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CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA A new Better Buildings Initiative partnership between the CoStar Group, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accelerate investments in energy-efficient products and building operations that support construction and manufacturing jobs. The CoStar Group will now publicize building Read more [...]
NEMA Strategic Initiative: Promoting Smart Cities

NEMA Strategic Initiative: Promoting Smart Cities

The NEMA Strategic Initiatives Program was established to seize emerging market opportunities, solve impending challenges, and address issues involving multiple NEMA product sections and divisions. The 2016 Smart Cities Strategic Initiative contains four components: Energy and Water: An initiative to quantify the energy efficiency of water supply, delivery, and treatment systems; to analyze the market potential to improve efficiency by using member products; and to evaluate the viability Read more [...]
House Energy and Commerce Committee Moves Efficiency Bill

House Energy and Commerce Committee Moves Efficiency Bill

NEMA is pleased to announce that today the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a vote aimed at setting model conditions for energy efficiency in buildings, reports Erica Martinson of POLITICO.  Last year NEMA voiced its support for this bill. H.R. 2126 requires the Energy Secretary and the Administrator of the General Services Administration to develop model practices and provisions for landlords to help them make cost-effective decisions that improve energy efficiency in commercial Read more [...]
NEMA Lays Out the Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts at EIA Energy Conference

NEMA Lays Out the Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts at EIA Energy Conference

More than 850 conference attendees watched U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz deliver keynote remarks to the 2013 Energy Information Administration’s Energy Conference in Washington, DC.  Even more watched him live on C-SPAN.  Secretary Moniz was the opening speaker for an action-packed two-day conference full of federal officials, economists, industry experts, and energy advocates.  Secretary Moniz was followed by Thomas Fanning, CEO of Southern Company, who started by noting Read more [...]
Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Systems standards.   Much of the technology world seems to be talking about systems standards these days.  You’d think we didn’t have any standards that allow products to operate effectively with other products in applications.   But we do . . . and they do.  So what’s all the discussion about systems standards?     The IEC Master Plan 2011 does a nice job of describing the issue—“The multiplicity of technologies and their Read more [...]
Government Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs Goes Unspent

Government Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs Goes Unspent

An Energy Department audit found that nearly $900M for efficiency grants to states, cities has gone unspent.  This money was authorized in the 2009 economic stimulus law to help states, territories, local governments and Indian tribes improve their energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions, through projects such as retrofitting buildings.  These grants are an important way to improve the efficiency of older buildings, reduce waste and create jobs.  NEMA members manufacture Read more [...]
IGCC may need to consider the facts of life

IGCC may need to consider the facts of life

IGCC is heading towards the final public hearings in November.  One article in particular Article 505.1.1 Service Life, raised a lot of objections during the second IGCC  public review  since it asks that all electrical products must have a design life of minimum 25 years.      NEMA proposed that the “electrical” category be removed altogether from the requirement.  While many electrical products could exceed the 25 year minimum, the product Read more [...]
USGBC and challenges to its LEED point High Performance Buildings Rating System

USGBC and challenges to its LEED point High Performance Buildings Rating System

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been recently challenged by a third-party to a LEED certification. It involves an appeal of the Gold building certificate awarded to Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, Wis in 2007. The appellants contend the design and construction of the school did not meet a number of prerequisites for the certification.  The appellants claim, among other things that certain mandatory standards— ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-1999, Ventilation for Acceptable Read more [...]
Mining for Savings

Mining for Savings

When looking for gemstones or precious ore, you’ll do well to prospect the land for the resource you seek before you begin mining.  Likewise, when looking energy savings, it’s best to prospect the components of your building for saving potential before you go making upgrades. Thankfully, you don’t need a pick axe to locate fertile ground for energy savings, just the internet.  A couple of websites that will aid you in your search for savings are the enLIGHTen America Read more [...]
Smart grid impact deepens

Smart grid impact deepens

The promise of a more efficient electric power grid is coming closer and closer to reality.  Many of the overarching concepts have been defined and now considerable activity is underway to define the myriad of interactions between the multitude of actors in this huge play.  One such activity, sponsored by North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)  is just getting started through a joint venture co-sponsored by ASHRAE and NEMA.  This activity will result in a data model Read more [...]