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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,  


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

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


Built Green Canada Issues Sustainable Bldg Challenge (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada
Date: 2019-06-07
Concurrent with National Environment Week, Built Green Canada announces its sixth annual challenge to municipalities across the country to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices, to challenge municipalities to encourage green building, and to highlight those builders leading the way.

The challenge is marked by a growing number of municipalities who have proclaimed June 5 as BUILT GREEN Day. This reflects the growing concern faced by public and private industry on climate change and the heightened expectations of the municipality's role in addressing this social problem. In response to meeting environmental targets, all orders of government are developing climate mitigation strategies, while for those working in the residential building industry, increased energy performance and other regulations continue to change.

The increased stringency of codes and standards is driving costs up for the industry -- the unintended consequence is the further deterioration of housing affordability. With the intersection of these two social problems, there is possibility for further collaborative actions between government and industry collaboration that considers the environment, costs, and the pace of change given realizing sustainability targets requires the support of private industry.

Built Green Canada works with its builders to support the successful certification of their builds, assist them in meeting compliance requirements, while its programs' four levels of certification offer industry a means to voluntarily stay ahead of code and incrementally improve in preparation to be net-zero energy ready for 2030 regulations.

Though some municipalities are exclusively focused on energy performance, Built Green's programs are complementary as they take a more holistic approach that may reduce the load on civic infrastructure including water, power, and waste. Built Green recognizes municipalities may not be able to favour one program over another and therefore encourages municipalities to include its programs, alongside others, as an option to endorse.

Meanwhile, Built Green Canada has partnered with the Green Builder® Coalition to bring the first performance-based water rating to Canada through the water conservation section of their builder programs. Though parts of Canada, and the world, are increasingly experiencing droughts, and freshwater ecosystems are shown to be under stress, water conservation in the residential building industry has not received the attention energy efficiency has, though they are both connected and significant. The Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) is based on measurable parameters, along with a scoring scale that considers indoor and outdoor water use, reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations.

Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national, non-profit organization offering programs for residential building. Since its inception, builders have worked with Built Green to complete over 32,750 certified homes represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario -- including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 36,090. At the end of 2018, the cumulative impact of these single family certified homes translated into more than half a million (588,505.29) tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions saved (up to December 31, 2018). (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, June, 2019) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, (855) 485- .0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada ,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  


Delta Acquires Amerlux to Enhance Energy Solutions Offerings (M&A)
Amerlux
Date: 2019-06-05
Fremont, California-based Delta Electronics, Inc., a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, reports closing on its acquisition of Oakland, New Jersey-based LED architectural lighting specialist Amerlux LLC. Under the terms of the transaction, Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta, acquired 100 pct of Amerlux's interests.

The acquisition will expand Delta IoT-enabled smart green solutions for sustainable buildings and cities, building automation, energy management, commercial and industrial LED lighting, surveillance and indoor environmental quality systems. (Source: Delta Electronic, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Delta Electronics, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, www.amerlux.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Electronics.LED Light,  Amerlux,  


Illinois Passive Home Community Announced (Ind. Report)
Sonnen,Passive House Institute
Date: 2019-05-29
Energy storage firm Sonnen and Evolutionary Home Builders are reporting their partnership for the development of the first-of-its-kind energy positive The Wildwood of Marengo community, west of Chicago, Illinois. The aim of the project is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable buildings.

The project, which will incorporate 28 homes with each possessing a 6KW solar array and a 20KWh energy automation system, is certified by the Passive House Institute United States in Chicago to maximize energy gains and minimize energy losses. Each residence will produce, store and intelligently manage the home's power throughout the day and night without sacrificing comfort. The homes are capable of becoming independent of the grid during high-cost periods of the day, avoiding the use of high carbon intensive peak power and minimizing stress on the utility grid.

Evolutionary Home Builders will initiate the development of the community which is claimed to be the most sustainable passive home community in the US. (Source: Sonnen, Evolutionary Home Builders, Smart Energy, 27 May, 2019) Contact: Passive House Institute US, (312) 561-4588, info@phius.org, www.phius.org; Sonnen, Blake Richetta, Snr. VP, sonnen U.S. operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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Unilever HQ Scores LEED Platinum for Sustainability (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Counci, LEED Certification
Date: 2019-05-17
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-headquartered consumer goods giant Unilever North America reports it headquarters building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification sustainable buildings. he project was also recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Associate New Good Neighbor Award in support of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 pct while doubling its business.

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 MediaRelations.USA@unilever.com, (201) 894-7760, www.unileverusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


VA. Firms Lauded with Viridiant Green-Building Awards (Ind. Report)
Viridiant
Date: 2019-05-06
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond nonprofit Viridiant, administers of the EarthCraft brand of green-building programs, has named its 10th annual Sustainable Leadership Award winners for environmentally friendly and sustainable "green" building practices.

The notable local winners included Henrico-based NBJ Architecture, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC, which received this year's Visionary Award recognizing leadership in sustainable buildings and communities, as well as University of Richmond student Jennifer Kearney, winner of the Next Generation Award for her work educating fellow students on waste reduction and energy and water conservation. Hollyport Ventures, Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners, and Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity were also honoured. (Source: Viridiant, 6 May, 2019) Contact: Viridiant, board president Bryan Manga 804-225-9843, www.viridiant.org

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Supporting the green transition: A unique building project in Denmark
Green Building
Date: 2019-04-19
Due to BIPV oriented funding in Denmark from the EUDP and ForskVE RTD programmes (see: www.activehouseroofsandfacades.com ), it has been possible for Cenergia (now a part of Kuben Management to make an agreement with Copenhagen International School) to realise an Active House labelling for them, and to include an online Active House radar with assistance from the company, Leapcraft.

Copenhagen International School (CIS) is a unique building project, for which it has been a pleasure for me and my former colleagues, Miriam Sanchez and Vickie Aagesen to work on. This cooperation also included Karin Kappel from Solar City Denmark, who have carried out amazing work in promoting best practice BIPV architecture since 2004, and Gate21, engaged as a collaborator in relation to the ForskVE realisation.

For Kuben Management, I hope that winning the Active House award will support the idea of working with the Active House standard in practice because it has many benefits and it is not costly to work with. In relation to ForskVE, it has been possible to include several Active House labelled projects in the Danish sustainable building database which can now be viewed in English at www.bæredygtigebygninger.dk.

The idea of working with performance documentation has always been a part of the Active House approach and with the demands for this in the EU Building Directive, it has become increasingly relevant, and something that will be supported by the development towards more digitalisation in buildings. CIS is a good example of a school building with an emphasis on a healthy indoor climate, which had a strong focus in the design process, also based on special demands from the builder, f.ex. when it comes to using decentralised ventilation systems. This is in a scenario where bad indoor climate issues are not uncommon in Danish schools. It is our hope that the qualities documented in the online Active House radar will help to ensure a continuous focus on the indoor climate. I agree that homebuyers can use Active House documentation to help them secure quality but also due to the reasonably low costs to use it. Good advice would be to try to cooperate with other sustainable building quality systems. In the Nordic countries, f.ex. have the Nordic Swan Label which one of the leading contractors (NCC), uses for all their housing projects. My advice for the future is to really focus on new and unique projects, which support the green transition, and to work with engaged builders, such as what we witnessed with the CIS building. CIS is a really good example of what a determined builder can do in practice. Here, the driving force was one of the board members of the school who at the same time was a designer and secured full-scale BIPV Mock-Ups on the actual building site to identify the best possible BIPV design (in cooperation with the experienced BIPV manufacturer, Solar Lab). This actually led to the withdrawal of the architect (C.F. Møller), for a short period, due to risks they saw in connection to the use of completely new technology for almost all facades. In the end, they came back and was deeply engaged in securing the qualities in practice of many of the technical and architectural solutions. (Source: European Green Cities, Open Access Government, 11 April, 2019) Contact: European Green Cities, Peder Vejsig Pedersen, +45 2046 6755, pvp@greencities.eu; Active House, www.activehouseroofsandfacades.com, www.activehouse.info

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Notable Quotes
Johnson Controls
Date: 2019-02-15
"Organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging energy efficiency, energy storage and distributed generation technologies to deliver smarter, safer and more sustainable buildings. U.S. organizations are especially bullish about the future impact of systems interoperability, systems integration and cybersecurity technologies, leading all other countries." -- Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls,,VP, Global Sustainability, Dec., 2018

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Aussies Calling for Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
Date: 2019-01-23
In the Land Down Under, the recently released Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code prepared by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia, calls for a Zero Carbon Ready building code.

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, admin@asbec.asn.au, www.asbec.asn.au; ClimateWorks Australia, www.climateworksaustralia.org

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Maui's Westin Nanea Resort Claims LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2019-01-21
In the Aloha State, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali resort hotel reports that with receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED GOLD certification for new construction it is now "officially one of the most eco-friendly resort properties on Maui."

The LEED rating system was specifically designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to guide the development of more sustainable buildings. (Source: Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali, Maui Times, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Notable Quotes
Johnson Controls
Date: 2018-11-28
"Organizations are more interested than ever in leveraging energy efficiency, energy storage and distributed generation technologies to deliver smarter, safer and more sustainable buildings,” said “U.S. organizations are especially bullish about the future impact of systems interoperability, systems integration and cybersecurity technologies, leading all other countries.” -- Clay Nesler, vice president, Global Sustainability, Johnson Controls.

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SUNY Offers Sustainable Bldg. Courses, Certificates (Ind. Report)
State University of New York College at Oneonta
Date: 2018-09-26
In the Empire State, the State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) reports it will offer a program to train students in sustainable and environmentally-friendly building design and construction.

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

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


JLL Surpasses Emissions, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability Targets (Ind. Report)
JLL
Date: 2018-06-29
In its just released Global Sustainability Report, Chicago commercial real estate services provider JLL Inc. reported exceeding carbon emission reduction goals within its corporate offices and committing to set a Science Based Target by 2020. Reductions achieved on a per corporate office employee basis included a drop in building-related greenhouse gas emissions by 15 pct -- vs a 10 pct target -- building-related energy consumption by 12 pct and rented area by 10 pct.

JLL exceeded its existing targets at the end of 2017, and reported annual performance highlights including:

  • $82 million in estimated U.S. client project savings through energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions by roughly the equivalent of removing 77,000 passenger vehicles from the road for a year;
  • 452,000 metric tons of CO2e averted by advising on renewable energy projects saving seven times the amount of energy the firm uses in its own buildings across the world; and
  • 225 sustainable building certifications for clients.

    The new targets established in the Building a Better Tomorrow program include:

  • adopt a common sustainable procurement framework globally by 2020:
  • set a Science Based Target for JLL's global emission reductions, with interim goals including:
  • reduce building-related GHG emissions per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019; and
  • reduce building-related energy consumption per corporate office employee by 2 pct per annum from 2017 to 2019.

    JLL will also strengthen partnerships with various external organizations, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact, Green Building Councils, and others.

    According to UN estimates, real estate accounts for about 40 pct of the world's energy consumption and a third of all carbon emissions. (Source: JLL, PR, June, 2018) Contact: JLL, Christian Ulbrich, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Science Based Target,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  


  • NYC 10 Hudson Yards Awarded LEED Platinum Status (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-01-05
    In the Big Apple, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, Oxford Properties Group's 18 million-square-foot, 52-story, 10 Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings -- Platinum Certification.

    The $20 billion mixed-use property sustainability and energy efficiency features include: 1.2 MW of gas-fired micro turbines that generate power and hot and chilled water twice as efficiently as traditional systems; storm water retention tank that harvests rainwater for irrigating the property’s terrace landscaping; 100 pct raised flooring for improved temperature control and cleaner air; an operation and energy control center that coordinates building performance, and other features. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: 10 Hudson Yards, Related Hudson Yards LLC, L. Jay Cross, Pres., 212-801-1000, www.relatedusa.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  


    BGC, Edmonton Partnering on EnerGuide Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2017-11-20
    On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton and Built Green Canada (BGC) report they are joining forces to offer a $200 rebate for BUILT GREEN® builders through the City's residential Spot the Difference program.

    The Spot the Difference program aims to reduce home energy consumption and raise awareness of greenhouse gas emissions. New and existing homes can sign up to receive an energy rating using the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), through Natural Resources Canada. The rating and other home details are then added to the Edmonton EnerGuide for Homes Map -- a platform that features the EnerGuide label of select homes in Edmonton, the year the home was built, and other details to help homeowners make informed decisions about a purchase.

    Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national non-profit organization, headquartered in Edmonton that offers third-party sustainable building programs to the residential building sector. Since its inception, over 29,500 homes have been certified. Including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 32,775, represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, (780) 442-0259, robyn.webb@edmonton.ca, www.edmonton.ca; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson , (855) 485-0920, jchristenson@builtgreencanada.ca, www.builtgreencanada.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


    IWBI Releases WELL Building Guide (Ind. Report)
    International WELL Building Institute
    Date: 2017-11-15
    In the Big Apple, the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation, is reporting the release of its Manufacturer's Guide to WELL™ guide. The guide aims to help manufacturers who produce sustainable building products and materials navigate the WELL Building Standard (WELL) focused on setting design and policy protocols and performance thresholds that buildings and communities should strive to achieve to improve the health of the occupants of those spaces.

    Since its 2014 launch, more than 125 million square feet in 31 countries are WELL Registered or Certified, across various building types, including both new construction and existing buildings. The work is being led by more than 2,000 independent WELL APs worldwide.

    The WELL Building Standard and the WELL Community Standard are administered by the International WELL Building Institute and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). (Source: IWBI, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, (202) 650-0369, cstanton@nikecomm.com, www.wellcertified.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  


    TUV Rheinland, GIGA Partner on Sustainable Building Design (Int'l)
    TUV Rheinland,GIGA
    Date: 2017-11-13
    Reporting from Cologne, global testing and certification provider TUV Rheinland says it has joined forces with the international standards organization Global Innovations Green Algorithms (GIGA) to help designers build more sustainable buildings.

    Under the new partnership, some contents of TUV Rheinland's global Certipedia certificate database will be fed into GIGA's online material data hub, Origin, which includes certified, environment-friendly building materials and products. This will empower designers to easily find and source green, healthy and sustainable building products. TUV Rheinland's Certipedia database will be integrated into Origin's infrastructure in the fall of 2017.

    GIGA's assessment infrastructure, tools and metrics are used by hundreds of companies to track and communicate the health performance of their buildings and indoor spaces. (Source: TUV Rheinland, Nov., 2017) Contact: TUV Rhineland, Holger Kunz, Executive VP Products, www.tuv.com; GIGA, www.gigabase.org, https://origin.build

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GIGA,  TUV Rheinland,  Sustainable Building,  


    Prior Lake Lauded for Energy Benchmarking, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Prior Lake
    Date: 2017-11-01
    In Minnesota, the city of Prior Lake reports it has been awarded the Wisconsin Center for Sustainable Building Research and the Departments of Administration and Commerce Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Best of B3 Benchmarking Award for projects designed to track energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency.

    The city of approx. 25,000 residents tracks energy use in seven buildings totaling 160,000 square feet. The city is also 8 pct lower on energy-use intensity than the benchmark, for a 19 pct decrease from 2016. (Source: City of Prior Lake, Prior Lake American, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: City of Prior Lake, www.cityofpriorlake.com

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


    EC Launches Sustainable Building Performance Reporting Tool (Int'l)
    European Commission
    Date: 2017-09-29
    The European Commission (EC) reports it has launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new EU-framework for sustainable buildings Europe-wide. The test phase for Level(s) will run until 2019.

    Level(s), which focuses on building performance indicators across areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, resource and water efficiency as well as health and comfort, aims to establish a "common language" around what sustainable building means in practice -- shifting the debate beyond energy performance. Each indicator in Level(s) is designed to link a building's impact with EU priorities for circular economy, and the framework effectively broadens the building agenda to deliver more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

    EC Level(s) details are HERE. (Source: EU, Sept., 2017) Contact: EU Environment, http://ec.europa.eu/environment/contact/contact_en.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Building Performance,  


    Notable Quote
    Jones Lang LaSalle
    Date: 2017-07-10
    "The overwhelming majority (of real estate managers and property owners) desires to have green buildings or sustainable buildings -- It's true of big companies. It's true of small companies -- it's true of Jones Lang LaSalle (LaSalle Investment's parent company) and LaSalle and most Fortune 500 companies. That's not just in the U.S., it's global." -- Jacques Gordon, global head of research and strategy at Chicago-based real estate money management firm LaSalle Investment Management. Contact: Jacques Gordon, LaSalle Investment Management, www.lasalle.com

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    Certified Passive House PLUS Slated for Vancouver (Ind. Report)
    City of Vancouver ,Passive House Standard
    Date: 2017-05-10
    In Vancouver, Marken Design + Consulting is touting the construction of the city's first home designed and constructed to the stringent Passive House PLUS standard combining highest energy efficiency and electric energy production.

    The 2-story wood-frame home uses as much as 90 pct less energy for heating and cooling and up to 65 pct less than a standard home on operating costs. Triple pane wood windows, heat pump hot water, high level of insulation, eco-friendly materials and a ultra efficient heat recovery ventilation system and solar array are among the sustainable building features incorporated into the custom passive design.

    The Passive House Building Energy standard originated in Germany in the late 1980s and is fast becoming the world standard in green, sustainable building techniques. It is estimated there are over 60,000 passive house buildings around the world. Currently, there are only about 40 such buildings in Canada. The city of Vancouver is developing an incentives program to encourage the growth of Passive Home construction standards. (Source: Marken Design, PR, Canadian Free Press Release & Media Distribution Service, 8 May, 2017) Contact: Markern, Alexander Maurer, www.markendc.com; Passive House Building Energy Standard, www.passivehouse.ca

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    Siemens' HQ Shortlisted as Most Sustainable Building (Int'l)
    Siemens
    Date: 2017-03-01
    Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects reports that Siemens' global headquarters Munich is shortlisted at the MIPIM Awards in the "Best Innovative Green Building" category. The building has also been certified DGNB Platinum and LEED Platinum.

    The new HQ building, which was inaugurated in June, 2016, consumes 90 pct less electricity and 75 pct less water than its predecessor. The annual MIPIM conference is the world's largest real estate event. (Source: Henning Larson Architects, GlassonWeb, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Henning Larsen Architects, www.henninglarsen.com; Siemens AG, www.siemens.com/sustainability, www.siemens.com

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    USGBC Lists Top LEED Green Building States (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Date: 2017-01-27
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the Top 10 States for LEED, an annual ranking of states that have made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year.

    Based on gross square footage (GSF) Massachusetts is in first place followed by Colorado, Illinois, New York, California, Nevada, Maryland Virginia Washington State, and Texas, in that order.

    Collectively, 1,819 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in the states within the Top 10 LEED list in 2016, representing 309.12 million gsf of real estate. Nationwide, 3,366 projects were LEED certified in 2016, representing 470.39 million square feet.

    More than 59,000 commercial, neighborhood and residential projects are currently LEED certified, comprising more than 6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states, as well as in 164 countries and territories globally. Additionally, the industry's direct contribution to U.S. GDP is expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015-2018. (Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Jan., 2017) Contact: USGBC, Leticia McCadden Communications Manager, (202) 742-3785, lmccadden@usgbc.org Follow us on Twitter at @USGBC, www.usgbc.org

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    World GBC Touts Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Plans (Int'l Report)
    World Green Building Council,Green Building,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2016-11-14
    The World Green Building Council (World GBC) reports that the Green Building Council of Australia, Canada Green Building Council, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), India Green Building Council and the US Green Building Council and others have announced plans to introduce schemes that recognize and reward net-zero carbon buildings, with some announcing target dates by which they will introduce them.

    These newly announced schemes could be either stand alone net-zero certification schemes, or a net zero designation within existing certification schemes. Their goal is to ensure that every building -- both new construction and existing -- produces zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Buildings are currently responsible for over 30 pct of global greenhouse gas emissions. They also represent one of the most cost effective ways to reduce emissions though energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. (Source: Insight, World Green Building Council, 12 Nov., 2016) Contact: World Green Building Council, Jonathan Laski, Director of Global Projects and Partnerships, Edward Mazria, CEO, +44 7 496 596 496, www.worldgbc.org

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    GSA Issues Green Building, Building Efficiency RFI (Ind. Report)
    General Services Administration
    Date: 2016-09-28
    In Washington, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. DOE have issued a joint Request for Information (RFI) for next-generation building technologies in support of their respective Green Proving Ground (GPG) and High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst programs.

    RFI responses will be used to identify technologies for evaluation through the GPG program and/or HIT Catalyst program. or both. Selected technologies will be matched with federally owned buildings or commercial buildings, respectively, to pilot measurement and third-party verification.

    RFI is seeking technologies specific to: smart energy analytics; cold climate heat pumps; fans and blowers; chillers, refrigerants, and alternatives to vapor compressor HVAC; and water conservation and reuse, and energy efficiency. GPG works with third-party evaluators to test pre- and early-commercial sustainable building technologies in federally owned buildings. GPG provides deployment recommendations for effective technologies throughout GSA's portfolio to help GSA meet its sustainability goals and lead market transformation.

    DOE's HIT Catalyst program supports the adoption of cost-effective, underutilized commercial building energy efficiency technologies by facilitating the assessment of high impact technologies in commercial buildings. The HIT program aims to transform the market for these technologies through partnerships with the commercial buildings industry through the Better Buildings Alliance, federal leaders, regional non-profits, utility programs, and energy efficiency organizations.

    Concurrently with the issuance of this RFI, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in cooperation with the GPG program. The funding opportunity will seek innovative partnerships to significantly and rapidly increase the uptake of emerging and underutilized energy efficient and cost-effective building technology packages. Applicants interested in participating in this funding opportunity can find more information at eere-exchange.energy.gov, under Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages..

    Applications are accepted until Friday, November 18, 2016. RFI on FedBizOpps.gov, info is available at http://goo.gl/1DXn9A. Direct inquiries regarding the RFI to gpg+2017@gsa.gov. (Source: GSA, Sept., 2016) Contact: GSA, Matthew Burrell, (202) 357-9582, www.gsa.gov; HIT Catalyst, buildings.energy.gov/hitcatalyst; RFI and GPG Program, www.gsa.gov/gpg

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    AkzoNobel Wins LEED Energy Efficiency Certification (Ind. Report)
    AkzoNobel
    Date: 2016-09-28
    Paint and coatings specialist AkzoNobel reports that it's newly relocated Strongsville Technology Center in Ohio has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The $10 million project also received the City of Strongsville Economic Development Authority innovation award.

    During construction, 87 pct of non-toxic construction waste was recycled and sustainable building materials -- adhesives, paints, coatings and flooring -- were widely used. The facility also features energy efficient lighting and HVAC systems as well as designated areas for recycling paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic. Additionally, AkzoNobel purchased Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset 100 pct of its energy use for two years. (Source: AkzoNobel, Automotive World, 27 Sept., 2016)Contact: AkzoNobel,www.akzonobel.com; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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