North America

Barack Obama applauds US cities and states at the first North American Climate Summit   During the launch of the first-ever North American Climate Summit, former President Barack Obama endorsed America’s Pledge and the newly launched Chicago Climate Charter praising bottom up climate action as the new face of American leadership on climate change.    
Post date: 12 Dec 2017
Type: News

IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Heat Pumping Technologies - Annex 36 - Quality installation / quality maintenance sensitivity studies - Executive Summary  
Post date: 12 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

Numerous studies and surveys indicate that typically-installed HVAC equipment operate inefficiently and waste considerable energy due to varied installation errors (faults) such as improper refrigerant charge, incorrect airflow, oversized equipment, and leaky ducts. This article summarises the results of a large United States (U.S.) experimental/analytical study of the impact that different faults have on the performance of an air-source, single-speed heat pump (ASHP) in a typical U.S. single-family house.
Post date: 12 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

NIST Technical Note 1848: Sensitivity Analysis of Installation Faults on Heat Pump Performance  
Post date: 12 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

This slide presentation describes the main results of a study operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the USA, to understand the impact of commissioning common faults on the energy consumption of an air-to-air heat pump installed in a single-family house.
Post date: 12 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

This report provides the world's largest database of commissioning case studies for new and existing buildings. It represents a major update and expansion of a study initially published in 2004, with roughly three-times as many projects. We gathered and analysed data on 643 buildings, representing 99 million square feet of floor space from 26 states. The database incorporates the work of 37 commissioning providers.  
Post date: 7 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

This white paper from the global consulting company ICF, describes the potential of smart thermostats. According to the authors, smart thermostats can save at least 8 - 10% in heating and cooling energy. Moreover, they provide a versatile out-of-the box platform for demand response, revenue generation, grid optimisation and customer engagement. This puts utilities in a great position to adopt this technology as part of energy- and cost saving programmes for their customers.
Post date: 4 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

This page of the ENERGY STAR website provides all the documents describing the requirements and manufacturer commitments for the certification of connected thermostats. Smart thermostats were added to the ENERGY STAR certification programme in January 2017. In order to get the certificate, manufacturers are required to provide heating and cooling data from at least 1,000 homes collected for over a year from across the United States. A minimum threshold of energy savings has to be met compared to a baseline home, i.e.
Post date: 4 Dec 2017
Type: Link

New Horizons for Energy Efficiency: Major Opportunities to Reach Higher Electricity Savings by 2030  
Post date: 4 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

The buildingSMART alliance® was created to spearhead technical, political, and financial support for use of advanced digital technology in the real property industry—from concept, design and construction through operations and management. By leading the development and promotion of open data standards, the Alliance helps facilitate the most effective capture and ongoing management of information for facilities and infrastructure, from inception to demolition.  
Post date: 27 Nov 2017
Type: Link