Articles for August 27, 2012
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Collaborative Approach," by Erin Voegele, was published in
the July/August 2012 issue of Biodiesel Magazine. Three unrelated companies – one an oil
recycler (for biodiesel feedstock), another a biodiesel producer, and the third
a biodiesel distributer are cooperating to meet the demand of blended fuel in
the Portland, Oregon, area.
The following two articles appeared in the June 2012 issue of
of Embodied Energy & CO2 Emissions for Building Construction"
– scroll to page 11 – was authored by
Tatsuo Oka, Utsunomiya University, Japan.
This is an announcement of a planned project by ECBCS Annex 57 by which
methods to accurately determine the embodied energy and CO2 emissions associated
with building construction are to be developed.
These methods will make it possible for guidelines to emerge for building
designers so they can begin using alternative approaches and materials in their
buildings to reduce both embodied energy and CO2 emissions.
of Energy Efficient Building Retrofitting: Probability Assessment of Performance
– scroll to page six – is an ECBCS project update written by Carl-Eric
Hagentoff, Chaimers University of Technology, Sweden. The project under discussion included
attention to how best to predict the success of retrofitting in terms of energy
saved and performance standards met.
Probability assessment is the tool employed to help determine the designs and
applications most likely to result in both energy savings and uncompromised
Efficient, and Reliable Power for the 21st Century"
is a two-page, July 2012, fact sheet from the Fuel Cell Technologies Program in
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This review of the Program includes
information about fuel cell cost per kilowatt – it has decreased enough to make
it competitive in certain applications.
HVAC/R (HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION)
Tool Allows Cost Comparisons of Pellets, Natural Gas and Heating Oil,
by Anna Simet, appeared in a July 6, 2012 post on the
Biomass Magazine blog. This
life-cycle cost analysis dashboard was developed by FutureMetrics Inc. and is
free to download.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ)
of Canada Radon Guideline" is a Health Canada web page
announcing the updated Guideline regarding radon exposure in dwellings. The update was developed as a result of
new scientific information; it was, also, subject to extensive public review.
Specific," by Nancy B. Solomon, AIA, is a four-Web-page article
that may also be used for Continuing Education credit; it was carried in the
July+August issue of GreenSource. In 2005, the Sustainable Sites Summit
was held by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for landscape and siting
professionals from government, academic, and business walks of life. This, ultimately, resulted in the
Sustainable Sites Initiative (known as "SITES").
SITES is concerned with establishing voluntary guidelines and
performance benchmarks at the national level for the development and maintenance
of landscapes, regardless of whether or not buildings are associated with them.
River Treaty Study Results Released, is an article published in the
August 2012 issue of Journal. It provides some background to the
existence of the Treaty and what options are available under the original terms
of the Treaty.
Columbia River Treaty Review
website includes related information.
Gives Green Light to Building Energy
Reductions: Combining Energy Conservation Technologies with Green Lifestyles"
– scroll to page two – was written by
Yi Jiang, ECBCS Executive Committee Member for China; it was published in the
June 2012 issue of ECBCS News. The results of the 25-year history of
China's policies to improve energy conservation in its buildings are reviewed.
PV: State of the Art of a Booming Market and Impact of Support Schemes,"
by Enerdata, was published July 30, 2012.
Enerdata reports that the global market boom continues unabated due to
ever lower pricing – PV systems are half what they were in 2000 – and to
governmental policies that strongly support the expansion of solar photovoltaics
such as feed-in-tariffs used in Europe, Japan, and China, premiums in Italy, and
tax credits in the United States.
The boom will continue in the future, particularly if strong policies are kept
two documents, posted on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) website on
July 18, 2012, are part of the LBNL Clean Energy Financing Policy Brief series;
the focus of the series is emerging financial models:
"Using QECBs for
Street Lighting Upgrades: Lighting the Way to Lower Energy Bills in San Diego" is a five-page
policy brief. San Diego's use of the
QECB opportunity is one example of an application of a new model.
Energy Conservation Bonds for Public Building Upgrades: Reducing Energy Bills in
the City of Philadelphia," is a four-page
policy brief. Philadelphia chose to
enhance energy efficiencies in city buildings.
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