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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: Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency


Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency: Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Energy, June 2015.
http://www.energy.gov/eere/amo/downloads/barriers-industrial-energy-efficiency-report-congress-june-2015

"This report examines barriers that impede the adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in the industrial sector, and identifies successful examples and opportunities to overcome these barriers. Three groups of energy efficiency technologies and measures were examined: industrial end-use energy efficiency, industrial demand response, and industrial combined heat and power. This report also includes the estimated economic benefits from hypothetical Federal energy efficiency matching grants, as directed by the Act."

Natural Ventilation: Bringing Fresh Air Into Commercial Buildings

The Construction Specifier, June 2015, by Michael P. Toohey.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/natural-ventilation-bringing-fresh-air-into-commercial-buildings/

"This article discusses the history of ventilation, describes its principles, and compares it with mechanical ventilation. The issues examined consider when specifying a separate window and actuator compared to an integrated natural ventilation system; it also addresses the options available for natural ventilation."

2 Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Motor

Pumps & Systems, June 2015, by Mike Stockman.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/motors/june-2015-2-simple-steps-choosing-right-motor

"Every pump industry professional faces the challenge of choosing the most efficient system for a particular application. This process is complicated by the uncertainties of efficiency regulations, mandates and parameters, especially when efficiencies alone do not tell the whole story. Sometimes the most efficient motor is not the best choice. By using two simple calculations, pumping professionals can determine the best motor—as well as the best pump and drive—for each application."

Sandy Grove Middle School [NC]: Mitigating Cost with Net-Zero Design

Net Zero Buildings, May 2015, by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett. [Scroll to page 8.)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1505_nzb?e=6596036/13273338

"The public and private sector team up to deliver an energy-positive school with a finely tuned energy profile, resulting in projected savings of $16M over 40 years."

8 Drains on Building Efficiency, 5 Ways to Fix Them

Building Operating Management, May 2015, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/2-Ways-Building-Energy-Performance-Deteriorates--15866

An article in four parts:
Part 1: 2 Ways Building Energy Performance Deteriorates
Part 2: Role of Staff, Training, Building Data in Loss of Energy Efficiency
Part 3: Maintenance Plan, ‘Walk-Around’ Audits Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency
Part 4: Comparative Data, Coil Cleaning Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency

Multiple Benefits of Multifamily Energy Efficiency for Cost-Effectiveness Screening

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 16, 2015, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann. [Free registration required to view full-report.]
http://aceee.org/research-report/a1502

"This report describes the multiple benefits of energy efficiency in multifamily retrofit programs and discusses particular ways of establishing their value so administrators can include them in cost-effectiveness testing."

Choosing Tankless: When and Where the Newer Tankless Water Heaters Work Best

Business Energy, May 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/?i=254619&ver=html5&p=44#{}

"When it's time to replace a water heater--or put one into a newly constructed building--facility managers can choose between the traditional storage tank heater or tankless."

U.S. DOE Determination Regarding Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2015 IECC

U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program, May 2015.
http://www.energycodes.gov/determinations#tabs-2

"In May, 2015, DOE issued a determination that the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) would achieve greater energy efficiency in residential buildings subject to the code. DOE estimates national savings in residential buildings of approximately:
  • 0.73% energy cost savings
  • 0.87% source energy savings
  • 0.98% site energy savings"

Top 3 Industrial Barriers To Energy Efficiency & How To Overcome Them

CleanTechnica, May 27, 2015, by Scott Tew.
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/05/26/top-3-industrial-barriers-to-energy-efficiency-how-to-overcome-them/

"It’s safe to say that most executives may not be experts on how much energy industrial facilities consume. As equipment manufacturers and solution providers, it is up to us to raise the level of awareness and provide reliable systems and services that can help organizations dramatically increase energy efficiency."

High-Performing Facades: Integrating Building Performance Analysis with Design

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences, April 2015, by Ajla Aksamija.
http://digital.journalofthenationalinstituteofbuildingsciences.com/nibs/april_2015#pg21

"High-performance, sustainable facades are defined as exterior enclosures that use the least possible amount of energy to maintain a comfortable interior environment, which promotes the health and productivity of the buildings occupants. This means that high-performing facades are not simply barriers between interior and exterior. Rather, these building systems both create comfortable spaces by actively responding to a structure's external environment, and significantly reduce its energy consumption."
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