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Commercial Buildings

Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Are Easier Than They Sound

Grid-interactive efficient buildings are a big deal with an equally big name. GEBs, for short, were one of the focal areas in a slate of new building-focused programs announced by the Biden administration earlier this year. Those announcements coincided with the release of a US Department of Energy (DOE)…

Why Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings Feature Prominently in Biden’s Plans

The White House on May 17 announced a slate of new programs aimed at integrating US buildings into the clean energy economy. The initiatives include electrification programs for existing homes, workforce training for next-generation jobs in the buildings sector, and efforts to increase the adoption of efficient electric heat…

New Climate Law Stretches Massachusetts Building Codes to the Next Level

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a landmark climate bill, An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for the Massachusetts Climate Policy, into law. This law raises the state’s climate ambition by setting the emissions targets at 50 percent reduction by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. It…

Denver’s Bold New Plan for Carbon-Free Buildings

Denver leaders are setting a high bar for other cities in Colorado and nationwide with the release of an ambitious new climate plan focused on buildings. The plan lays out a roadmap to achieve all-electric buildings, setting clear targets to phase out fossil fuels in both homes and commercial buildings.

Cut Costs, Reduce Carbon, and Improve Health with Demand Flexibility

As variable renewables and distributed generation surge to replace fossil fuels, the electrical grid must become more agile and data-driven to keep the lights on. And we cannot rely solely on traditional supply-side resources. Our decarbonized future will require flexibility on the demand side as well. Demand flexibility is the…