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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosts first national building competition to improve energy efficiency

EPA’s National Building Competition contestants are:522 Fifth Avenue Building, New York, N.Y. 1525 Wilson Boulevard Building, Arlington, Va. Crystal River Elementary School, Carbondale, Colo. Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown, San...

Getting it Done: US Embassies in EU becoming Green using Energy Performance Contracting

The re-building of “Green” embassies started in the 1990’s. Per President Obama’s Green initiatives: the U.S. government will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2020, which applies to U.S. Embassies and Missions; and the U.S....

Scotland: Further 90000 homes to get insulation

It includes the rural parts of Stirling now being done in addition to the original plan for the whole city, the whole of the Orkney Isles and the remaining parts of the Western Isles. The measures will cut average energy bills by £61 a...

Australia: Home Insulation Safety Plan anounced

Greg Combet, Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, announced on 1st April 2010 further details of the Government’s Home Insulation Safety Plan. The Home Insulation Safety Plan will help restore...

Deutschland: "Energy Efficiency Award" für Viessmann, SMA und Saigon TanTec

Den zweiten Preis erhielt  die Saigon TanTec Limited für den energieeffizienten Neubau einer Lederfabrik in Vietnam. Der brasilianische Aluminiumproduzent Alunorte wurde mit einem Anerkennungspreis für die Senkung des Energiebedarfs bei...

Deutschland: Bundesregierung beschließt Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Umsetzung der europäischen Energiedienstleistungsrichtlinie

Der Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie, Rainer Brüderle: "Der Gesetzentwurf ist ein weiterer, wichtiger Schritt auf dem Weg zur notwendigen Verbesserung der Energieeffizienz und dient der marktwirtschaftlichen 1:1 Umsetzung der...

Un guide anti-précarité énergétique dans l'habitat à vocation sociale

US: General Services Administration invests $4 billion in Green Recovery Act construction projects nationwide

"By delivering on-time and under-budget on these green retrofit projects, we're not only making more cost-saving building improvements than anticipated, but creating new opportunities for more than 500 companies nationwide," said Vice...

US: Rebound in energy efficiency spending predicted by new research

"Our research shows attention to energy efficiency is continuing its growth among business leaders," said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business. "Commercial buildings consume 18 percent of the energy and 35...

UK survey: One in ten home owners want to include energy efficiency in the improvement of their property

Kitchen extensions were the most popular home improvement (13%), closely followed by conservatories (12%) and attic conversions (10%). Shelter and RIBA released the research to coincide with the launch this week of Architect in the House,...

Scotland: Environmentally friendly family wins award

The Future Friendly Awards is a nationwide search for communities and families who are making a real difference by championing sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Judith McDermid, along with husband George and children...

US: New Guidelines for Energy Star Homes

The updated requirements will ensure that the government’s Energy Star label continues to deliver a significant increase in energy efficiency over homes that are built to code and standard builder business practices. These guidelines will...

Council adopts position at first reading on the energy performance of buildings directive

The proposal forms part of the so-called "energy efficiency package" (1), presented by the Commission in November 2008 with the aim of contributing to the EU's target of reducing 20% of the energy consumption and having a 20% share of...

GreenLight and GreenBuilding EU awards: winners save up to 85% of their energy consumption

"We congratulate the winners of these awards. Whether public or private sector, they are all living proof that organisations which invest and innovate in energy efficiency can bring immense benefits to themselves while making a leading-...

Environment: Six finalists vie for title of European Green Capital 2012 and 2013

More documentation required Applicant cities have been asked to provide information on a variety of indicator areas with regards to their present environmental status and results, what they are doing to improve the urban living conditions...

Higher electricity efficiency in new and existing clinic buildings - "Hospital plus" research project

The “Entwerfen von Krankenhäusern und Bauten des Gesundheitswesens” department at the Technische Universität Berlin will be carrying out this project, which is part of the “Energy-Optimised Construction” (EnOB) focal area in the German...

Do you Speak Sustainable Construction?

Brussels, 24 March 2010 – ‘Achieving intelligent energy in cities by speaking the same language’ was the theme of the event jointly organised today by the Architects Council of Europe and the European Concrete Platform.  The two...

France: 100000 zero-interest loans for building energy renovations

Last Call for Applications: European Energy Service Award 2009

Application deadline: 30th of April 2010 Apply now at http://www.european-energy-service-initiative.net/de/195.html Further information and application documents are available at http://www.european-energy-service-initiative.net/de/195....

International conference on energy efficient renovation in residential building sector: 28th-29th June, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary

Sustainability is high on the global agenda and climate programmes require sustainable building in order to reduce CO2 emissions and save fossil fuels. Municipalities, housing corporations and other building administrators are seeking...