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Trends and Observations of Energy Use in the Cannabis Industry

Jesse Remillard and Nick Collins, ERS, for Zondits During the fall 2016 elections, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California legalized recreational cannabis, and three other states legalized it for medical use. This brought the total number of states allowing the sale and use of recreational marijuana to 8, with another 28 allowing it for medicinal use....

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Investigating the Incremental Costs of Ten Emerging Technologies

Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits ERS recently partnered with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) to investigate the incremental costs of ten emerging technologies. The study includes full and incremental costs, as well as considerable, relevant technical information. Multiple research methods were used for each technology, including market actor interviews, web research, project invoice review,...

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The State of the Technology: Variable Refrigerant Flow Heat Pump Systems

Jesse Remillard and Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits ERS is wrapping up a study for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships for which we performed primary and secondary cost research for a variety of key emerging technologies. One of these technologies was the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pump (HP) system. Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems...

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Vermont and the Green Building Movement

GREENING VERMONT, BUILDING A MORE RESILIENT FUTURE The Vermont Independent, March 24, 2016. Image credit: johnoghue Here in Vermont, as everywhere, the built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. 40% of our energy consumption comes from the building sector, and buildings also hold the greatest potential for achieving...

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Commercial Building Energy Codes – Finding the Path to Improved Compliance

Ari Michelson, ERS Presentation at AESP’s 26th National Conference in Phoenix, AZ, on Wednesday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m. Session 4A: Implementation (Rapid Fire) Objective This paper presents programmatic methodologies that are achieving significant success in improving the compliance rates with building energy codes for the commercial sector. A key objective is to assist the efficiency...

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Smart Home Technology Believed to Have a Positive Impact on Everyday Life

Amanda Gassé for Zondits, December 3, 2015. Image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Big names like Google and Amazon are making smart home technology mainstream with gadgets like Nest and Amazon Echo. The newest products are simplifying tasks, making better use of resources, and adding a level of convenience to the way we live. New research...

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European Smart Thermostats Market is Set to Boom

Smart Thermostats Market to Rocket Up to $2.5 Billion in 5 years, Predicts Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, July 27, 2015. Image credit: “Nest front official” It currently stands at $150 million – Energy utility companies will be critical value chain partners facilitating adoption The European smart thermostats market is set to boom, driven by...

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It is Time to Learn How Buildings Actually Perform

Brian McCowan for Zondits, May 15, 2015. Image credit: gr8effect The move toward outcome-based building performance assessment and code compliance is a major step forward for energy efficiency efforts. The outcome-based methodology is so logical, in fact, that most people outside this industry already assume that the energy performance of commercial buildings, and especially those...

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