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NREL-developed software tackles building efficiency and offers cost savings

Phys.org
November 26, 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.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-11-nrel-developed-software-tackles-efficiency.html#jCp

Green Building Congress Strives to Make India a Future Building Efficiency Leader

the energy collective
November 10, 2013

With green buildings making up less than five percent of the booming Indian building market, developers, governments and experts reiterated the tremendous opportunity for expanding energy efficiency construction in India during the Green Building Congress 2013.  This 11th Green Building Congress focused on market transformation opportunities with new construction, retrofits, and residential buildings as well as the importance of codes and standards. 

Cutting Energy Waste By Running Buildings Better

the energy collective
October 25, 2013

Most people know that upgrading light fixtures and windows can reduce energy waste in office buildings, but even the experts may be surprised to learn just how much energy can be saved by simply running our existing office buildings better.

New Study Suggests Your Typical City Office Building Wastes Lots Of Energy

Think Progress
October 23, 2013

If a study done right here in Washington, D.C. is any indication, there’s a tremendous amount of low-hanging fruit out there in terms of energy efficient gains for America’s office buildings.

When it comes to construction of office buildings, green is the new black

Washington Post
October 20, 2013

In an effort to attract and retain talent and promote a healthier work environment, many corporate tenants are looking to locate in sleeker, brighter spaces. And increasingly, companies concerned over rising energy costs and seeking to minimize their environmental footprints are putting green office space high on their wish list.

In turn, office developers looking to maximize their potential pool of tenants are regularly delivering Energy Star and LEED-certified office buildings. Nationally, a third of all new office space completed in 2011 was green.

New rating tool credits property owners for greening old buildings

BusinessReport
October 17, 2013

The Green Building Council SA (GBCSA), together with sponsor Nedbank Corporate Property Finance, will officially launch the new Green Star SA rating tool for existing building performance at the Global Green Building Convention 2013 under way in Cape Town.

The new rating tool will address demand from an entirely new segment of the property market in South Africa and allow effective and objective measurement of an existing building’s environmental performance in operation.

Making Energy Efficiency Sustainable

Forbes
October 14, 2013

By The Economist Intelligence Unit, an Energy Realities Partner 

How can governments and energy companies overcome the hurdle of engaging consumers?

Three in four EU states failing on building energy directive

McGraw Hill Financial
October 13, 2013

The European Commission sent final warnings to another two EU countries Thursday for failing to notify measures to implement a directive on energy efficiency in buildings, meaning final warnings have been issued to 22 of the 28 EU countries.

The directive requires national governments to put in place minimum energy performance requirements for buildings, along with a certification system. It also requires that from 2021 all new buildings will be so-called "near zero-energy" by producing, at worst, nearly as much energy as they use.

Mandatory energy certification of buildings in Spain

BuildUp.eu
October 1, 2013

As of June 1st, 2013, it has become mandatory in Spain to do an energy certificate for buildings which will be at the disposal of buyers of buildings and also for landlords that want to rent a flat for a time longer than four months.

This certificate checks the energy efficiency of buildings in terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions. This qualification is demonstrated by means of a label with a letter rating in which an ¨A¨ is the best case and ¨G¨ the worst.

A Fresh Set of Grades Measures Energy Use in Residential Buildings

New York Times
September 28, 2013

In its waning days, the Bloomberg administration is issuing a final batch of grades, this time to rate the energy use of the city’s largest residential buildings. This week, officials released energy consumption data for large multifamily buildings, allowing residents to find out how their co-ops, condos and rental buildings compare with similar structures.