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New protocols for determining energy-efficiency savings
EDC Magazine
The Energy Department has published a new series of protocols for determining savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Using consistent methods to calculate energy savings will improve the credibility and demonstrate the effect of energy efficiency programs that help businesses and families reduce their energy bills.
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Solar fastest growing energy source
BUILDINGS
Despite competition from coal, natural gas, and wind, PV installations grew 76 percent in 2012, reaching a record-high of 3,313 milliwatts. Solar is now the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. With more than 300,000 PV systems across the country, the U.S. contributed 11 percent of all global solar growth in 2012, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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Add green infrastructure to your property
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Need to manage stormwater but don't have the funds to put in rainwater harvesting systems? Look no further than your landscaping. Stormwater and soil erosion are becoming a top priority for building owners who want to lower their water disposal fees, comply with local regulations, and earn green building credits for site management. Landscaping measures offer a natural way to reduce pollutants running off your property.
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Nearly zero energy building market to grow to $16.5 billion in 2017
EDC Magazine
Driven by rising global awareness of the effect of building energy consumption on climate change, materials boosting building energy efficiency will reach $16.5 billion in sales in 2017. Floor space for net-zero energy buildings and especially nearly zero energy buildings, will soar more than sixfold to 80 million m2 in 2017, according to Lux Research.
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Competition for zero net energy building designs opens
Today's Facility Manager
Pacific Gas and Electric Company has joined American Institute of Architects San Francisco chapter, in partnership with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, to announce the opening of the third annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building designs. ZNE buildings produce as much clean energy as they use during a year through a combination of designed energy efficiency and on-site, grid-tied renewable energy production.
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The HVAC factor: Boiler maintenance
Today's Facility Manager
How do you know if your boiler plant is operating as efficiently as possible? In a world where building operating costs significantly affect an organization's financial bottom line, facility managers should investigate things such as proper application of boiler technology, maintenance programs, and combustion tuning as avenues to reduce heating bills and maintenance costs. There are a few inexpensive exercises that can be completed to ensure proper and efficient operation.
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