Articles for November 12, 2012
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Homes, Buildings, & Manufacturing," by David Moore, U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE), is a five-page, September 2012, fact sheet from the
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at DOE. It reviews EERE programs and the energy
savings associated with each for buildings in the residential, commercial, and
The following three case studies appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of
Performance," by George
Denise Sr., Global Account Manager, Cushman & Wakefield, is a case study of
Adobe headquarters in San Jose, California.
The headquarters consists of three interconnected towers. In what already were very energy
efficient buildings, an earlier CFL relamping was upgraded by an LED relamping;
new controls and sensors cut the energy use of both the HVAC and the lighting
systems; and newly-installed fuel cells were added to generate on-site energy. Into the mix, a number of strategies
were implemented including a new open-plan office design whereby almost all
walls were removed and desks arranged into "neighborhoods"; the extra space
gained is used by an increased number of workers.
The sum of all the efforts resulted in buildings that are now 65% more
efficient than they had been.
Show-and-Tell," a case study of Dr. David
Suziki Elementary School in Windsor, Ontario, was jointly authored by Stephen
Carpenter, PE, LEED Fellow, President, and Victor Halder, Energy Efficient
Specialist, and David Braun, PE, Commissioning Agent; all are of Kitchener,
Ontario's Enermodel Engineering. The
school's efficiency, conservation, and renewables efforts include heat pump,
earth tubes, light wells, photovoltaics, wind turbines, and much more. Every attempt has been made to make
these things visible so teachers can use them as learning opportunities for
the Word" describes the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial
Library at California State University Monterey Bay; it was written by Jeff
Blaevoet, PE, C Eng (Chartered Engineer [UK]), Principal and Director of
Innovation, and Luay Yanes, LEED AP, Associate Principal; both of Guttmann &
Blaevoet Consulting Engineers. This
article includes a focus on daylight harvesting with protection from solar glare
and heat. The mechanical systems
described are highly efficient and well-described.
Daylighting Isn't Simply about the Numbers"
was authored by Eric Truelove, PE, LEED APBD+C, The Renschler Company; it was
published in the October 2012 (Vol. 5 No. 5) issue of
Enlighten. The author cites
several examples of attempts at daylighting that have fallen short and explains
why. Then, he lists nine design
rules that are likely, in most situations, to result in successful daylighting.
Improving Steam System Performance: A Sourcebook for Industry, Second Edition, Revised
October 2012, is a 64-PDF-page document from the Advanced Manufacturing Office
(AMO) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office. It is a valuable work, a
How-To for the industrial sector.
POLICY – focusing on TRANSPORTATION
for Public Transport in Germany and the USA: An Analysis of Rider
Characteristics" is a 27-page scholarly paper,
written by Ralph Buehler, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia
Tech, and John Pucher, Bloustein, School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers
University; it was published in the September 2012 issue (Vol. 32, No. 5, pp.
541–567) of Transport Reviews. The paper's abstract states briefly the
conclusions drawn from the study, which show that the preference for public
transport is substantially greater in Germany than in the United States. Government policy in Germany fosters
that strong preference while government policy in the U.S. does not.
"Sustainable Transportation" is a five-page,
September 2012, fact sheet from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); it was authored by David Moore,
DOE. This fact sheet reviews the
work of DOE to reduce energy expended by private-sector vehicles (personal cars,
commercial trucks) by expanding the use of advanced technologies.
The following three articles were published in the Fall 2012 (September 2012)
issue of Clean Cities Now; the first
two concern the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), a newly-designed online
Brand New Alternative Fuels Data Center"
(scroll to the top of page 6), by staff, describes a website that is
both user friendly and an excellent source of information for specialists in the
field of alternative fuels and AF vehicles.
Ways to Get Started" (scroll to
the top of page 7), by staff, elaborates on the data center featured in the
article summarized immediately above.
It links to the data center site and to one specific and extremely
popular feature of that site: an app for desktop computers and mobile devices
known as the Alternative Fueling Station Locator.
Spark Biodiesel Success for Essential Baking Co."
(scroll to the top of page 4), by
staff, tells the story of how Essential Baking Company of Seattle transitioned
from a fleet of traditionally-fueled vans to B99 vans (99% biodiesel to 1%
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