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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


No Excuses for Not Using Energy Star

Building Operating Management, July 2014, by Angela Maas.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Misconceptions-About-Energy-Star-Can-Prevent-Facility-Managers-From-Seeing-Its-Benefits--15125

"What facility manager doesn't know about Energy Star? The program is now in its 20th year, and more than 20,000 facilities carry Energy Star certification. But as well known as Energy Star may be, more than a few facility managers have misconceptions about the program, which may be preventing them from taking advantage of resources that will help them to use less energy and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions."

Green Building Report: The Real Costs Of Major Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2014, by Stefan Domby.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Budget-For-Energy-Upgrades-Requires-Fully-Understanding-Real-Costs--15128

"Both in the private and public sectors, building owners and facility managers are focusing on managing energy costs more than ever before. But as we all know, you have to spend money to save money. It's important for facility managers to develop a plan to ensure that they do not run out of money before completion of the project and that the project budget is justified."

Size Matters: Trends In Standby Power Systems For Health Care Facilities

Engineered Systems, Jul. 2014, by Timothy Coyle. Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96636-size-matters-trends-in-standby-power-systems-for-health-care-facilities

"These days, designs are favoring higher total system capacities, larger generators at higher output voltages integrated into “campus-type” power distribution systems, and security. Review design approaches, lessons learned, and relevant codes."

Chiller Retrofits In Health Care Facilities

Engineered Systems, Jul. 2014, by Gary Hamilton. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96638-chiller-retrofits-in-health-care-facilities

"One of the worst things you can do is note the capacity and replace the chiller. Have the building loads and usage changed? What about motors and cooling towers? Consider these and your part-load realities to create real long-term improvements."

Plugging the Energy Drain: Office Building Owners, Facility Managers Embracing Energy Management Systems

Business Energy, June 2014, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Plugging_the_Energy_Drain_25978.aspx

"EMS—especially networked ones that allow, say, lighting systems to talk to HVAC systems—can dramatically reduce the amount of energy that the typical office building consumes. Add this to the fact that so many today lack these systems, and it’s clear that the energy management industry should be in definite growth mode today."

Today's Building Automation

Net Zero Buildings, June 2014. (Scroll to page 52)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1406nzb-r1?e=6596036/8395630#search

"Building automation systems continue to evolve, and their importance can't be overstated. As the global demand for energy rises, sustainability and energy efficiency aren't considered just good financial goals, they're becoming mandates, creating very real business challenges."

Engaging Humans: Tackling a Final Frontier in Sustainable Operations

Building Operating Management, June 2014, by Jenny Carney and Trista Little.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Occupant-Engagement-Proper-Operation-Help-Meet-Sustainable-Operations-Goals--15010?source=part

"Whether you're going for full-scale LEED certification or simply instituting a more advanced recycling program, ensuring proper operation and encouraging occupant engagement can help you meet your sustainable operations goals."

Smart Building Integration

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2014, by Sanjyot B. Bhusari.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/smart-building-integration/e7c6fe5e5c3ecc35fe6992cb0871b442.html

"Historically, the facility management challenge has been to do more with less. System integration provides a solution, and offers an opportunity to lower costs and achieve greater efficiencies."

Behavioral Strategies to Bridge the Gap Between Potential and Actual Savings in Commercial Buildings: Final Report

Energy Efficiency Center, University of California Davis, Prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, February 2014.
http://eec.ucdavis.edu/files/04-11-2014-09-327-final-21feb2014.pdf

"Changes in operations can save 5-30% of building energy use at low cost, yet these changes are often not implemented. Little attention has been directed toward understanding why. This project focuses on how building operators approach energy use and conservation in their work, viewing the building as a social system. It draws on interviews, a workshop, surveys, and case studies, learning from operators, facilities staff, researchers, policymakers and occupants."

Harvest Daylighting's Bright Potential with Ongoing Monitoring

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Use-Ongoing-Monitoring-To-Get-The-Most-Out-Of-Daylighting--14866?source=FeaturedBOM-04/2014

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Use Ongoing Monitoring To Get The Most Out Of Daylighting
Part 2: Controls Are Critical To Daylighting Energy Savings
Part 3: Keep Need For Future Changes In Mind When Setting Up Daylighting Systems

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