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The Benefits of Thermal Energy Storage for a District Heating Network

Thermal energy storage in buildings makes district heating more climate friendly Phys.org, May 5, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures District heating is a common for heating buildings and hot water in many Swedish cities. The heat is largely produced from residual products from forestry, household waste, or waste heat from industries. But now John Kensby, a […]

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California Plans to Double Existing Building Efficiency by 2030

Bryan Kilgore for Zondits, March 13, 2015 In California, commercial buildings account for the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, and their contribution is increasing. Among California Governor Jerry Brown’s initiatives are plans to double the efficiency of California’s existing buildings by 2030. It is not economically feasible to tear down an existing building and […]

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Mapping a Building’s Energy Efficiency

New Tool Maps Buildings’ Energy Efficiency Voice of America News, February 26, 2015   Architects, engineers and building managers will soon be able to quickly collect data about building interiors that once took weeks to measure and process. A backpack-mounted device, developed by a group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, will require […]

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PERFORMER Project Aims to Monitor Energy Performance

Better monitoring for energy efficiency in buildings Phys.org, February 23, 2015 The past five years have seen energy efficiency in buildings moving from a welcomed addition to a sector priority. Unfortunately, well-defined targets do not always translate in effective measures: gaps between projected and actual performance can be huge, resulting in poor return on investment. […]