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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

Buildings


Behavioral Strategies to Bridge the Gap Between Potential and Actual Savings in Commercial Buildings: Final Report

Energy Efficiency Center, University of California Davis, Prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, February 2014.
http://eec.ucdavis.edu/files/04-11-2014-09-327-final-21feb2014.pdf

"Changes in operations can save 5-30% of building energy use at low cost, yet these changes are often not implemented. Little attention has been directed toward understanding why. This project focuses on how building operators approach energy use and conservation in their work, viewing the building as a social system. It draws on interviews, a workshop, surveys, and case studies, learning from operators, facilities staff, researchers, policymakers and occupants."

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."

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid

Business Energy, May 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/
Smart_Buildings_Meet_the_Smart_Grid_25499.aspx


"Building automation technology provides building owners with the opportunity to reduce energy consumption and energy costs, and benefits only increase when coordinated with utilities' smart grids."

First U.S. County Passes Energy Benchmarking Law

EcoBuilding Pulse, Apr. 30, 2014, by Katie Weeks.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/energy-efficiency/first-us-county-passes-energy-benchmarking-law_o.aspx

"Nine major U.S. cities already have energy benchmarking laws on their books, and now the first county in the country has joined their ranks. On April 22, Maryland's Montgomery County—a suburban county bordering Washington, D.C.—unanimously passed a package of nine energy bills that includes energy benchmarking legislation that will now require owners of large, nonresidential buildings to track and report their properties' energy use."

Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

Journal of Light Construction, Apr. 2014, by Mike MacFarland.
http://www.jlconline.com/hvac/making-the-case-for-zero-leak-ducts_o.aspx

"Installing ducted distribution systems that fully contain and deliver all of the air that moves through to the intended locations offers many benefits for the builder, homeowner, installing contractor, and the environment."

12 Ultra-Efficient Lighting Strategies

Buildings, Apr. 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17138/title/12%20ultra-efficient%20lighting%20strategies/viewall/true.aspx

"You don’t always need a flashy renovation or a deep retrofit that requires gutting your building to boost energy efficiency. Sometimes the best things come in small packages – like these strategies by practicing FMs and green experts.

Covering a dozen aspects of streamlining commercial lighting, these bite-size tips can provide the foundation for your next efficiency project. In the meantime, peruse lighting advice that helps slash energy costs and consumption
."

Harvest Daylighting's Bright Potential with Ongoing Monitoring

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Use-Ongoing-Monitoring-To-Get-The-Most-Out-Of-Daylighting--14866?source=FeaturedBOM-04/2014

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Use Ongoing Monitoring To Get The Most Out Of Daylighting
Part 2: Controls Are Critical To Daylighting Energy Savings
Part 3: Keep Need For Future Changes In Mind When Setting Up Daylighting Systems

Energy Costs: Balancing The Energy Equation

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2014, by John Lembo.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Energy-Master-Plan-Can-Help-Manage-Costs-On-Demand-Side-Supply-Side--14872?source=part

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Energy Master Plan Can Help Manage Costs On Demand Side, Supply Side
Part 2: Demand Side Management Helps Cut Energy Consumption, Costs
Part 3: Retrocommissioning Is Often Overlooked Way To Manage Energy Costs

Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Jennifer Meek.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95530-simple-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality

"Help improve the air quality of your building without breaking the bank."

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?"

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