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USA: Department of energy requires manufacturers to halt sales of heat pumps and air conditioners that do not meet minimum appliance standards

"Today's action makes clear that the Department of Energy will take the necessary steps to ensure consumers have access to products that meet the federal standards for energy efficiency," said Department of Energy General Counsel Scott...

London businesses set to throw away millions on unnecessary fit-outs

The investigation reveals that a staggering 50% of office space under construction in central London could undergo CAT A fit outs by stripping out the newly fitted fixtures and furnishings.  RLF’s main concern is the financial and...

Research reports available on Low Energy Housing Retrofit

The research work was conducted by Passiefhuis-platform vzw, the Belgian Building Research Institute and UCL Architecture & Climat, and was financed by Belgian Science Policy. The work was conducted in close cooperation with the IEA...

Microsoft offers free online tool 'Hohm' to measure US homes' energy efficiency

No wind turbine at the London Olympic Park

A wind turbine had been proposed for Eton Manor in the north of the site as part of the ODA’s target to deliver 20% of the Olympic Park’s legacy energy requirements from renewable sources from 2014 onwards when the site is fully...

Deutschland: Kosten und Wirkungen des EEG (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz)

Der neu erschienene Zwischenbericht bestätigt: Ja, die Förderung der erneuerbaren Energien kostet Einiges. Rund sechs Milliarden Euro sind im Jahr 2008 für die systematischen Kosten wie z. B. Strompreissubventionierung und...

Building Bridges with China in the Energy Field: GREEN ENERGY FOR SMART CITIES at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

On 5 July, at the 'EU-China Smart City Forum', Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy will deliver a keynote speech on ‘EU and China: together for better cities and for better lives’ making an explicit reference to the overall...

Council conclusions on the forthcoming Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020

The Energy Council, which was held on 31 May, took note of a progress report from the Presidency on the regulation concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply. In preparation of the European Council of 17 June 2010, ministers...

UNEP Sustainable Building & Climate Initiative's membership elects new Board of Directors

The new Board of UNEP-SBCI is composed of the following people: Maria Atkinson - Global Head of Sustainability for Lend Lease. Maria Atkinson is the New Chair. S. Richard Fedrizzi - President, CEO and Founding Chair U.S. Green Building...

First UK energy saving straw council houses opened

Straw bale buildings have been constructed in America since the first baling machine was invented in the late 1800s. The first straw building in the UK was built in 1994, and since then, over 100 buildings have been constructed using this...

Scotland: First details of Community Energy Savings Programme announced

These are the first detailed CESP schemes to be announced in Scotland and Wales by any of the UK's energy companies. The first three schemes will be:In England, SSE will work with South Tyneside Homes across a number of local areas. South...

Scotland: Boiler scheme opens for business

The Energy Saving Scotland advice network will tomorrow begin issuing £400 vouchers towards installation of a certified energy saving boiler. The scheme will operate on a first come, first served basis - call 0800 512 012. Energy Minister...

Leitfaden 'Besseres Lernen in energieeffizienten Schulen' aufgelegt

Die Einführung der Ganztagsschule oder G8 bedeuten hohe Auslastung der Schulgebäude. In Zukunft werden die Kinder und Jugendlichen noch mehr Zeit in der Schule verbringen als bisher. Deshalb muss die Schule diesen und weiteren veränderten...

Two very efficient concept houses open to visitors in Paris

The prefabricated wood structure is insulated with recycled textile and rockwool. The net-zero energy house is equipped with a micro-CHP gas unit together with solar photovoltaics. The very low energy house uses a heat pump coupled with a...

Towards a common language for sustainable construction

How can intelligent energy be implemented in cities if we do not speak the same language? ACE and ECP have worked together on a freely available web-based tool, the aim of which is to bring to an end the confusion that reigns when...

USGBC and GBC Italia enter into momentous international Green Building agreement.

SB Alliance, World Green Building council & UNEP-SBCI sign groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding

The Parties have agreed the following preliminary overarching themes for this MoU:Globally consistent metrics and protocols for measuring, accounting and reporting of energy use and the resulting impacts particularly with respect to...

Green homes don't translate to sales success

The housing sector currently accounts for 40% of Europe's energy needs. The lack of energy conservation in this sector is believed to be partly due to energy prices and voluntary regulatory measures. Both European research initiatives...

New publication on 'EU energy and transport in figures'

FP7 Energy Research Information Day - 2011 calls

The aim of this event is to inform multipliers and potential applicants about the content and main legal as well as procedural conditions of the above-mentioned calls. There will also be sufficient time to answer any questions and to get...