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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

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Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

State Approaches to Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects: Examining How Energy Efficiency Can Lower Prices for All

SEE Action, U.S. Department of Energy, Dec. 9, 2015.
https://www4.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/publication/state-approaches-demand-reduction-induced-price-effects-examining-how-energy-efficiency

"A number of states, especially in the Northeast, are beginning to recognize Demand Reduction Induced Price Effects (DRIPE) as a real, quantifiable benefit of energy efficiency and demand response programs. DRIPE is a measurement of the value of demand reductions in terms of the decrease in wholesale energy prices, resulting in lower total expenditures on electricity or natural gas across a given grid. This paper reviews the existing knowledge and experience from select U.S. states regarding DRIPE (including New York and Ohio), and the potential for expanded application of the concept of  DRIPE by regulators."

DOE Industry Partnerships Lead to Widespread Adoption of Efficient Commercial Air Conditioners

U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies, Jan. 14, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-industry-partnerships-lead-widespread-adoption-efficient-commercial-air

"Commercial air conditioners, often referred to as rooftop units (RTUs), are commonly used across commercial building sectors such as schools, restaurants, big box retailers, and small office buildings. These heating, ventilation and air conditioning units condition almost half of all U.S. commercial floor space. But commonly they are old and inefficient, wasting anywhere from $900 to $3,700 per unit annually. To take advantage of this energy and cost savings opportunity, the Department of Energy (DOE) partnered with manufacturers and businesses to launch a multi-faceted program that has transformed an entire market—from a time not long ago, when zero high efficiency RTUs were commercially available, to a historic standard that ensures all businesses will have access to energy-saving RTUs. Learn about the process step-by-step below."

Hydraulic Institute Supports the Pump Industry as the DOE Issues Final Rules on Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards For Commercial And Industrial Pumps

Water Online, Jan.. 6, 2016.
http://www.wateronline.com/doc/hydraulic-institute-pump-industry-doe-test-procedures-industrial-pumps-0001

"The Hydraulic Institute, North America’s largest pump trade association, announces the release of two final rules (1) The Energy Conservation Standard and (2) The Test Procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The rulings are now available through the HI website. The compliance date for the Energy Conservation Standard will be 2020 and DOE estimates it will save 0.29 quadrillion BTUs (2020 – 2050)."

Ground-breaking Research Finds that Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income and Value

Bentall Kennedy, Press Release, Oct. 2015.
http://www.bentallkennedy.com/news-2015-10-06.php

"Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team."

National Lighting Bureau Cybersecurity Panel

National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Dec. 7, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-K0zDqVdUA

"The National Lighting Bureau Panel discussion on cybersecurity. This panel features Mark Lien, Jim Yorgey, Marty Riesberg, and Randy Reid." Focuses on the security vulnerability of "smart" lighting fixtures.

Commercial Air Conditioners & Furnaces: Energy Department Announces Largest Energy Efficiency Standard in History

U.S. Department of Energy, Dec. 17, 2015.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-announces-largest-energy-efficiency-standard-history

"The U.S. Department of Energy today announced historic new efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces. Developed with industry, utilities, and environmental groups, these standards will save more energy than any other standard issued by the Department to date. Over the lifetime of the products, businesses will save $167 billion on their utility bills and carbon pollution will be reduced by 885 million metric tons."

Benchmarking Building Energy Use

ASHRAE Journal, Nov. 2015, by David N. Schurk.
http://tinyurl.com/z3ykvaz

"When considering how to improve a building's energy footprint, it is critical to understand how the building is performing. Benchmarking can help to compare the building's energy performance to something similar, such as the like performance of  the building at the same time last year, or the like performance compared to similar facilities (peer buildings) elsewhere. Several simple benchmarking approaches used today will provide insight to help identify energy consumption."

The Value of In-House Lighting Audits

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19418/title/the-value-of-in-house-lighting-audits.aspx?topic=394

"Lighting is one of the easiest places to cut energy use in many facilities, but finding the right place to start a retrofit or relamping project can be a real hurdle. That’s where a lighting audit comes in. It may be time-consuming, but identifying the biggest energy hogs and dealing with them first will pay dividends in the form of cost savings that you can use to finance future efficiency projects. Ensure your audit’s success by starting off on the right foot."

An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle Certification

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19417/title/an-inside-look-at-cradle-to-cradle-certification/viewall/true.aspx

"Have you found that trying to purchase sustainable products could be a job in and of itself? When you really need to focus on energy and water conservation, it’s hard to find the motivation to assess a manufacturer’s green claims. After all, you’re not a toxicologist, chemist, or lab technician. What you really need is verification that a product was sourced and manufactured in a responsible way, has no exposure risks for occupants while in use, and has reclamation options that will save it from the landfill."
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