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June 2, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on an Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores and Buildings of the Future

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

May 29, 2015
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Energy Department Helps Cities, Counties Evaluate and Improve Building Energy Performance

Many states, counties, and cities are implementing their own building energy benchmarking and transparency policies to improve ways owners, tenants and others can access a building’s energy use. The main goal is to increase the awareness of energy usage to encourage businesses and communities to save energy and reduce pollution through efficiency upgrades while increasing the real estate valuation for high performing buildings. To help jurisdictions measure the impact of their benchmarking and transparency policy efforts, the Energy Department recently released the Benchmarking & Transparency Policy and Program Impact Evaluation Handbook. It walks jurisdictions through the evaluation steps, providing both a strategic planning framework and standard methodologies to measure the impacts of benchmarking programs and policies.

May 28, 2015
Better Buildings Expanding to Help Increase Efficiency in Homes

To further advance energy efficiency in buildings across the country, the Department of Energy is launching two new Better Buildings Accelerators that will help American families improve the efficiency of their homes.

May 27, 2015
Better Buildings Challenge Saves $840 Million in Energy Costs, Adds New Water Savings Goal

Better Buildings Challenge partners have cut energy waste by 94 trillion British thermal units since the challenge launched in 2011.

May 27, 2015
Energy Department Launches Better Buildings Alliance Indoor Lighting Campaign for Commercial Buildings

Today the Energy Department launched a new indoor lighting campaign to increase the use of high efficiency lighting technologies in commercial buildings. Through the Better Buildings Alliance, the Department is working with key stakeholders and end users in both the public and private sectors to install and demonstrate advanced technologies. Additionally, the Department recognized Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign (ARC) partners and Green Lease Leaders for collaboration between building owners, landlords, and tenants to improve energy efficiency.

May 21, 2015
DOE Resources Help Measure Building Energy Benchmarking Policy & Program Effectiveness

The DOE Benchmarking & Transparency Policy and Program Impact Evaluation Handbook provides cost-effective, standardized analytic methods for determining gross and net energy reduction, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation, job creation and economic growth impacts.

May 19, 2015
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Connecticut launches nation’s first statewide Home Energy Score Program

Connecticut recently launched a statewide residential energy labeling program that will make energy efficiency labels ubiquitous across the state. Using the Energy Department’s Home Energy Score, EnergizeCT’s Home Energy Solutions program will provide an energy efficiency score and recommend efficiency improvements to residents across the state. Similar to a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating, the Home Energy Score helps homeowners and homebuyers determine a home’s expected energy use. It also provides recommendations for improving energy efficiency.

May 18, 2015
Window attachments, such as these exterior solar shades at Lake Area High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, do not include a rating system to inform consumers about their energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
New Rating System for Enhancing Window Energy Performance

Window attachments, such as awnings, shutters, drapes, and solar shades, are often used for cosmetic purposes and to help control the amount of light entering a room. However, many Americans aren't aware that identifying energy conserving window strategies are cost effective in homes and commercial buildings. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and certification program.

May 14, 2015
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Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by U.S. commercial buildings. To reduce this energy impact, the newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.

May 7, 2015
Energy Department Announces Winners of Next Generation Luminaires™ Solid-State Lighting Design Competition

The Energy Department announced winners of its seventh annual Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) design competition for indoor and outdoor lighting during the LIGHTFAIR® International trade show in New York.

May 7, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Hydrogen Station Analysis Tools and Interoperable Buildings

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

May 5, 2015
Energy Department Invests $4 Million to Strengthen Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation

As part of the administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced $4 million to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes.

May 5, 2015
Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings

As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution.

May 4, 2015
Energy Department Awards Nearly $10 Million for Efficient Lighting Development

Energy Department announces nine research and development projects designed to save consumers money, reduce energy consumption.

April 24, 2015
Berkeley Lab research associate Sharon Chen sprays roofing material with soiling mixture. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt/Berkeley Lab)
New “Cool Roof Time Machine” Will Accelerate Cool Roof Deployment

A collaboration led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has established a method to simulate soiling and weathering processes in the lab, reproducing in only a few days the solar reflectance of roofing products naturally aged for three years.

April 23, 2015
Race to Zero Student Design Competition: Inspiring the Next Generation of Building Scientists

University teams recognized at National Renewable Energy Laboratory for sustainable home designs.

April 23, 2015
Energy Department Announces Winners of 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition

The Energy Department announced winners of its second annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition, a collegiate competition engaging university students to design zero energy-ready homes.

April 22, 2015
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Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Winners Are Committed to Energy Savings

The Energy Department (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 128 organizations in 33 states at the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.The winners were chosen from a vast network of 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners.The awards honor businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

April 21, 2015
Energy Department Invests Nearly $8 Million to Develop Next-Generation HVAC Systems for Buildings

The Energy Department today announced nearly $8 million to advance research and development of next-generation heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies, supporting the Administration's goal of saving money by saving energy, and phasing down the use of chemicals that have a devastating effect on the global climate.

April 14, 2015
Oak Ridge National Lab’s Ayyoub Momen demonstrates ultrasonic clothes dryer technology for David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
BTO Partners are Revolutionizing Refrigerators and Clothes Dryers

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on the Oak Ridge National Lab website.

April 9, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Biofuel Sustainability, Cleansing Data for Benchmarking, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

April 6, 2015
EPA and DOE Honor 2015 Energy Star Partners of the Year for Leadership on Energy Efficiency, Acting on Climate

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

April 3, 2015
Building America Technology-to-Market Roadmaps – Request for Information

Response Deadline: April 30, 2015
BTO has released a Request for Information for the Building America technology-to-market roadmaps.

April 2, 2015
DOE Announces Webinars on Buildings of the Future, Overcoming Wind Siting Challenges, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

April 1, 2015
Energy Department Releases Updates to EnergyPlus and OpenStudio

The Energy Department has released updates to its twin building energy modeling software products—EnergyPlus and OpenStudio.