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Decoding IECC 2015 by Craig DiLouie

In 2014, the International Code Council published the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model residential and commercial building energy code. ICC states: “This code shall regulate the design and construction of buildings for the use and conservation of energy over the life of each building.” The IECC is not a code in itself […]

Energy Efficiency May Be the Key to Saving Trillions by Beth Gardiner

Compared with eye-catching renewable power technologies like wind turbines and solar panels, energy efficiency is nearly invisible. But advocates say doing more with less power may be an even more critical weapon in the fight against climate change and offers big economic benefits, too. Worldwide, governments, companies and families could be saving trillions of dollars […]

ComEd Takes Major Step Toward Smarter, Greener Energy Future with LED Streelights Pilot

ComEd, Chicago announced that it has begun a pilot program to deploy 800 ComEd-owned smart, energy-efficient LED streetlights in two Chicago suburbs, Bensenville and Lombard. The smart streetlights use the communications network ComEd installed as part of its smart grid investments. Like smart meters, the energy efficient street lights tap into a wireless network that […]

New Energy Guide Labels Coming to Ceiling Fan Packages

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which would require new “Energy Guide Labels” to be placed on the tops of ceiling fan packages. The proposed artwork of the label is similar to what you would see while shopping for appliances, such as a refrigerator.

New Ballast Regulations Are Now in Effect

New fluorescent ballast energy efficiency regulations took effect in November. The new rules expand previous regulations to cover seven classes of T12, T8 and T5 fluorescent lamp ballasts. Outdoor sign and residential-¬only ballasts, exempted from previous DOE ballast regulations, are now covered and will be significantly affected.
Many T12 electronic ballasts comply with the new rules, […]