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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.

 

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New Standards to Improve Efficiency of Clothes Washers in Laundromats and Apartments

Appliance Standards Awareness Project, Dec. 8, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/blog/new-standards-improve-efficiency-clothes-washers-laundromats-and-apartments

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will reduce the energy and water use of commercial clothes washers, which are used in laundromats and multi-family buildings."

Retailers Going Green

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2104, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95976-retailers-going-green

"Implementing sustainable designs in stores is helping numerous brands to put their environmental commitment on display for the public."

Why Incorporate a Shading System?

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2014, by William Maiman.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95974-why-incorporate-a-shading-system

"The challenge for architects, building owners and engineers is to provide as much daylight on the interior floors for the longest period of the day so that electrical lighting can be turned off and reduce energy costs/lower greenhouse gas emissions at power generating facilities. For the occupant, solar radiation can be more than an annoyance. Interior heat gain aside, most people are very sensitive to a slight variation of temperature."

Seattle Steam's ENERGY STAR Reporting Service: Helping Customers Meet Benchmarking Mandate

District Energy, 4th Quarter, 2014, by Stan Gent and Gary Michaels.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q4#pg8

"Through the UtilityStudio portal, an application service from GH Michaels Associates, Seattle Steam customers can easily export historical steam consumption data for loading into analysis and benchmarking tools."

Improve [Refrigeration] Efficiencies With Careful Compressor Selection

Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning, Oct. 2014, by Autumn Nicholson and Mike Saunders.
http://www.hpacmag.com/news/improve-efficiencies-with-careful-compressor-selection/1003286606/?&er=NA

"[Commercial] Refrigeration system designers have traditionally selected compressors to match the capacity anticipated on the hottest days of the year, accounting for a design Btu load and high ambient temperatures. While this approach ensures required performance in extreme conditions, it does not always equate to achieving system efficiencies. In light of the changing refrigeration landscape, designers should evaluate compressor selection on three important considerations.


Introducing The Facility Actual Savings Test: FAST-X

Facilities Engineering Journal, Nov/Dec 2014, by Wayne P. Saya. [C;ick on article title under Features, or jump to page 18]
http://digital.graphcompubs.com/publication/?i=235463&pjs=1&p=3&pn=&ver=flex&pid=

"Developed in cooperation with NorthWrite, Inc., the AFE (F)acility (A)ctual (S)avings (T)est, known by its acronym as FAST-X, is our new energy savings certification methodology for buildings. Unlike the US Green Building Council’s LEED® program, any building can receive an uncontentious FAST-X certification or FAST-X energy check-up. Paper mills, tobacco manufacturers, and overall industrial plants experiencing complications from the protocols of other well-known energy accreditation programs, now have a method and a home for official recognition."

Your Own Energy “Island”? ORNL Microgrid Could Standardize Small, Self-Sustaining Electric Grids

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oct. 2014, by Katie Jones.
http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/news/features/2014/a47cc734-54f3-4aec-95ba-df1bbbdb25ad

"Microgrids are designed to not only continue power to local units such as neighborhoods, hospitals or industrial parks but also improve energy efficiency and reduce cost when connected to the main grid. Researchers predict an energy future more like a marketplace in which utility customers with access to solar panels, battery packs, plug-in vehicles and other sources of distributed energy can compare energy prices, switch on the best deals and even sell back unused power to utility companies. However, before interested consumers can plug into their own energy islands, researchers at facilities such as ORNL’s Distributed Energy Control and Communication (DECC) lab need to develop tools for controlling a reliable, safe and efficient microgrid."

Energy Efficiency and Building with Wood

The Construction Specifier, Oct. 2014, by Nabih Tahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/energy-efficiency-and-building-with-wood/

"New wood building systems have been developed to offer greater airtightness to minimize energy consumption. The building industry should focus on combining the two aspects of using renewable building materials and energy efficiency to achieve comfortable buildings, while optimizing indoor air quality (IAQ) and reversing the negative effect of climate change."

Saving on Natatorium Energy Costs with Green Options

The Construction Specifier, Oct. 2014, by Ralph Kittler.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/saving-on-natatorium-energy-costs-with-green-options/

"When it comes to designing indoor swimming pool facilities, it is critical to ensure not only a healthy interior environment, but also energy efficiency. New technologies can provide both optimal natatorium environmental control and curtail utility consumption when specified."

EnergyIQ™: Action-Oriented Energy Benchmarking

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
http://energyiq.lbl.gov/

"In isolation, benchmarking can inspire action but provides no practical guidance. With sponsorship from the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is building the next generation of energy benchmarking methods to address this problem. EnergyIQ—the first "action-oriented" benchmarking tool for non-residential buildings—bridges this gap by providing a standardized opportunity assessment based on benchmarking results, along with decision-support information to help refine action plans."
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