The report findings include:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.teamzero.org
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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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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, email@example.com,
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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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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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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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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 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
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The western German city of Arnsberg was paired up with Warren, Minn., three years ago as part of the Climate-Smart Municipalities program. It was using planes equipped with thermal imaging cameras to see which buildings were losing the most energy.
Related Minnesota programs and initiatives include the use of drones to measure building emissions and heat loss, solar energy installations, energy-efficient lighting, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and others. The program is directed through the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment in St.Paul.
(Source: MPR News Update, June, 2019) Contact: University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, Jessica Hellman, Dir., (612) 624-6973Fax: (612) 626-5555 -- fax, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.environment.umn.edu
Climate-Smart Municipalities, environment.umn.edu/grant/climate-smart-municipalities
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Section 179D of the tax code offers a tax deduction to building owners and businesses for energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating and cooling, hot water systems, ventilation, or the building envelope like insulation or windows. It offers incentives for upgrades at new or existing buildings that cut the total energy and power cost by at least 50 percent compared to a building meeting the ASHRAE codes baseline for energy efficiency.
Jason Hartke, CEO, Alliance to Save Energy states, "This is a key tax incentive for encouraging energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which account for about 20 percent of U.S. energy consumption. It is important that Congress extend this incentive to give building owners and designers the certainty they need to make these investments." (Source: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, PR, Cap May Herald, 31 May, 2019)
Contact: Office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, www.vandrew.house.gov; Rep Mike Kelly, https://kelly.house.gov;
Alliance to Save Energy, (202) 857-0666, www.ase.org
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The HQ building design incorporates smart technologies by EDGE that record data and automate the building's features and functions, including Internet of Things (IoT) systems enabling the building to learn from occupants' behaviors and remember their preferences.
(Source: Unilever, PR May, 2019) Contact: Unilever, Catherine Reynolds
(201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The Act, if passed into law, would remove the present ban on the use of fossil fuels in federal buildings while implementing energy efficiency targets.
Under the legislation, federal facility managers could choose the energy mix that best meets their efficiency goals and saves on a building's operating costs as well as ensure significant renovations to existing facilities achieving 30 pct less energy use than the current requirements.
(Source: Various Media, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2019)
Contact: Rep. Earl L. Carter, (202) 225-5831, www.congress.gov/member/earl-carter/C001103; Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), (202) 225-9897, https://veasey.house.gov
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According to the BEIS release,
around 60 pct of the built sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements.
Roughly 40 pct of the UK's carbon emissions come from energy consumed in buildings, according to the release.
BEIS estimates a 20 pct cut in building emissions will reduce energy costs for businesses by £6 billion, £2.7 billion of which will be saved by SMEs, with a new energy efficiency targeting scheme set to be introduced to assist smaller businesses.
The government's Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect on 1st April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The new rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has an inefficient Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
(Source: UK BEIS, edie News, 25 April 2019, Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency, +44 0 20 7215 5000, email@example.com,www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
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Approximately 60 pct of the sector is rented, creating barriers to improve energy efficiency due to complex contracts between landlords and commercial tenants which often clash with the ownership, maintenance and long lifetimes of technological improvements.
The Ministry notes its Clean Growth Strategy includes a "package of measures" to support business to improve energy efficiency and productivity by at least 20 pct by 2030 and lead to the establishment of an Industrial Energy Efficiency scheme to help large companies cut energy use and bills in commercial properties.
BEIS estimates that the 20 pct target will significantly cut energy costs for businesses and, to that end, has also launched a £315 million Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support high energy consumption businesses with the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Elsewhere, the UK Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) came into effect in April 2018, imposing new rules on both domestic and commercial properties within the private rental sector. The rules prohibit landlords from granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants if the property has a sub-standard Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
(Source: BEIS, edie Newsroom, 25 April, 2019) Contact: BEIS, Ben Golding, Director of Energy Efficiency and Local Department, +44 0 20 7215 5000, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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According to the DOE, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40 pct of the Nation's total energy demand and about 75 pct of all electric power consumption. In addition, growing peak electricity demands are challenging the electrical grid, exacerbated by stresses from transmission and distribution infrastructure constraints and the increasing number of variable renewable electricity power generation sources. However, integration of more flexible and even dispatchable loads through building automation can optimize energy use leading to decreased energy costs while maintaining occupant preferences. Even greater optimization of energy supply, storage, and demand results in a more resilient and reliable grid that simultaneously improves energy affordability.
The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) designed the 2019 BENEFIT FOA to increase energy productivity -- both within and beyond a building's walls -- by supporting the R&D and performance verification of flexible and energy-efficient technologies for residential and commercial buildings across the following topic areas:
The BTO's demand flexibility strategy, called Grid-interactive Efficient Building, is a unique addition to this funding opportunity which has traditionally focused on R&D for the next-generation of energy efficient building technologies. The DOE's vision integrates advanced sensing, controls, and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in modernizing the power grid.
Buildings have historically been passive consumers of energy, but next-generation flexible technologies give buildings and equipment the potential to provide a host of grid services that utilities currently receive from other, more traditional grid assets. Further research will help achieve this vision at-scale.
Download FOA details and application materials HERE. Information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Office is HERE.
(Source: USA DOE, BLOG, 23 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov
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The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program provides a free detailed assessment of operational energy conservation measures, a fixed value amount to implement the identified measures, along with the full cost to verify the measures after implementation.
The program is geared towards Class B and C buildings that are older than five years, a market segment with significant opportunities for energy savings. ESC Automation, a long-time BOMA BC member, was selected to conduct the assessments after a competitive bidding process. (Source: BOMA BC, REMI Networks, 15 April, 2019) Contact: BOMA, BOMA Green Buildings Program, www.boma.bc.ca/green-buildings/building-tune-up-program
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The analysis finds that a $500 billion investment over 15 years in improving building energy efficiency would net: $1.3 trillion in savings on consumer utility bills; 1.3 million jobs created annually -- 20 pct more than current job creation rates; a 36 pct decline in building energy consumption from current projected demand; 300 million metric ton reduction in CO2 emissions from current projections; and completely eliminate the need to build new fossil fuel power plants.
Download the Building Climate Justice: Investing in Energy Efficiency for a Fair and Just Transition report HERE. (Source: Food & Water Watch, Mar., 2019) Contact: Food & Water Watch, www.foodandwaterwatch.org
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The loan is intended for "on-lending" by Mikrofin for building and building energy efficiency improvements, equipment upgrades for micro agri-businesses, the development of energy efficiency lending products, and related initiatives and projects, according to the GGF release.
The GGF invests in measures which lead to reduced energy use and CO2 emissions and improvement of resource efficiency in Southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. It provides financing to local partners that on-lend to enterprises and private households, and it invests directly in renewable energy projects.
Mikrofin, a microfinance market leader in Bosnia, financially supports more than 57,000 clients, mostly low-income micro and small entrepreneurs. (Source: GGF, PR, SeeNews, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Green for Growth Fund, +49 (0) 69 271 035,
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Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.
Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE.
(Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org;
Green Roof Researchers Alliance, www.greenroofalliance.com, www.greenfoofs.com
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Universal mCloud's AssetCare solution offers an innovative zero-upfront subscription model that creates operational savings for the customer by analyzing numerous data sources such as space temperatures, outdoor weather, expected occupancy, and HVAC unit efficiency to pinpoint where a building's energy is being wasted. The data is integrated into a real-time intelligence model that enables AssetCare to make decisions on how to best respond moment-to-moment to changing comfort conditions in a building while simultaneously curbing unnecessary energy use.
These new AI-powered features are expected to go live to all current and new AssetCare for Smart Buildings customers later this year.
(Source: Universal-mCloud Corp., PR, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud Corp, Russ McMeekin, CEO, (415) 635-3500, www.mcloudcorp.com
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EYP offers services in the areas of utility programs, energy design assistance, benchmarking, building performance, energy software and energy analysis data to help clients optimize their building energy efficiency investments.
Within its energy practice, Willdan helps utilities clients upgrade their grids and supports facility owners with the development of energy efficient buildings and other offerings.
The acquisition is slated to close later this month.
(Source: Wildan, consulting.us, 6 Mar., 2019) Contact: The Weidt Group, Jim Douglas, Pres., (877) 938-1588, email@example.com,www.theweidtgroup.com;
WildanGroup Inc., Stacy McLaughlin, CFO, (714) 940-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wildan.com
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The program is being tagged GreenWorks after a similar program called MassWorks which funds local infrastructure projects. Under the GreenWorks program, cities and towns would apply for competitive grants for specific projects related to energy efficiency, clean energy and climate change resiliency -- ie school building energy efficiency upgrades, renewable energy and energy storage projects.
(Source: Mass. Representative, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, MassLive, 22 Feb., 2019) Contact: Mass. Speaker Robert DeLeo , malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/RAD1
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According to the report, improved energy efficiency and performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.
The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the operational energy use of new buildings and major renovations. The Code regulates the building envelope and fixed equipment, including heating and cooling equipment, lighting and hot water. Built to Perform shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $12.6 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.
The ASBEC report was produced with the support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project has been delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action (EA), Strategy. Policy. Research. (SPR) and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, Suzanne Toumbourou, Exec. Dir., (02) 8006 0828, email@example.com, www.asbec.asn.au; ClimateWorks Australia, www.climateworksaustralia.org
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According to the D.C. Green Building Advisory Council 50 pct of the city's buildings will need to improve their energy performance to meet as yet undermined standards. The bill gives the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment until 2021 to establish a standard Energy Star score that buildings must meet, and it requires that standard to be at least at the level of D.C.'s current median score. The new law will also establish a task force of commercial real estate industry representatives to help with the implementation.
Building Owners needing to make upgrades will be able to utilize multiple financing methods, including low-interest PACE bonds and the D.C. Green Bank, a new fund that allows owners to borrow money for building upgrades and pay it back out of their future energy savings. (Source: Bisnow Washington, 14 Jan., 2019)
Contact: DC Green Bank, www.doee.dc.gov/greenbank
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VTA instigated a Sustainability Program and established a goal to incorporate green building principles into VTA projects in 2008. The program included new or renovated buildings or other facilities such as parking garages or bus rapid transit stations. VTA has since constructed and renovated several buildings with renewable energy, water and energy efficient fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, and other green building features.
The new VTA Green Building Policy is intended to help reduce energy consumption and costs and to formalize green building principles into all aspects of its infrastructure for greater environmental, social and economic responsibility.
To date, the Santa Clara County VTA has implemented sustainability features such as solar panels at bus terminals, EV charging stations, low-flow plumbing equipment, solar-powered trash and recycling containers, transit platforms lit by natural light and water recycling as well as repurposing cut trees into retaining walls and mulch.
(Source: Santa Clara County VTA, Silicon Valley Voice, 12 Jan., 2019)Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org
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Specifically, the ordinance would require all new and significantly renovated city buildings of more than 5,000 square feet to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certified.
(Source: City of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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With the addition of the state's recently enacted new building energy efficiency code, UAB expects to achieve an additional 9.1 pct energy cost savings above the savings anticipated with the LEED certification. The state's new construction energy efficiency code is considered one of the nation's most stringent, according to the UAB release.
(Source: UAB, PR, Bham Now, 5 Jan., 2019) Contact: UAB, Melody Gillezeau, Sustainable Development Project Manager , (205) 348-6010, www.ua.edu; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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As part of the program, the school board is assessing its boilers campus-wide and is working with Columbus, Ohio-based utility American Electric Power (AEP)to improve overall campus-wide energy efficiency, energy efficient lighting, HVAC controls and trimming general energy related costs.
The board' aims to save $650,000 in total by June 30, of this year.
(Source: New Albany-Plain Local School District, This Week Community News, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: New Albany-Plain Local School District, Superintendent Michael Sawyers, www.napls.us
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The plan calls for aggressive and technology-based energy conservation, building energy efficiency, an increased reliance on renewable energy, increase transportation electrification, energy storage and other related measures. The plan also recognizes climate and energy achievements to date, but suggests more work to meet mandated emissions reduction goals and prevent winter price spikes in the power sector.
Access Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan
details HERE. (Source: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MassLive, Dec., 2018)Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer
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The codes also incentivize "demand responsive technologies" including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 pct.
(Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The standards are expressed as annual limits on carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, based on different emissions intensity limits applicable to different categories of buildings. The limits would first be effective in 2022, with increasingly stringent limits over time. There are variance provisions, including one related to economic hardship. (Source: Foley & Loag LLP. Pr, Dec., 2018)
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The advanced course is intended to instruct and train construction and energy industry professionals on the key elements of retrofiting existing buildings and to support their technical capacity for more effective post-retrofit maintenance and preventive care, according to the EmiratesGBC release.
The course covers the limitations, financial implications and risks and benefits of the retrofit measures. The training programme is based on the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings and serves as a handbook for all industry stakeholders to achieve higher levels of energy and water efficiency by retrofitting existing buildings.
Course graduates are qualified as
EmiratesGBC-certified Building Retrofit Specialists.
(Source: EmiratesGBC, PR, TradeArabia News Service, Nov., 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org
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Of the total €8 million Cohesion Fund investment, €4 is earmarked to finance replacement of inefficient manufacturing equipment. The balance will be applied to building energy efficiency upgrades, LED lighting systems, and other related initiatives.
(Source: Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency, BNN, 10 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Latvia Central Finance and Contracting Agency , +371 22 306 116, www.cfla.gov.lv/en; EU Cohesion Fund, http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/funding/cohesion-fund
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The proposed "Clean Energy D.C." Act would require D.C. to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources by 2032; increase fees for oil and gas; set new building energy efficiency standards, and authorize programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.
(Source: ThinkProgress. D.C., Pacific Standard, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Clean Energy DC, http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B22-0904; ThinkProgress. D.C., https://thinkprogress.org
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Oneonta is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to establish goals and best practices for the program, which is supported by a two-year grant of $900,000, part of nearly $6 million awarded to SUNY campuses by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to train more workers in the state's clean-energy sector.
The initiative will also develop an in-house capacity of LEED associated professionals to certify new and existing campus buildings across the State University system. After the three-year pilot program, a SUNY Green Building Technology Learning Center will be developed to expand training SUNY-wide.
The specialized courses will lead to a new Sustainable Building Design certificate offered through the Geography and Environmental Sustainability department.
As previously reported, SUNY College at Brockport, New York, offers a similar program.
(Source: State University of New York College at Oneonta , Daily Star, 25 Sept., 2018) Contact: State University of New York College at Oneonta, (607) 436-3500, https://suny.oneonta.edu
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LLNL's work seeks to establish metrics of peak energy usage and energy shaving capabilities that can be used by grid operators to lower the cost of their services. To that end, LLNL will work with the Contra Costa County Public Works Department in California, which will provide energy consumption data on more than 50 buildings which they manage. They will also work with New York University, which will provide similar data on about 20 buildings.
The project is scheduled to begin in October. (Source: LLNL, Sept., 2018) Contact: LLNL, Jhi-Young Joo Joo, Research Project Leader, www.llnl.gov;
DOE Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office
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These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.
Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE.
(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.emiratesgbc.org
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The funding is earmarked for the university's Green Building Project to design more energy-efficient building plans by developing more effective ways to monitor energy consumption and quantify occupant behaviors in buildings.
The National Research Council (NRC) is also partnering in the multi-discipline project. (Source: Carleton University, The Charlaton, 30 Aug, 2018) Contact: Carleton University Dept. of Engineering, (613) 520-5790, email@example.com,
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Under the ESPC, Siemen's provided a district-wide energy management system with direct digital controls allowing for implementation of energy conservation strategies and room occupancy scheduling; HVAC and chilled water plant upgrades; LED lighting retrofits; new high efficiency, condensing gas-fired hot water boiler plants in four ESM buildings and other upgrades.
ESPCs are part of Siemens' Total Energy Management approach to reducing energy costs and funding building energy efficiency improvements through energy savings
(Source: Siemens USA, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Siemens, www.usa.siemens.com/k12.
Siemens Building Technologies, w3.usa.siemens.com/buildingtechnologies/us/en/Pages/buildingtechnologiesusa.aspx
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These energy efficiency upgrades are expected to deliver a better then 26 pct increase in building energy efficiency over the current standard.
Under the 2015 IECC as adopted by the state are requirements for automatic daylight-responsive controls for windows and skylights; a new automatic lighting shut off provision requiring the use of occupancy sensors in 12 building space types including classrooms, conference rooms, lunch rooms, private offices, and restrooms; and exterior lighting control provisions that now require building façade and landscape lighting to be controlled independently of all other site and parking lighting.
The more stringent 2018 IECC in Philadelphia includes: occupancy sensor control of lighting in open plan office areas with control zones limited to 600 square feet; occupancy sensor shut-off time delay decreased to 20 minutes from the 30 minutes under the prior code; and use of Luminaire Level Lighting Control technologies as an alternate lighting control compliance option. (Source: LeGrand, EC&M, 17 Aug., 2018)
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The town recently received $210,531 in grant funding from the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Program -- its fourth DOER grant award since 2013. Rockland was also awarded $75,521 in energy reduction incentives by National Grid.
The Mass. DOER Communities program incentivizes cities and towns to adopt energy efficiency policies. In 2017 the program committed $65 million in grant funding to 15 cities and towns last year.
Technical assistance for the program is being provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the LED lighting is being installed by Real Term Energy a firm with headquarters in Annapolis and Montreal, Canada. (Source: The Enterprise, Mass. DOER, 8 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Town of Rockland, Marcia Birmingham, Interim Town Administrator, www.rockland-ma.gov;
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer
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The posting also notes the government's program "Warm loans" is delivering good results with over 19,000 loans worth over UAH 585 million ($21.7 million) issued.
(Source: MENAFN, UKRAININFORM, 6 Aug., 2018)
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The projects, which are planned for 2018-2020, will be implemented by the Municipal Development Fund of Georgia.(Source: NEFCO, Georgia Today, 5 July, 2018)
Contact: Scandinavian Environment Finance Corporation, www.nefco.org
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Unlike the previous 2008 and 2012 versions, the new plan tracks progress and adds new measures to further slash emissions as needed with a new goal of cutting the city's CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 2003 levels by 2050.
Under the new plan, the city will have divested city funds from fossil fuels and transitioned city operations to use 100 pct renewable electricity and a fully fossil fuel free fleet of vehicles, by 2030.
The plan also identifies a wide range of additional strategies for buildings to achieve a mid-term goal of 50 pct energy reduction by 2030. For example, the city intends for all newly constructed buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 by using passive house standards and to use energy usage transparency to reduce consumption among residential buildings, using energy labeling and transparency strategies.
The city also plans to implement a PACE program to fund building energy efficiency retrofits, upgrades and renewables projects.
(Source: City of Pittsburgh, NRDC, June, 2018)
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The BEA project is a global initiative led by World Resources Institute (WRI) under the UN program Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), which aims to double the global rate of building energy efficiency by 2030. Dubai is the first and only city in the Middle East committed to the BEA, and EmiratesGBC is serving as the BEA City Liaison in partnership with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) to measure energy performance of 100 buildings in Dubai across hotels, schools and malls.(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, ME Construction News, 3 June, 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.emiratesgbc.org
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Award recipients included four organizations that have invested in green and high-efficiency buildings: the Glenn Group, Harrah's Reno Hotel and Casino, the University of Nevada, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Reno also recognized two notable ENERGY STAR certified buildings -- JC Penney's Logistics Center and Silver Lake Apartments -- both of which had recorded significantly lower energy consumption than their peers across the nation.
In addition, the City lauded eleven leaders in the city's ReEnergize Reno energy efficiency challenge program. Through the program, launched in October of last year, commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings have committed to cut their energy consumption 20 pct by 2025.
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.
Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.
For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.
Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign.
(Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com
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Under the MoU, the two organizations will collaborate on building energy efficiency and related issues using the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification standards and programs.
The MoU supports DEWA's efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30 pct by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021.
(Source: DEWA, Dubai Government Media Office, 13 May, 2018)
Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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