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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: Commercial

Commercial


Buildings Can Be Much Greener...

California Building News, Mar/Apr. 2016.  -- jump to page 7.
https://issuu.com/easoncommunications/docs/californiabuildingsnewsma2016

"...as it stands now, only a very tiny fraction of California building produce all the energy they need to operate, though some have proven they can and attempts by others to attain the magical zero net energy (ZNE) status are growing, because of both governmental, market and cultural pressures. Whether a substantial number ever achieve ZNE use is less important than the efforts to reach that lofty goal."

LED Codes and Standards

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Tom Divine.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/led-codes-and-standards/a4312734e49f85f5c26e6d63ea7551b8.html

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. This article looks at the codes and guidelines that define LED use."

Onsite Power: What's It Mean to Get to Zero

Net Zero Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Chuck Ross. -- Jump to page 24.
https://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1603_nzb

"Net zero building has been a topic of conversation between architects and engineers for more than a decade, but there remains a significant lack of consensus over what 'net zero' actually means when it comes to the relationship between onsite energy consumption and generation."

Supercharge Your Outdoor Lighting

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20089/title/supercharge-your-outdoor-lighting-.aspx

"Overhaul your exterior fixtures with LEDs to slash energy and maximize illumination."

LED Upgrades for Fluorescent Tubes

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Eric Woodroof.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20082/title/led-upgrades-for-fluorescent-tubes/viewall/true.aspx

"Snap-in designs cut installation cost for office and high-bay applications."

7 Tips to Maximize LED Retrofits

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20087/title/7-tips-to-maximize-led-retrofits/viewall/true.aspx

"Get your money’s worth out of your lighting upgrade."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Energy-Benchmarking-and-Disclosure-Ordinances--16501

"The spread of energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinances across the U.S. has been one of the more interesting developments around sustainability and existing buildings. But the ordinances themselves aren’t the whole story. Along with those regulations is a growing array of programs and tools that can help facility managers make the most of benchmarking by improving the energy efficiency of their buildings."

A 5-part Article:
Part 1: What You Need To Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
Part 2: Benchmarking: Opportunities for Finding Energy Efficiency
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Benchmarking Ordinance Results
Part 4: SIDEBAR (Exclusive online only): Benchmarking Tips and Resources
Part 5: USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

Rooftop Refrigeration Unit Performance

ASHRAE Journal, Apr. 2016, by Kenneth M. Elovitz.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Apr_034-043_Elovitz.pdf

"Diagnosing a rooftop air-conditioning equipment performance problem requires analyzing complete refrigeration system performance data. The systematic approach described in this article resulted in replacing orifice-type metering devices with a traditional thermal expansion valve—and remedying insufficient dehumidification."

A Simple Approach to Affordable GSHPs

ASHRAE Journal, Apr. 2016, by Steve Kavanaugh and Chris Gray.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Apr_014-025_Kavanaugh.pdf

"Conventional wisdom says ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) should not be considered for commercial and institutional buildings because of the added cost. This article investigates how building owners leasing the ground heat exchanger can make GSHPS affordable for commercial and institutional applications."

EERE Success Story—Energy Efficient Windows to Reach Market Quicker with New Tool

U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE, Mar. 31, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/success-stories/articles/eere-success-story-energy-efficient-windows-reach-market-quicker-new

"PPG eView Construct incorporates LBNL’s WINDOW 7 software engine and is backed by North America’s largest repository of glass-product performance data, which was developed by LBNL with the cooperation of PPG and other glass manufacturers. Construct allows users to mix and match glass, coatings, and gas fills into a virtual IGU [insulated glass units] design and to virtually analyze performance under standard Natural Fenestration Rating Council environmental conditions. Users can perform side-by-side comparisons of multiple IGUs and export reports of their selected IGUs for easy inclusion into bids."
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