CASCADE Project to Help Airports Reduce Energy Use

Airports consume as much energy as small cities. The EU’s three-year CASCADE project aims to help airports reduce energy consumption and cut CO2emissions. Continue reading CASCADE Project to Help Airports Reduce Energy Use

FLEXLAB Energy Efficiency Test Bed for Buildings Opens for Business

Department of Energy’s FLEXLAB—an advanced energy efficiency test bed for buildings at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)—was launched on July 10 by U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman. Continue reading FLEXLAB Energy Efficiency Test Bed for Buildings Opens for Business

Advanced Controls Cut Energy Use in Buildings by 57%

Commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of the controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country. Continue reading Advanced Controls Cut Energy Use in Buildings by 57%

Dashboard Helps Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings

A team at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture has developed a dashboard that helps people to see how much energy they use at work and how to reduce this use to help the environment. Continue reading Dashboard Helps Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings

Using More Wood for Construction Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption

A Yale University-led study has found that using more wood and less steel and concrete in building and bridge construction would substantially reduce fossil fuel consumption and global carbon dioxide emissions. Continue reading Using More Wood for Construction Can Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption

Wood Foam Could Replace Plastics Used for Thermal Insulation

Insulation materials of tomorrow must be both efficient and environmentally friendly. Fraunhofer scientists are developing insulation foam made from wood that could replace petrochemical plastics in the long term. Continue reading Wood Foam Could Replace Plastics Used for Thermal Insulation

China Can Cut Energy Use by 22%, Study Finds

Changes to China’s building codes could cut building energy use by 22%, according to a study by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Continue reading China Can Cut Energy Use by 22%, Study Finds

ITER Tokamak Complex Construction Reaches ‘Concrete’ Action Phase

Concrete pouring began for the basemat of the ITER Tokamak Complex on Wednesday, 11 December. Twelve hours were necessary to fill the 550 m2 (5920 ft2) segment, the first of 15 segments that will make up the ITER Tokamak Complex basemat. Continue reading ITER Tokamak Complex Construction Reaches ‘Concrete’ Action Phase

Report: Payoff for Highly Insulating Windows Takes Decades

While comfort and other benefits are more immediate, it takes two decades or more for the triple-pane highly insulating windows to pay off financially based on utility-bill savings, according to a report by energy efficiency experts at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Continue reading Report: Payoff for Highly Insulating Windows Takes Decades