What high-performance products do remodelers most often use? The National Association of Home Builders' Remodeling Market Index reveals the top choices.
Source: Energy Manager Today
The energy-savings potential of a building is not equal across all buildings in a large portfolio, but buildings with the highest potential have an average energy-saving opportunity of 41 percent, according to a report from energy auditing software maker Retroficiency.
Source: DOOR & WINDOW MARKET MAGAZINE
Flushing, N.Y.-based Crystal Window and Door Systems announced it has supplied windows for the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) 2013 entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The final judging for this year’s Solar Decathlon will be held October 3-13 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The MS&T entry is a finalist and will be exhibiting and competing in California this fall.
Source: ThinkProgress By Joanna M. Foster
Energy efficiency, as much as anything having to do with the word ‘energy,’ would seem to be something most people could get behind. But as House Republicans decry the nanny-state and declare that no one has the authority to tell them what kind of light bulbs or ceiling fans to buy, it’s clear that even this good for the planet, good for your wallet strategy is wrought with controversy. Now, the EPA’s popular Energy Star program is causing backlash after it released its latest standards for making household windows, doors and skylights more energy efficient.
Source:Energy Manager Today
With commercial building operators facing pressure to reduce energy consumption and IT-based controls and monitoring becoming widespread, a perfect storm of factors has led to new software platforms for building energy management systems (BEMS), says Navigant Research, which predicts that the BEMS market will grow from $1.8 billion to $5.6 billion by 2020. The Navigant report, Building Energy Management Systems — IT-Based Monitoring and Control Systems for Smart Buildings: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts, says the BEMS market represents one of the fastest-growing and most promising waves of innovation ever to occur in the building industry.
Source: The Legal Intelligencer By Brad A. Molotsky and Kenneth M. Kulak
Making buildings more energy efficient is often described as "low-hanging fruit" for achieving dramatic energy savings and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions. While many people appreciate the complexity of building new renewable energy projects or introducing electric or natural gas-powered vehicles, the building sector is widely perceived as rife with the potential to reduce energy consumption through the application of available, existing technologies but somehow unable to fully realize this potential to date.
Source: USGlass® Magazine
A new analysis of federal energy data shows that the U.S. building sector’s vigorous efforts toward efficiency standards and subsequent dwindling energy consumption have essentially eliminated the need for any additional power plants to service the building sector.