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IBM, LRZ use hot-water cooling system for supercomputer

IBM is using hot water to cool a supercomputer and heat the building it’s housed in. The technology giant, along with Germany’s Leibniz Supercomputing Center, has developed what they claim is the world’s first commercially available hot-water cooled supercomputer.

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Starbucks, Staples accept Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge

Six new major companies in the United States, including Starbucks Coffee Company, Staples and Pacific Gas and Electric, have joined President Barrack Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program enlisting the commercial sector in reducing energy use in their facilities.

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I.B.M. says building management system to save taxpayers $15 million

I.B.M. said an advanced “smart building” technology it’s setting up with the United States General Services Administration will save around $15 million in taxpayer dollars every year. I.B.M. will install a system that monitors building performance in initially 50 federal buildings nationwide and stream data to a central facility for analysis.

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Energy efficiency standards for clothes washers and dishwashers set by U.S. Energy Department

The United States Department of Energy has released a set of energy efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and dishwashers that could save consumers $20 billion in energy and water costs. Clothes washers and dishwashers currently account for approximately 3 percent of residential energy use and more than 20 percent of indoor water use in homes across the U.S. 

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Demand for ‘green homes’ will drive construction market’s future – report

By 2016, “green homes” will make up 29 to 38 percent of the total construction market, bringing in $87 to $114 billion in investments. According to a report released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Conference and Expo, the growing perception that green homes are better built and are of higher quality than traditional homes will drive market growth higher in the next five years.

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Top green building policies in California named

The U.S. Green Building Council named the Top 10 state and local green building policies in California, recognized for the way each has advanced green building practices in the state. Policies were recognized in a variety of categories, including “Most Visionary,” “Most Market Transforming” and “Best Leadership by Example.”

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Energy Star buildings across U.S. saving $2.3 billion in utility bills

The city of Los Angeles topped the list of cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings for the fourth year in a row. By last year, L.A. had a total of 659 Energy Star rated buildings. The figures have been steadily increasing ever since the Environmental Protection Agency started compiling its list of 25 cities with the most Energy Star buildings in 2008.

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Rebates hoped to boost number of ‘green’ homes in California

Residents of Los Angeles County in California can receive up to $8,000 in rebates for energy efficiency upgrades in their homes. Homeowners can qualify for the rebates under the “Energy Upgrade California” program administered by the California Energy Commission in partnership with public and private utilities, the California Public Utilities Commission and participating counties.

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Honeywell destroying CFC inventories for carbon credits

Technology and manufacturing group Honeywell is destroying inventories of ozone-depleting refrigerants amounting to more than 125,000 emission reduction credits that it intends to sell to third parties as part of California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. The company said it had previously destroyed more than 27,000 pounds of CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant, and it plans to destroy its remaining inventory of CFC-11 along with CFC-12 and R-500 refrigerants this year.

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Putting a label on energy efficiency: 20 years of ‘Energy Star’

In March, the Energy Star celebrated 20 years. It’s come a long way. The Energy Star label provides a simple way for consumers to identify energy-efficient products, and they respond to the label by choosing to buy products that will allow them to save power. Being energy-efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways for power consumers to save money according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The Energy Star program offers ways for the average American to do just that.

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