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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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Stay in Control: Specifying Building Automation Systems for Cost Savings

The Construction Specifier, Sep. 2014, by Kevin Callahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/stay-in-control-specifying-building-automation-systems-for-cost-savings/

"In the same way today’s mobile phones have capabilities far beyond traditional telephones, modern building automation systems (BAS) have added many benefits transcending their original roots in heating and cooling control. Today’s BAS help facility professionals obtain greater efficiencies from numerous building systems, including:
  • lighting;
  • security/access control;
  • fire and life safety;
  • elevators and escalators;
  • irrigation; and
  • HVAC.

An appropriately equipped BAS can also meet specialized needs such as emergency and critical systems monitoring in hospitals, and tenant billing for leased spaces in office buildings."


Variable Volume DOAS Fan-Powered Terminal Unit

ASHRAE Journal, Aug. 2014, by Dan Int-Hout. [Choose Download or Save.]
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2014Aug_070-073_HVACapps_Int-Hout.pdf

"Today’s design engineers face a series of complex decisions in an effort to reduce energy consumption and maintain comfort, all while meeting a variety of codes and standards. One option that seems to satisfy all these requirements is a DOAS [dedicated outdoor air system] fan-powered terminal unit. Its combination of a variable speed ECM fan, large sensible cooling coil, and small DOAS primary air valve allows for the widest possible range of operational strategies that both minimize energy and maximize ventilation control."


Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Michael Russo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/minimizing-risks-with-solar-roofs/

"Commercial rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. These low-slope roofs offer an economical and sustainable structural foundation for renewable solar energy."

Impact of ASHRAE 90.1 on Controls and BAS Design

Engineered Systems (ES), Aug. 2014, by Paul Ehrlich.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96684-impact-of-ashrae-901-on-controls-and-bas-design

"As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know."

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."

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