, and identifies opportunities for users to invest in energy efficiency upgrades. It is web-based and free to use. View information

  6. Comparison of Standard 90.1-2007 and the 2009 IECC with Respect to Commercial Buildings

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Conover, David R.; Bartlett, Rosemarie; Halverson, Mark A.

    2009-12-11

    The U.S. Department of Energys (DOEs) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) has been asked by some states and energy code stakeholders to address the comparability of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as applied to commercial buildings and ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 (hereinafter referred to as Standard 90.1-07). An assessment of comparability will help states respond to and implement conditions specified in the State Energy Program (SEP) Formula Grants American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding Opportunity, Number DE-FOA-0000052, and eliminate the need for the states individually or collectively to perform comparative studies of the 2009 IECC and Standard 90.1-07. The funding opportunity announcement contains the following conditions: (2) The State, or the applicable units of local government that have authority to adopt building codes, will implement the following: (A) A residential building energy code (or codes) that meets or exceeds the most recent International Energy Conservation Code, or achieves equivalent or greater energy savings. (B) A commercial building energy code (or codes) throughout the State that meets or exceeds the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, or achieves equivalent or greater energy savings . (C) A plan to achieve 90 percent compliance with the above energy codes within eight years. This plan will include active training and enforcement programs and annual measurement of the rate of compliance. With respect to item (B) above, many more states, regardless of the edition date, directly adopt the IECC than Standard 90.1-07. This is predominately because the IECC is a model code and part of a coordinated set of model building codes that state and local government have historically adopted to regulate building design and construction. This report compares the 2009 IECC to Standard 90.1-07 with the intent of helping states address whether the adoption and application of the 2009 IECC for commercial buildings can be considered equivalent to the adoption and application of Standard 90.1-07. Based on this document, states adopting the 2009 IECC, which is the document cited in (A), above, for residential construction, can also determine if they are in compliance with the above provisions for commercial buildings in (B) above and if their code meets or exceeds the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-07.

  7. Proposed Training Plan to Improve Building Energy Efficiency in Vietnam

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Yu, Sha; Evans, Meredydd

    2013-01-01

    Vietnam has experienced fast growth in energy consumption in the past decade, with annual growth rate of over 12 percent. This is accompanied by the fast increase in commercial energy use, driven by rapid industrialization, expansion of motorized transport, and increasing energy use in residential and commercial buildings. Meanwhile, Vietnam is experiencing rapid urbanization at a rate of 3.4 percent per year; and the majority of the growth centered in and near major cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This has resulted in a construction boom in Vietnam.

  8. Chu Announces Joint U.S.-China Building Efficiency MOU | Department of

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Energy Announces Joint U.S.-China Building Efficiency MOU Chu Announces Joint U.S.-China Building Efficiency MOU July 16, 2009 - 12:00am Addthis 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

  9. Functional Testing Protocols for Commercial Building Efficiency Baseline Modeling Software

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Jump, David; Price, Phillip N.; Granderson, Jessica; Sohn, Michael

    2013-09-06

    This document describes procedures for testing and validating proprietary baseline energy modeling software accuracy in predicting energy use over the period of interest, such as a month or a year. The procedures are designed according to the methodology used for public domain baselining software in another LBNL report that was (like the present report) prepared for Pacific Gas and Electric Company: ?Commercial Building Energy Baseline Modeling Software: Performance Metrics and Method Testing with Open Source Models and Implications for Proprietary Software Testing Protocols? (referred to here as the ?Model Analysis Report?). The test procedure focuses on the quality of the software?s predictions rather than on the specific algorithms used to predict energy use. In this way the software vendor is not required to divulge or share proprietary information about how their software works, while enabling stakeholders to assess its performance.

  10. Joint China-United States Report for Year 1 Insulation Materials and Systems Project Area Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Stovall, Therese K; Biswas, Kaushik; Song, Bo; Zhang, Sisi

    2012-08-01

    In November of 2009, the presidents of China and the U.S. announced the establishment of the Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). This broad research effort is co-funded by both countries and involves a large number of research centers and universities in both countries. One part of this program is focused on improving the energy efficiency of buildings. One portion of the CERC-BEE was focused on building insulation systems. The research objective of this effort was to Identify and investigate candidate high performance fire resistant building insulation technologies that meet the goal of building code compliance for exterior wall applications in green buildings in multiple climate zones. A Joint Work Plan was established between researchers at the China Academy of Building Research and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Efforts in the first year under this plan focused on information gathering. The objective of this research program is to reduce building energy use in China via improved building insulation technology. In cold regions in China, residents often use inefficient heating systems to provide a minimal comfort level within inefficient buildings. In warmer regions, air conditioning has not been commonly used. As living standards rise, energy consumption in these regions will increase dramatically unless significant improvements are made in building energy performance. Previous efforts that defined the current state of the built environment in China and in the U.S. will be used in this research. In countries around the world, building improvements have typically followed the implementation of more stringent building codes. There have been several changes in building codes in both the U.S. and China within the last few years. New U.S. building codes have increased the amount of wall insulation required in new buildings. New government statements from multiple agencies in China have recently changed the requirements for buildings in terms of energy efficiency and fire safety. A related issue is the degree to which new standards are adopted and enforced. In the U.S., standards are developed using a consensus process, and local government agencies are free to implement these standards or to ignore them. For example, some U.S. states are still using 2003 versions of the building efficiency standards. There is also a great variation in the degree to which the locally adopted standards are enforced in different U.S. cities and states. With a more central process in China, these issues are different, but possible impacts of variable enforcement efficacy may also exist. Therefore, current building codes in China will be compared to the current state of building fire-safety and energy-efficiency codes in the U.S. and areas for possible improvements in both countries will be explored. In particular, the focus of the applications in China will be on green buildings. The terminology of 'green buildings' has different meanings to different audiences. The U.S. research is interested in both new, green buildings, and on retrofitting existing inefficient buildings. An initial effort will be made to clarify the scope of the pertinent wall insulation systems for these applications.

  11. Washington: Community Power Works is Building a More Efficient Seattle |

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Department of Energy Wedged between the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges and buffeted by lakes, rivers, and the awe-inspiring Puget Sound, Seattle has a legacy of environmental stewardship and a culture of innovation. Combined with thoughtful leadership on climate change, these are the driving forces behind the city's aggressive goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The city of Seattle partnered with EERE and several community organizations to meet its energy efficiency and carbon reduction

  12. DOE/ NREL Build One of the World's Most Energy Efficient Office Spaces

    ScienceCinema (OSTI)

    None

    2013-05-29

    Technology ? from sophisticated computer modeling to advanced windows that actually open ? will help the newest building at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) be one of the world's most energy efficient offices. Scheduled to open this summer, the 222,000 square-foot RSF will house more than 800 staff and an energy efficient information technology data center. Because 19 percent of the country's energy is used by commercial buildings, DOE plans to make this facility a showcase for energy efficiency. DOE hopes the design of the RSF will be replicated by the building industry and help reduce the nation's energy consumption by changing the way commercial buildings are designed and built.

  13. Summary of Gaps and Barriers for Implementing Residential Building Energy Efficiency Strategies

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2010-08-01

    This report presents the key gaps and barriers to implementing residential energy efficiency strategies in the U.S. market, as identified in sessions at the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America 2010 Residential Energy Efficiency Meeting held in Denver, Colorado, on July 20-22, 2010.

  14. Standard Measurement and Verification Plan for Lighting Retrofit Projects for Buildings and Building Sites

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Richman, Eric E.

    2012-10-31

    This document provides a framework for standard measurement and verification (M&V) of lighting retrofit and replacement projects. It was developed to provide site owners, contractors, and other involved organizations with the essential elements of a robust M&V plan for lighting projects. It includes details on all aspects of effectively measuring light levels of existing and post-retrofit projects, conducting power measurement, and developing cost-effectiveness analysis. This framework M&V plan also enables consistent comparison among similar lighting projects, and may be used to develop M&V plans for non--lighting-technology retrofits and new installations.

  15. Nationwide: New Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies Anticipate...

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    effect in 2016. Over the next 30 years, the standards are expected to reduce national energy consumption by nearly one quadrillion British thermal units, reduce the energy...

  16. Impacts of Standard 90.1-2007 for Commercial Buildings at State Level

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    Bartlett, Rosemarie; Halverson, Mark A.; Gowri, Krishnan

    2009-10-12

    This report examines the requirements of Standard 90.1-2007 on commercial buildings on a state-by-state basis with a separate, stand-alone chapter for each state. Standard 90.1-2007 is compared to the current state code for most states. This is the final version of the draft previously cleared and assigned ERICA # PNNL-18544, titled "Commercial Nationwide Report."

  17. A Bright Idea: New Efficiency Standards for Incandescent and...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    high efficiency lighting technologies as well. We'll be covering those in future blogs. Addthis Related Articles New Lighting Facts Label: Takes the Guess Work Out of...

  18. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes: Case Study: Build San Antonio Green, San Antonio, Texas

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    researchers provided technical assistance to Build San Antonio Green (BSAG, www.buildsagreen.org) for three of their deep energy and green retrofits. BSAG is a well established non-profit organization in the community that has certified more than 710 new homes as well as 15 retrofits through its Green Retrofit Program to date. Technical assistance provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) team included retrofitting strategy assessments, performance testing, quality assurance,

  19. Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings under Uncertainty with an Integrated Assessment Model: Technical Background Data

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    Scott, Michael J.; Daly, Don S.; Hathaway, John E.; Lansing, Carina S.; Liu, Ying; McJeon, Haewon C.; Moss, Richard H.; Patel, Pralit L.; Peterson, Marty J.; Rice, Jennie S.; Zhou, Yuyu

    2014-12-06

    This report presents data and assumptions employed in an application of PNNLs Global Change Assessment Model with a newly-developed Monte Carlo analysis capability. The model is used to analyze the impacts of more aggressive U.S. residential and commercial building-energy codes and equipment standards on energy consumption and energy service costs at the state level, explicitly recognizing uncertainty in technology effectiveness and cost, socioeconomics, presence or absence of carbon prices, and climate impacts on energy demand. The report provides a summary of how residential and commercial buildings are modeled, together with assumptions made for the distributions of statelevel population, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per worker, efficiency and cost of residential and commercial energy equipment by end use, and efficiency and cost of residential and commercial building shells. The cost and performance of equipment and of building shells are reported separately for current building and equipment efficiency standards and for more aggressive standards. The report also details assumptions concerning future improvements brought about by projected trends in technology.

  20. Development of Standardized Domestic Hot Water Event Schedules for Residential Buildings

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    Hendron, R.; Burch, J.

    2008-08-01

    The Building America Research Benchmark is a standard house definition created as a point of reference for tracking progress toward multi-year energy savings targets. As part of its development, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has established a set of domestic hot water events to be used in conjunction with sub-hourly analysis of advanced hot water systems.

  1. Clothes washer standards in China -- The problem of water andenergy trade-offs in establishing efficiency standards

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    Biermayer, Peter J.; Lin, Jiang

    2004-05-19

    Currently the sales of clothes washers in China consist ofseveral general varieties. Some use more energy (with or withoutincluding hot water energy use) and some use more water. Both energy andwater are in short supply in China. This poses the question - how do youtrade off water versus energy in establishing efficiency standards? Thispaper discusses how China dealt with this situation and how itestablished minimum efficiency standards for clothes washers.

  2. The Second US-China Energy Efficiency Forum: Energy Management Standards

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    and Implementation | Department of Energy The Second US-China Energy Efficiency Forum: Energy Management Standards and Implementation The Second US-China Energy Efficiency Forum: Energy Management Standards and Implementation Presentation from James Quinn outlining Energy Efficiency standards and certifications, and their implementation. PDF icon session_2_industry_track_quinn_en.pdf PDF icon session_2_industry_track_quinn_cn.pdf More Documents & Publications International Cooperation on

  3. Improving energy efficiency via smart building energy management systems. A comparison with policy measures

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    Rocha, Paula; Siddiqui, Afzal; Stadler, Michael

    2014-12-09

    In this study, to foster the transition to more sustainable energy systems, policymakers have been approving measures to improve energy efficiency as well as promoting smart grids. In this setting, building managers are encouraged to adapt their energy operations to real-time market and weather conditions. Yet, most fail to do so as they rely on conventional building energy management systems (BEMS) that have static temperature set points for heating and cooling equipment. In this paper, we investigate how effective policy measures are at improving building-level energy efficiency compared to a smart BEMS with dynamic temperature set points. To this end, we present an integrated optimisation model mimicking the smart BEMS that combines decisions on heating and cooling systems operations with decisions on energy sourcing. Using data from an Austrian and a Spanish building, we find that the smart BEMS results in greater reduction in energy consumption than a conventional BEMS with policy measures.

  4. Identification of Energy Efficiency Opportunities through Building Data Analysis and Achieving Energy Savings through Improved Controls

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    Katipamula, Srinivas; Taasevigen, Danny J.; Koran, Bill

    2014-09-04

    This chapter will highlight analysis techniques to identify energy efficiency opportunities to improve operations and controls. A free tool, Energy Charting and Metrics (ECAM), will be used to assist in the analysis of whole-building, sub-metered, and/or data from the building automation system (BAS). Appendix A describes the features of ECAM in more depth, and also provide instructions for downloading ECAM and all resources pertaining to using ECAM.

  5. Demonstration of Energy Efficient Retrofits for Lighting and Daylighting in New York City Office Buildings

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    INSERT PROJECT SPECIFIC PHOTO (replacing this shape) Demonstration of Energy Efficient Retrofits for Lighting and Daylighting in New York City Office Buildings 2015 Building Technologies Office Peer Review Eleanor Lee, eslee@lbl.gov Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Project Summary Timeline: Start date: October 1, 2013 Planned end date: December 31, 2015 Key Milestones 1. Partner commitment to Living Lab investment, 1/31/14 2. Initial implementation, 6/14, 8/14 3. Final technical report,

  6. Inventory of U.S.-led International Activities on Building Energy Efficiency Initial Findings

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    Delgado, Alison; Evans, Meredydd

    2010-04-01

    Several U.S. Government agencies promote energy efficiency in buildings internationally. The types and scope of activities vary by agency. Those with the largest role include the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Both USAID and the Department of State have a substantial presence overseas, which may present some complementarities with the Department of Energy’s efforts to reach out to other countries. Generally speaking, USAID focuses on capacity building and policy issues; the Department of State focuses on broad diplomatic efforts and some targeted grants in support of these efforts, and EPA has more targeted roles linked to ENERGY STAR appliances and a few other activities. Several additional agencies are also involved in trade-related efforts to promote energy efficiency in buildings. These include the Department of Commerce, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency (TDA). This initial synthesis report is designed to summarize broad trends and activities relating to international cooperation on energy efficiency in buildings, which can help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in developing its own strategy in this area. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will develop a more complete synthesis report later in 2010 as it populates a database on international projects on building energy efficiency.

  7. Greensburg Implements High-Efficiency Building Codes to Achieve Long-Term

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    Energy Savings | Department of Energy Greensburg Implements High-Efficiency Building Codes to Achieve Long-Term Energy Savings Greensburg Implements High-Efficiency Building Codes to Achieve Long-Term Energy Savings The LEED Platinum K-12 school in Greensburg, Kansas. <em>Photo from Joah Bussert, Greensburg GreenTown, NREL 19952</em> The LEED Platinum K-12 school in Greensburg, Kansas. Photo from Joah Bussert, Greensburg GreenTown, NREL 19952 On May 4, 2007, a massive tornado

  8. Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned (Brochure), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

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    Energy- Efficient Schools in New Orleans Lessons Learned 2 3 The devastation of schools in New Orleans from the hurricanes was exacerbated by many years of deferred school maintenance. n Introduction Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the United States, striking the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, and flooding 80% of New Orleans; to make matters worse, the city was flooded again only three weeks later by the effects of Hurricane Rita. Many of the buildings, including schools,

  9. Building America Update - March 6, 2014 | Department of Energy

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    Learn about all of the Building America Top Innovations. Building America Launches 2014 ... Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap: Open for Public Comment until March 15 The ...

  10. The Design-Build Process for the Research Support Facility (RSF), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

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    Design-Build Process for the Research Support Facility An in-depth look at how the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory used a performance-based design-build contract process to build one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the world. Table of Contents The Design-Build Process for the Research Support Facility | 1 Table of Contents Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  11. Emerging Energy-Efficient Technologies in Buildings Technology Characterizations for Energy Modeling

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    Hadley, SW

    2004-10-11

    The energy use in America's commercial and residential building sectors is large and growing. Over 38 quadrillion Btus (Quads) of primary energy were consumed in 2002, representing 39% of total U.S. energy consumption. While the energy use in buildings is expected to grow to 52 Quads by 2025, a large number of energy-related technologies exist that could curtail this increase. In recent years, improvements in such items as high efficiency refrigerators, compact fluorescent lights, high-SEER air conditioners, and improved building shells have all contributed to reducing energy use. Hundreds of other technology improvements have and will continue to improve the energy use in buildings. While many technologies are well understood and are gradually penetrating the market, more advanced technologies will be introduced in the future. The pace and extent of these advances can be improved through state and federal R&D. This report focuses on the long-term potential for energy-efficiency improvement in buildings. Five promising technologies have been selected for description to give an idea of the wide range of possibilities. They address the major areas of energy use in buildings: space conditioning (33% of building use), water heating (9%), and lighting (16%). Besides describing energy-using technologies (solid-state lighting and geothermal heat pumps), the report also discusses energy-saving building shell improvements (smart roofs) and the integration of multiple energy service technologies (CHP packaged systems and triple function heat pumps) to create synergistic savings. Finally, information technologies that can improve the efficiency of building operations are discussed. The report demonstrates that the United States is not running out of technologies to improve energy efficiency and economic and environmental performance, and will not run out in the future. The five technology areas alone can potentially result in total primary energy savings of between 2 and 4.2 Quads by 2025, or 3.8% to 8.1% of the total commercial and residential energy use by 2025 (52 Quads). Many other technologies will contribute to additional potential for energy-efficiency improvement, while the technical potential of these five technologies on the long term is even larger.

  12. New Energy Efficiency Standards to Help Americans Save Money by Saving

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    Energy, Cut Carbon Pollution | Department of Energy to Help Americans Save Money by Saving Energy, Cut Carbon Pollution New Energy Efficiency Standards to Help Americans Save Money by Saving Energy, Cut Carbon Pollution December 31, 2014 - 2:14pm Addthis NEWS MEDIA CONTACT (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - In support of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced two new energy efficiency standards today. The new standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and

  13. Technology Prioritization: Transforming the U.S. Building Stock to Embrace Energy Efficiency

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    Abdelaziz, Omar; Farese, Philip; Abramson, Alexis; Phelan, Patrick

    2013-01-01

    The U.S. Buildings sector is responsible for about 40% of the national energy expenditures. This is due in part to wasteful use of resources and limited considerations made for energy efficiency during the design and retrofit phases. Recent studies have indicated the potential for up to 30-50% energy savings in the U.S. buildings sector using currently available technologies. This paper discusses efforts to accelerate the transformation in the U.S. building energy efficiency sector using a new technology prioritization framework. The underlying analysis examines building energy use micro segments using the Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook and other publically available information. The tool includes a stock-and-flow model to track stock vintage and efficiency levels with time. The tool can be used to investigate energy efficiency measures under a variety of scenarios and has a built-in energy accounting framework to prevent double counting of energy savings within any given portfolio. This tool is developed to inform decision making and estimate long term potential energy savings for different market adoption scenarios.

  14. Developing evidence-based prescriptive ventilation rate standards for commercial buildings in California: a proposed framework

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    Mendell, Mark J.; Fisk, William J.

    2014-02-01

    Background - The goal of this project, with a focus on commercial buildings in California, was to develop a new framework for evidence-based minimum ventilation rate (MVR) standards that protect occupants in buildings while also considering energy use and cost. This was motivated by research findings suggesting that current prescriptive MVRs in commercial buildings do not provide occupants with fully safe and satisfactory indoor environments. Methods - The project began with a broad review in several areas ? the diverse strategies now used for standards or guidelines for MVRs or for environmental contaminant exposures, current knowledge about adverse human effects associated with VRs, and current knowledge about contaminants in commercial buildings, including their their presence, their adverse human effects, and their relationships with VRs. Based on a synthesis of the reviewed information, new principles and approaches are proposed for setting evidence-based VRs standards for commercial buildings, considering a range of human effects including health, performance, and acceptability of air. Results ? A review and evaluation is first presented of current approaches to setting prescriptive building ventilation standards and setting acceptable limits for human contaminant exposures in outdoor air and occupational settings. Recent research on approaches to setting acceptable levels of environmental exposures in evidence-based MVR standards is also described. From a synthesis and critique of these materials, a set of principles for setting MVRs is presented, along with an example approach based on these principles. The approach combines two sequential strategies. In a first step, an acceptable threshold is set for each adverse outcome that has a demonstrated relationship to VRs, as an increase from a (low) outcome level at a high reference ventilation rate (RVR, the VR needed to attain the best achievable levels of the adverse outcome); MVRs required to meet each specific outcome threshold are estimated; and the highest of these MVRs, which would then meet all outcome thresholds, is selected as the target MVR. In a second step, implemented only if the target MVR from step 1 is judged impractically high, costs and benefits are estimated and this information is used in a risk management process. Four human outcomes with substantial quantitative evidence of relationships to VRs are identified for initial consideration in setting MVR standards. These are: building-related symptoms (sometimes called sick building syndrome symptoms), poor perceived indoor air quality, and diminished work performance, all with data relating them directly to VRs; and cancer and non-cancer chronic outcomes, related indirectly to VRs through specific VR-influenced indoor contaminants. In an application of step 1 for offices using a set of example outcome thresholds, a target MVR of 9 L/s (19 cfm) per person was needed. Because this target MVR was close to MVRs in current standards, use of a cost/benefit process seemed unnecessary. Selection of more stringent thresholds for one or more human outcomes, however, could raise the target MVR to 14 L/s (30 cfm) per person or higher, triggering the step 2 risk management process. Consideration of outdoor air pollutant effects would add further complexity to the framework. For balancing the objective and subjective factors involved in setting MVRs in a cost-benefit process, it is suggested that a diverse group of stakeholders make the determination after assembling as much quantitative data as possible.

  15. Searching for the Optimal Mix of Solar and Efficiency in Zero Net Energy Buildings

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    Horowitz, S.; Christensen, C.; Anderson, R.

    2008-01-01

    Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings employ efficiency to reduce energy consumption and solar technologies to produce as much energy on site as is consumed on an annual basis. Such buildings leverage utility grids and net-metering agreements to reduce solar system costs and maintenance requirements relative to off-grid photovoltaic (PV)-powered buildings with batteries. The BEopt software was developed to efficiently identify cost-optimal building designs using detailed hour-by-hour energy simulation programs to evaluate the user-selected options. A search technique identifies optimal and near-optimal building designs (based on energy-related costs) at various levels of energy savings along the path from a reference building to a ZNE design. In this paper, we describe results based on use of the BEopt software to develop cost-optimal paths to ZNE for various climates. Comparing the different cases shows optimal building design characteristics, percent energy savings and cash flows at key points along the path, including the point at which investments shift from building improvements to purchasing PV, and PV array sizes required to achieve ZNE. From optimizations using the BEopt software for a 2,000-ft{sup 2} house in 4 climates, we conclude that, relative to a code-compliant (IECC 2006) reference house, the following are achievable: (1) minimum cost point: 22 to 38% source energy savings and 15 to 24% annual cash flow savings; (2) PV start point: 40 to 49% source energy savings at 10 to 12% annual cash flow savings; (3) break-even point: 43 to 53% source energy savings at 0% annual cash flow savings; and (4) ZNE point: 100% source energy savings with 4.5 to 8.1 kW{sub DC} PV arrays and 76 to 169% increase in cash flow.

  16. NREL's Building-Integrated Supercomputer Provides Heating and Efficient Computing (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-09-01

    NREL's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) is meant to investigate new ways to integrate energy sources so they work together efficiently, and one of the key tools to that investigation, a new supercomputer, is itself a prime example of energy systems integration. NREL teamed with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Intel to develop the innovative warm-water, liquid-cooled Peregrine supercomputer, which not only operates efficiently but also serves as the primary source of building heat for ESIF offices and laboratories. This innovative high-performance computer (HPC) can perform more than a quadrillion calculations per second as part of the world's most energy-efficient HPC data center.

  17. Building Energy Asset Score | Department of Energy

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    Commercial Buildings » Analysis Tools » Building Energy Asset Score Building Energy Asset Score Building Energy Asset Score The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Energy Asset Score (Asset Score) is a national standardized tool for assessing the physical and structural energy efficiency of commercial and multifamily residential buildings. The Asset Score generates a simple energy efficiency rating that enables comparison among buildings, and identifies opportunities to invest in energy

  18. Building Energy Codes

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    David Cohan Program Manager Building Energy Codes April 22, 2014 Presentation Outline * Mission * Goals * Program Organization * Strategies/Roles * Near-Term Focus * Measuring Progress/Outcomes/Impacts * Priorities for FY15 and Beyond 2 Building Energy Codes - Mission Support the building energy code and standard development, adoption, implementation and enforcement processes to achieve the maximum practicable improvements in building energy efficiency 3 Building Energy Codes Program - Goals

  19. NREL's OpenStudio Helps Design More Efficient Buildings (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2014-07-01

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created the OpenStudio software platform that makes it easier for architects and engineers to evaluate building energy efficiency measures throughout the design process. OpenStudio makes energy modeling more accessible and affordable, helping professionals to design structures with lower utility bills and less carbon emissions, resulting in a healthier environment. OpenStudio includes a user-friendly application suite that makes the U.S. Department of Energy's EnergyPlus and Radiance simulation engines easier to use for whole building energy and daylighting performance analysis. OpenStudio is freely available and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

  20. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for

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    Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida | Department of Energy Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida PNNL and FSEC helped Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County build three <60 HERS prototype homes, 30% better than their typical homes at a cost of only $1,500 more. PDF icon Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach

  1. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for

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    Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida | Department of Energy Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida PNNL and FSEC helped Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County build three <60 HERS prototype homes, 30% better than their typical homes at a cost of only $1,500 more. PDF icon Case Study: Habitat for Humanity Palm Beach

  2. Twenty Years On!: Updating the IEA BESTEST Building Thermal Fabric Test Cases for ASHRAE Standard 140: Preprint

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    Judkoff, R.; Neymark, J.

    2013-07-01

    ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 140, Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs applies the IEA BESTEST building thermal fabric test cases and example simulation results originally published in 1995. These software accuracy test cases and their example simulation results, which comprise the first test suite adapted for the initial 2001 version of Standard 140, are approaching their 20th anniversary. In response to the evolution of the state of the art in building thermal fabric modeling since the test cases and example simulation results were developed, work is commencing to update the normative test specification and the informative example results.

  3. Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council Webinar: Proposed Approach for Energy Efficiency Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This is a presentation from the January 12, 2015 Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council webinar for Natural Resources Canada and the US Department of Energy regarding a proposed approach for energy efficiency standards.

  4. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens to Save Consumers on Energy Bills

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced today that the Energy Department has finalized new energy efficiency standards for microwave ovens that will save consumers nearly $3 billion on their energy bills through 2030.

  5. Improving energy efficiency via smart building energy management systems. A comparison with policy measures

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    Rocha, Paula; Siddiqui, Afzal; Stadler, Michael

    2014-12-09

    In this study, to foster the transition to more sustainable energy systems, policymakers have been approving measures to improve energy efficiency as well as promoting smart grids. In this setting, building managers are encouraged to adapt their energy operations to real-time market and weather conditions. Yet, most fail to do so as they rely on conventional building energy management systems (BEMS) that have static temperature set points for heating and cooling equipment. In this paper, we investigate how effective policy measures are at improving building-level energy efficiency compared to a smart BEMS with dynamic temperature set points. To this end,more » we present an integrated optimisation model mimicking the smart BEMS that combines decisions on heating and cooling systems operations with decisions on energy sourcing. Using data from an Austrian and a Spanish building, we find that the smart BEMS results in greater reduction in energy consumption than a conventional BEMS with policy measures.« less

  6. Greensburg Implements High-Efficiency Building Codes to Achieve Long-Term Energy Savings

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    Greensburg Implements High-Efficiency Building Codes to Achieve Long-Term Energy Savings On May 4, 2007, a massive tornado struck Greensburg, an agricultural community of about 1,400 people in south-central Kansas. Since then, city and community leaders and residents have been committed to rebuilding the town as a model sustainable community. When the tornado struck, 11 people were killed, and more than 90% of the city's structures, most vehicles, and the electricity infrastructure were

  7. Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Existing Building Energy Efficiency Analysis: November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2010

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    7A2-48318 June 2010 Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Existing Building Energy Efficiency Analysis November 17, 2009 - June 30, 2010 P. Finch and A. Potes Booz Allen Hamilton Honolulu, Hawaii National Renewable Energy Laboratory 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, Colorado 80401-3393 303-275-3000 * www.nrel.gov NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC Contract No. DE-AC36-08-GO28308

  8. Energy Efficiency Improvements to Wundar Hall, a Historic Building on the Concordia Campus, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Karman, Nathan

    2012-11-29

    The Forest County Potawatomi Community (??FCPC? or ??Community?) implemented energy efficiency improvements to revitalize Wundar Hall, a 34,000 square foot (??SF?) building that was formerly used as a dormitory and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, into an office building. Wundar Hall is the first of many architecturally and historically significant buildings that the Community hopes to renovate at the former Concordia College campus, property on the near west side of Milwaukee that was taken into trust for the Community by the United States on July 10, 1990 (collectively, the ??Concordia Trust Property?). As part of this project, which was conducted with assistance from the Department of Energy??s Tribal Energy Program (??TEP?), the Community updated and/or replaced the building envelope, mechanical systems, the plumbing system, the electrical infrastructure, and building control systems. The project is expected to reduce the building??s natural gas consumption by 58% and the electricity consumption by 55%. In addition, the project was designed to act as a catalyst to further renovation of the Concordia Trust Property and the neighborhood. The City of Milwaukee has identified redevelopment of the Concordia Trust Property as a ??Catalytic Project? for revitalizing the near west side. The Tribe envisions a revitalized, mixed-use campus of community services, education, and economic development??providing services to the Indian community and jobs to the neighborhood.

  9. Technology Prioritization: Transforming the U.S. Building Stock to Embrace Energy Efficiency

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    2013-07-01

    This paper discusses the efforts to accelerate the transformation in the U.S. building energy efficiency sector using a new technology prioritization framework. The underlying analysis examines building energy use micro segments using the Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook and other publically available information. The U.S. Department of Energys Building Technologies Office (BTO) has developed a prioritization tool in an effort to inform programmatic decision making based on the long-term national impact of different energy efficiency measures. The prioritization tool can be used to investigate energy efficiency measures under a variety of scenarios and has a built-in energy accounting framework to prevent double counting of energy savings within any given portfolio. This tool is developed to inform decision making and estimate long term potential energy savings for different market adoption scenarios. It provides an objective comparison of new and existing measures and is being used to inform decision making with respect to BTOs portfolio of projects.

  10. Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: ASHRAE Standard 62.2. Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    DOE goals call for zero energy ready homes that are 50% more efficient than the 2009 IECC and whole-house retrofits that reduce energy use 25% in existing homes by 2025. By specifying minimum ventilation rates, ASHRAE 62.2 is a critical enabling innovation that will contribute to DOE's long-term goal of saving the nation $2.2 trillion in energy-related costs through a 50% reduction in building energy consumption. BUILDING AMERICA TOP INNOVATIONS 2014 PROFILE Building America research and support

  11. Energy Efficiency Program for Residential Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dishwashers, Reopening of the Comment Period

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    Energy Efficiency Program for Residential Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dishwashers, Reopening of the Comment Period

  12. Better Buildings Residential Network Peer Exchange Call Series: Generating Energy Efficiency Project Leads and Allocating Leads to Contractors

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    Generating Energy Efficiency Project Leads and Allocating Leads to Contractors Call Slides and Discussion Summary February 26, 2015 Call Participants  Build It Green  City of Chula Vista  City of Philadelphia  Civic Works/Retrofit Baltimore  Clean Energy Durham  Clean Energy Works  Community Office for Resource Efficiency  Dr. Energy Saver  Efficiency Maine  Efficiency Nova Scotia  Energy Efficiency Specialists, LLC  Energy Pioneer Solutions  Greater

  13. Review of Prior Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Evaluation: A Report to Snohomish Public Utilities District

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    Price, Phillip

    2014-12-22

    Snohomish County Public Utilities District (the District or Snohomish PUD) provides electricity to about 325,000 customers in Snohomish County, Washington. The District has an incentive programs to encourage commercial customers to improve energy efficiency: the District partially reimburses the cost of approved retrofits if they provide a level of energy performance improvement that is specified by contract. In 2013 the District contracted with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to provide a third-party review of the Monitoring and Verification (M&V) practices the District uses to evaluate whether companies are meeting their contractual obligations. This work helps LBNL understand the challenges faced by real-world practitioners of M&V of energy savings, and builds on a body of related work such as Price et al. (2013). The District selected a typical project for which they had already performed an evaluation. The present report includes the District's original evaluation as well as LBNL's review of their approach. The review is based on the document itself; on investigation of the load data and outdoor air temperature data from the building evaluated in the document; and on phone discussions with Bill Harris of the Snohomish County Public Utilities District. We will call the building studied in the document the subject building, the original Snohomish PUD report will be referred to as the Evaluation, and this discussion by LBNL is called the Review.

  14. Contributing to Net Zero Building: High Energy Efficient EIFS Wall Systems

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    Carbary, Lawrence D.; Perkins, Laura L.; Serino, Roland; Preston, Bill; Kosny, Jan

    2014-01-29

    The team led by Dow Corning collaborated to increase the thermal performance of exterior insulation and finishing systems (EIFS) to reach R-40 performance meeting the needs for high efficiency insulated walls. Additionally, the project helped remove barriers to using EIFS on retrofit commercial buildings desiring high insulated walls. The three wall systems developed within the scope of this project provide the thermal performance of R-24 to R-40 by incorporating vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) into an expanded polystyrene (EPS) encapsulated vacuum insulated sandwich element (VISE). The VISE was incorporated into an EIFS as pre-engineered insulation boards. The VISE is installed using typical EIFS details and network of trained installers. These three wall systems were tested and engineered to be fully code compliant as an EIFS and meet all of the International Building Code structural, durability and fire test requirements for a code compliant exterior wall cladding system. This system is being commercialized under the trade name Dryvit Outsulation HE system. Full details, specifications, and application guidelines have been developed for the system. The system has been modeled both thermally and hygrothermally to predict condensation potential. Based on weather models for Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; Phoenix, AZ; and Seattle, WA; condensation and water build up in the wall system is not a concern. Finally, the team conducted a field trial of the system on a building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station which is being redeveloped by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (Brunswick, Maine). The field trial provided a retrofit R-30 wall onto a wood frame construction, slab on grade, 1800 ft2 building, that was monitored over the course of a year. Simultaneous with the faade retrofit, the buildings windows were upgraded at no charge to this program. The retrofit building used 49% less natural gas during the winter of 2012 compared to previous winters. This project achieved its goal of developing a system that is constructible, offers protection to the VIPs, and meets all performance targets established for the project.

  15. Three-dimensional analysis of AP600 standard plant shield building roof

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    Greimann, L.; Fanous, F.; Safar, S.; Khalil, A.; Bluhm, D.

    1999-06-01

    The AP600 passive containment vessel is surrounded by a concrete cylindrical shell covered with a truncated conical roof. This roof supports the passive containment cooling system (PCS) annular tank, shield plate and other nonstructural attachments. When the shield building is subjected to different loading combinations as defined in the Standard Review Plan (SRP), some of the sections in the shield building could experience forces in excess of their design values. This report summarized the three-dimensional finite element analysis that was conducted to review the adequacy of the proposed Westinghouse shield building design. The ANSYS finite element software was utilized to analyze the Shield Building Roof (SBR) under dead, snow, wind, thermal and seismic loadings. A three-dimensional model that included a portion of the shield building cylindrical shell, the conical roof and its attachments, the eccentricities at the cone-cylinder connection and at the compression ring and the PCS tank was developed. Mesh sensitivity studies were conducted to select appropriate element size in the cylinder, cone, near air intakes and in the vicinity of the eccentricities. Also, a study was carried out to correctly idealize the water-structure interaction in the PCS tank. Response spectrum analysis was used to calculate the internal forces at different sections in the SBR under Safe Shutdown Earthquake (SSE). Forty-nine structural modes and twenty sloshing modes were used. Two horizontal components of the SSE together with a vertical component were used. Modal stress resultants were combined taking into account the effects of closely spaced modes. The three earthquake directions were combined by the Square Root of the Sum Squares method. Two load combinations were studied. The load combination that included dead, snow, fluid, thermal and seismic loads was selected to be the most critical. Interaction diagrams for critical sections were developed and used to check the design adequacy. The results demonstrated that provided area of steal on each face of several sections of the AP600 SBR was inadequate. This was also noticed when comparing the total provided area of steel per section, i.e., the area of steel on both faces. The discrepancy between Westinghouse results and these reported herein could have resulted from the different finite element mesh sizes and the assumption used in Westinghouse design.

  16. Energy Efficiency in Buildings as an Air Quality Compliance Approach: Opportunities for the U.S. Department of Energy

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    Vine, Edward

    2002-05-01

    Increasing the energy efficiency of end-use equipment in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors can reduce air pollution emissions and greenhouse gases significantly. Because energy efficiency is an effective means of reducing multi-pollutant emissions, it is important to ensure that energy efficiency is a fully engaged component of emission-reduction programs. However, while energy-efficiency measures are perceived by many stakeholders to be important options for improving air quality, some members in the air quality community are concerned about the ability of these measures to fit in a regulatory framework-in particular, the ability of emissions reductions from energy-efficiency measures to be real, quantifiable, certifiable, and enforceable. Hence, there are few air quality programs that include energy efficiency as a tool for complying with air quality regulations. This paper describes the connection between energy consumption and air quality, the potential role of energy-efficiency measures to meet air quality regulations, the barriers and challenges to the use of these measures in the air quality regulatory environment, and the potential role that the U.S. Department of Energy's (USDOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technology, State and Community Programs (EERE-Buildings) could play in this area. EERE-Buildings can play a very important role in promoting energy efficiency in the air quality community, in ways that are fully consistent with its overall mission. EERE-Buildings will need to work with other stakeholders to aggressively promote energy efficiency via multiple means: publications, analytical tools, pilot programs, demonstrations, and program and policy analysis and evaluation. EERE-Buildings and state energy officials have considerable experience in implementing and monitoring energy-savings projects, as well as in designing documentation and verification requirements of energy-efficiency improvements. The following lists suggest potential EERE-Buildings activities, grouped by whether EERE-Buildings would play a lead or supporting role.

  17. Better Buildings

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Better Buildings Initiative aims to make commercial and industrial buildings 20% more energy efficient by 2020 and accelerate private sector investment in energy efficiency.

  18. Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: ASHRAE Standard 62.2. Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings

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    none,

    2014-11-01

    This 2014 Top Innovations profile describes Building America research and support in developing and gaining adoption of ASHRAE 62.2, a residential ventilation standard that is critical to transforming the U.S. housing industry to high-performance homes.

  19. Realized and Projected Impacts of U.S. Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Commercial Appliances

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    Meyers, Stephen P.; McMahon, James; Atkinson, Barbara

    2008-05-08

    This study estimated energy, environmental and consumer economic impacts of U.S. Federal residential energy efficiency standards that became effective in the 1988-2006 period, and of energy efficiency standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts and distribution transformers. These standards have been the subject of in-depth analyses conducted as part of DOE's standards rulemaking process. This study drew on those analyses, but updated certain data and developed a common framework and assumptions for all of the products in order to estimate realized impacts and to update projected impacts. It also performed new analysis for the first (1990) fluorescent ballast standards, which had been introduced in the NAECA legislation without a rulemaking. We estimate that the considered standards will reduce residential/ commercial primary energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in 2030 by 4percent compared to the levels expected without any standards. The reduction for the residential sector is larger, at 8percent. The estimated cumulative energy savings from the standards amount to 39 quads by 2020, and 63 quads by 2030. The standards will also reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by considerable amounts.The estimated cumulative net present value of consumer benefit amounts to $241 billion by 2030, and grows to $269 billion by 2045. The overall ratio of consumer benefits to costs (in present value terms) in the 1987-2050 period is 2.7 to 1. Although the estimates made in this study are subject to a fair degree of uncertainty, we believe they provide a reasonable approximation of the national benefits resulting from Federal appliance efficiency standards.

  20. Building America Whole-House Solutions for New Homes: Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This project represents the third phase of a multi-year effort to develop and bring to market a High Performance Manufactured Home. In this project, the Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program worked with Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction and Bonneville Power Administration to help four factory homebuilders build prototype zero energy ready manufactured homes, resulting in what is expected to be a 30% savings relative to the Building America Benchmark.

  1. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)- Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Final Report

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    Brown, Donisha; Harris, Barbara; Blue, Cynthia; Gaskins, Charla

    2014-09-16

    The original BetterBuildings for Greensboro grant program included an outreach campaign to inform 100% of the Greensboro community about the benefits of reducing energy use; a plan to reduce energy consumption in at least 34% of the homes and 10% of the other buildings in the east Greensboro target area; and a plan to create and retain jobs in the energy conservation industry. Under the original program structure the City of Greensboro planned to partner with local and regional lenders to create a diversified portfolio of loan products to meet the needs of various income levels and building types. All participants would participate in the loan programs as a method of meeting the programs 5 to1 private capital match/leverage requirements. In June 2011 the program was restructured to include partnerships with large commercial and multifamily projects, with these partners providing the greater portion of the required match/leverage. The geographic focus was revised to include reducing energy consumption across the entire City of Greensboro, targeting neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-moderate income households and aged housing stock. The community outreach component used a neighborhood-based approach to train community residents and volunteers to conduct door-to-door neighborhood sweeps; delivered high quality information on available program resources; helped residents to evaluate alternative energy efficiency measures and alternative financing sources; assisted with contractor selections and monitoring/evaluation of work; coordinated activities with BetterBuildings program partners; and collected data required by the Department of Energy. Additionally, HERO (Home Energy Response Officers) delivered intro packages (energy efficiency information and products) to thousands of households at the initial point of contact. A pilot program (Early Adopters) was offered from March 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011. The Early Adopters program was designed to offer immediate assistance to property owners ready and able to make their homes more energy efficient, by offering a rebate on their energy assessment and on the cost of upgrades installed. Eligible energy efficient upgrades were inclusive of basic level insulating and weather-stripping, HVAC system and water heater upgrades, to whole home upgrades that include the replacement of windows, doors and appliances. Renewable energy systems such as solar hot water systems were also eligible for the rebate program.

  2. Building America Case Study: Balancing Hydronic Systems in Multifamily Buildings, Chicago, Illinois (Fact Sheet), Technology Solutions for New and Existing Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Balancing Hydronic Systems in Multifamily Buildings Chicago, Illinois PROJECT INFORMATION Location: Chicago, IL area Partners: Elevate Energy elevateenergy.org/ Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit gastechnology.org/PARR Building Component: HVAC Application: Multifamily Year Tested: 2014 Applicable Climate Zones: 1, 2, 3 PERFORMANCE DATA Retrofit: Booster pump to increase flow in an underheated zone Cost of energy efficiency measure (including labor): $6,330 Temperature spread decrease:

  3. Islip Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Turnover Protocols, Islip, New York (Fact Sheet), Building America Case Study: Whole-House Solutions for Existing Homes, Building Technologies Office (BTO)

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    Islip Housing Authority Energy Efficiency Turnover Protocols Islip, New York PROJECT INFORMATION Project Name: Islip Housing Authority Unit Turnover Retrofit Program Location: Islip, NY Partners: Islip Housing Authority, http://www.rhaonline.com/ Advanced Residential Integrated Solutions Collaborative (ARIES), http://levypartnership.com/ Building Component: Whole building Application: Retrofit; single and multifamily Year Tested: 2013 Applicable Climate Zone(s): All PERFORMANCE DATA Cost of

  4. Finding the Next Big Thing(s) in Building Energy Efficiency: HIT Catalyst and the Technology Demo Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Learn how the Department prioritizes high impact technologies (HITs) to advance energy efficiency. Hear from a Better Buildings program participant who is working with Department staff to test promising technologies in buildings. Learn what they are finding and how you can get involved.

  5. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors and Walk-in Coolers and

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Freezers to Save on Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Pollution | Department of Energy for Electric Motors and Walk-in Coolers and Freezers to Save on Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Pollution New Energy Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors and Walk-in Coolers and Freezers to Save on Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Pollution May 9, 2014 - 12:00pm Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which called for efficiency standards that

  6. New Energy Efficiency Standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures to Save on

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Pollution | Department of Energy for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures to Save on Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Pollution New Energy Efficiency Standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures to Save on Energy Bills and Reduce Carbon Pollution January 30, 2014 - 9:30am Addthis News Media Contact (202) 586-4940 WASHINGTON - As part of the Energy Department's efforts to develop efficiency standards that cut carbon pollution and save money by saving energy, U.S. Energy

  7. EERE Success Story-Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon | Department of Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon EERE Success Story-Energy Efficiency Standards for Microwave Ovens Saves Consumers Energy and Updates the Social Cost of Carbon August 21, 2013 - 9:18am Addthis A typical microwave is used to heat food for about 70 hours each year, but continues to use electricity for the remaining 8,690 hours of the year to power

  8. Japan's Residential Energy Demand Outlook to 2030 Considering Energy Efficiency Standards"Top-Runner Approach"

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    Lacommare, Kristina S H; Komiyama, Ryoichi; Marnay, Chris

    2008-05-15

    As one of the measures to achieve the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions agreed to in the"Kyoto Protocol," an institutional scheme for determining energy efficiency standards for energy-consuming appliances, called the"Top-Runner Approach," was developed by the Japanese government. Its goal is to strengthen the legal underpinnings of various energy conservation measures. Particularly in Japan's residential sector, where energy demand has grown vigorously so far, this efficiency standard is expected to play a key role in mitigating both energy demand growth and the associated CO2 emissions. This paper presents an outlook of Japan's residential energy demand, developed by a stochastic econometric model for the purpose of analyzing the impacts of the Japan's energy efficiency standards, as well as the future stochastic behavior of income growth, demography, energy prices, and climate on the future energy demand growth to 2030. In this analysis, we attempt to explicitly take into consideration more than 30 kinds of electricity uses, heating, cooling and hot water appliances in order to comprehensively capture the progress of energy efficiency in residential energy end-use equipment. Since electricity demand, is projected to exhibit astonishing growth in Japan's residential sector due to universal increasing ownership of electric and other appliances, it is important to implement an elaborate efficiency standards policy for these appliances.

  9. Estimate of Technical Potential for Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards in 13 Major World Economies

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    Letschert, Virginie; Desroches, Louis-Benoit; Ke, Jing; McNeil, Michael

    2012-07-01

    As part of the ongoing effort to estimate the foreseeable impacts of aggressive minimum efficiency performance standards (MEPS) programs in the worlds major economies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has developed a scenario to analyze the technical potential of MEPS in 13 major economies around the world1 . The best available technology (BAT) scenario seeks to determine the maximum potential savings that would result from diffusion of the most efficient available technologies in these major economies.

  10. Do Energy Efficiency Standards Improve Quality? Evidence from a Revealed Preference Approach

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    Houde, Sebastien; Spurlock, C. Anna

    2015-06-01

    Minimum energy efficiency standards have occupied a central role in U.S. energy policy for more than three decades, but little is known about their welfare effects. In this paper, we employ a revealed preference approach to quantify the impact of past revisions in energy efficiency standards on product quality. The micro-foundation of our approach is a discrete choice model that allows us to compute a price-adjusted index of vertical quality. Focusing on the appliance market, we show that several standard revisions during the period 2001-2011 have led to an increase in quality. We also show that these standards have had a modest effect on prices, and in some cases they even led to decreases in prices. For revision events where overall quality increases and prices decrease, the consumer welfare effect of tightening the standards is unambiguously positive. Finally, we show that after controlling for the effect of improvement in energy efficiency, standards have induced an expansion of quality in the non-energy dimension. We discuss how imperfect competition can rationalize these results.

  11. Human Capacity Building in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy System Maintenance for the Yurok Tribe

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    Engel, R. A.' Zoellick, J J.

    2007-07-31

    From July 2005 to July 2007, the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) assisted the Yurok Tribe in the implementation of a program designed to build the Tribe’s own capacity to improve energy efficiency and maintain and repair renewable energy systems in Tribal homes on the Yurok Reservation. Funding for this effort was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tribal Program under First Steps grant award #DE-FG36-05GO15166. The program’s centerpiece was a house-by-house needs assessment, in which Tribal staff visited and conducted energy audits at over fifty homes. The visits included assessment of household energy efficiency and condition of existing renewable energy systems. Staff also provided energy education to residents, evaluated potential sites for new household renewable energy systems, and performed minor repairs as needed on renewable energy systems.

  12. Progress on Enabling an Interactive Conversation Between Commercial Building Occupants and Their Building To Improve Comfort and Energy Efficiency: Preprint

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    Schott, M.; Scheib, J.; Long, N.; Fleming, K.; Benne, K.; Brackney, L.

    2012-06-01

    Many studies have reported energy savings after installing a dashboard, but dashboards provide neither individual feedback to the occupant nor the ability to report individual comfort. The Building Agent (BA) provides an interface to engage the occupant in a conversation with the building control system and the building engineer. Preliminary outcomes of the BA-enabled feedback loop are presented, and the effectiveness of the three display modes will be compared to other dashboard studies to baseline energy savings in future research.

  13. Enabling Efficient, Responsive, and Resilient Buildings: Collaboration Between the United States and India

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    Basu, Chandrayee; Ghatikar, Girish

    2013-09-25

    The United States and India have among the largest economies in the world, and they continue to work together to address current and future challenges in reliable electricity supply. The acceleration to efficient, grid-responsive, resilient buildings represents a key energy security objective for federal and state agencies in both countries. The weaknesses in the Indian grid system were manifest in 2012, in the country’s worst blackout, which jeopardized the lives of half of India’s 1.2 billion people. While both countries are investing significantly in power sector reform, India, by virtue of its colossal growth rate in commercial energy intensity and commercial floor space, is better placed than the United States to integrate and test state-of-art Smart Grid technologies in its future grid-responsive commercial buildings. This paper presents a roadmap of technical collaboration between the research organizations, and public-private stakeholders in both countries to accelerate the building-to-grid integration through pilot studies in India.

  14. New analysis techniques for estimating impacts of federal appliance efficiency standards

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    McMahon, James E.

    2003-06-24

    Impacts of U.S. appliance and equipment standards have been described previously. Since 2000, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has updated standards for clothes washers, water heaters, and residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. A revised estimate of the aggregate impacts of all the residential appliance standards in the United States shows that existing standards will reduce residential primary energy consumption and associated carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) emissions by 89 percent in 2020 compared to the levels expected without any standards. Studies of possible new standards are underway for residential furnaces and boilers, as well as a number of products in the commercial (tertiary) sector, such as distribution transformers and unitary air conditioners. The analysis of standards has evolved in response to critiques and in an attempt to develop more precise estimates of costs and benefits of these regulations. The newer analysis elements include: (1) valuing energy savings by using marginal (rather than average) energy prices specific to an end-use; (2) simulating the impacts of energy efficiency increases over a sample population of consumers to quantify the proportion of households having net benefits or net costs over the life of the appliance; and (3) calculating marginal markups in distribution channels to derive the incremental change in retail prices associated with increased manufacturing costs for improving energy efficiency.

  15. Building Energy-Efficient Schools in New Orleans: Lessons Learned (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2011-12-01

    This case study presents the lessons learned from incorporating energy efficiency in the rebuilding and renovating of New Orleans K-12 schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Hurricane Katrina was the largest natural disaster in the United States, striking the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, and flooding 80% of New Orleans; to make matters worse, the city was flooded again only three weeks later by the effects of Hurricane Rita. Many of the buildings, including schools, were heavily damaged. The devastation of schools in New Orleans from the hurricanes was exacerbated by many years of deferred school maintenance. This case study presents the lessons learned from incorporating energy efficiency in the rebuilding and renovating of New Orleans K-12 schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The experiences of four new schools-Langston Hughes Elementary School, Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School (which was 50% new construction and 50% major renovation), L.B. Landry High School, and Lake Area High School-and one major renovation, Joseph A. Craig Elementary School-are described to help other school districts and design teams with their in-progress and future school building projects in hot-humid climates. Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had 128 public schools. As part of the recovery planning, New Orleans Public Schools underwent an assessment and planning process to determine how many schools were needed and in what locations. Following a series of public town hall meetings and a district-wide comprehensive facility assessment, a Master Plan was developed, which outlined the renovation or construction of 85 schools throughout the city, which are expected to be completed by 2017. New Orleans Public Schools expects to build or renovate approximately eight schools each year over a 10-year period to achieve 21st century schools district-wide. Reconstruction costs are estimated at nearly $2 billion.

  16. Buildings

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Superior Energy Performance Policy Interpretation providing a certification pathway for Commercial Buildings May 7, 2015 Question: As a hotel or university campus, can I use the ...

  17. Building

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Indexed Site

    DIV. Electricity Consumption and Expenditure Intensities by Census Division, 1999" ,"Electricity Consumption",,,"Electricity Expenditures" ,"per Building (thousand kWh)","per...

  18. Energy-Efficient and Comfortable Buildings through Multivariate Integrated Control (ECoMIC)

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    Birru, Dagnachew; Wen, Yao-Jung; Rubinstein, Francis M.; Clear, Robert D.

    2013-10-28

    This project aims to develop an integrated control solution for enhanced energy efficiency and user comfort in commercial buildings. The developed technology is a zone-based control framework that minimizes energy usage while maintaining occupants visual and thermal comfort through control of electric lights, motorized venetian blinds and thermostats. The control framework is designed following a modular, scalable and flexible architecture to facilitate easy integration with exiting building management systems. The control framework contains two key algorithms: 1) the lighting load balancing algorithm and 2) the thermostat control algorithm. The lighting load balancing algorithm adopts a model-based closed-loop control approach to determine the optimal electric light and venetian blind settings. It is formulated into an optimization problem with minimizing lighting-related energy consumptions as the objective and delivering adequate task light and preventing daylight glare as the constraints. The thermostat control algorithm is based on a well-established thermal comfort model and formulated as a root-finding problem to dynamically determine the optimal thermostat setpoint for both energy savings and improved thermal comfort. To address building-wide scalability, a system architecture was developed for the zone-based control technology. Three levels of services are defined in the architecture: external services, facility level services and zone level services. The zone-level service includes the control algorithms described above as well as the corresponding interfaces, profiles, sensors and actuators to realize the zone controller. The facility level services connect to the zones through a backbone network, handle supervisory level information and controls, and thus facilitate building-wide scalability. The external services provide communication capability to entities outside of the building for grid interaction and remote access. Various aspects of the developed control technology were evaluated and verified through both simulations and testbed implementations. Simulations coupling a DOE medium office reference building in EnergyPlus building simulation software and a prototype controller in Matlab were performed. During summer time in a mixed-humid climate zone, the simulations revealed reductions of 27% and 42% in electric lighting load and cooling load, respectively, when compared to an advanced base case with daylight dimming and blinds automatically tilted to block direct sun. Two single-room testbeds were established. The testbed at Philips Lighting business building (Rosemont, IL) was designed for quantifying energy performance of integrated controls. This particular implementation achieved 40% and 79% savings on lighting and HVAC energy, respectively, compared to a relatively simple base case operated on predefined schedules. While the resulting energy savings was very encouraging, it should be noted that there may be several caveats associated with it. 1) The test was run during late spring and early summer, and the savings numbers might not be directly used to extrapolate the annual energy savings. 2) Due to the needs for separate control and metering of the small-scale demonstrator within a large building, the HVAC system, hence the corresponding savings, did not represent a typical energy code-compliant design. 3) The light level in the control case was regulated at a particular setpoint, which was lower than then the full-on light level in the base case, and the savings resulted from tuning down the light level to the setpoint was not attributable to the contribution of the developed technology. The testbed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) specifically focused on glare control integration, and has demonstrated the feasibility and capability of the glare detection and prevention technique. While the short one-month test in this testbed provided a functional indication of the developed technology, and it would require at least a full solstice-to-solstice cycle to ruinously quan

  19. Energy-efficiency labels and standards: A guidebook for appliances, equipment and lighting

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    McMahon, James E.; Wiel, Stephen

    2001-02-16

    Energy-performance improvements in consumer products are an essential element in any government's portfolio of energy-efficiency and climate change mitigation programs. Governments need to develop balanced programs, both voluntary and regulatory, that remove cost-ineffective, energy-wasting products from the marketplace and stimulate the development of cost-effective, energy-efficient technology. Energy-efficiency labels and standards for appliances, equipment, and lighting products deserve to be among the first policy tools considered by a country's energy policy makers. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) recognize the need to support policy makers in their efforts to implement energy-efficiency standards and labeling programs and have developed this guidebook, together with the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), as a primary reference. This guidebook was prepared over the course of the past year with significant contribution from the authors and reviewers mentioned previously. Their diligent participation has made this the international guidance tool it was intended to be. The lead authors would also like to thank the following individuals for their support in the development, production, and distribution of the guidebook: Marcy Beck, Elisa Derby, Diana Dhunke, Ted Gartner, and Julie Osborn of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as well as Anthony Ma of Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc. This guidebook is designed as a manual for government officials and others around the world responsible for developing, implementing, enforcing, monitoring, and maintaining labeling and standards-setting programs. It discusses the pros and cons of adopting energy-efficiency labels and standards and describes the data, facilities, and institutional and human resources needed for these programs. It provides guidance on the design, development, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of the programs and on the design of the labels and standards themselves. In addition, it directs the reader to references and other resources likely to be useful in conducting the activities described and includes a chapter on energy policies and programs that complement appliance efficiency labels and standards. This guidebook attempts to reflect the essential framework of labeling and standards programs. It is the intent of the authors and sponsors to distribute copies of this book worldwide at no charge for the general public benefit. The guidebook is also available on the web at www.CLASPonline.org and can be downloaded to be used intact or piecemeal for whatever beneficial purposes readers may conceive.

  20. Subscribe to Building Technologies Office Updates | Department of Energy

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    Subscribe to Building Technologies Office Updates Subscribe to Building Technologies Office Updates Sign up to receive email notices of funding opportunities, special events, live webinars, and news from the Building Technologies Office (BTO). These periodic notices include the following topics: New energy-saving technology Energy efficient commercial buildings Energy efficient residential buildings Appliance standards Building energy codes Buildings-to-Grid Integration Enter your email address

  1. NREL Delivers In-Home HVAC Efficiency Testing Solutions (Fact Sheet), Building America: Technical Highlight, Building Technologies Program (BTP)

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Delivers In-Home HVAC Efficiency Testing Solutions Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have recently developed two simple in-home efficiency test methods that can be used by technicians, researchers, or interested homeowners to verify the correct opera- tion and energy efficiency of a home's air conditioning and heating equipment. An efficiency validation method for mini-split heat pumps (MSHPs)-highly efficient refrigerant-based air conditioning and heating systems

  2. Reducing Transaction Costs for Energy Efficiency Investments and Analysis of Economic Risk Associated With Building Performance Uncertainties: Small Buildings and Small Portfolios Program

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    Langner, R.; Hendron, B.; Bonnema, E.

    2014-08-01

    The small buildings and small portfolios (SBSP) sector face a number of barriers that inhibit SBSP owners from adopting energy efficiency solutions. This pilot project focused on overcoming two of the largest barriers to financing energy efficiency in small buildings: disproportionately high transaction costs and unknown or unacceptable risk. Solutions to these barriers can often be at odds, because inexpensive turnkey solutions are often not sufficiently tailored to the unique circumstances of each building, reducing confidence that the expected energy savings will be achieved. To address these barriers, NREL worked with two innovative, forward-thinking lead partners, Michigan Saves and Energi, to develop technical solutions that provide a quick and easy process to encourage energy efficiency investments while managing risk. The pilot project was broken into two stages: the first stage focused on reducing transaction costs, and the second stage focused on reducing performance risk. In the first stage, NREL worked with the non-profit organization, Michigan Saves, to analyze the effects of 8 energy efficiency measures (EEMs) on 81 different baseline small office building models in Holland, Michigan (climate zone 5A). The results of this analysis (totaling over 30,000 cases) are summarized in a simple spreadsheet tool that enables users to easily sort through the results and find appropriate small office EEM packages that meet a particular energy savings threshold and are likely to be cost-effective.

  3. Building America Efficient Solutions for New Homes Case Study: Heritage Buildings, Inc., and Energy Smart Home Plans, Leland, North Carolina

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    partners Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Energy Smart Home Plans, and Florida H.E.R.O. worked with North Carolina-based builder Heritage Buildings, Inc., to make the conversion to high-performance building in the hot-humid region of the Atlantic seaboard. Searching for new marketing opportunities, Heritage purchased a home plan from Energy Smart Home Plans and built a home achieving 56 on the HERS Index with only minor additional costs, despite having little on-site technical assistance.

  4. Better Buildings Residential Network Workforce Peer Exchange Call Series: Quality Control, Standardization of Upgrades, and Workforce Expectations, March 27, 2014

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Workforce Peer Exchange Call Series: Quality Control, Standardization of Upgrades, and Workforce Expectations March 27, 2014 Agenda 2  Call Logistics and Introductions  BBRN and Peer Exchange Call Overview  Featured Speakers - QA/QC Approaches & Lessons Learned  Dan Wildenhaus -Technical and QC Lead for Seattle's Community Power Works Program and Senior Building Scientist at CLEAResult  Brian Atchinson - Associate Project Manager, Quality, Standards and Compliance, New York

  5. An International Survey of Electric Storage Tank Water Heater Efficiency and Standards

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    Johnson, Alissa; Lutz, James; McNeil, Michael A.; Covary, Theo

    2013-11-13

    Water heating is a main consumer of energy in households, especially in temperate and cold climates. In South Africa, where hot water is typically provided by electric resistance storage tank water heaters (geysers), water heating energy consumption exceeds cooking, refrigeration, and lighting to be the most consumptive single electric appliance in the home. A recent analysis for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) performed by the authors estimated that standing losses from electric geysers contributed over 1,000 kWh to the annual electricity bill for South African households that used them. In order to reduce this burden, the South African government is currently pursuing a programme of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (EES&L) for electric appliances, including geysers. In addition, Eskom has a history of promoting heat pump water heaters (HPWH) through incentive programs, which can further reduce energy consumption. This paper provides a survey of international electric storage water heater test procedures and efficiency metrics which can serve as a reference for comparison with proposed geyser standards and ratings in South Africa. Additionally it provides a sample of efficiency technologies employed to improve the efficiency of electric storage water heaters, and outlines programs to promote adoption of improved efficiency. Finally, it surveys current programs used to promote HPWH and considers the potential for this technology to address peak demand more effectively than reduction of standby losses alone

  6. Calculating Impacts of Energy Standards on Energy Demand in U.S. Buildings with Uncertainty in an Integrated Assessment Model

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    Scott, Michael J.; Daly, Don S.; Hathaway, John E.; Lansing, Carina S.; Liu, Ying; McJeon, Haewon C.; Moss, Richard H.; Patel, Pralit L.; Peterson, Marty J.; Rice, Jennie S.; Zhou, Yuyu

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, an integrated assessment model (IAM) uses a newly-developed Monte Carlo analysis capability to analyze the impacts of more aggressive U.S. residential and commercial building-energy codes and equipment standards on energy consumption and energy service costs at the state level, explicitly recognizing uncertainty in technology effectiveness and cost, socioeconomics, presence or absence of carbon prices, and climate impacts on energy demand. The paper finds that aggressive building-energy codes and equipment standards are an effective, cost-saving way to reduce energy consumption in buildings and greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. states. This conclusion is robust to significant uncertainties in population, economic activity, climate, carbon prices, and technology performance and costs.

  7. Commercial Buildings Consortium | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Consortium Commercial Buildings Consortium Commercial Buildings Integration Project for the 2013 Building Technologies Office's Program Peer Review PDF icon commlbldgs07_fazeli_040213.pdf More Documents & Publications Building America Roadmap to High Performance Homes Best Practices for Controlling Capital Costs in Net Zero Energy Design and Construction - 2014 BTO Peer Review Standard Energy Efficiency Database Platform

  8. Thermal testing of the proposed HUD energy efficiency standard for new manufactured homes

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    Judkoff, R.D.; Barker, G.M.

    1992-06-01

    Thermal testing of two manufactured homes was performed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Collaborative Manufactured Buildings Facility for Energy Research and Testing (CMFERT) environmental enclosure in the winter and spring of 1991. The primary objective of the study was to directly measure the thermal performance of the two homes, each built according to a proposed new US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standard. Secondary objectives were to test the accuracy of an accompanying compliance calculation method and to help manufacturers find cost-effective ways to meet the new standard. Both homes performed within the standard without major design or production line modifications. Their performance fell within 8% of predictions based on the new draft HUD calculation manual; however, models with minimum window area were selected by the manufacturer. Models with more typical window area would have required substantive design changes to meet the standard. Several other tests were also performed on the homes by both NREL and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) to uncover potential thermal anomalies and to explore the degradation in thermal performance that might occur because of (a) penetrations in the rodent barrier from field hookups and repairs, (b) closing of interior doors with and without operation of the furnace blower, and (c) exposure to winds.

  9. Thermal testing of the proposed HUD energy efficiency standard for new manufactured homes

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    Judkoff, R.D.; Barker, G.M.

    1992-06-01

    Thermal testing of two manufactured homes was performed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory`s (NREL`s) Collaborative Manufactured Buildings Facility for Energy Research and Testing (CMFERT) environmental enclosure in the winter and spring of 1991. The primary objective of the study was to directly measure the thermal performance of the two homes, each built according to a proposed new US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standard. Secondary objectives were to test the accuracy of an accompanying compliance calculation method and to help manufacturers find cost-effective ways to meet the new standard. Both homes performed within the standard without major design or production line modifications. Their performance fell within 8% of predictions based on the new draft HUD calculation manual; however, models with minimum window area were selected by the manufacturer. Models with more typical window area would have required substantive design changes to meet the standard. Several other tests were also performed on the homes by both NREL and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) to uncover potential thermal anomalies and to explore the degradation in thermal performance that might occur because of (a) penetrations in the rodent barrier from field hookups and repairs, (b) closing of interior doors with and without operation of the furnace blower, and (c) exposure to winds.

  10. About Building Energy Modeling | Department of Energy

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Emerging Technologies » Building Energy Modeling » About Building Energy Modeling About Building Energy Modeling Building energy modeling (BEM)-physics-based calculation of building energy consumption-is a multi-use tool for building energy efficiency. Established use cases include design of new buildings and deep retrofits, development of whole-building energy-efficiency codes and standards (e.g., ASHRAE 90.1) and performance-path compliance with those codes (e.g., ASHRAE 90.1 "Appendix

  11. International Review of the Development and Implementation of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Programs

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    Zhou, Nan; Zheng, Nina; Fridley, David

    2012-02-28

    Appliance energy efficiency standards and labeling (S&L) programs have been important policy tools for regulating the efficiency of energy-using products for over 40 years and continue to expand in terms of geographic and product coverage. The most common S&L programs include mandatory minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) that seek to push the market for efficient products, and energy information and endorsement labels that seek to pull the market. This study seeks to review and compare some of the earliest and most well-developed S&L programs in three countries and one region: the U.S. MEPS and ENERGY STAR, Australia MEPS and Energy Label, European Union MEPS and Ecodesign requirements and Energy Label and Japanese Top Runner programs. For each program, key elements of S&L programs are evaluated and comparative analyses across the programs undertaken to identify best practice examples of individual elements as well as cross-cutting factors for success and lessons learned in international S&L program development and implementation. The international review and comparative analysis identified several overarching themes and highlighted some common factors behind successful program elements. First, standard-setting and programmatic implementation can benefit significantly from a legal framework that stipulates a specific timeline or schedule for standard-setting and revision, product coverage and legal sanctions for non-compliance. Second, the different MEPS programs revealed similarities in targeting efficiency gains that are technically feasible and economically justified as the principle for choosing a standard level, in many cases at a level that no product on the current market could reach. Third, detailed survey data such as the U.S. Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) and rigorous analyses provide a strong foundation for standard-setting while incorporating the participation of different groups of stakeholders further strengthen the process. Fourth, sufficient program resources for program implementation and evaluation are critical to the effectiveness of standards and labeling programs and cost-sharing between national and local governments can help ensure adequate resources and uniform implementation. Lastly, check-testing and punitive measures are important forms of enforcement while the cancellation of registration or product sales-based fines have also proven effective in reducing non-compliance. The international comparative analysis also revealed the differing degree to which the level of government decentralization has influenced S&L programs and while no single country has best practices in all elements of standards and labeling development and implementation, national examples of best practices for specific elements do exist. For example, the U.S. has exemplified the use of rigorous analyses for standard-setting and robust data source with the RECS database while Japan?s Top Runner standard-setting principle has motivated manufacturers to exceed targets. In terms of standards implementation and enforcement, Australia has demonstrated success with enforcement given its long history of check-testing and enforcement initiatives while mandatory information-sharing between EU jurisdictions on compliance results is another important enforcement mechanism. These examples show that it is important to evaluate not only the drivers of different paths of standards and labeling development, but also the country-specific context for best practice examples in order to understand how and why certain elements of specific S&L programs have been effective.

  12. NREL: Energy Analysis - Building Technologies Analysis

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Building Technologies Analysis The Building Technologies analysis supports research and development on technologies and practices for energy efficiency, working closely with the building industry and manufacturers; promotes energy and money-saving opportunities to builders and consumers; and works with state and local regulatory groups to improve building codes and appliance standards. Building Energy Software Tools Directory Described here are 283 energy-related software tools for buildings,

  13. Housing Energy Efficiency: AHFC Energy Programs and Resources

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Housing Energy Efficiency AHFC Energy Programs and Resources AHFC Loans Bonds Financing Public Housing Energy Grants ...and more! 3 HERS Home Energy Rating System BEES Building Energy Efficiency Standard Building Energy Efficiency Standard Promote construction of energy- efficient buildings IECC 2012 ASHRAE 62.2 AK Amendments BEES ARIS Alaska Retrofit Information System AHFC's ARIS database has become the clearinghouse for information on Alaska buildings More than 75,000 unique records

  14. Buildings Performance Database

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    DOE Buildings Performance Database Paul Mathew Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory pamathew@lbl.gov (510) 486 5116 April 3, 2013 Standard Data Spec API 2 | Building Technologies Office eere.energy.gov Purpose & Objectives Problem Statement: * Large-scale high-quality empirical data on building energy performance is critical to support decision- making and increase confidence in energy efficiency investments. * While there are a many potential sources for such data, they: - are dispersed

  15. Better Buildings Webinar: Making Utility Energy Efficiency Funds Work for You

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings will host a webinar on innovative collaborations with utilities to bring big energy savings to their building portfolios and help reduce utility peak electricity demand.

  16. Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG): Better Buildings Neighborhood Program Final Report

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    Donnelly, Kat A.

    2014-01-10

    The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge (N2N) brought together a consortium of 14 leading clean energy rural, suburban, and low income communities throughout Connecticut. N2N was awarded $4.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) competitive BetterBuildings Neighborhood Program on August 10, 2010 to run a two-year pilot program (plus one year of transition and evaluation) (Award No. EMCBC- 00969-10). N2N tested innovative program models and hypotheses for improving Connecticut’s existing residential energy efficiency programs that are overseen by the ratepayer fund board and administered by CT utilities. N2N’s original goal was to engage 10 percent of households in participating communities to reduce their energy usage by 20 percent through energy upgrades and clean energy measures. N2N planned for customers to complete more comprehensive whole-home energy efficiency and clean energy measures and to achieve broader penetration than existing utility-administered regulated programs. Since this was an ARRA award, we report the following figures on job creation in Table 1. Since N2N is not continuing in its current form, we do not provide figures on job retention. Table 1 N2N Job Creation by Quarter Jobs Created 2010 Q4 6.65 2011 Q1 7.13 2011 Q2 4.98 2011 Q3 9.66 2011 Q4 5.43 2012 Q1 11.11 2012 Q2 6.85 2012 Q3 6.29 2012 Q4 6.77 2013 Q1 5.57 2013 Q2 8.35 2013 Q3 6.52 Total 85.31 The N2N team encountered several gaps in the existing efficiency program performance that hindered meeting N2N’s and DOE’s short-term program goals, as well as the State of Connecticut’s long-term energy, efficiency, and carbon reduction goals. However, despite the slow program start, N2N found evidence of increasing upgrade uptake rates over time, due to delayed customer action of one to two years from N2N introduction to completion of deeper household upgrades. Two main social/behavioral principles have contributed to driving deeper upgrades in CT: 1. Word of mouth, where people share their experience with others, which leads to others to take action; and 2. Self-herding, where people follow past behavior, which leads to deeper and deeper actions within individual households.

  17. Energy Efficiency Pilot Projects in Jaipur: Testing the Energy Conservation Building Code

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    Evans, Meredydd; Mathur, Jyotirmay; Yu, Sha

    2014-03-26

    The Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) in Jaipur, India is constructing two new buildings on its campus that allow it to test implementation of the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), which Rajasthan made mandatory in 2011. PNNL has been working with MNIT to document progress on ECBC implementation in these buildings.

  18. Building America Efficient Solutions for Existing Homes Case Study: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, Florida

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Project Description Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, working with Building America researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Florida Solar Energy Center, upgraded this previously unoccupied 1996 home in Lake Worth, Florida to achieve an estimated 39% improvement in energy efficiency. The 1,573-ft 2 slab-on-grade, single- family home received extensive energy upgrades during its conversion to affordable and efficient housing for low-income families. By replacing the

  19. Building.

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    Plant in ITER refers to plant systems located outside the Tokamak Building. A thick wall of concrete surrounding the main tokamak cryostat and designed to absorb the bulk of any remaining radiation from the plasma or from activated components inside the cryostat. This shields the region outside so that it can be accessed after shutdown for major hands-on repairs. The structure surrounding the plasma in a fusion reactor, within which the fusion-produced neutrons are slowed down, heat is

  20. Analysis of Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards for Residential General Service Lighting in Chile

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    Letschert, Virginie E.; McNeil, Michael A.; Leiva Ibanez, Francisco Humberto; Ruiz, Ana Maria; Pavon, Mariana; Hall, Stephen

    2011-06-01

    Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) have been chosen as part of Chile's national energy efficiency action plan. As a first MEPS, the Ministry of Energy has decided to focus on a regulation for lighting that would ban the sale of inefficient bulbs, effectively phasing out the use of incandescent lamps. Following major economies such as the US (EISA, 2007) , the EU (Ecodesign, 2009) and Australia (AS/NZS, 2008) who planned a phase out based on minimum efficacy requirements, the Ministry of Energy has undertaken the impact analysis of a MEPS on the residential lighting sector. Fundacion Chile (FC) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) collaborated with the Ministry of Energy and the National Energy Efficiency Program (Programa Pais de Eficiencia Energetica, or PPEE) in order to produce a techno-economic analysis of this future policy measure. LBNL has developed for CLASP (CLASP, 2007) a spreadsheet tool called the Policy Analysis Modeling System (PAMS) that allows for evaluation of costs and benefits at the consumer level but also a wide range of impacts at the national level, such as energy savings, net present value of savings, greenhouse gas (CO2) emission reductions and avoided capacity generation due to a specific policy. Because historically Chile has followed European schemes in energy efficiency programs (test procedures, labelling program definitions), we take the Ecodesign commission regulation No 244/2009 as a starting point when defining our phase out program, which means a tiered phase out based on minimum efficacy per lumen category. The following data were collected in order to perform the techno-economic analysis: (1) Retail prices, efficiency and wattage category in the current market, (2) Usage data (hours of lamp use per day), and (3) Stock data, penetration of efficient lamps in the market. Using these data, PAMS calculates the costs and benefits of efficiency standards from two distinct but related perspectives: (1) The Life-Cycle Cost (LCC) calculation examines costs and benefits from the perspective of the individual household; and (2) The National Perspective projects the total national costs and benefits including both financial benefits, and energy savings and environmental benefits. The national perspective calculations are called the National Energy Savings (NES) and the Net Present Value (NPV) calculations. PAMS also calculate total emission mitigation and avoided generation capacity. This paper describes the data and methodology used in PAMS and presents the results of the proposed phase out of incandescent bulbs in Chile.

  1. Healthy Zero Energy Buildings (HZEB) Program - Cross-Sectional...

    Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

    development of new, science-based commercial building ventilation rate standards that balance the dual objectives of increasing energy efficiency and maintaining acceptable indoor...

  2. Memorandum of American High-Performance Buildings Coalition DOE...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    organizations committed to promoting performance-based energy efficiency and sustainable building standards developed through true, consensus-bases processes, and the U.S. ...

  3. Energy Management in Small Commercial Buildings: A Look at How HVAC Contractors Can Deliver Energy Efficiency to this Segment

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    Hult, Erin; Granderson, Jessica; Mathew, Paul

    2014-07-01

    While buildings smaller than 50,000 sq ft account for nearly half of the energy used in US commercial buildings, energy efficiency programs to-date have primarily focused on larger buildings. Interviews with stakeholders and a review of the literature indicate interest in energy efficiency from the small commercial building sector, provided solutions are simple and low-cost. An approach to deliver energy management to small commercial buildings via HVAC contractors and preliminary demonstration findings are presented. The energy management package (EMP) developed includes five technical elements: benchmarking and analysis of monthly energy use; analysis of interval electricity data (if available), a one-hour onsite walkthrough, communication with the building owner, and checking of results. This data-driven approach tracks performance and identifies low-cost opportunities, using guidelines and worksheets for each element to streamline the delivery process and minimize the formal training required. This energy management approach is unique from, but often complementary to conventional quality maintenance or retrofit-focused programs targeting the small commercial segment. Because HVAC contractors already serve these clients, the transaction cost to market and deliver energy management services can be reduced to the order of hundreds of dollars per year. This business model, outlined briefly in this report, enables the offering to benefit the contractor and client even at the modest expected energy savings in small buildings. Results from a small-scale pilot of this approach validated that the EMP could be delivered by contractors in 4-8 hours per building per year, and that energy savings of 3-5percent are feasible through this approach.

  4. Building Energy Modeling | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Emerging Technologies » Building Energy Modeling Building Energy Modeling About the portfolio Building energy modeling (BEM)-physics-based calculation of building energy consumption-is a multi-use tool for building energy efficiency. Established use cases include design of new buildings and deep retrofits, development of whole-building energy efficiency codes and standards (e.g., ASHRAE 90.1) and performance-path compliance with those codes (e.g., ASHRAE 90.1 "Appendix G" Performance

  5. Building America Case Study: Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes, Whole-House Solutions for New Homes, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

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    Northwest Energy Efficient Manufactured Housing Program High-Performance Test Homes PROJECT INFORMATION Construction: New Homes Type: Single-family, affordable Builders: Fleetwood Homes of Oregon, Golden West Homes, Skyline Homes, and Palm Harbor Homes Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction, www.ba-pirc.org Size: 1,100-1,500 ft 2 Price Range: Not available Date Completed: 2014 Climate Zones: Marine and cold PERFORMANCE DATA HERS index: Data not available Projected

  6. High Impact Technologies Forum: Harnessing American Ingenuity and Innovation to Catalyze Building Efficiency

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Take advantage of DOE’s high impact technology programs, partnerships and products as we drive toward our building energy reduction goals.

  7. Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians- 2011 Building Energy Efficiency Audit Project

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Sault Tribe will conduct energy audits of tribally owned governmental buildings located across three counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

  8. Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: California Energy Standards Recognize the Importance of Filter Selection

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    BUILDING AMERICA TOP INNOVATIONS 2014 PROFILE Correct filter sizing is an issue that applies to all new and existing homes that use ducted HVAC systems. About 68% of existing homes (77.1 out of 114 million) have ducted central heating systems, as do most of the homes currently under construction. The vast majority of these systems have filter boxes or grilles that are undersized for bigger, thicker, high-MERV-rated filters. Building America research on HVAC air filter sizing prompted a change in

  9. HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System- Building America Top Innovation

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    NREL’s Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (known as HPXML) facilitates smooth communication between program tracking systems and energy upgrade analysis software.

  10. Indias R&D for Energy Efficient Buildings: Insights for U.S. Cooperation with India

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    Yu, Sha; Evans, Meredydd

    2010-06-01

    This report outlines Indias current activities and future plans in building energy efficiency R&D and deployment, and maps them with R&D activities under the Department of Energys Building Technologies Program. The assessment, conducted by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in FY10, reviews major R&D programs in India including programs under the 11th Five-Year Plan, programs under the NEF, R&D and other programs under state agencies and ongoing projects in major research institutions .

  11. A New Campus Building on Efficiency: University of California (UC) Merced Case Study

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    2013-03-01

    The University of California (UC), Merced partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement solutions to retrofit two existing buildings to reduce energy consumption by at least 30% as part of DOEs Commercial Buildings Partnerships (CBP) Program.

  12. Development of an Online Toolkit for Measuring Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Performance -- Scoping Study

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    Wang, Na

    2013-03-13

    This study analyzes the market needs for building performance evaluation tools. It identifies the existing gaps and provides a roadmap for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a toolkit with which to optimize energy performance of a commercial building over its life cycle.

  13. Building America Top Innovations 2014 Profile: California Energy Standards Recognize the Importance of Filter Selection

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    none,

    2014-11-01

    This 2014 Top Innovation profile describes Building America research on HVAC air filter sizing that prompted a change in the California “Title 24” Energy Code requiring filter manufacturers, HVAC designers, and HERS raters to make changes that will encourage the use of higher MERV filters without degrading HVAC performance.

  14. Trends in Commercial Buildings--Overview

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Indexed Site

    Buildings > Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey Survey Methodology Sampling Error, Standard Errors, and Relative Standard Errors The Commercial Buildings Energy...

  15. Building technologies

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    Jackson, Roderick

    2014-07-14

    After growing up on construction sites, Roderick Jackson is now helping to make buildings nationwide far more energy efficient.

  16. Building technologies

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    Jackson, Roderick

    2014-07-15

    After growing up on construction sites, Roderick Jackson is now helping to make buildings nationwide far more energy efficient.

  17. The Impact of DOE Building Technology Energy Efficiency Programs on U.S. Employment, Income, and Investment

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    Scott, Michael J.; Roop, Joseph M.; Schultz, Robert W.; Anderson, Dave M.; Cort, Katherine A.

    2008-07-31

    To more fully evaluate its programs to increase the energy efficiency of the U.S. residential and commercial building stock, the U.S. Department of Energys Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) assesses the macroeconomic impacts of those programs, specifically on national employment, wage income, and (most recently) investment. The analysis is conducted using the Impact of Sector Energy Technologies (ImSET) model, a special-purpose 188-sector input-output model of the U.S. economy designed specifically to evaluate the impacts of energy efficiency investments and saving. For the analysis described in the paper, ImSET was amended to provide estimates of sector-by-sector capital requirements and investment. In the scenario of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Buildings Technology (BT) program, the technologies and building practices being developed and promoted by the BT program have the prospect of saving about 2.91015 Btu in buildings by the year 2030, about 27% of the expected growth in buildings energy consumption by the year 2030. The analysis reported in the paper finds that, by the year 2030, these savings have the potential to increase employment by up to 446,000 jobs, increase wage income by $7.8 billion, reduce needs for capital stock in the energy sector and closely related supporting industries by about $207 billion (and the corresponding annual level of investment by $13 billion), and create net capital savings that are available to grow the nations future economy.

  18. Building America Top Innovations 2013 Profile HPXML: A Standardized Home Performance Data Sharing System

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    none,

    2013-09-01

    This Top Innovation profile describes the Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (known as HPXML), developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which facilitates smooth communication between program tracking systems and energy upgrade analysis software,

  19. China’s R&D for Energy Efficient Buildings: Insights for U.S. Cooperation with China

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    Yu, Sha; Evans, Meredydd

    2010-04-01

    This report includes an evaluation of China’s current activities and future direction in building energy efficiency R&D and its relevance to DOE’s R&D activities under the Building Technologies Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The researchers reviewed the major R&D programs in China including the so-called 973 Program, the 863 Program, and the Key Technology R&D Program1 as well as the research activities of major research institutes. The report also reviewed several relevant documents of the Chinese government, websites (including the International Energy Agency and national and local governments in China), newsletters, and financial information listed in the program documents and websites.

  20. Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, High Performance Buildings Meeting Energy Savings Goals (Brochure) (Revised), Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    4, 2007, a massive tornado destroyed or severely damaged 95% of Greensburg, Kansas. Since then, city and community leaders have been committed to rebuilding the town as a model sustainable community. Experts from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) worked with city leaders, business owners, and residents to identify ways to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies into the new buildings. The town showcases energy-saving