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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


Vacuum Steam Heating: Past, Present...Future?

District Energy, Fourth Quarter, 2014, by Igor Zhadanovsky.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q4?sub_id=DOwgMT0rNL8TV#pg29

"Every so often, a technology that had been abandoned for a long period of time comes back to life thanks to new developments that make it viable and competitive once again. While it's too early to predict with certainty, this may be the pattern that we see for one of the heating industry's oldest technologies: vacuum steam heating. This article describes the evolution of that technology, its benefits and drawbacks, and a new approach that may make it a cost-effective option in the 21st century.

Designs That Integrate--Applying ASHRAE 90.1

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2014, by Jeffrey C. Martin.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96786-designs-that-integrate-applying-ashrae-901

"ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, has served as a benchmark for both new and retrofit commercial building design for the last 35 years and continues to lead today’s sustainably minded business culture. With 90.1 or similarly stringent energy codes being adopted by various states and municipalities across the country, it is imperative that owners, designers, and contractors understand the requirements and its implications on the design and budget of a project. Compliance with the standard is often required by law and a prerequisite to obtaining a building permit."

An Untapped Solar Market: The Renewable Potential of Multi-family Housing

North American Clean Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Zach Axelrod.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/18582/an-untapped-solar-market-the-renewable-potential-of-multi-family-housing

"Solar energy is rapidly becoming a popular option for homeowners as a way to save money. But, what about folks who live in apartments or condos? Multi-family dwellings, as they are known, are providing the next potential growth opportunity for the residential solar industry. Now, innovative financing mechanisms allow even low-income families to take part in the benefits of solar power."

DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Oct. 13, 2014, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127811-doe-denies-petition-ahri-sues-over-rule

"On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) denied a petition from Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. that asked the government agency to reconsider its June 3 final rule establishing energy-conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). AHRI and Lennox, who argued the final rule was promulgated unfairly and contained nearly unattainable efficiency standards, filed the petition for reconsideration on July 30 in hopes the DOE would review its WICF final rule without the need for court intervention."

Better Information Will Transform Energy Use in Multifamily Buildings

American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sept. 30, 2014, by Lauren Ross.
http://www.aceee.org/blog/2014/09/better-information-will-transform-ene

"Last month, Fannie Mae released the first nationally representative sample of energy and water data for multifamily properties across the United States. The Multifamily Energy and Water Market Research Survey provides an insight into multifamily buildings’ annual spending on energy and water as well as other important trends and metrics. The report also responds to the lack of information on energy use in submarkets in the multifamily sector by providing separate breakdowns for affordable and market-rate units, tenant and owner-paid utility bills, and by building size and other important building features."

National Green Building Adoption Index 2014

CBRE and Maastricht University, 2014.
http://www.cbre.com/o/international/AssetLibrary/Green-Building-Adoption-Index-2014_Final.pdf

"To quantify and understand the dynamics of this growing marketplace for 'green' buildings, we engaged an academic research team...to conduct this study. Their work, the first published results of the CBRE Real Green Research Challenge, is the initial broad effort to map the adoption of  'green' space in the 30 largest U.S. commercial office markets. This publication provides the inaugural results of the Green Building Adoption Index."

Green Building Report [Energy Benchmarking]

Building Operating Management, Sept. 2014, by Helen J. Kessler.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Energy-Benchmarking-Ordinances-Can-Help-Facility-Managers-Save-Money--15275

A 5-part article:

Part 1: How Energy Benchmarking Ordinances Can Help Facility Managers Save Money
Part 2: Understanding Energy Benchmarking Ordinances
Part 3: Strategies To Reduce Operating Costs Using Energy Benchmarks
Part 4: Energy Benchmarking Is First Step To Savings For Chicago High Rise
Part 5: New Operations and Maintenance Credits in LEED v4


Modular Heating Water Boilers

Engineered Systems, Sept. 2014, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96742-modular-heating-water-boilers

"Modular boilers have come a long way in the past few years, along with load-matching strategies. Improving efficiencies, navigating critical tight spaces, and allowing for future growth are three reasons this option is heating up."

A Starring Role For Universal City [Hotel] Retrofit

Engineered Systems, Sept., 2014, by Tony Ghaffari.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96738-a-starring-role-for-universal-city-retrofit

"A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party."

Energy Efficiency Advocates Optimistic About PACE Program [Texas]

The Texas Tribune, Oct. 7, 2014, by Jim Malewitz.
http://www.texastribune.org/2014/10/07/pace-loan-program-energy-efficiency-gains-momentum/

"PACE [Property Assessed Clean Energy] allows commercial and industrial property owners to use a property tax lien to finance energy efficiency upgrades like solar panels and water recycling systems. PACE programs bill an owner through the lien and forward payments to a private lender. Under a smooth-running program, property owners pay less than what they save on their energy bills. If a property is sold, the new owner inherits the debt — a rule meant to further reduce the risks of investment."

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