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USGBC’s LEED DR Credit Encourages Peak Load Reduction

Written October 23rd, 2014 by
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Green Building, Opinion
USGBC’s LEED DR Credit Encourages Peak Load Reduction

2014-10-gb-maccracken-speaking-calmac-thumbLEED v.4 includes a “Demand Response” credit. A better name would underscore important contributions by building owners who reshape their peak loads every day. Read the rest of this entry »

Greenbuild 2014 Agenda – Editor’s Picks

Written October 16th, 2014 by
Categories: Green Building, Opinion
Greenbuild 2014 Agenda – Editor’s Picks

2014-11-greenbuild-cities-thumbDenis Du Bois tore open the Greenbuild 2014 agenda like a kid in a candy store. Here are his suggested education sessions and events. What’s on your schedule? Read the rest of this entry »

Policymakers Must Embrace Energy Exports as Oil and Gas Production Continues to Surge

Written January 29th, 2014 by
Categories: Energy Policy, Opinion
Policymakers Must Embrace Energy Exports as Oil and Gas Production Continues to Surge

United States production of oil is booming, increasing by 15 percent over the past year — the largest year-over-year gain by any country in two decades. Contributor Michael Butler sees that trend continuing with the help of some policy changes. Read the rest of this entry »

Nest Acquisition Revives Google’s Energy Management Strategy

Written January 16th, 2014 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, Opinion
Nest Acquisition Revives Google’s Energy Management Strategy

Google may have found its long-sought path into the energy utility market with its acquisition of Nest Labs and the Nest Learning Thermostat. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Encouraging Staff to Become Energy Certified is Good for Your Plant

Written November 27th, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Opinion
Why Encouraging Staff to Become Energy Certified is Good for Your Plant

The most important adjustment to save refrigeration energy is in the heads of your operators. Read the rest of this entry »

Wind Energy Incentive is up for Renewal amid Swirling Debate

Written November 13th, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Policy, Opinion, Renewable Energy
Wind Energy Incentive is up for Renewal  amid Swirling Debate

Another year has passed and Congress is once again trying to decide whether to extend the wind energy Production Tax Credit beyond January 1, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Window Retrofits: The Gateway Drug for Home Performance Improvements

Written August 7th, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Business, Energy Efficiency, Opinion
Window Retrofits: The Gateway Drug for Home Performance Improvements

Homeowners looking for more comfort and energy efficiency frequently start their search with their windows because that’s something they can see and feel. Contributor Sam Pardue believes that Home Performance Contractors can expand window retrofits into bigger measures and more revenue. Read the rest of this entry »

Industrial-Strength Energy Efficiency with a Bow on Top?

Written April 22nd, 2013 by
Categories: Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Opinion
Industrial-Strength Energy Efficiency with a Bow on Top?

If the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 promotes the adoption of more efficient electric motors in industrial facilities, that will be a welcome Earth Day gift for all of us. Read the rest of this entry »

@ Greenbuild 2012 Agenda Editor’s Picks

Written October 29th, 2012 by
Categories: Green Building, Opinion
@ Greenbuild 2012 Agenda Editor’s Picks

Denis Du Bois will be at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco. So many sessions, so few days. Here are his suggested sessions and events. What’s on your schedule? Read the rest of this entry »

Should it be so easy to build green? The USA Today face-off with USGBC

Written October 24th, 2012 by
Categories: Green Building, Opinion
Should it be so easy to build green? The USA Today face-off with USGBC

In the U.S. building industry, is it too easy to be green? USA Today reporter Thomas Frank says yes; USGBC top executive Rick Fedrizzi invites critics to take a closer look. Read the rest of this entry »

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