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Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act Includes Energy Efficiency (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-01-10
In the nation's capitol, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) has released the legislative framework of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for the (CLEAN) Future Act -- an ambitious new plan to ensure the U.S. achieves net-zero greenhouse gas pollution and 100 pct clean energy no later than 2050. The draft bill incorporates both proven and novel concepts, presenting a set of policy proposals that will put the U.S. on the path to a clean and prosperous economy.

Specific to energy efficiency, the draft legislation aims to improve the efficiency of new and existing buildings, equipment and appliances as well as establishes national energy savings targets for continued improvement of model building energy codes, leading to a requirement of zero-energy-ready buildings by 2030. (Source: Office of Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., Jan., 2020) Contact: Congressman Frank Pallone Jr , Chairman, Energy and Commerce Committee, (202) 225-4671 (202) 225-9665 - fax, https://pallone.house.gov

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Minn. Communities Adopt Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-01-08
In the Badger State, the cities of Edina and St. Louis Park are reporting the adaptation of energy benchmarking to help landlords reduce natural gas and electricity consumption. They join more than 30 cities across the country that have benchmarking ordinances to reduce energy consumption and cut related costs.

In adopting energy benchmarking, both suburbs sought assistance from the Efficient Buildings Collaborative, a Hennepin County program that helps Minnesota municipalities develop energy benchmarking policies. Next summer, both cities will ask commercial, government and apartment owners to submit data that will eventually include properties of 25,000 square feet or larger. The suburbs will use the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool, and receive technical assistance from Denver-based Overlay Consulting.

According to St. Louis Park's director of Building and Energy, Brian Hoffman, benchmarking should be a significant asset in helping his city achieve its goal of cutting energy consumption by 30 pct in large commercial buildings by 2030. (Source: City of Edina, City of St. Louis Park, Finance & Commerce, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edina, www.edinamn.gov; St. Louis Park, Brian Hoffman, Director of Building and Energy, 952.924.2584, bhoffman@stlouispark.org, www.stlouispark.org

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Energy Efficiency Now Key to NM GSD Building Leases (Ind. Report)
New Mexico General Services Department
Date: 2020-01-03
In Santa Fe, the New Mexico General Services Department (GSD) reports it is now considering a building's energy efficiency, energy efficiency recycling programs, eco-friendly cleaning products, solar energy installations and other environmentally focused measures when leasing office space.

To that end, the agency asks prospective property managers to list eco-friendly attributes of their spaces. The environmental measures will be scored by an evaluation team, which also will consider lease costs, property locations, building quality and available parking. (Source: New Mexico General Services Department , WRAL, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Mexico General Services Department, Ken Ortiz, Sec., 505-827-2000, www.generalservices.state.nm.us

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State ‘net energy’ proposal raises static among developers

Date: 2019-12-31
A proposal that would require new commercial construction projects in Massachusetts to use only renewable energy has opponents and proponents drawing a line in the sand. Supporters say the net zero net energy proposal is needed to address global warming more quickly. Opponents argue that there is not sufficient technology and capacity to increase electrification to meet the demand. Opponents also say the proposal would greatly diminish housing development during the state’s housing crisis and that electricity bills for tenants would skyrocket. “As housing costs continue to skyrocket, we need more housing. To add an additional cost to housing production is essentially a barrier ... We’ll see a slowdown in housing production,” said Tamara Small, CEO of Needham-based NAIOP, the state’s commercial real estate development association. NAIOP has about 1,700 members in Massachusetts. The proposal basically requires new commercial construction and significant commercial renovations to generate as much renewable energy as needed on-site. What can’t be generated on-site can be purchased off-site. Only energy from solar, wind and hydro would be allowed. The use of all fossil fuels, including natural gas, propane, oil, coal and wood pellets, would be banned. While the proposal is primarily for commercial construction, it would affect some housing as well. The exemptions are single-family houses, multifamily homes of three stories or less, and mobile and modular homes. The proposal was written by the American Institute of Architects and submitted to the International Code Council to be considered for codes being compiled for 2021. All 50 states adopt some version of ICC’s residential, commercial and other codes. The AIA’s Massachusetts Chapter in November also submitted the proposal to the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards for consideration for inclusion in the 10th edition of the state’s building code. Massachusetts in 2009 became the first state to adopt a “stretch code,” an enhancement to its base building energy code that provides for more energy-efficient construction. To be designated as a Green Community, municipalities have to comply with the stretch code. While the stretch code initially resulted in a 10% jump in energy efficiency, that has decreased after two subsequent editions of the code, in part because the base energy code has gotten more efficient. “Now about 80% of the 351 cities and towns have become designated as Green Communities. A good majority are saying we need to take the next step, which is net zero,” Nunnari said. This would be another tool in their quest toward mandating a higher level of energy efficiency, he added. The hope, he said, is if ICC agrees to include the proposal in its 2021 documents, all 50 states would have the opportunity to adopt the net zero regulation or amend it to their liking. California, he noted, has already imposed a net zero energy requirement for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030. Similar regulations are being considered by several other states and regions, he said. The proposal has the backing of several hundred organizations. (Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 28 Dec., 2019)


Thailand Enforcing New Building Energy Efficiency Code (Int'l.)
Thailand's Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency
Date: 2019-12-30
In Bangkok, the Thailand Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) reports it will this year implement rules under which new buildings of 10,000 square metres or more will be required to comply with the National Building Energy Code (BEC), an internationally recognized energy-saving standard. The new BEC standard covers the level of thermal transfer and energy requirements of electronic equipment, particularly air conditioners and light bulbs.

The new rule, which is expected to come into force early in 2020, is part of the government's commitment to improve the energy-efficiency standard in new buildings and to cut energy consumption in older buildings by a minimum of 10 pct in 2020. (Source: Thailand DEDE, SDD, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Thailand Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Tel +66 2222 4102-9, +66 2223 0021-9 +66 2226 3943 - fax., weben.dede.go.th

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Report Examines Impact of Energy Efficiency Investments (Ind Report)
ACEEE,Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-12-23
The recently released Energy Efficiency Impact Report conducted by the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy looks at the energy savings, job growth, and reduced carbon emissions that have resulted from energy efficiency initiatives.

The report, which examines the impacts of energy efficiency investments, policies, and innovation across a variety of sectors, including residential and commercial buildings, industry, and transportation, found that investments in energy efficient measures have prevented a 60 pct increase in energy consumption and carbon emissions. The report identifies fuel economy standards, appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR, utility sector efficiency programs, federal research and development, and building energy codes as the policies and programs saved an estimated 25 quadrillion BTUs -- roughly 23 pct of the total U.S. energy consumption in of energy in 2017. The report identifies the growth in smarter technologies and more responsive energy management as major new energy savings opportunities and notes that technologies alone could deliver more than 40 pct of global carbon reductions necessary to meet Paris Agreement climate targets.

The report uses 54 indicators to quantify energy efficiency impacts. Further, it examines progress in a variety of sectors, including utilities, buildings, industry, and transportation. (Source: ACEEE, Alliance to Save Energy, Dec., 2019)Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org; Alliance to Save Energy, 202.857.0666, www.ase.org

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Grundfos Asian HQ Lauded for Green Credentials (Int'l Report)
Grundfos
Date: 2019-12-16
Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos reports its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore has been awarded the Singapore Building and Construction Authority's (BCA) Gold Green Mark, a green rating system for assessing new and existing buildings operational energy efficiency and overall environmental performance.

As a non-residential building, the Grundfos headquarters was evaluated across a number of areas -- energy efficiency, air-conditioning, LED lighting, water efficiency, environmental protection, indoor environmental quality, and other green features. The buildings air-tight design incorporates double walls and double-glazed windows, 100 pct natural ventilation on the production floor, enhanced natural daylight in the office from a high-efficiency lighting system and high-efficiency air-conditioning system, and 30 pct recycled building materials. (Source: Grundfos, Bangkok Post, 15 Dec., 2019) Contact: Grundfos, www.grundfos.com; Singapore Building and Construction Authority, www.bca.gov.sg

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Calififornia Local Energy Efficiency Standards Exceeding Statewide Standards Approved (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2019-12-13
In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting approval of six applications from the cities of Menlo Park, San Jose, San Mateo, and Santa Monica; County of Marin and West Hollywood.cities of Menlo Park, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Marin County for local energy ordinances that exceed statewide requirements of the 2010 CalGREEN green building standard and the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The CEC also approved the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which addresses building energy efficiency, efficiency in the industrial and agricultural sectors, barriers to energy efficiency for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and using efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. The 2019 standards take effect 1 January 2020.

Statewide standards focus on smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated and cost effective insulation standards, residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting updates to take advantage of the rapid improvement in LED lighting technology. (Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, 12 Dec. 2019) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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Philly Announces Building Energy Performance Program (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia
Date: 2019-12-13
In the city of Brotherly Love, following on its Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking , 2019 Report, the city of Philadelphia has enacted legislation creating a Building Energy Performance Program that will impact about 2,000 buildings .

The program requires non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or larger to undergo a high-energy performance inspection, submit a certification to the Office of Sustainability and conduct recommended improvements and upgrades. Non compliant building owners could face a fine of $2,000 or more.

Download the Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking , 2019 Report HERE. (Source: City of Philadelphia, Dec., 2019) Contact: City of Philadelphia Building Codes, www.phila.gov › codesandregulations › Pages › codes

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DC High-Performance Building Hub Launched (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy DC Plan
Date: 2019-12-11
In the nation's capital, DOEE reports the June, 2019, awarding of grant funding to a team led by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) to develop and operate a High-Performance Building Hub. The Hub will support owners, developers, builders, and designers as they seek to comply with the District's new green building requirements and related policy objectives.

The Hub will advance the Clean Energy DC Plan and the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act of 2018, as well as provide education on the District's Building Energy and Green Construction Codes. The Hub will draw from examples such as the New York City Building Energy Exchange, the Vancouver Zero Emission Building Exchange, and BloxHUB in Copenhagen to support the building and building energy efficiency industries. IMT.org to sign up for updates. (Source: DC.gov, Department of Energy & Environment, Dec., 2019) Contact: High-Performance Building Hub, Kate Johnson, katherine.johnson@dc.gov, IMT, www.imt.org; Clean Energy DC Plan, www.doee.dc.gov › cleanenergydc

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Helsinki Pledges Improved Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
Helsinki
Date: 2019-12-06
The Finnish capital city of Helsinki (pop. 632,000) reports it has joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment developed by the World Green Building Council.

The commitment, which has been adopted by both private companies and public authorities, pledges participants to ensure that the portfolios of buildings for which they are responsible produce net zero carbon emissions by 2030. And, since buildings generate more than half of Helsinki's carbon emissions, reducing heating consumption and increasing energy efficiency is central the city's effort. Accordingly, the city has set a range of targets and initiatives aimed increasing building energy efficiency.

Helsinki has also introduced Climate Watch, an online tool for assessing the city's progress on each of the 147 measures outlined in its Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 Action Plan. (Source: City of Helsinki, Government Europa, 6 Dec., 2019) Contact: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org; City of Helsinki, Esa Nikunen, Director Environmental Services, https://fi.linkedin.com/in/esa-nikunen-560b9a78

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Canadian Real Estate Leaders Call for Public Disclosure of Building Energy & Carbon Data (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-12-04
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released the results of its Disclosure Challenge, an initiative designed to champion the importance of energy bench-marking and data transparency in the Canadian commercial real estate market. The results have CaGBC and initiative participants, including QuadReal, Triovest Realty Advisors Inc., Concert Properties Ltd., Colliers International, and the Minto Group calling on federal and provincial governments to implement consistent building data disclosure regulations and requirements.

For Canada to reach its emissions reduction targets and transition to a low-carbon economy over the next decade it is essential that existing buildings achieve significant energy efficiency improvements. One of the barriers to meeting these goals is the current lack of publicly available data on commercial building performance in Canada.

While energy bench-marking regulations are in effect in Ontario, the Challenge marked the first time Canadian real estate owners have voluntarily disclosed their Canada-wide portfolio data. These five participants publicly disclosed available data for over 11 million square meters of space in buildings spread across the country from Victoria to Halifax including offices, warehouses, residential apartment buildings and retail shops. Insights from the Disclosure Challenge show:

  • In comparison with Natural Research Canada (NRCan) average site energy use intensity values, overall participant office buildings performed approximately 10 pct better than the average office in Canada, whereas participant multi-residential buildings were about even with the average.

  • Average energy use intensity for office and multi-residential buildings in the challenge were 286 kWh/m2 and 256 kWh/m2 respectively. As compared to high-performance efficiency standards for new office and multi-residential buildings in Canada coming into force in different jurisdictions (with a standard of 100 kWh/m2). Disclosure Challenge office buildings were approximately 65 pct less efficient and multi-residential buildings were 61 pct less efficient.

  • GHG Emissions intensity varied across the country and was generally correlated with the electricity supply grid intensity, so office buildings in Alberta were as high as 170 kgCO2e/m2 and apartments in British Columbia were as low as 24 kgCO2e/m2 .

    View the full Canada Green Building Council Disclosure Challenge HERE. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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  • Great Wolf Lodge New England Expected to Save $1.3 Million With Energy Efficiency Upgrades
    Great Wolf Lodge,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-11-29
    Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor waterpark chain, is expected to save more than $1.3 million in energy costs and realize a 10% reduction in carbon emissions during the first year of its new energy efficiency upgrades.

    Great Wolf Lodge partnered with Dalkia, a building energy solutions provider to develop an end-to-end building energy plan, implementation and support for a range of energy improvements for the the company’s resort in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The plan included building energy software, LED lighting improvements, water conservation devices, HVAC upgrades, and on-site electricity generation with a combined heat and power (CHP) unit. Once these improvements were in place, Great Wolf Lodge New England immediately began to realize savings on electricity, natural gas, and water bills.

    Similar efficiency projects were initiated at nine other Great Wolf Lodge resorts across the US. Thus far, Dalkia’s efficiency upgrades has saved 11,211,938 kWh of electricity. The energy cost-cutting impacts of Dalkia’s work is projected to provide $1.3 million in savings for Great Wolf Lodge, along with a 10% reduction in carbon intensity of their operations its first year of deployment. (Source: Great Wolf Lodge, Environment Energy Leader,, 25 Nov., 2019] Contact: Great Wolf Resorts, www.greatwolf.com

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    Europe's Largest "Green" Wall Planned for London (Int'l Report)
    Green Wall
    Date: 2019-11-22
    In the UK, plans have been submitted to the City of London to build Citicape House, including a 40,000 square feet exterior "green" wall incorporating more than 400,000 plants -- Europe's largest.

    The "green" wall is projected to capture over 8 tpy ofcarbon, produce 6 tpy of oxygen, lower the local temperature by three to five degrees Celsius, and significantly improve local air quality by trapping approximately 500 kg per year of particulate matter.

    Citicape House, designed by architecture firm Sheppard Robson, will feature a five-star hotel, 40,000 square-feet of workspace, a sky bar, meeting and events space, a spa, a restaurant, and various other spaces. (Source: Shepard Robson Architects, electrek, 20 Nov., 2019)

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    Syracuse Funded $1.4 Mn for Building Energy Modeling (Funding)
    Syracuse University
    Date: 2019-11-15
    The Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in US DOE funding to support a three-year project called Aerial Intelligence for Retrofit Building Energy Modeling (AirBEM). The funding will allow Syracuse researchers to extend their collaborations to develop an innovative system that improves energy modeling of existing buildings and building interiors using "aerial intelligence" acquired by drones equipped with infrared sensors and onboard processors to audit the exterior envelope. The drones will use computer vision algorithms to detect both materials and heat transfer anomalies, which suggest construction defects, such as air leaks.

    The concept for AirBEM originated at Syracuse University with initial seed funding from SyracuseCoE. Subsequently, AirBEM collaborators developed the concept using additional support from the Office of Research, the Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability program and others. (Source: Syracuse University, 14 Nov., 2019) Contact: Syracuse University, Assoc. Prof. Senem Velipasalar, Assoc. Prof., Edward Bogucz, (315) 443-1870, www.syracuse.edu

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    Europe's Largest "Green Wall" Unveiled in London (Int'l Report)
    Sheppard Robson
    Date: 2019-11-11
    In the UK, London-headquartered national architect and design firm Sheppard Robson is reporting the unveiling of Europe's largest living "green wall" at its recently completed commercial mixed-use Citicape House in London.

    The building's green facade will be wrapped with 400,000 plants for low ultraviolet values and to capture over eight tonnes of carbon and produce six tonnes of oxygen annually. Other energy efficiency related features include a "green roof" garden, efficient window glazing to minimize heat gain, a rainwater collection system, external air heat pumps and a focus on incorporating renewable energy. (Source: Sheppard Robson, dezeen, 11 Mov., 2019) Contact: Sheppard Robson, Dan Burr, Partner, www.sheppardrobson.com

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    Evanston Updates Climate Action Plan Progress (Ind. Report)
    City of Evanston
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Illinois, the city of Evanston, in coordination with several public interest organizations, is reporting the progress of the city's 2018 Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), a comprehensive guide against climate change.

    CARP objectives include building energy efficiency requirements, making the city of roughly 75,000 residents zero-waste by 2050 through recycling and composting programs and urging the federal government to impose a national carbon tax. (Source: Evanston City Council, The Daily Northwestern, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Evanston, Kumar Jensen, Sustainability and Resiliency Officer, www,cityofevanston.org

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    Energy Company Obligations: Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Future Trends (Report Attached)
    International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
    Date: 2019-11-08
    The Efficient World Scenario presented in the IEA's 2018 Energy Efficiency Market Report, demonstrates how increasing the global rate of energy efficiency from 1.6 pct per year to 2.2 pct per year can result in flat energy demand in the buildings sector, despite a projected 60 pct increase in floor area. Building codes and appliance standards are fundamental drivers of increased energy efficiency, and continued progress -- and expansion of coverage -- will be a priority. At the same time, these policies alone are unlikely to deliver the level of savings needed.

    "In this context, it is important to consider the role that market-based instruments can play in improving the energy efficiency of buildings. Market-based instruments have gained attention in the past few years as effective tools in the policy portfolio to deliver energy efficiency. The most prevalent market-based instrument, energy company obligations, has become particularly widespread. In 2017, 47 obligation programmes were in operation in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America."

    Download the IPEEC Energy Company Obligations: Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Future Trends report HERE. (Source: International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) Building Energy Efficiency Task Group, Nov., 2019) Contact: IPEEC, www.ipeec.org

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    Chicago Ranked Tops in Green Office Space (Ind. Report)
    CBRE
    Date: 2019-11-08
    According to the 2019 National Green Building Adoption Index published by CBRE Group Inc., Maastricht University and the University of Guelph, Chicago is the nation's leader in energy-efficient office buildings for the third year in a row. The city added a near 2 pct gain over 2018, outranking San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles.

    The index analyzed green-certified office space across America's 30 largest office markets and found the highest in the index's history at 42.2 pct -- up from 41.9 pct from 2018. According to the report, 71.1 pct of Chicago's office buildings are market-certified green and hold either an EPA ENERGY STAR® label, USGBC LEED certification, or both.

    (Source: CBRE, Lawndale News, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: CBRE, National Green Building Adoption Index www.cbre.com/about/corporate-responsibility/pillars/environmental-sustainability/green building adoption index; CBRE, Corpcomm@cbre.com, www.cbre.com

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    Allied Irish Bank Offers Lower "Green" Mortgage Rate (Int'l.)
    Allied Irish Bank
    Date: 2019-11-06
    In Dublin, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) reports it is offering a low-rate mortgage for energy efficient homes. The five year fixed rate green mortgage will be available to the bank's new and existing mortgage holders whose homes have a building energy rating of between A1 and B3. The rate charged on the loan will be 2.5% for 5 years -- 0.35 pct lower than a similar AIB mortgage on a property that doesn't meet the energy efficiency requirements. The "green" mortgage product is only available for private dwelling houses and not investment or commercial properties. (Source: AIB, RTE, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: Allied Irish Bank, +353 1 6600311, www.aib.ie

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    DC Passes Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    DC Green Building Advisory Council
    Date: 2019-11-04
    In the nation's capitol, the city of Washington's recently passed Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act's Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) madates that beginning in 2021, owners of buildings over 50,000 square feet that are below a specific energy performance threshold will be required to improve their energy efficiency over the next 5 years.

    Projects below the performance threshold will be able to choose between a performance pathway, which requires that they document a 20 pct reduction in energy usage over the 5 year compliance period, or complete a prescriptive list of required energy efficiency measures. Under the Act, buildings are required to report energy usage and then meet new standards for energy performance or face fines. (Source: GlobeSt.com, 4 Nov., 2019) Contact: DC Green Building Advisory Council, Anica Landreneau, (202) 535-2600, doee.dc.gov

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    Canada GBC Calls for National Building Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In Ottawa, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has issued a post-election statement congratulating the re-elected Liberal government of Justin Trudeau and urging the Prime Minister to spur Canada's building industry towards a low-carbon future.

    The CaGBC statement also noted that Canada's building stock contributes up to 17 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions and that Investing in a low-carbon workforce transition would be a key driver to help Canada's construction workforce develop, construct and manage high-performing energy efficient green buildings. The CaGBC also called for the government to Stimulate the country's retrofit economy through the Canada Infrastructure Bank and to establish national building energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements. (Source: The Canada Green Building Council, Commercial News, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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    EDF US Subsidiaries Rebranded Dalkia Energy Solutions (Ind. Report)
    EDF Group, Dalkia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-10-25
    French multinational energy company EDF Group reports the re-branding of its US energy management businesses as part of efforts to strengthen its presence with commercial, industrial and institutional customers. The new brand -- Dalkia Energy Solutions -- is being launched via a subsidiary of EDF Group named Dalkia. Groom Energy Solutions and Aegis Energy Services, both US subsidiaries of EDF Group, will operate under the same banner.

    Dalkia Energy Solutions will offer HVAC, LED lighting, cogeneration, building energy management systems and remote control services to enable customers in the distribution, health, hotel, housing and logistics sectors to reduce their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

    Dalkia Energy Solutions will also work with EDF Trading North America for wholesale and retail energy supply, EDF Renewables for large solar, wind power and energy storage installations. (Source: EDF, Dalkia, Smart Energy, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: Dalkia Energy Solutions, Sylvie Jehanno, CEO, +33 1 71 00 71 00, + 33 1 71 00 71 10 – fax, www.dalkia.fr; EDF Group, Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO, www.edf.fr

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    NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 Released in Albany (Ind Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Albany, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is touting the release of it new NYStretch Energy Code -- 2020 to advance the development of energy-efficient buildings.

    The new code will help both consumers and municipalities interested in voluntarily adopting higher efficiency standards for new and renovated building construction projects.

    NYStretch is expected to deliver roughly 11 pct in energy savings over the model energy codes that will be the basis for the 2020 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (2020 ECCC-NYS), with ROI ranging from 6to 12 years. (Source: NYSERDA, 11 Oct., 2019)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Energy Efficiency Incentives Database Available (Ind. Report)
    State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
    Date: 2019-10-21
    The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) maintained by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University provides summaries of state and federal renewable energy and building energy efficiency incentives.

    The data includes programs offered by U.S. territories, local governments, and electric and gas utilities. Incentives can include tax incentives, grants, loans, rebates, industry recruitment/support, performance-based incentives, technical resources, feed-in tariffs, renewable energy credits, solar renewable energy credits and green building incentives.

    DSIRE also includes information on rules, regulations and policies related to the incentives, including public benefit funds, building energy codes, appliance/equipment efficiency standards and energy standards for public buildings.

    The database is limited to incentives and policies from only investor-owned utilities in the U.S., and electric cooperatives and municipal utilities with more than 30,000 customers. (Source: DSIRE, Arizona Business Daily Reports, Oct., 2019) Contact: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, www.dsireusa.org

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    Santa Rosa Advancing Climate Change Program (Ind. Report)
    City of Santa Rosa
    Date: 2019-10-14
    As previously reported, in February the Santa Rosa City Council in Sonoma County, California appointed a climate action subcommittee to facilitate the implementation of a climate action plans. To that end, the subcommittee is now advancing significant policy changes focused on transportation, energy-efficient buildings, solid waste reduction and carbon sequestration.

    Sixty percent of Santa Rosa's GHG emissions come from motor vehicles. As Sonoma County prepares to extend Measure M -- a quarter-cent sales tax that has leveraged $5 of state and federal funding for every $1 of local transportation tax revenue -- the city needs to take a critical look at reliable and frequent public transit.

    With 29 pct of the city's emissions coming from inefficient building energy use, the subcommittee is recommending all city buildings join Sonoma Clean Power's "Evergreen" program, which delivers 100 pct renewable and local energy, promising an immediate 41 pct reduction in building emissions.

    The subcommittee has also advanced a comprehensive zero-waste plan that could reduce the city's GHG emissions by up to 9 pct. The city also maximized its recyclabling and composting efforts. The city is also exploring . (Source: City of Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 13 Oct., 2019) Contact: City of Santa Rosa, www.srcity.org

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    Pittsburgh Launches High Performance Building Center (Ind. Report)
    Green Building Alliance
    Date: 2019-09-30
    The Green Building Alliance (GBA)T and the UN Economic Council on Europe (UNECE) are reporting an agreement to establish the city of Pittsburgh's International Center of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

    The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.

    Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange. (Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., pittsburgh@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org

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    Arlington Updates Community Energy, Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
    Arlington County
    Date: 2019-09-27
    In the Old Dominion State, Arlington County (pop. 235,000 +-) reports it has updated its Community Energy Plan to incorporate goals for carbon neutrality by 2050; increased building energy efficiency and a 38 pct drop in building energy consumption; greater building resilience; increased reliance on renewable energy; a move to efficient and low-emissions transportation; and other related initiatives.

    The policy targets 50 pct renewable electricity for government operations by 2022 and 100 pct by 2025, rising to 100 pct renewable electricity by 2035.

    The energy plan has specific targets for reducing the amount of per capita carbon produced each decade through 2050. The County also will produce a plan to transition away from internal combustion engines and increase the use of alternative and public transportation. (Source: Arlington Connection, 25 Sept., 2019)Contact: Arlington County, www.arlingtonva.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Energy Efficiency Can Get U.S. Halfway To Climate Goals, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050, a new report by the Washington-based not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency can slash U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and get the nation halfway toward its climate goals.

    The report offers a road map for dramatically reducing energy waste and identifies ambitious but cost-effective and technically possible measures that would avert emissions of nearly 2,500 million metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to all emissions from cars, trucks, homes, and commercial buildings in 2050.

    The ACEEE report identifies 11 opportunities and related policies to achieve the necessary savings. Transportation, which will see a transition to electric vehicles, would deliver nearly half (46 pct) of the emissions reductions while buildings would deliver a third and industry a fifth. For energy savings, buildings would deliver 40 pct of the total, followed by transportation at 32 pct and industry 27 pct. The report also notes that government policies and programs alone would deliver about $700 billion a year in energy savings by 2050.

    The report calls for scaling up energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Rapid upgrades to vehicle standards, building energy codes, equipment efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR specifications, and state energy-savings targets.

  • Substantial improvements to existing factories, homes, commercial buildings, and the electric grid and better management of energy use in all of them, spurred by government investment and requirements.

  • More travel options and better management of freight and aviation energy use, including through user fees.

  • A switch to electric vehicles, equipment, and industrial processes (along with a more efficient and cleaner power sector).

  • Greater investment in research and development for new efficiency options in every sector, especially improved industrial processes.

    The Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Facility Exec., Sept., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency Climate Chnage,  


  • Moroccan Energy Efficiency Project Scores NAMA Funding (Int'l.)
    Morocco
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Rabat, the Moroccan Ministry of National Territorial Development and Urban Planning is reporting receipt of €20 million in funding from the Berlin-based NAMA Facility, an international climate finance program. The funding will be used for building energy efficiency projects.

    According to the Ministry, the building sector is "one of the major energy-consuming areas in Morocco, it represents 33 pct of the final energy consumption and records a strong growth of the annual energy consumption." Morocco's energy efficiency strategy aims to achieve energy savings of around 20 pct. (Source: Morocco World News, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: NAMA Facility, www.nama-facility.org

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    San Jose Enacting Energy Efficiency Building Codes (Ind.Report)
    San Jose
    Date: 2019-09-18
    In the Golden State, the city of San Jose (pop. 1.2 milluon +-) reports the adoption of the San Jose Reach Code Ordinance which includes new building codes designed to "increase building efficiency, mandate solar readiness, and increase requirements related to electric vehicle charging stations." The new building code will apply to all new residential and non-residential construction in the city.

    More than 45 cities and counties are considering adopting reach codes that require building and transportation electrification. Nineteen cities in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont, have adopted similar ordinances. (Source: City of San Jose, San Jose Spotlight, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of San Jose, www.sanjoseca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    Carbon Tax Included in Germany's €40Bn Climate Pkg. (Int'l.)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-16
    In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CD) governing coalition is reportedly expected to release it latest plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels. The government's package of measures, which could cost well over €40 billion ($44.6 billion) until 2023, is slated to be released on Friday, September 20.

    The government's plans are expected to include a broad range of issues such as extending grants for electric car buyers, expanding a network of charging stations, raising road taxes for polluting vehicles, improving building energy efficiency, raising a green surcharge on air travel and a possible carbon tax.

    As previously reported, Germany is expected to miss its own emissions goals for 2020. (Source: DW, 15 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  German Climate Change,  


    Masdar, EDF Launch Energy Efficiency, Services Firm (Int'l)
    Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
    Date: 2019-09-13
    At the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and French low-carbon electricity leader EDF are reporting an agreement to launch a new joint venture energy services company in order to expand into non-utility scale building energy efficiency, solar technology below 50 MW and others. The agreement is in line with Masdar's global clean energy ambitions and further supports the UAE's Energy Strategy 2050 objectives to increase renewable energy usage and energy efficiency across the UAE region, according to a release. (Source: Masdar, EDF, Trade Arabia News, Sept., 2019) Contact: Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  Masdar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Dubai Joins Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative (Int'l.)
    Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
    Date: 2019-09-11
    The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reports it has joined the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Initiative, which is pledged to double the rate of energy efficiency improvement in the building sector by 2030.

    The BEA Initiative was launched by The World Resources Institute (WRI) and Johnson Controls (JCI) to increase awareness and adoption of building energy efficiency programs. The Initiative aims to build market awareness and action on local government leadership by example, particularly in the developing world, local benchmarking and sustainable building certification and labeling approaches, innovative financing to support efficiency investments and distributed energy systems at the building and community scale. (Source: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dubai Supreme Council of Energy , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman, DEWA CEO, www.dubaisce.gov.ae ; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; Building Efficiency Accelerator Initiative, www.buildingefficiencyaccelerator.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  World Resources Institute ,  Energy Efficiency,  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy,  DEWA,  


    UCT Stresses Sustainability, Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
    Green Building Council South Africa
    Date: 2019-08-30
    The University of Cape Town (UCT) Properties and Services Department is touting its sustainability plan aimed at reducing reduce energy consumption and achieving close to net-zero carbon emissions not later than 2050. The UCT sustainability plan includes:
  • extensive energy audits of building energy consumption;
  • intensified energy metering and monitoring;
  • improved, automated building management systems
  • energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and retrofits;
  • "green" energy efficiency certification on new buildings;
  • replacing diesel powered shuttle transportation with electric buses;
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops and parking areas -- a feasibility study is presently under way to determine which buildings and locations are most suitable for solar PV installations.

    Over the past 10 years UCT has converted electric hot water boilers in residences to energy-efficient heat pumps, conducted energy audits in some buildings and retrofitted energy-efficient lighting fixtures in one residence.

    In 2012 the university committed to green designs for all new buildings -- independently certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.(Source: Univ. of Cape Town, 27 Aug., 2019) Contact: University of Cape Town, www.uct.ac.za; Green Building Council South Africa, +27 86 104 2272, www.gbcsa.org.za

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  • Salix Finances Edinburgh Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l.)
    City of Edinburgh,Salix Finance
    Date: 2019-08-28
    In Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council reports it has invested £1.6 million of London-based Salix Finance Ltd. funding -- £800,000 provided by the council and £800,000 matching funding from Salix -- in energy efficiency projects across several city schools. The work was carried out using the London RE:FIT (energy efficiency) framework.

    The upgraded school technologies include: combined heat and power (CHP), LED lighting, boilers, and controls, all of which are expected to deliver better than £4 million in energy cost savings over the lifetime of the project.

    The upgrades were made possible thanks to funding from Salix Finance, an independent, government-funded organisation that provides interest-free loans to the public sector for energy efficiency projects. In addition to the school improvements, the council upgraded Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and completed projects such as LED lighting upgrades to both the Edinburgh bus station and Councils Assembly Rooms, CCTV monitor upgrades to the City Chamber, and others. (Source: Edinburgh City Council, Scottish Construction Now, Aug., 2019) Contact: Salix Finance, +44 20 3102, 6900, www.salixfinance.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Finance,  


    DOE Awards Bldg. Energy Management R&D Funding (R&D, Funding)
    U.S. DOE Office of Science,BEM Controls
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Science is reporting the issuance of $1.05 million in grant funding to energy company ComEd, the University of Denver, Virginia Tech and software specialist BEM Controls. The funding is to support development of an energy internet that will enhance building energy management. occupants.

    The award provides funding to commercialize a blockchain-based transactive energy platform developed by BEM Controls with funding from the DOE. Blockchains use multiple servers that operate like decentralized record-keeping and verification systems.

    The BEM Controls software incorporates time-based energy management and control of interior spaces in buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency, reliability and resiliency. ComEd will use its Grid of the Future Lab to demonstrate the functionality of the system, which will be developed over three years. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Science, PR, Crypto Economy, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Science, (202) 586-5430, www.energy.gov/science/office-science; BEM Controls, www.bemcontrols.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. DOE Office of Science,  Energy Management ,  Building Energy,  


    U.S, Canadian Zero Energy Residence Inventory Rises (Ind Report)
    TEAM ZERO,Net Zero Energy Coalition
    Date: 2019-08-07
    According to the recently released Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study from Richmond, California-based TEAM ZERO -- fka Net Zero Energy Coalition -- the market for residential zero energy buildings grew 59 pct across the United States and Canada in 2018,

    The report findings include:

  • Larger multifamily buildings are increasingly dominating the zero energy housing stock;

  • More projects are seeking zero energy performance with integrated renewables;

  • The report shows a 7.2 pct increase in the percent of projects pursuing zero energy over zero energy-ready -- 73.8 pct and 21.7 pct in 2017, now 66.6 pct and 29 pct, respectively);

  • California leads in number of projects with 6,828 followed by New York with 3,022;

  • The Southwest is a stronghold with California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas claiming a total of nearly 9,600 units;

  • In Canada, there was a 240 pct increase in the number of zero energy units over 2017. The study notes a city or region's dominance is often driven by a single major project;

  • Multifamily projects now represent 71 pct of the total zero energy residential stock. Although multifamily zero energy has shown steady gains over single-family since 2015;

  • In Canada, multifamily is even more dominant than in the U.S., with 90 pct of its zero energy units in multifamily projects, versus 67 pct in the U.S;

  • future trends to watch include community micro-grids, electrification, grid integration and harmonization, and zero carbon.

    TEAM ZERO is working to unify stakeholders involved in promoting different 'paths to zero' with a common agenda and collaborative efforts that accelerate market adoption of zero energy and zero carbon homes, commercial buildings, developments, communities, and retrofits across North America. The goal is to build awareness about the value of zero energy and ensure zero harm homes and buildings are accessible and affordable to home buyers, renters and businesses in all communities.

    Download the Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study 2018 Inventory of residential projects on the path to zero in the U.S. and Canada HERE. (Source: TEAM ZERO, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: TEAM ZERO, Richard Willingham, (416) 524-2380, 219371@email4pr.com, www.teamzero.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero Energy Coalition,  


  • Buildings Save Energy with BRESAER System (Ind. Report)
    Bresaer
    Date: 2019-08-05
    According to the Eu news agency Cordis, buildings account for around 40 pct of energy consumption and revamping existing building envelopes -- facades and roofs -- for maximum energy-efficiency, when combined with a smart energy management system, can significantly cut energy consumption and costs.

    One expert who has been working at the heart of this topic is Gonzalo Pinto Quijano, an architect specializing in sustainable buildings at Acciona. As part of the EU project BRESAER, he has helped design and test a pioneering lightweight structural mesh to boost the energy-performance building facades.

    The BRESAER building mesh system is modular and flexible, allowing it to adapt to different climatic conditions and architectural constraints. The lightweight structural mesh allows other components to be easily integrated into an energy efficient building facade .

    Download BRESAER system details HERE. (Source: UN Cordis, Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Cordis, www.cordis.europa.eu; BRESAER, www.bresaer,eu

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    Carleton Scores Building Energy Efficiency R&D Funding (Funding)
    Carlton University
    Date: 2019-08-02
    In Ottawa, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change has awarded $5.1M in funding to Carlton University's Building Performance Research Centre (CU-CABER) and Prof. Cynthia Cruickshank's building energy efficiency work. The Minister also awarded $510,000 for Prof. Burak Gunay's Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research project related to data analytics and energy performance metrics.

    Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Solar Energy Systems Lab will lead the CU-CABER project to develop and evaluate new building envelope technologies. The six-year project has $3 million support from Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program and $2.1 million from the Ontario Research Fund.

    Prof. Burak Gunay is working to develop an open source software platform that will help building managers identify energy efficiency issues. Gunay and his team received $510,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure Fund for his Next Generation: Actionable Building Energy Performance Metrics, Data Analytics and Visualization research effort. The researchers are partnering with CopperTree Analytics, Delta Controls, and Sensible Building Science, and BentallGreenOak will develop a suite of diagnostic algorithms and methods to help facility managers pinpoint problems, and solve them. (Source: Carlton University, July, 2019)Contact: Carlton University Building Performance Research Centre, 613-520-7838, vpri@carleton.ca, www.carleton.ca/bprc

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    DOE SBIR Touts Sm. Business Innovation Research Funding (Funding)
    DOE SBIR
    Date: 2019-07-31
    American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, according to an SBIR release. Five buildings-focused, Phase II Release 2 grants awarded approximately $5 million to five small businesses. The projects, which are making advancements in building envelopes, building energy efficiency and modeling, and lighting, have already demonstrated a level of commercial feasibility for further innovations in the second phase of research. The five projects:
  • Innovations in Opaque Building Envelope Performance -- Lightweight and Thermally Insulating Nanowood -- (Inventwood LLC., College Park, Maryland) Inventwood LLC is using delignified wood to create a new, bio-derived cellulose thermal insulation material that could be used in window frames, exterior insulating cladding, or prefabricated panels for new building construction or retrofit applications.

  • Transparent Conductive Anodes for Solid-State Lighting -- Printed Anodes and Internal Light Extraction Layers on Flexible Glass to Create Cost-Effective High-Efficacy Bendable OLED Lighting Panels -- (OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, New York) OLEDWorks LLC will further develop and commercialize a highly energy-efficient lighting product in the form of uniquely thin and beautiful curved sheets of light to accelerate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) market growth.

  • High Performance Substrate Embedded Microgrids for High-Efficiency, Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes -- (Electroninks Inc, Austin, Texas) -- Electroninks Inc. is developing an alternative, transparent conductor for optical-electronic applications like touch sensors, displays, and OLEDs that significantly outperforms today's indium, tin, and oxygen (ITO) conductors.

  • Building Energy Modeling -- Portfolio-Level Energy-Efficiency Simulation (PLES) -- (Maalka, Brooklyn, New York) Maalka is extending its customizable framework for energy efficiency program development and management. The framework leverages the increasing availability of building energy data and DOE's open-source data standards and platforms and energy analysis tools (EnergyPlus, OpenStudio). The project targets the large and growing energy-efficiency program market of cities, utilities, larger owners, and energy service customers with a focus on supporting a move from individual energy conservation measures to packages and deep retrofits.

  • CAD-Integrated Web-Based Performance Simulation -- (Ladybug Tools LLC, Fairfax, Virginia) -- Ladybug Tools will use DOE's open-source EnergyPlus and Radiance tools, as well as OpenStudio's new elastic cloud capabilities, to deliver a greater range of analysis services (and subsequent revenue streams) for architects. Phase I of this project involved creating a working radiance-based daylighting simulation service; Phase II work will focus on energy simulation. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research, PR, July, 2019) Contact: SBIR, EERE.SBIR@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/science/sbir/small-business-innovation-research-and-small-business-technology-transfer

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  • Calls for Limited Building Glass to Save Energy (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Architects and engineers are reportedly calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool. Although glass-fronted offices let in lots of natural light the sunlight also brings heat creating "greenhouse effect" that in sealed buildings ha nowhere to escape.

    To avoid this greenhouse effect, air conditioning has been the standard solution, but, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy used on air condition has doubled since 2000 and presently accounts for about 14 pct of all energy consumed.

    In obvious agreement with the IEA, in April NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said he would ban all-glass buildings and force developers to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient, although the "ban" was later clarified to mean "excessive use of glass and steel." In the UK, London's mayor Sadiq Khan ruled out a similar plan but released regulations requiring construction firms to assess a building's energy use across its whole life-cycle and to use special types of glass that can block sunshine in hot weather, or even generate electricity themselves, such as the Edge building in Amsterdam. (Source: Various Media, Guardian, July, 2019)

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    Boston Tops 2019 City Clean Energy, Efficiency List (Ind. Report)
    City Clean Energy Scorecard
    Date: 2019-07-29
    For the second consecutive year, Boston has been ranked the top U.S. city for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard's comprehensive look at any and all initiatives taken by cities to become more energy efficient.

    Boston city officials credit its Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requiring all large and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy usage and complete an energy savings action or energy assessment every five years.

    San Francisco came in second in the ratings followed by Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. in that order. (Source: ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard, Up to Boston, 27 July, 2019) Contact: City Clean Energy Scorecard, www.aceee.org/local-policy/city-scorecard; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

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    inteGRIDy Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings (Ind Report)
    inteGRIDy
    Date: 2019-07-24
    Researchers from the EU-funded inteGRIDy -- Integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization Storage Technologies -- project report they've developed a cloud-based platform to reduce energy use in buildings and battery energy storage systems.

    Launched in 2017, inteGRIDy is running 10 pilot schemes in 8 European countries focused on electricity demand response, enhancing the operation of the distribution grid and energy storage.

    Download one of the 10 projects -- A Demonstration of an Integrated Battery Energy Storage System in Residential and Commercial Buildings -- HERE. (Source: Cordis News, July, 2019) Contact: inteGRIDy, www.integridy.eu

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    Montpelier Drafting Energy Efficiency, Consumption Disclosure Rules (Ind Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-12
    In Montpelier, the mayor of Vermont's capital city and the City Council report they are creating mandatory residential building energy efficiency standards that homes and apartments will have to meet before they can be listed for sale or rent.

    Under the city's proposed standard, real estate agents and landlords will be required to inform potential purchasers and renters how the property they're interested in compares with other similar properties in terms of energy consumption and energy related operating costs. (Source: City of Montpelier, mychamplainvalley.com, 10 July, 2019)

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    Tennessee's "Outdated" Energy Standards Questioned (Ind. Report)
    Southern Environmental Law Center
    Date: 2019-07-10
    The Charlottesville, Virginia-headquartered Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is reportedly questioning proposed building codes issued by the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office which the SELC says fail to help residents with high energy bills.

    Based on an early draft shared with stakeholders, SELC contends "the Fire Marshal's Office appears poised to propose adoption of largely adopt outdated residential energy efficiency standards, despite obvious advances in building technology." SELC also contends the Fire Marshal's Office fails to address "appropriate standards" as outlined in the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009. The SELC says by maintaining the status quo, the Fire Marshal's office would "discriminate against techniques and materials that further energy efficiency."

    Tennessee has the 12th highest residential average of energy consumption in the nation, with an average monthly bill of $123.30, according to the SELC. (Source: Southern Environmental Law Center Contact: Southern Environmental Law Center , 434-977-4090, www.southernenvironment.org

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    DOE Releases Better Buildings Progress Report (Ind. Report)
    US DOE,
    Date: 2019-07-10
    Today, Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicked off the Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit by recognizing more than 20 Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners and allies who achieved their energy, water, or financial goals for 2019 and five who have recently set new Challenge goals after meeting their initial goals. These goal achievers are part of the hundreds of organizations that work with the U.S. DOE in the Better Buildings Initiative and are featured in the annual Better Buildings Progress Report.. The Secretary also announced the launch of the Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot.

    In 2018, Better Buildings Initiative partners and allies saved 1.38 quadrillion BTUs and $8.4 billion in total energy costs. These organizations are leading the U.S. in energy efficiency by adopting emerging technologies, advancing the American workforce, and sharing their innovative approaches to energy and water efficiency.

    The Better Buildings, Better Plants Waste Reduction Pilot was launched to address the 2.7 billion tons of industrial solid waste and more than 260 million tons of municipal solid waste the U.S. generates annually. By reducing waste, organizations also save energy. Manufacturers, companies, schools, and governments across the country can strengthen their competitiveness and sustainability by setting and realizing robust waste reduction goals. DOE will work with organizations who have signed up for the pilot to determine the appropriate metrics, goals and opportunities for different sectors.

    Through the Better Buildings Initiative, DOE aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20 pct more energy efficient over the next decade. Greater energy efficiency saves billions of dollars, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and creates U.S. jobs.

    Download the Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Solution Center., betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

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    BCIA Touts One Small Change Bldg. Efficiency Campaign (Int'l)
    Building Controls Industry Association
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the UK, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is reporting the launch of its One Small Change Campaign to drive a shift towards lower energy demand in buildings at an individual, as well as organizational level.

    BCIA is seeking to encourage initiatives that increase energy efficiency; bring building performance in line the UK government's recent commitments to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050; and cut building energy waste. To that end, BCIA is calling on the buildings control industry to share knowledge on different means of saving energy in buildings. (Source: Building Controls Industry Association, PR, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Building Controls Industry Association, Jon Belfield, CEO, +44 0 118 940 3416 www.bcia.co.uk

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    VT. Communities RAMP up Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,ermont Council on Rural Development
    Date: 2019-06-17
    In Vermont, the towns of Marshfield and Plainfield are reporting the launch of RAMP -- Revitalizing All Marshfield and Plainfield -- a new building energy task force as part of a year-long push to build a robust economy in the face of climate change, cut carbon emissions and cut energy consumption and costs.

    Following the communities of Pownal, Randolph, Middlebury, and Swanton, RAMP is the fifth community participant in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program at the not-for-profit Montpelier-based Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), which works to connect rural economic development to climate change responses.

    The RAMP campaign encourages commercial building and homeowners to install solar panels, convert from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, weatherize their buildings and otherwise save money while saving energy and reducing emissions. (Source: The Bridge, 12 June, 2019) Contact: Vermont Council on Rural Development, 802-223-6091, www.vtrural.org

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    ASHRAE, US DOE Ink Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-06-12
    ASHRAE -- the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- reports the recenting inking of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) formalizing its co-operation with the U.S. government to implement numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency in buildings. ASHRAE and DOE seek to work cooperatively to:
  • Improve the efficient use of energy, building resiliency and improve building performance;

  • Encourage the continued development of voluntary consensus-based standards related to energy efficiency and encourage the adoption of technologically feasible and economically justified energy efficiency measures in each succeeding version of Standard 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) by states to ensure energy and cost savings;

  • Provide and encourage the use of clear and consistent information to the building industry about building energy rating and labeling;

  • Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions. (Source: ASHRAE, Website, 28 May, 2019) Contact: ASHRAE, Sheila Hayter, Pres, (404) 636-8400, www.ashrae.org; US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

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