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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Oct 06, 2017
What happens when a service you need is taken off the market? You figure out how to get the job done yourself! In 2013, ENERGY STAR® retired their certification for medical office buildings, based on the lack of a good data set for scoring and comparison. Better Building Alliance partner...
by Cindy Zhu, U.S. Department of Energy on Sep 19, 2017
Missing links don’t have to be missed opportunities. Within the commercial real estate space, a significant opportunity exists to incorporate energy into real estate transactions during the mortgage underwriting process. The Commercial Mortgages project team, comprised of the Institute for Market...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Aug 04, 2017
The Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign encourages the use of commercially available Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) technologies and ongoing monitoring practices to help uncover energy-saving opportunities and improve building performance for the long run. With building...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 14, 2017
Better Buildings Affiliate Seventhwave advances sustainability as an independent non-profit through energy consulting, continuing education, research and program design for the residential and commercial building sectors. Want a piece of their institutional wisdom? Based on recent projects,...
by Rois Langner (NREL), Sormeh Konjkav (Waypoint Building Group) and Marta Schantz (Waypoint Building Group) on Apr 25, 2017
Over the past three years, the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Loads (PPL) Technical Solutions Team has tracked utility incentives and rebates for PPL efficiency solutions across the nation. To hit regulatory targets and promote energy efficiency, utilities offer...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 18, 2017
When we think of building technologies and energy efficiency, we usually jump to things like lighting, HVAC, and building automation systems. However, the first system of a building that plays a role in its efficiency and performance is the envelope. The building envelope – walls, windows, roofs,...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jan 04, 2017
Applications are open to submit your organization for the Advanced RTU Campaign's annual recognition efforts! For 2017, the awards will be presented at the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association’s National Conference in Dallas, Texas, on April 19. These awards serve to highlight...
by Jordan Hibbs, U.S. Department of Energy on Oct 18, 2016
The 2016 LEEP Campaign Awards were announced on October 5 in Los Angeles, California at Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Sixteen organizations were recognized in twenty-one award categories for new lighting installs and retrofits. There was much...
by Monica Kanojia on Oct 04, 2016
Smart Cities Week emphasized the shift of the energy landscape in the U.S. towards cleaner energy sources, with thought leaders discussing energy independence, climate change, and community resilience with renewed vigor. Industry consensus is that ideation and innovation will be at the root of all...