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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


Glazing Systems: Considerations for the Mechanical Engineer

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2014, by Jerry Bauers and George W. Houk.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/glazing-systems-considerations-for-the-mechanical-engineer/116b8a44a720582d1d2543d7712a2ca4.html

"Window glazing and shading or louvers have a direct impact on the HVAC load of a building. Mechanical engineers often are tasked with specifying window and shading systems. Know about building envelope, and how it can be managed/altered by window system selection."


Plugging the Energy Drain: Office Building Owners, Facility Managers Embracing Energy Management Systems

Business Energy, June 2014, by Dan Rafter.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/Plugging_the_Energy_Drain_25978.aspx

"EMS—especially networked ones that allow, say, lighting systems to talk to HVAC systems—can dramatically reduce the amount of energy that the typical office building consumes. Add this to the fact that so many today lack these systems, and it’s clear that the energy management industry should be in definite growth mode today."

Key Energy Factors in Evaluating Cool Roofing

Environmental Design + Construction, June 2014, by Martin Grohman.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95655-key-energy-factors-in-evaluating-cool-roofing

"Installing a cool roof can help buildings reduce their energy consumption, and choosing the right roof depends on knowing what to look for."

Today's Building Automation

Net Zero Buildings, June 2014. (Scroll to page 52)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1406nzb-r1?e=6596036/8395630#search

"Building automation systems continue to evolve, and their importance can't be overstated. As the global demand for energy rises, sustainability and energy efficiency aren't considered just good financial goals, they're becoming mandates, creating very real business challenges."

Measuring Up [Submetering]

Net Zero Buildings, June 2014. (Scroll to page 28)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1406nzb-r1?e=6596036/8395630#search

"Submetering products and services sales are expected to double by the end of the decade. Commercial tenants seeking to boost efficiency turn to submetering as a way to understand baseline energy use, and to provide verifiable data."

Controls: 8 Ways Integration Helps Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, June 2014, by Jim Sinopoli.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/buildingautomation/article/System-Integration-Can-Help-Meet-Green-Energy-Efficiency-Goals--15014

"Building owners seeking a green building certification or energy rating for a new building or a renovation generally push the idea of system integration to the background. To some extent this is understandable. They're probably familiar with integration involving the fire alarm, smoke control, elevators, and access control — essentially life safety integration. But they may not be aware of the functional benefits of integrating other systems and the opportunities to analyze an integrated database of system data points."

Designing Masonry Buildings to the 2012 Energy Code

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Steven Fechino.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/designing-masonry-buildings-to-the-2012-energy-code/

"Change is coming to the building industry, driven by a need for far more efficient energy use in the built environment. Masonry has many qualities that make it an ideal building material for energy-efficient construction, including its thermal mass, sustainability, high level of availability, and design flexibility. A combination of new building materials, a better understanding of building dynamics, and improved design software is making it possible for designers to create masonry buildings that meet the new energy codes; skilled masons will be key to making these energy-efficient buildings a reality."

Being Radiant: Planning In-Slab Hydronic Heating and Cooling

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Ryan Westlund.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/being-radiant-planning-in-slab-hydronic-heating-and-cooling/

"Radiant systems are ideally suited to a broad range of commercial applications and achieve best results when combined with other energy-efficient solutions in tight building structures. While radiant heating-only systems have a long history in conditioning both commercial and residential structures, radiant cooling is fairly new to North America. Early adopters of these systems were located primarily in arid regions. Mainstream acceptance required the development of more advanced controls, coupled with compelling evidence of reduced energy consumption for the built environment."

Designing for Comfort & IAQ: Air Distribution per ASHRAE 55 and 62.1

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Jim Aswegan and David Pich.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/designing-for-comfort-iaq-air-distribution-per-ashrae-55-and-62-1/

"The goal of a room air distribution system is to provide thermal comfort and a healthy living environment for occupants in the space. American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, and ASHRAE 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, provide designers with the guidance to optimize health and comfort in building spaces. Many codes, along with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 program, require compliance with these ASHRAE Standards."

ESCOs Offer Energy Efficiency Without Inflated Upfront Costs

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 2, 2014, by Cherie Preville.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126741-escos-offer-energy-efficiency-without-inflated-upfront-costs

"Energy Services Companies help buildings affordably trim energy usage."
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