May 14, 2015 - The Manitoba government has approved changes to the Building Code, claiming it will result in new homes being nearly 20% more energy efficient.
April 15, 2015 - The recent update to the B.C. Building Code included a variety of changes aimed at improving the comfort and efficiency of new homes in the province. And it's also causing a bit of apprehension.
March 12, 2015 – An Energy Star score could be coming to a supermarket near you.
February 20, 2015 - A proposed standard from global society ASHRAE providing requirements for energy use in data centers is now open for public input.
January 9, 2015 - The Yukon government has accepted recommendations made by an advisory committee for the application of new, national energy efficiency standards in the territory.
November 25, 2014 - To help support better building practices—including improved energy efficiency in homes—British Columbia’s Rich Coleman, minister responsible for housing, announced four updates to the BC Building Code today.
November 3, 2014 - When it comes to energy, ASHRAE says the residential sector consumes 21% of all the primary energy used by the U.S. and 54% of all energy used by buildings, which explains why ASHRAE announced it is “exploring its role in residential, looking at how it can contribute most effectively to the improvement of the performance of residential buildings”.
July 23, 2014 - The International Standards Organization (ISO) says a number of companies and organizations have already integrated an energy management system to reduce consumption. Now they can take this exercise a step further with ISO 50002:2014, an international standard on energy audit.
June 24, 2014 - Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Energy Star Portfolio Manager—a free, interactive, energy management tool that allows users to track and assess energy across the entire portfolio of buildings—is now being offered to hospitals. Previously only available K-12 schools and commercial offices, the tool claims to be the only Canadian standardized energy benchmarking platform that uses a national data set. It features an energy performance scale that boasts a more precise reflection of actual energy performance and takes into account weather, source energy and other key variables. Performance improvements can be tracked over time by comparing current performance to an established baseline.
April 8, 2014 - The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, provides a consistent method of measuring, expressing and comparing the energy performance of buildings, says ASHRAE. It also provides a common basis for reporting building energy use in terms of delivered energy forms and expressions of energy performance; for comparing design options; and for comparing energy performance in terms of energy resources used and greenhouse gas emissions created, both across buildings and for energy efficiency measures within buildings, it adds. According to Keith Emerson, chair of the Standard 105 committee, the new edition includes procedures for going beyond site energy to calculate the impact of building energy use on primary (source) energy and greenhouse gasses. The standard is now available at www.ashrae.org/bookstore.
February 6, 2014 - Thanks to ANSI for letting us know the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Management Board (TMB) Strategic Advisory Group on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources (SAG E) has invited members of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation and other stakeholders in the international standardization community to participate in a new survey.
January 22, 2014 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has announced that the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has been accredited by SCC to develop National Standards of Canada.
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