Green Building

Energy Management, Building Automation Set to Take Off

December 1, 2010
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Energy Management, Building Automation Set to Take Off

As I wrote in a recent post, the green building industry really is starting to embrace automation and electronic control systems as a way to achieve energy savings. This is starting to take off at the commercial level—and will no doubt soon extend into the residential market as well. At the recent Greenbuild Expo...

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Electronic Energy Management and Control Proves a Winning Strategy

November 24, 2010
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Electronic Energy Management and Control Proves a Winning Strategy

Good news for energy management and control systems: Several of the top placing buildings in the recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Building Contest used energy management and electronics systems control to save energy. The overall winner was Morrison Residence Hall at University of North Carolina, which reduced its energy use by 35.7...

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‘MPG’ for Homes Could Open Market for Energy Retrofits

November 18, 2010
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‘MPG’ for Homes Could Open Market for Energy Retrofits

Consumers may soon have a way to measure their home’s energy efficiency—and compare it to others. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced a Home Energy Score, which it likens to a miles per gallon (mpg) rating for homes. “Most Americas spend between $1,500 and $2,500 each year on home energy costs,” says...

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Can Republicans Actually Be Good for Energy Efficiency?

November 4, 2010
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Can Republicans Actually Be Good for Energy Efficiency?

We don’t wish to enter the political fray. But will the results of the mid-term elections in the United States be good or bad for the energy efficiency movement and selling energy management systems? You may be surprised by our conclusions. Conventional wisdom says that the Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives...

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Green Home Designers Embrace Home Control Systems

September 9, 2010
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Green Home Designers Embrace Home Control Systems

We’re seeing it more and more: Designers of green homes are embracing home technologies like home control and automation systems. That’s because they realize that adding energy management through home control can effectively cut a family’s energy use as they go through their daily routines. These systems add to a green home’s energy efficiency,...

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Movable Walls for Energy Savings

August 26, 2010
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Movable Walls for Energy Savings

We’ve written about the Lumenhaus, a project built by Virginia Tech students as part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., but we just couldn’t resist pointing to it again. The experimental house recently won the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid, Spain. But what we love about it are: Movable polycarbonate panels...

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