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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


Congress Creates Tenant Star But Does Little Else

Green Building Law Update, Apr. 26, 2015, by Stuart Kaplow.
http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/2015/04/articles/codes-and-regulations/federal/congress-creates-tenant-star-but-does-little-else/

"The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, S. 535, a portion of this bill was formerly known as the Better Buildings Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives last week and on April 23rd was presented to the President for signature. ...[this]bill has no mandates and only requires the federal government (and no one else) to undertake some very modest, low cost, acts.  Senate bill 535 requires the General Services Administration to develop and “publish” model leasing provisions to encourage building owners and tenants to use greater cost-effective energy efficiency and water efficiency measures in commercial buildings; and, develop policies and practices to implement the measures for the realty services provided by the GSA to agencies."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97142-high-school-leedership

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."

State [WA] Offers Buyers of Energy-Efficient Homes Break on Mortgage Interest

KIRO TV, May 28, 2015, David Ham.
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/state-offers-buyers-energy-efficient-homes-break-m/nmQfj/#cmComments

"The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is close to launching its EnergySpark program, offering eligible homeowners .25% off of their mortgage interest rate."

Making the Case for Healthier Energy Use [Hospitals & Healthcare]

Northwest Energy Efficiency News, NEEA, May 13, 2015, by Kim Hughes.
http://neea.org/neea-newsroom/healthcare-feature-story

"NEEA  (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance) has published a case study examining a decade of market shift efforts to enable industry adoption of energy efficiency practices among Northwest healthcare facilities."

New Rating System for Enhancing Window Energy Performance [Window Attachments]

U.S. Department of Energy, May 18, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/new-rating-system-enhancing-window-energy-performance

"Window attachments, such as awnings, shutters, drapes, and solar shades, are often used for cosmetic purposes and to help control the amount of light entering a room. However, many Americans aren’t aware that identifying energy conserving window strategies are cost effective in homes and commercial buildings. Enter the Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC). The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and certification program."

Boston, NYC, Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Seattle Rank as America’s Most Energy-Efficient US Cities

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), May 20, 2015.
http://aceee.org/press/2015/05/boston-nyc-washington-dc-san

"Mayors and local lawmakers in America’s largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

U.S. Department of Energy, May 14, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/design-guide-helps-grocery-stores-cut-energy-use

"Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S.  To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period." Free registration required (from ASHRAE) to download the 50% Guide.

ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday [Texas]

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, May 2015.
http://comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/

"During Memorial Day weekend, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products." 

Saving Energy This Memorial Day

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015, by Erik Hyrkas. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/saving-energy-memorial-day

"The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?"

Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy News Release, May 5, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-invests-6-million-increase-energy-efficiency-schools-offices-stores

"As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution. In total, the eight competitively-selected projects will receive $6 million and with private sector cost sharing reach a total investment of $12.5 million."

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