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Ready to push your limits and feed your passion for designing highly efficient buildings? The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon® ...

HVAC units are often oversized to deal with full load, which rarely occurs. Are there strategies to save cost and energy by changing the way load is calculated?

-Mr Right Size

Dear Right Size,

Rejoice, as gone are the days of boasting about the biggest kit in town. Now is the time of the kit that is just the right size to do the right job right. ...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This funding opportunity will provide up to $80 million for projects that enhance energy demand flexibility across buildings and the electric power grid.

“Improving energy efficiency in our...

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) is proud to announce a new partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to fund Graduate Education for Minority Students (GEM) fellows. The GEM program recruits high-quality, underrepresented students looking to pursue...

 

Dear Colleagues,

We have launched an updated version of ClimaPlus, an early-design web-tool developed to facilitate the design of naturally ventilated and hybrid/mixed-mode buildings that are energy-efficient and low-carbon. The tool is being used for teaching in a residential course at MIT, as...

 

Do you think that to be a driving force to battle climate change and other global challenges, the modelling community should focus more on existing buildings rather than the design of new ones? How can we target the vast majority of buildings built with the standard practice rather than fancy glazed skyscrapers with high green ratings built for <1% of the...

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On August 12, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). ARIES is a cutting-edge research platform that will allow NREL researchers and the scientific community to address the fundamental...

What are some new or creative sources of hard-to-get data, such as occupancy or load schedules?
-Playing hard to get

Dear Playing,

I’m happy to suggest a few “creative” sources of data for you to play with. You’ll have to judge whether they’re appropriate for your work!

Let’s start with occupancy schedules. Suppose we want to derive them from...

EnergyPlus is the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) open-source, state-of-the-art building energy modeling (BEM) engine, supporting energy-efficiency code development, commercial products, and research. EnergyPlus has a broad suite of modeling capabilities. However, one of its most interesting features is EMS (Energy Management System), an integrated scripting facility...

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