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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


Low Energy Science Building [University of Findlay, OH]

ASHRAE Journal, May 2014, by Stephen Hamstra.
http://tinyurl.com/oubcf5h

"Science buildings with multiple fume hoods and high ventilation rates are often the highest net energy-consuming buildings per square foot on a campus. However, the Davis Building at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, which is made up of lab and classroom spaces, offices, conference rooms and support spaces, has a site EUI of only 64 kBtu/ft2 (202 kWh/m2). "

VAV vs. Radiant [Cooling]: Side-by-Side Comparison

ASHRAE Journal, May 2014, by Guruprakash Sastry & Peter Rumsey.
http://tinyurl.com/pymv8p2

"Infosys, one of India’s top three software companies, implemented a program in 2011 to find the best way to cool its buildings, while creating lower energy buildings that better suited the needs of its employees. The resulting building, Software Development Block 1 (SDB-1) in Hyderabad, not only became the first radiantly cooled building in India, but also resulted in the world’s largest HVAC side-by-side comparison."



Saving Energy with Neighborly Behavior: Energy Efficiency for Multifamily Renters and Homebuyers

ACEEE, May 2014, by Kate Farley and Susan Mazur-Stommen.
http://www.aceee.org/files/pdf/white-paper/saving-energy-with-neighborly-behavior.pdf

A White Paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "Tenant engagement programs encourage the people who live in a multifamily property to change their behavior in order to achieve a goal. These programs are an attractive option for owners or managers who want to improve energy efficiency. In this report, we assess the key features of existing programs, make recommendations for improvements that housing providers and advocates can use immediately, and outline a wish list for the future."

Fully Measuring the Non-Energy Dollar

ACEEE, May 29, 2014, by Christopher H. Russell.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/05/fully-measuring-non-energy-dollar

"ACEEE is now building on earlier research to quantify the dollars provided by non-energy benefits. The ideal outcome is to amass sufficient data from past energy improvements to statistically infer non-energy benefits. We think this effort will require the collaboration of multiple utility jurisdictions, culling through the project feasibility data generated by past and future energy programs."

Meeting Efficiency Codes without Compromising Design

The Construction Specifier, May 2014, by Stanley Yee.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/must-reads/meeting-efficiency-codes-without-compromising-design/

"Creating an effectively insulated envelope is necessary for buildings to meet the latest demands of ever-tightening energy codes. Innovative use of high-performance insulation technologies enables architects to achieve improved insulation performance using common building techniques without sacrificing aesthetics."

Greening the Strip [Las Vegas]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Hallie Busti & Annie Milewski.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/technology/vegas-properties-cash-in-on-sustainable-design_o.aspx

"The sea of resorts, shopping centers, and convention halls located just outside Las Vegas’ city limits may be notorious for its excess, but some of The Strip’s biggest developers are now looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. The result is infusing a new kind of green—from LED lamps to geothermal heat pumps—into a region with limited natural resources."

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency

White House Press Release, May 9, 2014.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/09/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-commitments-and-executive-actions-a

"Today, President Obama announced more than 300 private and public sector commitments to create jobs and cut carbon pollution by advancing solar deployment and energy efficiency."

Change Is in the Air: How States Can Harness Energy Efficiency to Strengthen the Economy and Reduce Pollution

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Apr. 2014.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/e1401.pdf

"This study evaluates the implications of using end-use energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector. It does so by quantifying the energy, economic, and pollution-reduction impacts of selected energy-saving policies on a state-by-state basis. We evaluate four of the most common and effective energy efficiency policy options available to a state:
  • Implement an energy efficiency savings target
  • Enact national model building codes
  • Construct combined heat and power systems
  • Adopt efficiency standards for products/equipment"

Ban LEED?

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Michael J. Berning.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95534-ban-leed

"LEED has positively and permanently transformed building design and construction. The integration of LEED with this sector of our economy has led to a substantial increase in the availability of recycled content and environmentally safer products; options for waste diversion and material reuse; energy- and water-efficient equipment; and a whole list of additional positive changes—a nearly complete market transformation in less than two decades! So why is the ACC (American Chemistry Council) so focused on making certain LEED is not used anymore? More importantly, why must you get involved?"

Employing Best Practices for Increasing Data Center Efficiency

NEMA Electroindustry, Apr. 2014, by David Sonner.
http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NEMA/g40829_nema_ei_apr14/#/18

"The data center is one of the most dynamic and critical operations in any business. Complexity and criticality have only increased in recent years as data centers experienced steady growth in capacity and density, straining resources and increasing the consequences of poor performance." Article discusses six approaches to improve performance.

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