Building efficiency upgrades save $730m across US
Energy efficiency improvements to more than 100,000 buildings across the US have helped to save more than $730 million in utility costs, according to the US Department of Energy. The department’s Better Buildings Neighborhood Program worked with 41 state and local government agencies and other partners across the country... Read more
London Assembly urges renewed energy goals
London officials are urging the mayor to lobby the UK government for a renewed commitment to energy efficiency. Under a motion passed this week, the London Assembly is asking Mayor Boris Johnson to push for a reversal in UK reductions to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). The government’s stance... Read more
Energy efficiency is a strange “fuel.” You don’t get a monthly efficiency bill like you would for, say, heating oil or natural gas. But efficiency — or the lack of it — can have as big an impact on your bottom line as what you shell out for every... Read more
Foreign students will get more than just a place to stay while visiting the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland — they’ll also help the VTT investigate new ways to encourage people to control their home energy use. That’s because visiting students’ accommodations aren’t any old dorm, but a... Read more
Can smarter building techniques also make for faster construction? China’s Broad Group hopes to answer that question with a resounding “Yes” by completing the world’s tallest building in 90 days. The company plans to build the 220-story Sky City tower in Changsha City using modular construction technology developed by... Read more
Thanks to innovations like ever-faster and more affordable PCs, smart phones and cloud computing, a small or mid-sized business today can enjoy an advanced IT infrastructure unimaginable even five or 10 years ago. One “perk of the future” that has yet to be delivered, though, is the paperless office.... Read more
By all appearances, Nissan’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” — which has just made its debut in advance of the New York International Auto Show — is a comfortable, user-friendly and well-engineered vehicle. It’s just too bad it doesn’t live up to its “tomorrow” moniker in terms of fuel efficiency. Yes,... Read more
There are lots of ways to measure how efficient a thing or process is: miles per gallon, GDP per barrel of oil, lumens per watt, etc. There are also, as Mark Twain (or was it Benjamin Disraeli?) said, “three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” What does... Read more
We’re not quite in the “Flintstones” era of smart-grid technology anymore, but we’ve got a long way to go before we see a “Jetsons”-like future. A new report from the GridWise Alliance, though, offers some tantalizing hints of the benefits an advanced and intelligent energy grid could provide. Based... Read more
It’s not a modern, technology-focused retelling of “Goldilocks,” but Mitsubishi’s “Pittari Home” aims to portray a future that’s “just right” from an energy and sustainability perspective. Set to go on display when Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reopens two newly revamped exhibits at its Minatomirai Industrial Museum in Yokohama next month,... Read more