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US DOE Spotlights MEEA Research Team

US DOE Spotlights MEEA Research Team

Since 2009, MEEA has participated in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building America research program as a member of the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR). Alongside team lead Gas Technology Institute and other members such as Elevate Energy, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Future Energy Enterprises, [Continue]

House of Representatives Passes Energy Efficiency Bill S.535

On April 21, 2015, the House of Representatives passed S.535, which establishes three separate programs to bolster energy efficiency measures in commercial, residential and/or mixed use buildings. This follows the Senate’s unanimous passage of this bill on March 27, 2015.  The President is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks. [Continue]

New Tomorrows for Today’s Buildings: Existing Building Commissioning Webinar

The term commissioning comes from shipbuilding. A commissioned ship is one deemed ready for service. Before being awarded this title, however, a ship must pass several milestones. Equipment is installed and tested, problems are identified and corrected, and the prospective crew is extensively trained. A commissioned ship, like a commissioned [Continue]

BOC Graduates provide benchmarking services for the City of Chicago Benchmarking Ordinance

Chicago’s Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance calls on existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data accuracy every three years. The data verification is required to be completed by an in-house or third-party [Continue]

Advanced Outdoor Lighting Shines Brighter with the Presidential Challenge Launch

During 2015 alone, outdoor lighting in the U.S. will consume about 100 TWh of electricity, enough energy to power roughly 6 million homes (one terawatt hour equals about one trillion watt hours). This electricity consumption alone, costs cities a cumulative total of about $10 billion annually. As a means to keep budgets intact, many cities [Continue]

Funding for High Efficiency Street Lighting in Illinois

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has released a grant opportunity for Illinois public entities who are interested in upgrading their municipal owned and operated streetlights. As part of their Street and Roadway Lighting Pilot Program, this grant opportunity is an excellent method to start a retrofit pilot project converting existing [Continue]

Upcoming Webinar: ESPC 2.0: How a New Generation of Energy Savings Performance Contracting is Improving Energy Efficiency in U.S. Buildings

On Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015, at 2-3pm CST, join Better Buildings Challenge Partners and Allies to learn how Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) is expanding to new sectors, including and beyond municipal and state governments, to impact building energy efficiency. In this webinar, learn how your organization can take advantage of ESPCs to [Continue]

DOE Seeks Input on Definition of Zero Energy Buildings

Designing and managing the use of a low energy using building or one that intends to use less than half (50%) of the typical building of its size and occupancy is a difficult process. However, design teams and building owners are beginning to create buildings which use as little energy as possible, while producing only [Continue]

Upcoming Event: Getting to Zero National Forum, Washington, DC, February 1 -3, 2015

Upcoming Event: Getting to Zero National Forum, Washington, DC, February 1 -3, 2015

Please see below for information on the Getting to Zero National Forum, courtesy of New Buildings Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, and NASEO:   Join Leading Practitioners and Policymakers to Discuss the Future of Commercial Buildings New Buildings Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, and NASEO will host a second Getting to Zero National [Continue]

The Results are in – the City of Chicago Releases their first year of Benchmarking Data

The Results are in – the City of Chicago Releases their first year of Benchmarking Data

Congratulations to the City of Chicago in the release of it’s first-ever energy benchmarking report from data collected under their Energy Benchmarking Ordinance! The 2014 City of Chicago Building Energy Benchmarking Report found millions of dollars in potential savings in the city’s largest, non-residential buildings. The findings are based [Continue]

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