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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


Proving its Long-Term Mettle: Longevity, Whole-Building LCAs, and Stainless Steel

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2016, by Catherine Houska.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/proving-its-long-term-mettle-longevity-whole-building-lcas-and-stainless-steel/

"Whether the project is a new building or major renovation, sustainability is an increasingly important factor in decision-making. Whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) makes it possible to look at all phases of a building, from material extraction through construction to decommissioning and, when possible, recycling into a ‘new’ useful material. When it comes to comparing materials, increasingly available data, an ASTM standard procedure, and LCA analysis software are helping design professionals make better choices to reduce the building’s carbon footprint."

zEPI FAQ: Zero Energy Performance Index

New Buildings Institute, July 2016.
http://newbuildings.org/code_policy/zepi/

"The 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) includes many progressive measures that will improve the energy performance of buildings. One important provision describes the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI), which provides a scale for measuring commercial building energy performance. zEPI represents a fundamental shift in measurement of building efficiency as it sets energy targets for actual energy consumption rather than using a predictive energy model of building energy performance to calculate a “percent better than code” metric. zEPI sets an energy use intensity (EUI) target for building type and is adjusted for climate. It is also the measure by which a building’s energy efficiency is calculated once operational and occupied based on measured energy use data."

Lending for Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Low- to Moderate-Income Communities: Bank of America’s Energy Efficiency Finance Program

ACEEE, July 28, 2016, by James Barrett and Brian Stickles .
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/f1601.pdf

"In 2011, Bank of America launched its Energy Efficiency Finance Program (EEFP) to help families, businesses, and multifamily building owners in low- to moderate-income (LMI) communities increase their energy efficiency and reduce their energy bills.... Under a contract with Bank of America to evaluate this program, we [ACEEE] analyzed data supplied by the participating CDFIs and Bright Power to assess the performance of the loan portfolios as well as the efficiency investments themselves. In general, we found that the loans are performing well. "

Integration: Electrical and HVAC Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2016, by Ryan E. Ishino and James A. Freeman.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integration-electrical-and-hvac-systems/b738225d21462b6a2e213785bd1ae460.html

"System integration of electrical and HVAC systems provides a smart building solution, where the systems are coordinated to allow opportunities to lower costs and achieve greater energy efficiencies."

Tracking and Conserving Facility Water Use

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2016, by Peter Harbour and Robyn Overall.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/tracking-and-conserving-facility-water-use/6d77f1fbcc1bd36b6cf8756146520ed8.html

"Plumbing and mechanical engineers are frequently being tasked with doing everything they can to conserve water in commercial buildings."

Energy Dept. Announces $19 Million in Building-Efficiency Investments

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Jun 2016.
http://hpac.com/archive/energy-dept-announces-19-million-building-efficiency-investments

"The U.S. Energy Department recently announced it is investing $19 million in advanced building technologies intended to lower utility bills, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and create jobs."

Lunching and Learning: Food for Thought on a Geothermal-Heat-Pump-System Design

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning, Jun 2016, by Jeffrey Newcomb.
http://hpac.com/heating/lunching-and-learning-food-thought-geothermal-heat-pump-system-design

"In the article, Fred, a mechanical engineer, explains his unusual design for a campus chilled-water system to William, a civil engineer. William asks questions and makes observations, system diagrams scribbled on napkins are exchanged, and Fred is left with a new way of thinking about his design. Sound familiar?"

Puget Sound Energy Launches 'Urban Smart Bellevue' Energy Efficiency Program

KPLU.org, Jun 22, 2016, by Bellamy Pailthorp.
http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-energy-launches-urban-smart-bellevue-energy-efficiency-program

"The city [Bellevue] has launched a new energy efficiency program called Urban Smart Bellevue that aims to make it a leader in energy efficiency – largely through simple changes in workplace behavior."

Smart Buildings Center Tool Lending Library

Smart Buildings Center, Jul 2016.
http://www.smartbuildingscenter.org/tool-library/

A project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, the Smart Building Center (SBC) is hosting a "Tool Lending Library". The diagnostic tools are available to building owners and managers, as well as energy service professionals, for short term data collection on energy using equipment and systems in commercial and institutional buildings in Washington.

Commissioning and Design for 2016 Olympics

ASHRAE Journal, Jul 2016, by Ross D. Montgomery and Walter R. Lenzi.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016July_014-019_Montgomery.pdf

"Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee began to require environmental awareness as part of all Olympic Games. Over the years, the emphasis on sustainability grew, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August is the latest example of the benefits gained by using these strategies. ASHRAE members and student members are a part of this high-profile project, as they provided commissioning and HVAC&R design services, especially at the Olympic Park. This venue is where most events will occur in Barra da Tijuca, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Copacabana beach."
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