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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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

Mobile Homes Move Toward Efficiency

ACEEE Blog, Aug. 3, 2016, by Lowell Ungar.

"Do you know which government in the United States is the biggest laggard on energy codes for homes? The federal government. But that’s about to change. -- Manufactured homes and the “HUD Code”."

Squeeze Efficiency from Window Upgrades

Buildings, Aug. 2016, by Robert Nieminen.

"Window replacement isn’t cheap, but neither are existing windows that are out of date and inefficient. The opportunity to upgrade comes around infrequently – possibly as part of a broader energy conservation plan funded by one financial package – so owners must maximize their return."

zEPI FAQ: Zero Energy Performance Index

New Buildings Institute, July 2016.

"The 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) includes many progressive measures that will improve the energy performance of buildings. One important provision describes the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI), which provides a scale for measuring commercial building energy performance. zEPI represents a fundamental shift in measurement of building efficiency as it sets energy targets for actual energy consumption rather than using a predictive energy model of building energy performance to calculate a “percent better than code” metric. zEPI sets an energy use intensity (EUI) target for building type and is adjusted for climate. It is also the measure by which a building’s energy efficiency is calculated once operational and occupied based on measured energy use data."

Next Generation Standards: How the National Energy Efficiency Standards Program Can Continue to Drive Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits

ACEEE, Aug. 4, 2016, by Andrew deLaski, Joanna Mauer, et. al.

"Appliance, equipment, and lighting standards have been among the most effective energy efficiency policies, delivering increased savings over multiple rounds of standards for many products. But how much more can be accomplished? What is the potential for additional savings from future standards, specifically for the presidential administration that begins in 2017? This report estimates the savings opportunities from updates to existing standards. We also offer five strategic recommendations for improving the national standards program and further increasing savings."

Integration: Electrical and HVAC Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2016, by Ryan E. Ishino and James A. Freeman.

"System integration of electrical and HVAC systems provides a smart building solution, where the systems are coordinated to allow opportunities to lower costs and achieve greater energy efficiencies."

The State of Technology: Outcome-Based Energy Codes and zEPI

Zondits, July 2016, by Matt Lockwood.

"This month, our State of Technology series focuses on energy codes. Let’s talk about two innovations in development over the last decade in energy codes: outcome-based energy codes and zEPI [Zero Energy Performance Index]. Both started as dreams of energy code wonks to address the problems with existing code and benchmarking solutions, and both have been gaining prominence and momentum in the energy codes world."

Energy Dept. Announces $19 Million in Building-Efficiency Investments

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Jun 2016.

"The U.S. Energy Department recently announced it is investing $19 million in advanced building technologies intended to lower utility bills, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and create jobs."

Google Cuts Its Giant Electricity Bill With DeepMind-Powered AI

Bloomberg, Jul 19, 2016, by Jack Clark.

"The internet giant is using technology from the DeepMind artificial intelligence subsidiary for big savings on the power consumed by its data centers, according to DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis."

Is PACE Moving to Prime Time?

ACEEE, Jul 18, 2016, by Jim Barrett.

"One of the distinctions we often make between energy and energy efficiency is that energy acts more like a cost, and energy efficiency acts more like an investment. Like most investments, energy efficiency works by using an up front expense to generate a stream of economic benefits.... Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a relatively new strategy for funding efficiency and renewable investments that is really starting to take off."

Puget Sound Energy Launches 'Urban Smart Bellevue' Energy Efficiency Program, Jun 22, 2016, by Bellamy Pailthorp.

"The city [Bellevue] has launched a new energy efficiency program called Urban Smart Bellevue that aims to make it a leader in energy efficiency – largely through simple changes in workplace behavior."


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