Energy Efficiency

December 21, 2011, 8am PST
As utilities and energy companies move towards distributed power, building owners, businesses, and developers are seeing the possibilities.
The Planning Report
November 2, 2011, 9am PDT
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai has one of the world's largest condensate recovery systems that diverts and reuses water from air conditioning. One World Trade Center in New York will use 30% less water and 20% less energy.
The Infrastructurist
November 1, 2011, 11am PDT
As the world population reaches 7 billion some U.S. builders are working on smaller, compact homes.
NPR Morning Edition
August 29, 2011, 9am PDT
Last year, developer KB Homes began putting an Energy Performance Guide (EPG) label on every home they build. Is this an idea who's time has come?
Builder Magazine
August 3, 2011, 7am PDT
Researchers in China have reportedly created an insulation material that can "retain and release heat according to specific temperature requirements."
Buildings
July 13, 2011, 1pm PDT
Climate Central intern Ruthie Nachmany writes how one conference on energy envisions individuals taking a role in being energy efficient, while another conference prefers cities creating systems that can lead to energy efficiency.
Climate Central
June 16, 2011, 8am PDT
The truth is, it works: a new report shows that energy efficiency standards placed on utilities result in less demand and greater savings.
Grist
June 14, 2011, 1pm PDT
Despite having the world's most energy efficient, least polluting auto fleet, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector continue to rise in Sweden.
Common Dreams
March 17, 2011, 11am PDT
A 2001 study showed that we can save more oil by building more fuel-efficient cars than by expanding drilling under U.S. soil or in our oceans. Deron Lovaas sees black gold in our cities and suburbs.
NRDC Blog
March 10, 2011, 5am PST
Homes located near transit stops are more energy efficient than homes classified "energy efficient", according to a new study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
USA Today
February 25, 2011, 1pm PST
A new peer reviewed study reveals that housing located in compact, transit-oriented and location efficient developments are more likely to consume less energy than developments in low density suburban areas.
NRDC
February 19, 2011, 11am PST
"Reskinning" buildings -- or adding a new facade -- is taking off in Canada and Europe.
Solve Climate News
January 25, 2011, 8am PST
Building owners in downtown Chicago are hoping to push forward a project aimed at creating a "smart grid" of energy-efficient and energy-producing buildings.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 10, 2011, 11am PST
Stephen L. Cowell, an energy efficiency expert, says that while other careers are sputtering the business of creating savings by reducing energy consumption is going gangbusters.
Renewable Energy World
November 5, 2010, 6am PDT
Cary Lowe, Los Angeles-based attorney and advocate for energy efficiency, makes the case for the economic benefits of energy efficiency retrofits to the state of California.
The Planning Report
July 16, 2010, 6am PDT
In the face of a recent heat wave, New York City's smart grid stood up to the challenge and made sure that the power kept flowing.
Good
June 28, 2010, 11am PDT
The South eats up more resources than the rest of the U.S., says reporter Elizabeth Daigneau. With 36% of the U.S. population, the South uses 44% of the nation's energy consumption.
Governing Magazine
May 15, 2010, 1pm PDT
If cities want to curb energy use, they should focus on private buildings, according to this article.
Sustainable Life
February 23, 2010, 1pm PST
Preservationists say a new California law that requires new construction to meet stringent green building standards could encourage demolition of historically significant buildings.
NPR
February 1, 2010, 1pm PST
As part of a $133 million renovation of a federal building in Portland, the Government Services Administration plans to add 200-foot high "vegetated fins" that will carpet the building with plants and - hopefully - energy savings.
New York Times