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Green Roofs—Do They Work?

Green roofs are being built in large cities to provide stormwater management, reduce the urban heat island effect, and improve air quality—but are …

Louisville's urban heat island study

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The heart of Downtown Louisville is warming more than outlying areas at a faster rate than in other American cities. It …

How to make cities more energy efficient

Many programs encourage owners of homes and other buildings to improve their energy efficiency, sometimes offering substantial subsidies or tax …

Nearly 1 in 5 DoD facilities now in ‘failing’ condition

<b>Listen to Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin</b><p>The number of facilities that are so poorly maintained that they now meet the Pentagon’s …

Old Buildings Are U.S. Cities’ Biggest Sustainability Challenge

In the United States, buildings consume 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use, through lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and the thousands of items plugged into their sockets. In large urban centers such as Chicago and New York, the figure surpasses 70%. As the world seeks to …

Energy Retrofitting: Will Green Roofing Finally Catch on in the U.S.?

Study: Building managers overwhelmed by energy options

Dive Brief:<p>There is "widespread confusion" regarding energy management systems available for commercial real estate, according to recent data …

Why modern buildings MUST have energy metering and monitoring system

Greater energy metering and efficiency The first step to greater efficiency through energy metering and monitoring is to set objectives for the …

Ontario Proposes New Mandatory Energy & Water Reporting for Large Buildings

On February 25th, Ontario’s Ministry of Energy released a proposed regulatory amendment to the <i>Green Energy Act</i>, which would require mandatory …

How IoT Will Help Meet the Building Energy Challenge - Enlighted

<b>March 15, 2016 <br>Enlighted Inc.</b><p>Commercial buildings account for 18.9% of total US energy and greenhouse gas footprints. The US, and global, commercial …

Coworking Office Space San Jose

Coworking Space in San Jose, CA<p>WeWork’s coworking spaces in San Jose host some of the biggest talent in the tech scene and creative class. Silicon …

The Post-Occupancy Problem

The expression “the devil is in the details” would make an apt motto for the often-overlooked profession of building managers. As buildings become …

Verdigris takes $9M to power its AI energy consumption analytics b2b startup

We hear a lot about the Internet of Things on the consumer side. The oft trotted out example of the ‘smart’ refrigerator that tells consumers when they’ve run out of the milk, and so on. But more serious potential for IoT — and potentially seriously big wins — are likely to be on the enterprise …

2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey: Energy Usage Summary

(Fri, 18 Mar 2016) EIA has released summary tables providing energy consumption estimates from the 2012 CBECS. The data show that despite a 14% …

Scaling commercial energy efficiency

Big data may soon make buildings greener. With a recent major acquisition, MIT alumni-founded Retroficiency, which has assessed hundreds of thousands …

One university’s attempt to reduce energy waste at work

Unlocking the potential of smart grid technologies with behavioral science

Background and Significance<p>Smart grid systems are rapidly being deployed across the world. Although smart grid technologies vary considerably, they …

Seattle Passes New Energy Efficiency Ordinance

SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray applauded the Seattle City Council for passing building energy legislation that establishes policies aimed at driving …

Energy Efficiency

Demand Response Saves Electricity During Times of High Demand

<i>Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency Form EIA-861</i><p>Demand response in the electricity …

Customers

Whole Foods Plan To Solarize 100 Stores With Solar Electricity Boosts NRG & SolarCity Share Prices

Whole Foods Market announced this week signing agreements with SolarCity and NRG Energy to install rooftop solar units at up to 100 stores and …

PUC considering artificially inflating power prices, improving grid reliability

The Texas utility commission is weighing whether to artificially inflate wholesale power prices at times of greater electricity demand in order to …

Don’t Breathe Easy: The Adverse Effects of Poor IAQ

Poor IAQ is a serious problem. In fact:<p>• According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air is two to five times — and …

ESG, Real Estate and the Six Stages of Grief

Last week I spent a couple of days in sunny Vermont with our great IT partner Greenriver, together with the GRESB Data Analytics team—they’ve been …

Current Projects: School Retrofits

Current Projects<p>Evaluating Energy Efficiency Upgrades to K-12 Public Schools in California Investor-Owned Utility Territories<p><i>Catherine Wolfram and</i> …

Examine why the failure to prevent Legionellosis is considered the most significant water treatment problem today

Understanding ASHRAE Standard 188—Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems<p>A new ASHRAE Standard for building water systems …

DOH adopts emergency regulations for Legionnaires' outbreak

ALBANY— The state Department of Health on Monday adopted emergency regulations to combat the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.<p>Governor Andrew Cuomo, …