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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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Designing Masonry Buildings to the 2012 Energy Code

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Steven Fechino.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/designing-masonry-buildings-to-the-2012-energy-code/

"Change is coming to the building industry, driven by a need for far more efficient energy use in the built environment. Masonry has many qualities that make it an ideal building material for energy-efficient construction, including its thermal mass, sustainability, high level of availability, and design flexibility. A combination of new building materials, a better understanding of building dynamics, and improved design software is making it possible for designers to create masonry buildings that meet the new energy codes; skilled masons will be key to making these energy-efficient buildings a reality."

Being Radiant: Planning In-Slab Hydronic Heating and Cooling

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Ryan Westlund.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/being-radiant-planning-in-slab-hydronic-heating-and-cooling/

"Radiant systems are ideally suited to a broad range of commercial applications and achieve best results when combined with other energy-efficient solutions in tight building structures. While radiant heating-only systems have a long history in conditioning both commercial and residential structures, radiant cooling is fairly new to North America. Early adopters of these systems were located primarily in arid regions. Mainstream acceptance required the development of more advanced controls, coupled with compelling evidence of reduced energy consumption for the built environment."

Heat Pumps Designed to Save Energy

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, May 26, 2014, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126690-heat-pumps-designed-to-save-energy

"The energy-efficiency ratings of residential air-source heat pumps have risen dramatically over the last few years, with many manufacturers now offering equipment well exceeding the 20-SEER mark. There have been significant gains made in commercial heat pump efficiencies as well, thanks to the growing demand from building owners and managers, who are looking for ways to save energy."

The Impact of Tubular Daylighting on Energy and LEED

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17254/title/the-impact-of-tubular-daylighting-on-energy-and-leed.aspx

"Daylighting is a popular energy-saving element because of its simple application, significant cost savings, and ability to create healthy, enjoyable spaces. But don’t remain in the dark about which daylighting methods are most effective." "One of the most efficient types of top lighting comes from tubular devices."

Budding Success with Green Roof Incentives

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17253/title/budding-success-with-green-roof-incentives.aspx

"Where there was once little local, state, or federal funding for green roof projects, many incentives are sprouting up across the country."

Quick-Start Guide to Plug Load Reduction

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17292/title/quick-start-guide-to-plug-load-reduction.aspx

"10 steps to reducing your energy costs."

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). "

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."

Elevator Uses Solar and Storage for Net-Zero Operation

Solar Today, May/Jun 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=23867&l=1&p=34

"The Swiss elevator manufacturer Schindler...now sells a net-zero solar elevator, using a solar array and battery bank to take the lift entirely out of the building's energy equation."

Lighting: 7 Ways To Make The ROI Case

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Case-For-Capital-Investment-In-Lighting-Upgrades-Rests-On-Showing-Specific-Benefits--14924

"When justifying a lighting upgrade, here are some arguments to include, and some to think twice about.

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Case For Capital Investment In Lighting Upgrades Rests On Showing Specific Benefits
Part 2: Benchmarking, Rebates And Incentives Can Help Justify Lighting Upgrades
Part 3: Combine Lighting Upgrades With Other Capital Projects To Maximize Energy Savings, Minimize Disruption
Part 4: Overselling Productivity Increases, Maintenance Savings Can Hurt Chances Of Approval For Lighting Upgrades

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