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DOE Issues a Power Supply Standard to Conquer Vampire Electronics

DOE Issues a Power Supply Standard to Conquer Vampire Electronics

DOE’s New Power Supply Standards Are a Big Win for Consumers and the Environment Appliance Standards Awareness Project, February 3, 2016. Image credit: Mike Lee Thanks to a new national standard announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), power adapters–the sometimes bulky and annoying boxes on the power cords of your electronic gadgets–will waste

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Methodologies to Improve Commercial Building Code Compliance

Presented at the AESP 26th National Conference on February 3, 2016 Ari Michelson, Brian McCowan, Frances Chase, ERS Building energy codes in the U.S. have come a long way in the past three decades, increasing in complexity along the way. This is especially true for the commercial building sector, where codes have rapidly transitioned from

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Commercial Building Energy Codes – Finding the Path to Improved Compliance

Ari Michelson, ERS Presentation at AESP’s 26th National Conference in Phoenix, AZ, on Wednesday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. Session 4A: Implementation (Rapid Fire) Objective This paper presents programmatic methodologies that are achieving significant success in improving the compliance rates with building energy codes for the commercial sector. A key objective is to assist the efficiency

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The DOE Measures the Efficacy of Energy Codes

DO ENERGY CODES WORK? Builder Online, January 4, 2016. Image credit: Chris Potter Last year the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE) announced that eight states would be part of a three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. Once completed, the study will provide an unprecedented opportunity to develop new strategies for education, training, and outreach for

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Appliance Standards Promote Innovation & Yield Energy Savings

Your kitchen is a battleground in Obama energy efficiency push Chicago Tribune, January 9, 2016. Image credit: Mikhail Golub No, literally. Since 2009, his administration has created 43 rules that will deliver the biggest energy savings of any president in history, eliminating demand in 2030 equal to the electricity produced by 96 power plants, based on

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Ohio’s Energy Mandates Study Committee Report Found Severely Lacking

Gita Subramony for Zondits, November 6, 2015. Image credit: Martin Fisch In 2014, energy efficiency and renewable standards came under fire in Ohio. Spurred by Koch-funded interests, Ohio legislators introduced an opt-out (for large industrial customers to opt out of energy efficiency programs and surcharges), which then snowballed into an attack on energy efficiency and renewable

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California Proposes First LED Standards

California Proposed Lighting Standard Raises the Bar for Energy Efficiency LED Inside, October 22, 2015. Image credit: Peter Thoeny The California Energy Commission released a final staff report proposing the first standards for small-diameter directional lamps and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Directional lamps are often used in commercial track lighting, while LEDs replace screw-based incandescent bulbs and

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Cold in the Office? You’re Not Alone.

Gita Subramony for Zondits, August 17, 2015. Image credit: ashirova0 It turns out I’m not the only person who is unbearably cold in the summer…when I’m at work. A recent study demonstrated why many women (myself included) persistently feel cold in the summer when they are at work. HVAC design methods seemingly do not take into

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