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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


Is Your Building Conducive to the Installation of a Green Roof?

EDC: Environmental Design + Construction, Feb. 2014, by Richard Heller and Chris Psencik.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95450-is-your-building-conducive-to-the-installation-of-a-green-roof

"Despite the potential, installing a green roof is not a decision to be taken lightly. There are several structural and site/location considerations to take into account. The most recent news of a probable green roof collapse at a Latvian supermarket should give one pause. Before allocating the time and resources, facility owners and managers should weigh the pros and cons of a green roof and what to keep in mind during the planning stages."

Extend Service Life for a Sustainable Roof

Buildings, Feb. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/16851/title/extend-service-life-for-a-sustainable-roof.aspx

"An existing roof doesn’t need solar panels, vegetation, or a certain membrane color to be environmentally friendly. A truly sustainable roof has the best possible performance for the longest period of time."

Baltimore Ravens Stadium Scores LEED [Gold] Points

Interiors & Sources, Jan. 2014.
http://www.interiorsandsources.com/article-details/articleid/16862/title/baltimore-ravens-stadium-scores-leed-points.aspx

"The Baltimore Ravens might as well have just won the Sustainability Bowl. In partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), the organization has earned a LEED-EB Gold certification for M&T Bank Stadium."

Commissioning Beyond the Documents: Using Commissioning as the Basis for Innovation and Improved Performance

HPAC Engineering, Jan. 2014, by James I. Givens.
http://hpac.com/archive/commissioning-beyond-documents (requires free registration)

"Realizing the fundamental intent of commissioning requires an inherent understanding of a facility, the procedures/operations within, and the integration of building systems. This reaches far beyond documents and is where the value in commissioning is found."


VFD, Motor Strategies for Energy Efficiency

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Jan./Feb. 2014, by John Yoon, PE, LEED AP.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/vfd-motor-strategies-for-energy-efficiency/5d507c13fed1f2680da1f419b85cefa6.html

"A variable frequency drive (VFD) often is specified to save money by reducing energy consumption in pumps, fans, compressors, or any other motor loads that may be found in a typical building. These best practices will provide the engineer with information on how to specify a VFD to meet load conditions while achieving efficiency."

Don't Blow Your Money on a Steam Trap

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Jan./Feb. 2014, by David Grassl, PE.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/don-t-blow-your-money-on-a-steam-trap/1ea8d3707c39adae4585b425e07b4f31.html

"Steam and condensate leaks cost buildings and industrial plants millions of dollars in lost energy, while increasing emissions from boilers due to increased operation, creating potential safety hazards, and lowering the reliability of operations. This article will review the many factors that impact the reliability, performance, longevity, and maintenance requirements for condensate return piping systems."

What Owners Need to Know About ... Maximizing Boiler Efficiency

HPAC Engineering, Jan. 2014, by Peter D'Antonio.
http://hpac.com/heating/what-owners-need-know-about-maximizing-boiler-efficiency (free registration is required)

"Hydronic heating systems are becoming increasingly common in commercial buildings, playing an ever-expanding role in high-performance design. This article discusses tried-and-true methods of minimizing costly mistakes and maximizing efficiency."


An Advanced Frame of Mind: Next-Generation Framing for Energy-Efficient Glazing

The Construction Specifier, Feb. 2014, by Chuck Knickerbocker.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201402/files/38.html

"Curtain wall and window framing establishes the total possible area of unobstructed glazing, provides support for high-efficiency glass units, and can help improve thermal performance. With proper specification, it has the potential to help manage a building's lighting, heating, and cooling energy consumption. However, there is a fine line between good daylighting and increased energy consumption."

Meeting Retrofit Chicago's Energy Goals: Three Key Constituencies

Forbes Magazine, Feb. 12, 2014, by Ellen Bell.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2014/02/12/
meeting-retrofit-chicagos-energy-goals-three-key-constituencies/


"Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Retrofit Chicago initiative, aimed at reducing participating buildings energy use in the city by 20 percent within the next five years, is a compelling example of [the President's energy focus]. For this reason, EDF Climate Corps, an innovative summer fellowship program that places specially trained graduate students in organizations to save energy and related costs, is working to recruit organizations in Chicago this month."

Building Automation Systems: Internet of Things Meets Facilities Management

SearchITChannel, Jan. 2014, by John Moore.
http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/feature/Building-automation-systems-Internet-of-Things-meets-facilities-management

Addresses opportunities to deploy integrated building automation systems and bringing the "Internet of Things" into the realm of facilities management. "Systems that control such building functions as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities. They have also, for the most part, occupied a proprietary niche, separated from mainstream IT systems and standards. This isolation, however, is beginning to give way to a more cohesive environment. Integrators and resellers focusing on building automation now look to bridge the gaps among their customers' systems."

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