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Performance-Based Energy Standards for Data Centers

Data Centers: Energy Efficiency and Maintenance ASHRAE, September 13, 2016 A newly published energy standard for data centers features a performance-based approach that is more flexible and accommodating of innovative changes that rapidly occur in design, construction and operations in that industry. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.4-2016, Energy Standard for Data Centers, establishes the minimum energy-efficiency requirements […]

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California Adopts Efficiency Standards for Computers and Monitors

California Is First State To Set Energy-Efficiency Limits For Computers NPR, December 16, 2016 California is the first state to adopt efficiency standards for computers and monitors, the state’s energy commission announced this week. The commission approved regulations that limit the amount of energy computers and small servers can use when they are idling, asleep […]

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Santa Monica Soon Requiring Zero-Net Energy New Constructions

Santa Monica City Council Votes in the World’s First Zero-Net Energy Building Requirement; Implementation Begins in 2017 City of Santa Monica Newsroom, October 27, 2016 The Santa Monica City Council voted this week to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the City of Santa Monica to be zero-net energy (ZNE), the first […]

Federal Appliance Standards – Consumer Friend or Foe?

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits The Heritage Foundation recently posted an opinion piece on why the federal government should not be mandating energy efficiency standards. The authors suggest that the standards reduce consumer choices, have little impact on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or increasing energy savings, and hinder innovation. The authors argue that high […]

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The State of Technology: Outcome-Based Energy Codes and zEPI

Two emerging code developments to targeting improved building performance Matt Lockwood, ERS, for Zondits This month, our State of Technology series focuses on energy codes. Let’s talk about two innovations in development over the last decade in energy codes: outcome-based energy codes and zEPI. Both started as dreams of energy code wonks to address the […]