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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,

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ICAST Completes Multifamily Housing Efficiency Retrofits (Ind. Report)
International Center for Sustainable Technology
Date: 2019-09-30
The Lakewood, Colorado-based not-for-profit International Center for Sustainable Technology (ICAST) is reporting completion of energy-efficiency upgrades to nearly 1,000 multifamily buildings, for a reported savings of 7.4 million kWh, 850,000 therms, and nearly $2 million in utility cost savings.

The 3 year work contract , which was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), was intended to spur the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial building sector -- less than 100,000 square feet in gross floor area -- but accounts for over half of the energy used in the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

At the start of the project, ICAST operated in two states, improving energy in about 100 multifamily buildings per year. ICAST has eight affiliates providing energy-efficiency services to the multifamily sector in four states and seven cities. (Source: US DOE EERE, ICAST, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE,; ICAST, 866.590.4377,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  International Center for Sustainable Technology,  Energy Efficiency,  

Burlington Releases Net Zero Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
City of Burlington
Date: 2019-09-11
In Vermont, the city of Burlington (pop. 43,000 +-) and the Burlington Electric Department (BED) are reporting release of the city's Net Zero Energy Roadmap, a study of four strategic pathways for the city to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030. The City also reported it has begun putting the report's strategies into action and has launched a slate of new programs and initiatives designed to help Burlington achieve it Net Zero Energy climate goal.

To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.

In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates. (Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability,; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Energy,  City of Burlington,  Energy Efficiency,  

US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-08-28
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE,; ENERGY STAR,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  

Cyprus Moving to Net-Zero Energy Buildings Goal (Int'l Report)
Net-Zero Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
The Eastern Mediterranean island country of Cyprus reports the incorporation of EU Directive -- 2010/31 / EU -- which aims to improve the energy performance of buildings while taking into account the external climatic conditions and indoor climate requirements.

Under the new legislation, photovoltaic (PV) systems will be mandatory in homes, business and government buildings to hlp Cyprus meet energy consumption and near zero-energy goals.

Buildings constructed after 31 December 2018 are required to hold an Energy Performance Certificate classifying them as Energy efficiency class B. This means that buildings will have to be built with materials insulating the interior and generate part of their energy needs from renewable energy sources. Housing units built after the end of 2018 should be producing up to 25 pct, blocks of flats 3 pct and other building types 7 pct -- rising in 2020 when all buildings must be classified as class A. This entails high-performance thermal insulation (walls, ceilings, windows, exposed floors), very low heating requirements, and have a primary annual energy consumption of under 100 kWh per m2. (Source: Cyprus Energy Ministry, Financial Mirror, June, 2019) Contact: Cyprus Energy Ministry, +357 22 867100,

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

Sprout Sports DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Status (Ind. Report)
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner
Date: 2018-05-30
Pueblo, Colorado-headquartered mini-home manufacturer Sprout Tiny Homes Inc. reports it has become a DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner and one that of its models is already certified as a Zero Energy Ready Home.

The Zero Energy Ready home is a high performance home so energy efficient, all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are third-party verified and at least 40 pct -- 50 pct more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low- to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.(Source: Sprout Tiny Homes, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Sprout Tiny Homes Inc. , Rod Stambaugh, (719) 247-6195, Zero Energy Ready Home,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Zero Energy,  DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner ,  

Alta Energy Completes Office Zero-Energy Retrofit (Ind. Report)
Alta Energy
Date: 2018-03-23
San Mateo, California-based sustainable energy advisory and procurement services provider Alta Energy is reporting completion of energy efficiency upgrades at Great America, a six-story a 654,000 sqaure-foot, Class A office tower in Santa Clara, California.

Energy efficiency upgrades and advanced energy technologies included LED lighting and advanced lighting controls, a 2.4MWh solar power system, electric vehicle charging stations, and a plan to replace the property's HVAC system with a high-efficiency unit, all of which contribute to the facility's Emerging Zero Energy status. It is the first building owned by an institutional commercial real estate investor to be included in the New Buildings Institute's registry of emerging and verified Zero Energy retrofit buildings.

Santa Clara's municipal electric utility, Silicon Valley Power, provided an incentive for the solar power system as well as rebates for some of the energy upgrades. (Source: Alta Energy, Inc., PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: Alta Energy, Sam Lee, CEO, Marc Roper, Media, (650) 489-1302,,; PGIM Real Estate,; New Buildings Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Alta Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

Ireland Reports Climate Change Mitigation Fund Plans (Int'l)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-01-03
In Dublin, the Irish Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) reports that "targeted increases in capital expenditure" will support the delivery of its €100 billion climate change mitigation -- climate action objectives plan to meet its Paris Climate Accord goals and commitments.

The DPER plan calls for emissions credit trading, energy-efficiency grants, near zero-energy building standards, renewable electricity support schemes. The DPER plan also calls for additional capital support for public transport, infrastructure for urban cycling and walking, a renewable heat incentive scheme, and an electric vehicle purchase grant scheme. (Source: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, The Times, 31 Dec., 2017)Contact: Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, +353 1 676 7571, +353 1 678 9936

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Mitigation,  

EU Zero Energy Building Directive Acknowledges Challenges (Int'l)
Date: 2017-12-22
According to researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, EU Directive 31/2010 requires all EU countries to improve the energy efficiency of all buildings, either by constructing new nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) that consume the minimum of energy or retrofitting existing buildings to nZEB standards. Under the directive, all public buildings must be nZEBs as from 1 January, 2019, and by 1 January 2021, all new buildings must be nZEBs.

The directive acknowledges construction in seven Southern Europe countries -- Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain -- have subtle construction and climate differences that make it difficult to directly compare nZEB regulations and programs. The directive also recognizes sociological and technological barriers hampering the retrofitting of existing buildings or development of new nZEBs. The directive also notes "the poor training of practically all the players, starting with the administration, including construction workers, and going right up to citizens, constitutes a huge human chain in which there is still a lack of understanding about what nZEBs are and how to achieve them." (Source: University of the Basque Country, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: University of the Basque Country, Juan MarĂ­a Hidalgo, Study Co-author, +34 946 01 20 00,

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

Global Zero-Energy Buildings Market 2017-2021 -- Research and Markets Report Available (Ind Report)
Research and Markets
Date: 2017-12-22
Research and Markets' new Global Zero-energy Buildings Market 2017-2021 report predicts the global zero-energy buildings market to grow at a CAGR of 39.02 pct during the period 2017-2021.

According to the report, zero-energy building construction retrofitting practices are common in the global construction industry. The aim is to utilize only as much energy as buildings produce onsite through renewable energy systems.

Access report details and information HERE. (Source: Research and Markets, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (917) 300-0470, (800) 526-8630,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Research and Markets,  Zerp-Energy Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

Delta Americas HQ Wins CBE Livable Buildings Award (Ind. Report)
Delta Americas ,UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment
Date: 2017-09-06
Fremont, California-headquartered power and thermal management solutions specialist Delta Americas is reporting its headquarters building has been honored by UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE), earning an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Livable Buildings Award program.

The LEED Platinum certified net-zero-energy HQ building's sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties were instrumental in its receiving the honor.

Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, the HQ building's Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 pct more energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.

The Delta America Headquarters utilizes many of Delta's own technologies, such as its solar PV inverters, energy-savings variable frequency drives, elevator power regeneration technologies, a wireless outdoor LED lighting system, InfraSuite Datacenter infrastructure solutions, electric vehicle charging solutions, and building automation management and Delta Energy Online software. In 2016, Delta was recognized by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level. (Source: Deltas America, PR, IBN, 31 Aug., 2017) :Contact: Deltas America, M.S. Huang, Pres.,; UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment, (510) 642-4950,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UC BerkleyCenter for the Built Environment,  Delta Americas ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

BCA Singapore Converting Zero-Energy into Positive-Energy Building (Int'l. Report)
Building and Construction Authority
Date: 2017-07-14
In Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) reports it is collaborating with Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) on research to transform BCA's flagship Zero Energy Building (ZEB) into a positive energy building.

SinBerBEST is a research entity under the National Research Foundation (NRF) CREATE Programme. It is hosted by the University of California Berkeley (UCB), with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as main partners. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Since its launch in 2009, ZEB has delivered a net zero energy performance for seven continuous years, producing more energy than it consumes with a net surplus of between 7- 9 pct achieved on a yearly basis. The energy efficiency of ZEB will be enhanced to achieve a further 20 pct improvement over the current level and achieve an overall energy surplus of at least 40 pct with the upgrading of the existing solar PV system and savings from the smart technologies including: high-performance dimmable lighting fixtures and controls; demand controlled ventilation; plug loads management system; double skin building facade; wifi-based occupancy monitoring system and various and others. (Source: Singapore Building and Construction Authority , 11 July, 2017) Contact: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Hugh Lim, CEO, +65 6534 0219,

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

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