Energy and the Environment
Saving Energy - and Money
Through a program known as the Continuous Commissioning process,
the TEES Energy Systems Lab has worked to produce more than $100
million in savings in more than 300 buildings throughout Texas, the
United States and the world. The process uses an ongoing effort to
resolve operating problems, improve comfort and optimize energy use
for existing commercial and institutional buildings and central
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Energy Efficiency in Homes
The TEES Energy Systems
Lab (ESL) has helped save more than $1.7 billion by
adopting and implementing energy codes for new-home construction.
ESL helps implement energy codes statewide, including reviewing and
recommending state adoption of new building code editions. The lab
has also developed a web-based tool to test the energy efficiency
of new houses before construction. The tool is helping cities such
as Austin conform to new energy codes to improve energy efficiency
of new homes by 65 percent.
TEES researchers are working on one solution that will change
how electricity is delivered from suppliers to consumers as part of
a $4.9 million federal grant to dramatically improve how the U.S.
produces and uses energy. The new concept is to improve system
operations and manage disruptions within the electric grid, such as
interruption from cascading faults caused by extreme operating
conditions (such as overloads and energy transfer congestion) and
malicious external attacks.
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