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 Dic 2017
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 Dic 2017
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 Dic 2017
New Horizons for Energy Efficiency: Major Opportunities to Reach Higher Electricity Savings by 2030
Post date: 4 Dic 2017
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
The renewable energy sector is growing fast. Its strength lies in its diversity and its numerous tangible benefits. This infographic highlights the top energy efficient sources and ways wind, geothermal, solar, hydro and nuclear energy can provide more sustainable solutions for society and reduce our carbon footprint. Our goal is to create awareness around the detrimental impacts of current energy sources while providing materials that offer insights on more sustainable methods.
Post date: 21 Nov 2017
Official US climate report attributes 92% of climate change to human activity
The US Government has released a special report which concludes that it is “extremely likely” human activities have been the main driver of global warming since the 1950s, contrary to what officials from the Trump Administration have argued so far.
Post date: 8 Nov 2017
On Friday, Manitoba’s Government published its proposed Climate and Green Plan outlining its 2018-2022 strategy to fight climate change, including a contentious carbon pricing policy at $25 per tonne. Premier Brian Pallister said: "Our vision is to make Manitoba the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province in Canada”. "We are charting that course with a comprehensive plan based on Manitoba needs and focused on Manitoba priorities”. The plan has set out 4 main pillars as its integrated focus, i.e.
Post date: 2 Nov 2017
Building for Health. The nexus of green buildings, global health, and the U.N. sustainable development goals
The United Nations (UN) have developed a framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to encourage sustainable, equitable, and environmentally-conscious development by governments, private sector, and society over the subsequent 15 years. This report explores how green buildings intersect with 11 of the 17 goals, namely:
Post date: 1 Nov 2017
ATLANTA – The 2017 edition of ASHRAE’s major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition.
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy
, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3, "Elevated Air Speed." The 2017 edition includes a new requirement to calculate the change in occupants' thermal comfort from direct solar radiation.
Post date: 31 Ott 2017