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  • e-News #97: Zero Net Energy Case Studies
    October 30, 2015
    e-News #97: ZNE Case Studies Buildings

    Pacific Gas and Electric established a Zero Net Energy Pilot Program as a particular way to meet the goals of the 2008 California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This EDR eNews features highlights from six early ZNE nonresidential projects that are described in greater detail in a full length monograph written by Edward Dean ...


  • e-News #96: Commissioning for Code Compliance
    January 13, 2015
    e-News #96: Commissioning

    Commissioning is an integral component of energy efficient building design, construction, and operation. The goal of commissioning is to ensure that the design and construction of building systems meets the owner’s needs, and that building equipment is functioning optimally during occupancy. The California Commissioning Collaborative defines commissioning as ...


  • e-News #95: Building Dashboards – Monitor, Measure, Manage
    November 25, 2014
    e-News #95: Building Dashboards

    Energy information systems (EIS) in buildings... have been around for years, starting as humble building automation systems and developing through the years into more robust energy management control systems providing whole-building energy use information.  The addition of visualization features – more commonly called dashboards – to EIS is growing in popularity because, much like an automobile’s dashboard, a great deal of information is conveyed quickly and easily.  Just as drivers can see how fast a car is traveling, check how much gas remains in the tank, or see an engine light when driving, building staff have the ability to review and evaluate building operations in real time.


  • e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances
    September 18, 2014
    e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances

    New Sources & Controls... Through the past 20 years, new lighting technologies have been a major driver of increasing energy efficiency in buildings. Lighting specifiers and consumers have embraced CFLs, LEDs, and other highly efficient lighting options. How can even more efficiency savings be mined from the lighting end use?


  • e-News #93: Improving Title 24 Compliance - CBECC-Com
    June 10, 2014
    e-News #93: CBECC-Com

    CBECC-Com, or California Building Energy Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings is the open-source energy modeling program that allows architects, engineers, and energy consultants to demonstrate compliance with California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Standards) that go into effect on July 1, 2014.

    The first certified version of the software was released in September 2013, with ongoing development and new features added...


  • e-News #92: Evolution of LEED v4
    March 14, 2014
    e-News #92: LEED v4

    LEED v4 places increased emphasis on building performance. The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the latest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System.

    LEED v4 sets the bar higher for manufacturers of building materials, encouraging them to reduce environmental impacts and health hazards associated with material ingredients. Rating systems have been adapted for twenty-one additional market sectors that formerly faced barriers to LEED certification, including data centers, warehouses & distribution centers, and hospitality. LEED v4 introduces several new concepts, including IDP, BUG, LCA, EPD, and HPD. If these acronyms are not in your LEED lexicon...


  • e-News #91: Title 24 2013 Update
    November 23, 2013
    e-News #91: Title 24 2013

    The 2013 Title 24 Standards have undergone a number of changes to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings. In addition to increased stringency, the Standards have increased in scope to include requirements for covered processes -- data centers, laboratories, kitchen exhaust systems, parking garages -- and they have increased in extent to include commissioning requirements and
    additional acceptance test requirements for systems and components. A few of the many key changes to the 2013 Standards follow.


  • e-News #90: Fuel Cells
    October 29, 2013
    e-News #90: Fuel Cells

    Fuel Cells Fuel Alternative Energy Options. A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel – most commonly hydrogen – into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Although many might think of fuel cells as batteries, they are not. Fuel cells require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to operate, and they can produce electricity for as long as fuel and oxygen are provided.


  • e-News #89: Shining Some Light on Photovoltaics
    February 6, 2013
    1 comment
    e-News #89: Photovoltaics

    Photovoltaic (PV) modules are among the most iconic of all building components. They make a visual statement of environmental consciousness and can substantially offset a building's use of finite resources, all while saving money on monthly utility bills. You may have seen PV systems appearing on roofs in your neighborhood or heard about how much PV prices have dropped. Is it time to consider PV for your own home or business? What's happening with solar technology and is now the right time to invest in PV?


  • e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
    December 16, 2012
    e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting

    We need light outdoors at night for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience, including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night sky.


  • e-News #87: Benchmarking
    November 13, 2012
    e-News #87: Benchmarking

    Benchmarking is the act of comparing performance data for an organization or process, usually with the goal of motivating its improvement. Benchmarking requires the use of a common metric to allow comparison between entities, or else to a minimum standard or best-practice goal. Building energy performance is typically measured in equivalent units of consumption, over a consistent period of time, for a given unit of area


  • e-News #86: Zero Net Energy Buildings
    October 10, 2012
    e-News #86: Zero Net Energy Buildings

    California will require all new residential construction to be zero net energy by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be zero net energy by 2030. In order to achieve this and other goals, we must understand how to define and quantify ZNE, approach ZNE by project type, and move forward with ZNE.


  • e-News #85: Radiant Heating and Cooling
    March 22, 2012
    e-News #85: Radiant Heating and Cooling

    Radiant heating and cooling systems are more energy efficient compared to traditional forced air systems for several reasons.  But let's start at the building occupant since their comfort is one of the main reasons we have the built environment.


  • e-News #84: Building Information Modeling
    February 1, 2012
    1 comment

    BIM is the process of building a 3D data-rich model of all architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems in the building. The model is not only used to design the building and document it for construction, it's also used as the primary tool to create and coordinate design solutions.


  • e-News #83: Supermarket Refrigeration
    December 21, 2011
    e-News #83: Supermarket Refrigeration

    Supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores have the second highest energy consumption of major building types in California, with electricity representing over 80% of this, and with energy-intensive refrigeration consuming the greatest fraction of electricity.


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