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Energy-Efficient Technologies Build Smarter Homes

Energy-Efficient Technologies Build Smarter Homes

Builders Use Energy Efficient Technologies to Construct Better Homes Navigant Research, March 31, 2017 Home builders today have many options for creating more efficient and smarter homes, and a survey says builders are actually using these products. According to a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, single-family builders in the United States are

Sports Venues are Playing to Win on the Energy Efficiency Field

We’ve Got Energy Savings, Yes We Do. We’ve Got Water Savings, How About You? DOE, March 20, 2017 The transition from winter to spring is an exciting time for sports fans. Baseball spring training is starting up and college basketball’s March Madness is upon us. While fans may not realize it, the success of these

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UMass Amherst Opens First Net-Zero Energy Building

UMass Amherst Celebrates Economics Department’s New, Net-Zero Crotty Hall UMass Amherst, March 22, 2017 The University of Massachusetts Amherst department of economics has opened Crotty Hall, anew 16,800-square-foot net-zero-energy building housing 35 offices and four conference rooms. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 22, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said the “stunningly beautiful” building advances the

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A Future Rooftop Conundrum? 

Jeff Perkins, ERS, for Zondits Anyone who has ever felt the warmth of the sun on their face or covered their tomato plants to protect them from frost has, whether knowingly or unwittingly, experienced the power of radiative heat transfer. Traveling virtually unimpeded through space, the warmth of the sun reaches our skin – yet

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Air Sealing Trouble Spots In Your Home

Air Sealing Your Home Department of Energy Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year

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Can Architects and Engineers Do Better on Energy Efficiency?

Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance Urban Land, February 13, 2017 One simple question changed the dynamic of the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) energy efficiency contracts, says Kevin Kampschroer, GSA chief sustainability officer. The question: Is this the best you can do? “It was the best question we asked,” Kampschroer said

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Increasing Urban Density Increases Economic Output and Reduces Energy Use

Want to reduce the energy used by buildings? Make cities denser. Vox, January 26, 2017 For many years, urbanists have been singing the praises of urban density. Done well, density can increase economic output, increase per capita productivity, increase disposable income (by reducing heating, cooling, and transportation costs), and improve physical and mental health. Compact,

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Northwestern Triumphs in the Battle of the Buildings

Northwestern Cuts Energy Use in the Battle of the Buildings Northwestern, January 23, 2017 From September 1 through November 30, 2016, Northwestern competed in the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR’s Battle of the Buildings, a national competition to reduce energy use in buildings. The top performer among the University’s competing buildings was the Tarry Research and Education