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DOE Releases Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses and Communities

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition for a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building. After leading an extensive stakeholder engagement process over the past year and a half, the DOE released its findings in the recently published “A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings,” which states that a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.” This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, the new DOE publication provides important guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects. Credit: DOE “Reducing energy use in buildings must be a major part of the solution as we work to combat the escalating costs and impacts of climate change,” said Brendan Owens, chief engineer at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). “While we are making significant progress to save energy in buildings, this Zero Energy Building definition developed by DOE helps increase expectations and orient the buildings industry towards even greater achievements. USGBC applauds DOE’s effort to define zero energy buildings and we look forward to continuing to champion the cause of building efficiency and renewable energy applications to meet the ambitious goals of this definition,” Owens continued. The number of zero energy buildings doubled from 2012 to 2014 across 36 states, according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI). The growth of zero energy buildings has highlighted a lack of clarity and consistency across the industry on key definitional issues that increasingly were the source of market confusion, underscoring the need for DOE to help develop a commonly accepted definition and approach. “NIBS and USDOE have created a set of clear and concise definitions for zero energy buildings that will help to narrow the broad array of terminology currently used in the industry,” said Ralph DiNola,… NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing.View the full original article at:

Energy Department, NIBS Release Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

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Energy Department and National Institute of Building Sciences Release Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.

White House Announces Executive Order On Industrial Energy Efficiency, Including CHP

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In support of the Executive Order, DOE and EPA released a new report that provides a foundation for national discussions on effective ways to achieve 40 GW of new, cost-effective CHP by 2020, and includes an overview of the key issues currently impacting CHP deployment and the factors that need to be considered by stakeholders involved in the dialogue.