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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


Energy Upgrades: Delivering Results

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Desiree J. Hanford.

Article in 3-parts: Taking the right steps to ensure a successful energy upgrade.
1) Energy Upgrades Begin with Careful Planning, Knowledge of Equipment and Building Design
2) Role of Measurement and Verification in Energy Upgrade
3) Communication Is Key in Energy Upgrade

Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Building Internet of Things and Automated Demand Response

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Rita Tatum.

An article in 3-parts: Explores impact of the Internet of Things on how facilities communicate with electric utilities.
1) How Internet of Things Is Automating Demand Response Programs
2) How Automated Demand Response (ADR) Works in Power Utilization
3) How OpenADR Standard Aims to Help with Automated Demand Response

Combined Heat & Power Really Is The Answer

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Marcia Karr.

"In today's complex web of regulations, equipment and fuel options, and traditional threats to facility operations, it only makes sense to get up to speed on CHP."

Efficiency In The Round [VAV systems ductwork]

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2015, by Eugene Smithart.

"When it comes to ductwork for VAV systems, could the shortest path to better air handling cost and efficiencies be round (or spiral)? Aided by static regain and streamlined installation, here's the case for no more corners."

Proper Procedure for a Boiler-Room Assessment

HPAC Engineering, Sep. 2015, by Steve Connor and Randy Smith.

"Efficiency, sustainability, reliability, safety—these are the keys to the optimal performance of a facility, and they are the focus of a properly conducted boiler-room assessment. This article discusses what goes into a properly conducted boiler-room assessment."

Building Systems Integration Best Practices

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sep. 2015, by Sanjyot V. Bhusari and Michael Watts.

"While 30 yr of advances in building automation have allowed owners to do more with less, the benefits remain accompanied by challenges. Open building automation system (BAS) communications protocols have made systems integration relatively easy, but in the absence of data and automation optimization, energy reduction, optimal maintenance, and greater staff productivity are being left on the table. Integrating otherwise disparate BAS into enterprise-level software platforms establishes a business case for state-of-the-art systems integration."

What Owners Need to Know About ... Tankless Water Heaters

HPAC Engineering, Sep. 2015, by Kunal Shah.

"For the new generation of mechanical rooms, lower operating costs, greater reliability, and environmental-friendliness are the name of the game. This is leading consulting-specifying engineers, architects, and facility owners and managers to leave no stone unturned in their search for the best possible return on investment (ROI). Considering water-heating systems typically are second only to HVAC systems in terms of energy consumption, even small gains in efficiency and cuts in operating expenses related to water heating can have a large impact on a facility’s bottom line. For this reason, tankless water-heating systems are gaining traction."

13 Questions Define CMMS Success

Maintenance Technology, Sep. 2015, by Jane Alexander.

"Computerized maintenance management systems will deliver as advertised, but must be properly configured."

Battery Storage Ready for Prime Time in Commercial Facilities

Building Operating Management, Sep. 2015, by Naomi Millán.

An article in 3-parts:
1) Understanding the Revolution in Energy Storage
2) Energy Storage Applications
3) Pairing Solar Power with Energy Storage

"Facility managers are no strangers to the concept of energy storage at their facilities. Most any facility of size has a UPS with a bank of lead acid batteries to carry the critical load for the few minutes it takes the generator to kick on. It has been a vital, if humdrum, system. But now there has been a revolution in the world of energy storage, and the commercial market is poised for explosive growth in the adoption of energy storage systems behind the meter. This growth is driven by a variety of factors, such as plummeting hardware costs and skyrocketing demand charges."
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