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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Facilities Management

Facilities Management


Retrofitting Steam Boilers For Large Health Care Projects

Engineered Systems, Mar. 2016, by Gary Hamilton.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97621-retrofitting-steam-boilers-for-large-health-care-projects

"Replacing boilers for health care facilities provide many benefits to central utility plant operation; the newer boilers are more energy efficient, more sustainable, and more fuel-efficient than older boilers."

7 Tips to Maximize LED Retrofits

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20087/title/7-tips-to-maximize-led-retrofits/viewall/true.aspx

"Get your money’s worth out of your lighting upgrade."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Energy-Benchmarking-and-Disclosure-Ordinances--16501

"The spread of energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinances across the U.S. has been one of the more interesting developments around sustainability and existing buildings. But the ordinances themselves aren’t the whole story. Along with those regulations is a growing array of programs and tools that can help facility managers make the most of benchmarking by improving the energy efficiency of their buildings."

A 5-part Article:
Part 1: What You Need To Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
Part 2: Benchmarking: Opportunities for Finding Energy Efficiency
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Benchmarking Ordinance Results
Part 4: SIDEBAR (Exclusive online only): Benchmarking Tips and Resources
Part 5: USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

Using Online Commissioning Tools

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Joshua Gepner, Curtis Aubry, and Elizabeth Jenkins.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-online-commissioning-tools/dd5d526e7ca96dea5cec6fd365429c5c.html

"Properly and strategically positioning an online commissioning tool can significantly differentiate a service provider from its competition, saving time and money and adding significant value."

How Healthcare FMs Achieve Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Feb. 2016, by Desiree J. Hanford.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/How-Healthcare-FMs-Achieve-Energy-Efficiency--Facilities-Management-Health-Care-Facilities-Feature--16478

"First of a 3-part article on how healthcare leaders [facility managers] are rethinking traditional practices to cut energy use."

A Tale Of Three Boiler Plants

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2016, by Daniel McJacobson.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97513-a-tale-of-three-boiler-plants

"School, warehouse, office building … the boiler stories they tell put the focus back on specific circumstances and smart pre-design study to ensure their systems (and budgets) enjoy the best of times for as long as possible. There is a widely held belief that high efficiency is always best. However, this is not necessarily the case."

Restrain Rising Plug Loads

Buildings, Jan. 2016.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19754/title/restrain-rising-plug-loads.aspx

"In the quest for whole building energy efficiency, FMs cannot ignore plug loads, which account for a growing share of commercial building consumption. These loads pose some different challenges than those of central energy loads like lighting and HVAC."

Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Nov. 2015, prepared by the New Building Institute.
http://www.caba.org/documents/reports/CABA%20ZNE%20report%202015%20full.pdf

"This research examined the controls perspectives from design firms responsible for 23 buildings, operators of six buildings and occupants of seven buildings....  Control systems can deliver important benefits that support the owner and occupants as well as the goals of reduced energy use in buildings."


Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Value-of-Internet-of-Things-to-Green-Buildings--16217

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Building Internet of Things and Automated Demand Response

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/powercommunication/article/How-Internet-of-Things-Is-Automating-Demand-Response-Programs--16207

An article in 3-parts: Explores impact of the Internet of Things on how facilities communicate with electric utilities.
1) How Internet of Things Is Automating Demand Response Programs
2) How Automated Demand Response (ADR) Works in Power Utilization
3) How OpenADR Standard Aims to Help with Automated Demand Response
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