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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: Buildings

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Enhancing Energy Performance with Balcony Thermal Breaks

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Paul Nutcher.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/enhancing-energy-performance-with-balcony-thermal-breaks/

"Engineered structural thermal breaks at balcony connections can assist mid-rise and high-rise building project teams in complying with the new continuous insulation (ci) code requirements. These structural components are especially important to address in multi-family specifications because thermal bridging for every residential unit can contribute significant heating and cooling loads."

How Texas Does Net Zero [Schools]

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction, Aug. 2014, by Sangeetha Karthik and Don Penn.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95783-how-texas-does-net-zero

"A Texas middle school models sustainability while building a curriculum designed to educate the next generation about renewable energy."

Sharing the Table for Improved Recreational Facilities

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction), Aug. 2014, by Steve Flanagan.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95772-sharing-the-table-for-improved-recreational-facilities

"By applying an integrated project process, building teams can bring higher education recreational centers to a greater level of sustainability and efficiency."

Air Leakage Testing: A Hot Button or Hot Air?

Buildings Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Christopher Curtland.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17768/title/air-leakage-testing-a-hot-button-or-hot-air.aspx

"Find out when and where pressurization is a valuable forensic tool."


Improving the Efficiency of Small to Mid-Sized Buildings

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2014, by Chad Senger. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/improving-efficiency-small-mid-sized-buildings

"Taking advantage of technological advances previously limited primarily to large buildings."

Lowering Energy Use, Elevating Building Performance

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2014, by Ruairi M. Barnwell and Premnath Sundharam.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/lowering-energy-use-elevating-building-performance/bec67c4c05c0036e1863d79cfd5398b4.html

"Net-zero energy buildings can be achieved with smart building design. Here are tips on how to design a high-performance building."

Battle of the Kilowatts: Challenge Occupants to Reduce Energy with Games and Competitions

Buildings, July 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17610/title/battle-of-the-kilowatts.aspx

"The relationship facility managers have with tenants can be a wary one at best, fraught with skirmishes over space heaters, thermostat settings, and light levels. But with the growing impact of plug loads, building owners need to recognize that human behavior can make or break an efficiency program."

Community Connection: Lincoln Heritage Public Library [Chrisney, IN]

High Performance Buildings, Summer 2014, by Daniel J. Overbey and William M. Brown.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Summer%202014/030-039_Chrisney.pdf

"Despite the seemingly impossible set of design and budgetary constraints, a net zero energy design concept helped make the Chrisney Branch Library a reality. It is the first net zero public library in the U.S."

Wind Load and Air Barrier Performance Levels

Construction Specifier, July 2014, by Maria Spinu, Benjamin Meyer and Andrew Miles.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/wind-load-and-air-barrier-performance-levels/

"Continuous air barriers have become mandatory for the building envelope, with energy codes recognizing the importance of air leakage control. However, simple inclusion of an air barrier requirement does not guarantee the desired performance in the field. These systems must be properly installed, meet the building envelope structural wind loads, and maintain their function over time."

Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, July 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/evaluating-power-demand-reduction-vfd-controlled-systems

"This article considers the impact of relative dynamic pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings in various systems."
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