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  • Live in a Zero Energy House this Fall

    February 15, 2018

    The Honda Smart Home is soliciting applications for new occupants. This unique opportunity is open to UC Davis faculty, staff or graduate students for 2017-2018. About the Honda Smart Home: The Honda Smart Home US, showcases technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village is capable of producing more ...

  • California Water-Saving Drive Saved Energy, Too

    January 17, 2018

    By Andy Fell – California’s drive to save water during the drought had a double benefit: it saved a lot of energy as well. In April 2015, Governor Jerry Brown mandated a 25 percent cut in urban water consumption in the face of continuing drought. Water suppliers were required to report their progress to the State Water ...

  • Energy Graduate Group Student Madison Hoffacker Publishes Paper on Using Nonconventional Spaces for Solar Energy Development

    December 21, 2017

    In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, UC Davis researchers and colleagues demonstrate how nonconventional spaces can be used to generate renewable energy while sparing lands that could be better used for food production and the conservation of ecosystems. Read the press release. Read the journal article.

  • UC Davis Plant & Environmental Sciences building receives 2 prominent green building certifications

    December 14, 2017

    UC Davis Plant & Environmental Sciences (PES) is the first BREEAM® USA In-Use Excellent rated building! BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s leading environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. This building was a pilot project for BREEAM USA In-Use at UC Davis. PES also earned LEED Gold® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, adding to the growing list ...

  • UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute: New Name, Enhanced Focus 

    December 8, 2017

    Name Change Reflects Broader Mission and a New Energy Graduate Group DAVIS, CALIF.  December 08, 2017 – After 10 years of accelerating the development and commercialization of energy efficient solutions and training future leaders in energy efficiency, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center has become an institute. The institute, now named the Energy and Efficiency Institute, ...

  • New Study: Water Savings Program Results in Significant Energy Efficiency

    December 6, 2017

    Households that conserve water through home water reports will be pleased to learn that they may be saving money on another utility bill. A new study, Spillovers from Behavioral Interventions: Experimental Evidence from Water and Energy Use, shows that when consumers are informed of their water consumption rates, not only do they conserve that resource, they become ...

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