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The Colombian Association of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration ACAIRE, invites you to one of the most important events in Latin America to be held in the city of Barranquilla - Colombia. The congress constitutes a platform for exchange of scientific knowledge in the field Climate Control and Cooling, which is of global interest and supports the need to formulate innovative, efficient and sustainable engineering solutions for the society of the future.

Central Europe towards Sustainable Building Prague 2019 (CESB19) event will be a part of 2019 international Sustainable Built Environment conference series convened under auspices of the four international organizations: iiSBE, CIB, UNEP-SBCI, FIDIC and the Global Alliance for Building and Construction.

Building and construction industry specialists, researchers, and policymakers will convene in Hong Kong for the 5-day World Building Congress. Local, regional and internationally renowned industry specialists will deliver keynote talks, case studies and dynamic presentations to reveal the latest smart building, construction and infrastructure trends, practices and developments.

Global SBE series gets back to Helsinki to bring together the latest knowledge on sustainable buildings and their development trends. Conference themes will cover e.g. resource efficiency, circular economy, healthy spaces, net positivity, business concepts and innovations.

The HPC National Conference & Trade Show is where you will join over one thousand residential energy efficiency professionals for four days of outstanding educational sessions, networking, and inspiration. In educational sessions, over lunch, or during casual conversations over coffee at the Trade Show, you’ll have the chance to personally connect with industry leaders and your peers from across the country.

Join industry leaders along with fellow weatherization professionals, home performance contracting businesses, program administrators, and others working in the residential energy efficiency industry for a cutting edge educational experience at the 2019 HPC Northwest Regional Home Performance Conference. Become a part of the conversation as we work together to strengthen the industry through education, networking, and new ideas.

Looking around the typical home or office, many homeowners and employees will find a staggering amount of technology on display: the refrigerator that keeps our food fresh; the thermostat that controls room temperature; the array of electronics to enable (and sometimes impede) our productivity; the lights that make tasks visible at night.

“As this large technology base continues to grow, the number of ways that a building can use energy grows with it, meaning that the best opportunities for saving energy in buildings are always changing,” said Jared Langevin, research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). “What’s more, the pace of change is relatively quick—ask a homeowner from the year 2000 what they think of smart thermostats or where they buy their LED light bulbs, and they’d have little clue of what you were talking about.”

Into this technology development maelstrom enters Scout, a software program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office (BTO) in partnership with Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Scout estimates the national impacts of emerging energy-efficient technologies and systems on building energy use and operating costs, drawing from a consistent energy use baseline, standard energy conservation measure (ECM) definitions, and realistic simulations of stock turnover and ECM competition dynamics. With support from BTO, Scout is now available as a web-based application for sharing Scout’s capabilities with the broader energy analysis community.

“The Scout web app ( will be of interest to users who want to know how new energy-saving technologies or approaches fit into the larger U.S. market for energy efficiency—both at present and decades into the future,” said Chioke Harris, an NREL research engineer collaborating with Langevin on the project. Looking for simple definitions of technologies and their national impacts to compare with similar technologies? Visit the ECM Summaries page. Curious about the total impacts of a technology portfolio and which end uses or technologies contribute most to those impacts? The Analysis Results page presents those insights. Just want to know about the status-quo outlook for U.S. building energy use? The Baseline Energy Calculator provides that information.

The web app can help all kinds of folks better understand how energy use in buildings might change with the adoption of energy-efficient technologies, as well as the potential cost savings from those technologies. Companies that own or manage large building portfolios can learn about the financial performance of various technologies using metrics that can help them with the business justification for investing in energy efficiency. Energy policy organizations and nonprofits can look at those same technologies through the lenses of their energy and cost savings potential for a specific region or across the United States. Researchers interested in developing next-generation energy-efficient building technologies can use the baseline energy use projections and ECM definitions to better understand where they can have the greatest impact. Users intrigued by the app can take the leap and download the Scout analysis engine to get results custom tailored to their unique interests.

“Looking ahead, Scout’s flexibility to folding in new input data, technology areas, and valuation metrics will be essential in keeping the program viable as the building energy use landscape continues to change,” said Langevin. In just the last few months, for example, Scout’s baseline data were updated reflect the latest Energy Information Administration national energy use projections and new analysis capabilities were piloted that will allow users to value energy efficiency differently by time of day and season, reflecting an increasing focus on buildings as a source of grid services. All of these updates were pushed to the Scout GitHub repository and were carefully documented with an eye towards transparency.

“We expect that will bring new tests of Scout’s flexibility, opening the program to exciting use cases and avenues of investigation that have yet to be explored,” Langevin said. In the meantime, interested readers are encouraged to get started with their own Scout analyses and to keep an eye out for new Scout releases.

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Opportunity

Is Now Open!

FY2019 Request for Proposals

Full Proposal Due Date:

Friday, February 15, 2019, by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. The EJSG program will award approximately $1.5 million nationwide for this competitive opportunity. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants (5 per EPA Region) of up to $30,000 each. These grants are for one-year projects.

See additional details at: FY2019 EJ Small Grants RFP webpage

Informational Pre-Application Assistance Calls

Potential applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the EJSG Program and this solicitation. Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-6349# when prompted. The following are the conference call dates and times:

Date and Time (Eastern Time)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (en Español): 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019: 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 31, 2019: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Is my organization eligible?

Eligible entities for this opportunity are as follows:

Incorporated non-profit organizations—including, but not limited to, environmental justice networks, faith-based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions

Federally recognized tribal governments—including Alaska Native Villages

Tribal organizations

If your organization is NOT eligible, we encourage partnering with eligible entities on an EJSG project. See the RFP for more information.

How can I apply?

Click the link below to go directly to the EJSG program website to access the full RFP, including instructions on applying through FY2019 EJ Small Grants RFP webpage