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December 17, 2014
A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies. The ZNE concept has captured the imagination of the building design...
May 14, 2014
Commercial buildings consume 20% of the total energy used in the United States---more than the energy consumed by all the nation’s cars, trains, and airplanes put together. A significant portion of this energy can be saved through efficiency...
March 12, 2014
The need for innovative ways to reduce residential energy use is growing. States are setting increasingly aggressive energy savings targets for utilities and program administrators, as well as longer-term energy reduction goals that call for even...
April 8, 2011
How does where we build our homes, businesses, and transportation infrastructure impact our energy use?  A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report  attempts to tackle just that question. The report analyzes the energy use...
September 20, 2010
In the first of a series of blog posts highlighting state-led energy efficiency programs recognized in ACEEE's States Stepping Forward report, we look at the Colorado ENERGY STAR New Homes Program. For more detailed information on this...