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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

April 22, 2013
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Beyond Earth Day: 10 Lasting Green Tech Trends

Confession time: I am not a big fan of Earth Day, and I suspect many others in the green and green tech fields feel the same. I thought Earth Day was great when we were cleaning out trash-choked streams. It raised awareness when there was none. But now everyone’s got an Earth Day thing...

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Are Smart Buildings Taking Off?

April 3, 2013
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Are Smart Buildings Taking Off?

Smart building and smart building technologies appear to be gaining favor among building owners. IDC Energy Insights announced new preliminary survey data this week showing that 50 percent of the respondents reported that they use Smart Building technologies today, with another 33 percent stating they would use smart building technologies in the next six...

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Big Data, Internet of Things Will Improve Efficiency and Profitability

March 27, 2013
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Big Data, Internet of Things Will Improve Efficiency and Profitability

Big Data, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and cloud-based data analytics: What does it all mean for building energy management? And businesses?   The world, apparently. Or a rave new world, which has huge implications for businesses, according to a GreenBiz webcast, “Sensors, Buildings and the Coming Internet of Things.” The Internet...

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Where Is ‘Big Data’ for Building Energy Headed?

March 25, 2013
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Where Is ‘Big Data’ for Building Energy Headed?

Energy data analytics company Retroficiency has an idea: What if it used the data it collects from millions of square feet of building space to help marketers identify energy-efficiency equipment opportunities in commercial buildings? Is “Big Data” marketing coming to the world of building energy?

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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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Using Data Analytics in Zero-Touch Building Energy Assessments

March 11, 2013
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Using Data Analytics in Zero-Touch Building Energy Assessments

You’ve heard about “Big Data” and how it’s being used to track our purchases and preferences, but data can also be used to help buildings save energy. One company on the data bandwagon is Massachusetts-based FirstFuel, which uses data analytics to identify energy-saving opportunities in buildings, institutions and utilities—without ever stepping foot in the...

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LEDs Light Up Bay Bridge

March 7, 2013
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LEDs Light Up Bay Bridge

Light now waves and shimmers at night across the cables of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in the largest LED art installation to date. Produced by artist Leo Villareal, with the help of 25,000 Philips 1-inch LEDs that span the cables, The Bay Lights went live this week and for two years will turn...

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Surf and Sun Power on Maui

March 5, 2013
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Surf and Sun Power on Maui

On the most remote island chain on planet earth, sustainability emerges out of isolation. The island of Maui is 2,400 miles from the nearest landmass on a dormant volcano, and fossil fuels are hard to come by. For years solar power has played a role in subsidizing the energy needs of the Hawaiian Islands....

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Billions Available in ESPCs for Gov’t Energy Efficiency Projects

March 5, 2013
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Billions Available in ESPCs for Gov’t Energy Efficiency Projects

Perhaps energy efficiency should be made a big part of the perpetual budget talks in Washington. Billions of dollars worth of energy efficiency improvements—and savings—are available to federal government agencies, according to testimony at last week’s Congressional hearing by House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee on “American Energy Security...

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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

February 28, 2013
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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

As covered in a previous post, there appears to be strong bipartisan support for energy efficiency in Congress, but how programs that encourage energy efficiency will be implemented remains to be seen. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy Security and Innovation:...

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