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Exploring the Consumer Path-ToPurchase for New Construction Homes
Posted: Monday, April 10, 2017

The objective of the study was to inform intervention strategies designed to overcome the Next Step Homes initiative's barrier of consumer awareness. Qualitative research focused on recent purchasers of new construction homes in the Northwest region. The results in this Power Point report include: The new construction homeowner path-to-purchase; Attitudes, influences and needs within the path-to-purchase; The experiences and interactions with builders throughout the process; Perceptions and attitudes regarding energy efficiency as a consideration during the construction process

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Source: NEEA
New York Builder Wins RESNET Prize
Posted: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A house built to the Passive House standard in upstate New York has been recognized in this year's Cross Border Challenge for having the lowest HERS Index score among U.S. custom built homes.

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Source: Green Building Advisor
Task Tuning In Commercial Buildings: A Field Study
Posted: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Task tuning has the potential to save up to 35% of lighting energy without decreasing occupant satisfaction. But, as with any new technology, there is a knowledge barrier to overcome. To facilitate adoption of this energy saving strategy, a field study was conducted to quantify the magnitude of energy savings from task tuning and to identify best practices and barriers to further implementation.

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Source: Facilityexecutive.com
Five ways to achieve high-performance buildings using energy modeling
Posted: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Here are five tips on using energy modeling in your next project that can both tap into its benefits and be easily explained to your clients.

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Source: AIA
Multifamily energy efficiency spending nearly triples in four years
Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ACEEE's new report More Savings for More Residents: Progress in Multifamily Housing Energy Efficiency, examines energy efficiency programs serving the 51 metro areas with the most multifamily households.

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Source: ACEEE
A Perspective of Energy Codes and Regulations for the Buildings of the Future
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This paper considers short and long-term trends in the building industry, lays out the authors' perspectives on how buildings may evolve over the course of the 21st century, and discusses the roles that codes and regulations will play in shaping those buildings of the future.

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Source: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
What architects should know about building modeling in early design
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017

This article will provide an introductory overview, touching on required benchmarking, gathering actual operating data for green building certification, relying on analytical testing rather than intuition, showing building owners the incredibly fast return on modeling services, and extending the value of the services we provide.

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Source: American Institute of Architects
The 2018 Building Energy Code Holds the Line for Efficiency
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The newest building energy code, which will govern how much energy and money is saved by new home and commercial building owners, was recently approved by code officials — and by and large, they voted to uphold the great efficiency gains made in past code cycles.

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Source: Green Building Advisor
Four W's: Optimizing Wall Performance with Continuous Insulation
Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

As building codes and requirements continue to trend toward greater attention to higher efficiency requirements, contractors are recognizing how insulation plays into the wall performance of a building. To better explain how CI enhances the energy efficiency of wall systems, here is the why, what, where, and when.

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Source: Walls & Ceilings
Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In a policy framework for advancing green building in Philadelphia published in January, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced that it's leading the formation of Philadelphia 2030 District, a private sector-led initiative to reduce energy use, water consumption, and transportation-related emissions from the building sector 50 percent by 2030 at a district scale.

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Source: PlanPhilly
Studies suggest that past rates of energy efficiency improvement can be sustained
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Paper discusses energy efficiency achievements in several countries over the past several decades and finds that energy efficiency improvements have reduced energy use by 0.6-2.0 % per year, varying by country and period studied.

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Source: ACEEE

News Category: National Policy

The New Energy Code for Commercial Buildings: Standard 90.1-2016
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The recent publication of Standard 90.1-2016 marks the latest edition of the Standard, setting the stage for future building energy efficiency requirements in commercial buildings.

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Source: DOE EERE
A Conversation on Standard 90.1-2016
Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2016

Standard 90.1-2016 will significantly change the way buildings are built as these new modifications find their way into the world’s energy codes. The following roundtable highlights some of the major changes that you can expect to see in building envelope, mechanical system, and lighting requirements.

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Source: ASHRAE Journal

News Category: Building Energy Efficiency

Savings from Building Energy Codes Are a Big Deal
Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016

How much energy do building codes save over time? That's the question that a new report released last week from the Department of Energy (DOE) aims to answer -- and the answers show the results can be mammoth, both in terms of consumers' utility bill savings and avoided carbon emissions.

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Source: Green Building Advisior
ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard
Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Numerous energy savings measures resulting from industry input are contained in the newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda published since the 2013 standard. The 2013 standard currently serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. This 2016 version is the 10th edition published since the original standard was first published in 1975 during the energy crisis of the United States.

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Source: ASHRAE
Do Quality Insulation Installations Cost More?
Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

There appears to be market value for quality installation, but does that actually manifest itself in installer compensation? If so, how much is it worth?

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Source: Insulation Institute
Here’s how we scale up participation and savings in residential retrofits
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Our new report explores some of the lingering challenges facing residential retrofit programs as well as strategies for growing participation while delivering anticipated savings. We include examples of current programs that use these strategies for better results.

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Source: ACEEE
Code Enforcement Improves in Most States
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Building code adoption and enforcement have improved in more than 70% of U.S. states tracked, according to a new analysis of the nation's code enforcement. From 2005 to 2015, 31 states improved, three were unchanged, and eight did not score as well, the study from ISO Community Hazard Mitigation found.

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Source: Builder Online
Kathleen Hogan Awarded 2016 Sammie for Career Achievement
Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

Kathleen Hogan developed and expanded a series of pivotal national energy efficiency initiatives that have greatly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and saved American consumers and businesses billions of dollars.

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Source: Partnership for Public Service
A Modern, Integrated Power Grid: The Perfect Setting for Doing More and Using Less
Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

While the electric grid still supplies the majority of demand from centralized power grids, new technology is changing the "balance of power" and injecting complexity - and opportunity - into what used to be a relatively staid industry.

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Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Guide to Understanding What Builders Want from HERS Raters
Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our in depth builder research reveals how HERS raters can deliver more value to builders and build more mutually beneficial relationships.

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Source: Insulation Institute
Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Posted: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Proceedings of the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings are available to view/download.

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Source: ACEEE
Can We Just Use Less AC? And How Buildings are Becoming More Efficient
Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blog post addresses he climate treaty, or COP21, which "requires" countries to limit their heat-trapping emissions to avoid temperature rises of no more than 2 degrees Celsius by mid century.

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Source: Energy Manager Today
Our new analysis finds energy efficiency is the 3rd largest resource in the US electric power sector
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2016

This paper tells the story of the efficiency resource in the electricity sector and its emission reduction benefits

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Source: ACEEE
ACEEE Presents 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ACEEE presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards last night at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field.

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Source: ACEEE
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