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“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

April 2, 2015
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“Greenest Commercial Building” Earns Living Building Certification

No April Fools, Yesterday the Bullitt Center proved its status as the greenest commercial building in the world by becoming the first office building to earn Living Building certification, the most challenging benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. To earn the certification, the Bullitt Center demonstrated that it produces more electricity from solar...

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USGBC Says Billions Needed for Green School Upgrades

March 12, 2013
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USGBC Says Billions Needed for Green School Upgrades

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released its first “State of our Schools” report, highlighting the critical need to modernize school facilities to meet current health, safety and educational standards. The report, featuring a foreword by former President Bill Clinton, states that schools are currently facing a...

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Where Water Meets Energy

February 20, 2013
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Where Water Meets Energy

Energy is needed to transport, treat, heat, cool, and recycle water and, conversely, water is needed in energy extraction, production, and processing. As a result, saving water saves energy and saving energy saves water. This overlap between energy and water has come to be known as the “energy-water nexus.”

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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

February 19, 2013
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Building Automation and Controls Market to Reach Nearly $50 Billion

A research report by Research and Markets says the global building automation and controls market is expected to reach $49.5 billion by 2018 and grow at a double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018. According to the report, demand for energy-efficient buildings, more convenient devices and enhanced security via building automation...

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The Human Side of the Energy Equation

January 29, 2013
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The Human Side of the Energy Equation

Just as quitting smoking can be difficult, changing behaviors around energy consumption is also not easy. Utilities, universities and private companies are hiring not only engineers to study and implement behavior-based solutions but also sociologists and even psychologists.

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Turn Your Good Green Tech Plans into Great Business Plans

January 23, 2013
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Turn Your Good Green Tech Plans into Great Business Plans

It’s already a few weeks into 2013, and you’re no doubt looking to implement your green tech plans for your business, whether that means selling green tech and energy efficiency systems or services, or enabling them – in homes and businesses. People and businesses are seeking greater sustainability, and want more information to help...

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Smart Grid Survey Shows Need for Efficiency, but Lack of Awareness

January 16, 2013
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Smart Grid Survey Shows Need for Efficiency, but Lack of Awareness

It’s more good news/bad news for utilities rolling out smart grid programs. According to new survey by Pike Research, consumers are concerned about their electricity usage, but are not always willing to adopt new products and services that can help them curb their electricity consumption. Smart grid and smart meter favorability is up, but...

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Why Solar and EVs Will Be Game Changers

January 3, 2013
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Why Solar and EVs Will Be Game Changers

American consumers continue to show strong support for renewables and alternative-fuel vehicles, while apathy toward smart grid technologies may represent a golden opportunity. Also, why consumer awareness is the first critical step. From Clean Technica.

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Utility Idea: Free T-Stats and Energy Monitors to Help Save

July 5, 2012
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Utility Idea: Free T-Stats and Energy Monitors to Help Save

Here’s something all electric utilities should think of doing when rolling out their smart grid programs: Hydro Ottawa has re-launched its peaksaver program with a new peaksaver PLUS program that offers customers a free professionally-installed programmable thermostat plus an in-home energy display to help them monitor and manage their electricity use. The Energy Display...

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HEMS Market to Grow, Despite Lag

May 16, 2012
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HEMS Market to Grow, Despite Lag

Even as deployments of smart grid infrastructure have accelerated in recent years, the once hyped home energy management (HEM) market has struggled to gain traction. Numerous trials have led to only a few cases of industry deployments and to anemic rates of consumer adoption. Today that is starting to change, and over the remainder...

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