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Seattle 2030 District Uses Building Dashboard to Track Energy Savings

Lucid announced a partnership with the Seattle 2030 District to provide energy and water monitoring for commercial buildings in downtown Seattle. Lucid’s Building Dashboard® will enable managers and tenants to track ongoing progress toward a 50 percent reduction in energy and water usage.


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U.S. Bancorp and SolarCity to Fund Solar Installations for Military Housing

U.S. Bancorp and SolarCity have announced the creation of a renewable energy tax equity fund that will help to initiate the first phase of project SolarStrong, SolarCity’s five-year, nationwide initiative to provide existing privatized military housing with access to affordable solar power.


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Ductless Gas-Fired Heaters Provide Solution for Increasing Energy Costs

The Batavia Housing Authority was looking to lower utility costs through a conversion from electric resistance baseboard heaters to gas heat and engaged Trautman Associates to conduct an energy conservation study to evaluate various types and arrangements of gas-fired equipment.


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HVAC Contractor Increases Fleet Efficiencies With NexTraq Fleet Tracking

NexTraq announced that its client Absolute Comfort Technologies has improved fleet operations with its NexTraq™ Fleet Tracking platform while decreasing overhead costs such as fuel and insurance premiums. In addition, its Fleet Dispatch application improved customer service by providing more accurate estimated time of arrival (ETA).


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Smart Building Reports Help in Understanding, Marketing the Technology

Two Smart Building Maturity Model reports, one for vendors and one for end users engaged in or exploring this market, are now available from IDC Energy Insights. According to the firm, the global smart buildings technology market is expected to experience a 27 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2010-2015.


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DOE Creates Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it will establish a committee to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on matters concerning its Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program’s test procedures and rulemaking process.


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Passive Dehumidification Yields Significant Energy Savings, Fast Payback

Heat Pipe Technology Inc. (HPT) announced that two recent commercial installations of the company’s passive dehumidification systems have yielded quick payback, carbon reduction, and ongoing energy savings. Both HPT applications were for manufacturers that require very-low-humidity environments.


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Pepco Energy Services Selected for $5.3 Million Performance Contract at Virginia Tech

Pepco Energy Services Inc. announced that it has been selected to implement a comprehensive energy savings performance contract project for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.


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Concordia University Launches Solar Simulator-Environmental Chamber

Concordia University has announced the opening of its new Solar Simulator-Environmental Chamber, a unique laboratory that the university said will revolutionize solar energy applications and building standards.


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Consultant Lists Top 10 Green Building Trends for 2012

Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson, CEO of Yudelson Associates in Tucson, Ariz., released his annual list of green building trends for 2012, what he calls “MegaTrends.”


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Jason Vogelbaugh of Alpha Controls drops in to the NEWSMakers podcast to discuss his role with the company, the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, and current energy-efficiency projects being worked on. Posted on Sept. 26.

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