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ALG Connections: Color Considerations of LEDs

ALG Connections is brought to you from ALG Online and informs readers on timely lighting topics. ALG Online is offered through our Advanced Buildings® suite of tools and resources. This is one of a series of overviews meant to build an understanding of LED technology and what the lighting design community needs to know to confidently discuss and successfully apply this electrifying technology. Read more

ZNE Workshop for Local Governments November 3

Local government representatives are invited to the Energy Innovation Center in San Diego on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to learn about ZNE leadership and market trends in California. Participants will leave with the customized tools and knowledge necessary to implement policies, programs or projects with ZNE performance goals. Following the event, attendees will also have the option to shuttle to the J. Craig Venter Institute for a tour. Learn more

New Energy Code Approach Could Be Industry Game-Changer

When Seattle's Supply Laundry Building opened in 1906, building codes looked rather different than they do today. And energy codes weren't yet a gleam in even the most progressive politician's eye. These days, however, after a full renovation and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the building (along with two other pilots in Seattle) is serving as a test case for a new type of energy code compliance, one that has the potential to be nothing short of an industry game-changer. The Supply Laundry Building is using an outcome-based method of compliance that will require actual energy usage data. FacilitiesNet recently reported on outcome-based codes. (10/1/2014) Read article

2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

2015 IgCC is under development and there are important proposals supported by NBI. These proposals include outcome-based compliance, cool roofs, renewable energy and demand resonse  Learn more

Zero Net Energy Schools

Zero net energy schools are gaining momentum in California. Those who want to learn more will gather on November 4 for a half-day ZNE Schools Workshop hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission in conjunction with the Green California Schools Summit November 5-6. Workshop attendees can also stay on for the Summit to hear NBI Research Director Cathy Higgins co-present “Energy –Net Zero for Zero?” on November 6 at 2:45 p.m. Learn more

Register Now for Getting to Zero National Forum

Registration is now open for the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum. February 1-3 in Washington, DC join NBI and NASEO with leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate representatives. We will share perspectives on the growth of ZNE policies and projects and discuss the future of the extremely efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. Learn more

Where we'll be in October

Cathy Higgins, Director of Research, will moderate a panel at the Emerging Technologies Summit in California on Tuesday, October 21.

Ralph Dinola, Executive Director, will participate at Verge in San Francisco on Tuesday, October 28 during the following sessions:
Making People-Centric Smart Buildings at 3:00
Getting to Zero: ZNE Building Strategies for the Real World at 4:30

System Control Offers Increased HVAC Efficiency For Smaller Buildings

Environmental Leader reported on new technology in heating, venting and air conditioning building automation systems for small- and mid-sized buildings. The article references a 2004 New Buildings Institute study, which found that 91 percent of the packaged rooftop units tested had at least one problem that increased cooling energy consumption by 5 to 40 percent. (8/14/2014) Read article

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