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Below are news stories involving buildings research.

April 3, 2014

NREL’s Work for the U.S. Navy Illuminates Energy and Cost Savings

Field demonstrations of newly proven energy efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals. In partnership with the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recently demonstrated eight technologies at installations in Hawaii and Guam, and the initial results have encouraged the Navy to move forward with broader implementation of several of the energy efficiency technologies.

March 27, 2014

Energy Systems Integration Facility Named Lab of the Year

The editors of R&D Magazine have named the Energy Department’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) as the 2014 Laboratory of the Year. Located on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., research at ESIF transforms how the nation generates, delivers and uses energy by modernizing the interplay between energy sources, infrastructure, and data.

March 24, 2014

NREL Leads Demo of New Energy Management System at U.S. Naval Base

NREL Leads Demo of New Energy Management System at U.S. Naval Base

March 12, 2014

NREL Provides a Foundation for Home Energy Performance

NREL-led guidelines effort enables breakthroughs for the home energy performance industry.

March 12, 2014

Computing Advances Enable More Efficient Buildings

Computers, apps, and visualization tools open up new possibilities to improve the energy performance of buildings.

March 12, 2014

Energy Efficient Window Coatings that Please the Eye

NREL partnerships expand market reach and provide more energy saving options.

March 12, 2014

Net-Zero Building Technologies Create Substantial Energy Savings

Researchers work to package and share step-by-step information for decision making around net-zero energy building technologies.

March 12, 2014

Building Better: Advanced Energy Design Guides

When national labs and partnering organizations empower the commercial building industry with how-to guides for energy savings, the impact is clear.

March 12, 2014

Smart Occupancy Sensor Debuts

NREL's R&D 100 Award-winning occupancy sensor offers a low-cost, high-impact solution to a pressing market challenge: improving building energy performance.

March 12, 2014

Energy Efficient Demonstration Proves Powerful in Home Retrofits

NREL recommendations demonstrate substantial savings for the Navy.

March 1, 2014

Fairview High School Wins 24th Colorado Science Bowl

Students from Boulder’s Fairview High School beat out 47 other teams to win today’s Colorado Science Bowl. They will represent Colorado at the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 24-28, where they will compete against more than 400 students from 70 high schools for the national title.

February 26, 2014

NREL Examines Solar Policy Pathways for States

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize the impact of various solar policies on photovoltaic (PV) installations.

February 19, 2014

NREL Report Quantifies Value of Two CSP Technologies with Thermal Energy Storage

NREL has found that parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles. A new NREL report shows increasing importance for systems with thermal energy storage. The report also demonstrates that multiple CSP technologies and plant configurations can be analyzed using traditional planning tools such as production cost models.

February 18, 2014

JISEA News: Study on Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Systems Indicates New Priorities

A new study published in the journal Science says that the total impact of switching to natural gas depends heavily on leakage of methane (CH4) during the natural gas life cycle, and suggests that more can be done to reduce methane emissions and to improve measurement tools which help inform policy choices.

February 14, 2014

NREL Scientist Named AAAS Fellow

David S. Ginley, a materials scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor accorded to at most 1 percent of the prestigious scientific society’s membership each year.

February 11, 2014

NREL Report Finds Similar Value in Two CSP Technologies

Parabolic troughs and dry-cooled towers deliver similar value for concentrating solar power (CSP) plants, despite different solar profiles, a new report by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found.

February 6, 2014

NREL Director Arvizu Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dan Arvizu, director of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering.

January 20, 2014

NREL Study: Active Power Control of Wind Turbines Can Improve Power Grid Reliability

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado have completed a comprehensive study to understand how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. The rest of the power system’s resources have traditionally been adjusted around wind to support a reliable and efficient system. The research that led to this report challenges that concept.

January 6, 2014

NREL Expert Honored for Energy Systems Innovations

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently won several prestigious awards, including honors for innovations in window air-conditioning efficiency, data sharing, and its energy-efficient computer data center.

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