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A round-up of energy efficiency news from Australia and around the world.

Sydney building’s award-winning performance

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 2015 Performance Award goes to Sydney’s Chifley Tower.  The building underwent extensive retrofitting and upgrades between 2008 and 2014, including more energy-efficient lighting and HVAC, as well as upgraded information and waste management systems.

Source: The Fifth Estate

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Two million Aussie businesses encouraged to cash in on energy efficiency

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is telling Aussie small businesses how much they can save by putting EE measures in place. ‘Even a one per cent improvement in Australia’s energy efficiency could boost our economy by up to $1.5 billion,’ said Oliver Yates, CEO of CEFC.

Source: Ecogeneration

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Predictive Energy Optimisation rolls out around Australia

The BSA Group is integrating BuildingIQ’s cloud-based energy management system into its services across major shopping centres, office buildings and hospitals around the country. Once installed, the Predictive Energy Optimisation platform runs itself, using real-time variables to adjust HVAC operations.

Source: Reuters

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Barriers to industrial energy efficiency examined

A new US report to Congress investigates the obstacles against—and opportunities for— implementing energy efficiencies across industry. The report examines industrial end-use energy efficiency, demand response, and combined heat and power.

Source: US Department of Energy

Barriers to industrial energy efficiency - Report to Congress, June 2015

Energy efficiency body turns 35, reflects on achievements

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy celebrates a milestone, looking back at 35 years of energy efficiency progress and anticipating how the next 35 years of EE will unfold. The analysis is presented in the council’s report Energy Efficiency in the United States: 35 Years and Counting.

Source: ACEEE

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Tiny new solar-powered circuit is highly energy efficient

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US have developed a power converter chip that retains more than 80 per cent of the energy that enters it. A low-power sensor that can run for months without battery replacement is ideal for technologies such as building automation systems and integrated precinct lighting control.

Source: Energy Manager Today

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The battle for energy efficiency heats up

6,500 buildings and 125 teams across the US are taking the challenge to be the country’s number one energy-saver. The annual ‘Energy Star Battle of the Buildings Competition’ is run by the US Environmental Protection Agency in support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Source: US EPA

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Energy efficiency seen as a generic goal by many companies

An international survey revealed that although EE is considered important, most companies lack a systematic approach to identifying, implementing and managing opportunities for it. Even where strategies are in place, few companies are setting active objectives. Less than half of those surveyed can quantify the energy savings obtained.

Source: Energy Manager Today

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Hi-tech windows control light and energy

Advanced eletrochromic windows will enable precision control of the sunlight and energy that enters a room via highly selective cool and warm modes. The cutting-edge technology, under development at the University of Texas, is set to contribute to significant reductions in HVAC costs for residential and commercial buildings.

Source: Phys.org

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Perovskite solar technology indicates quick payback

Solar panels incorporating perovskite modules can accelerate energy investment payback time to as little as two months—compared to two years for silicon-based panels. Research at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory indicates that this payback time is the shortest available for solar power technology.

Source: Phys.org

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Low-mass hydronics for glass buildings

Buildings with glass exteriors are on the rise, reflecting modern design aesthetics. Vast arrays of windows, however, are not necessarily conducive to good insulation. New low-mass hydronic systems contain less water than traditional radiators, and respond more quickly to temperature changes. This improves comfort levels and reduces energy costs.

Source: Energy Manager Today

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The other benefits of energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency is not always an automatic guarantee of cost savings, especially when a major effort and long payback period seemingly render a project unviable. Energy consultant Marc Karell highlights several ways in which the benefits of EE can go beyond just the bottom line.

Source: Energy Manager Today

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