Building Design

Blog | December 17, 2014

Are building codes the key to unlocking zero net energy buildings?

A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies. The ZNE concept has captured the imagination of the building design and clean energy communities. Now, policymakers, businesses, and a broader segment of the general public are showing an increased interest in ZNE as a means to reduce building operating costs and environmental impact while addressing energy supply challenges.

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Blog | May 14, 2014

The “whole elephant” method for commercial building retrofits

Commercial buildings consume 20% of the total energy used in the United States---more than the energy consumed by all the nation’s cars, trains, and airplanes put together. A significant portion of this energy can be saved through efficiency in design, systems, and operation. Utilities and other efficiency program administrators have long been incentivizing energy efficiency measures that target various energy end uses such as lighting, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

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Blog | March 12, 2014

50% Energy Savings in the Residential Sector? Deep Energy Retrofits Are Making it Possible

The need for innovative ways to reduce residential energy use is growing. States are setting increasingly aggressive energy savings targets for utilities and program administrators, as well as longer-term energy reduction goals that call for even greater savings. In California, for example, their goal calls for a 40% reduction in existing homes’ energy use by 2020.

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Press Release | July 31, 2012

Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing Can Dramatically Improve Residents’ Economic Stability

New Report Shows How Energy-Efficient Manufactured Homes Can Save Consumers Billions

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Press Release | October 5, 2011

Efficient Water Heating Technologies Can Save Consumers Nearly $18 Billion

Emerging Technologies Increase Consumer Choice and Improve Performance


Washington, D.C.—New energy-efficient water heating technologies and practices can save residential and commercial buildings on average 37% more energy than conventional technologies. These energy savings could be worth nearly $18 billion, according to a new study of emerging technologies released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).

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Blog | April 8, 2011

Location Efficiency: The Energy Efficiency Opportunity of “Where” Is Here

How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use?  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report  attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use associated with different housing and neighborhood types. It also serves as a concise and readable primer on research related to the energy implications of “location efficiency.”

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Press Release | December 8, 2010

Special ACEEE 30th Anniversary Awards Celebrate Visionaries and Leaders

14 Awards Presented to Those Who Advance Energy Efficiency

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