2012 was a good year for energy efficiency, and 2013 portends to be even better.
In 2012, states, municipalities, and federal agencies largely completed their energy efficiency programs using funds from the 2009 federal stimulus. Notable milestones included weatherizing more than 1 million low-income homes and apartments and establishing energy efficiency loan programs in more than 30 states. Read more »
The remarkable events of the last few weeks, from a heated presidential election to “Superstorm” Sandy that left unanticipated destruction in its wake, brought with them new questions and much needed debate about our nation's energy challenges. Last week saw an end to a campaign that, for many, continuously sidestepped discussions about energy independence, efficiency and conservation on the heels of a storm that swept those very issues back onto the tongues of politicians and policy-makers alike. Not to mention green building and energy sector players. Read more »
For several years, NBI has been exploring and researching strategies to drive deep energy savings across the existing commercial building sector. As we've noted before, there are upwards of 71.6 billion square feet of commercial space across the U.S. and significant energy savings potential to go with that. It's certainly a wise energy investment. Read more »
In the goal of reducing energy costs, businesses–-even those in the energy efficiency industry--have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities, while largely ignoring occupant behavior. But as building systems improve in efficiency, the human side of the energy equation is becoming more important. Read more »
For many years, California has led the way in progressive energy efficient building measures, and the state is pursuing an aggressive long-term goal of making 50 percent of all existing commercial buildings net zero by 2030. To this end, the California Commissioning Collaborative recently organized a workshop that convened a broad cross-section of industry experts to explore market-driven ways to further promote increased building efficiency. Read more »
Trying to improve energy efficiency in the building sector without readily available energy data is a little like trying to lose weight when you don’t have a scale. Fortunately, the building industry stands to gain by a trend in transparency in energy data, including the Obama Administration’s recently-announced Energy Data Initiative (EDI). Read more »
So often we go to conferences, learn a few new things, feel inspired (or not), and return to work a little behind on our to-do lists. Living Future 2012, attended by a handful of us at NBI, was an exception. The purpose of the conference was to inspire, yes, but also to serve as a critical reminder of the need to act now for the future. Read more »