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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


Are Your HVAC Controls Helping or Hurting?

Buildings, Aug. 1, 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19188/title/are-your-hvac-controls-helping-or-hurting.aspx

"Sophisticated controls can be a great way to boost the energy efficiency of your HVAC system, but if they’re not installed properly or used correctly, you may end up wasting energy without realizing it."

Why Your High-Efficiency-Lighting May Not Be Very Efficient At All

National Lighting Bureau News, July 14, 2015.
http://www.nlb.org/index.cfm?cdid=11138&pid=10213

"Silver Spring, MD: Imagine, if you will, the world’s most efficient lighting system; a system so efficient that it provides all the lighting needed by a 100-person workforce for  the fantastically small sum of just $100 per year; that’s $1 per person per year. Can a lighting system be any more efficient than that? Yes, it can, says National Lighting Bureau Chair James M. “Jim” Yorgey, P.E., LC, CTS: “While having a highly efficient lighting system is important, it’s even more important – from a bottom-line point of view – that the lighting system contribute to the enhanced efficiency of other systems that are affected by lighting, human systems in particular.”

3 Options for HVAC Energy Savings

Building Operating Management, June 2015, by James Piper.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/3-Options-for-Energy-Savings-in-HVAC-Systems-Facilities-Management-HVAC-Feature--15949

"Even with today’s falling energy prices, facility managers are looking for ways to reduce the energy use of HVAC systems. New technologies and improvements in existing technologies are giving facility managers options. While advances can be seen in practically all HVAC systems, some of the most significant advances are coming in three particular areas: variable refrigerant flow systems, rooftop units, and geothermal systems."

Five Considerations for Choosing the Best Energy Efficiency Financing [Facilities]

Building Operating Management, June 2015, by Charlotte Kim.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Finding-Best-Financing-Options-for-Energy-Efficiency-Projects-Facilities-Management-Energy-Efficiency-Feature--15751

An article in 5-parts:
Part 1: Finding Best Financing Options for Energy Efficiency Projects
Part 2: ‘Threshold Questions’ Help Find Path to Energy Efficiency Financing
Part 3: Financing Tools Include Energy Performance Contract, Energy Service Agreement Part
4: Utility On-bill Financing an Added Option for Energy Efficiency Projects
Part 5: PACE Financing an Option for More Extensive Energy Efficiency Projects

Evaluating UPS System Efficiency

Pure Power (supplement to Consulting-Specifying Engineer), Summer 2015, by Kenneth Kutsmeda.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/evaluating-ups-system-efficiency/73497ade33f9a66ead63a77f33e94d4e.html

"Many modern uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems have an energy-saving operating mode. Data show that very few data centers put it to use because of the potential risks."

Is VRF Right for Your Next Project?

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2015, by Amara Rozgus.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/is-vrf-right-for-your-next-project/813af7c1ee8273ef158c0c3463470ee3.html

"Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems can be specified into a variety of buildings, especially those that require flexibility. An overview of these systems and some best practices have been provided by Julianne Laue, PE, LLED AP BD+C, BEMP, senior energy engineer at the Center for Energy Performance, Mortenson, Minneapolis."

A Healthy Dose of Efficiency [Hospitals]

Business Energy, June 2015, by David C. Richardson.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/index.php?i=-254619&m=4119&l=1&p=4&pre=#{}

"Hospitals may prioritize medical equipment, but can't ignore their unique HVAC needs."

Perspectives on Lighting Retrofits

Business Energy, June 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/index.php?i=-254619&m=4119&l=1&p=4&pre=#{}

"Improved efficiency and safety, lowered costs and maintenance."

Case Study: Working Example: Zero Net Energy Center

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2015, by Michael Hummel and others.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/attachments/article/12211/15Su-Zero-Net-Energy-Center-San-Leandro-CA.pdf

"To prepare electrical apprentices for working in the sustainable building industry in Northern California, the Zero Net Energy Center is a working example of an emerging phenomenon. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 595 (IBEW) and the Northern California Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) created a world-class learning environment for apprentices to gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology and electrical systems. The ZNEC also addresses the need to repurpose the existing building stock in the U.S. by transforming a typical 1980s suburban office building into a modern net zero energy showcase. "

Case Study: From Darkness to Light: Engaging Employees to Save

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2015, by Scott Bowman and Carey Nagle.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/attachments/article/12210/15Su-Iowa-Utilities-Board-and-Office-of-Consumer-Advocate-Des-Moines-IA.pdf

"Moving from a cave-like warehouse to an environment filled with daylight represented a dramatic shift for employees of the Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate (IUB/OCA). Employees jumped on board with the energy-efficiency efforts, giving up comforts such as individual coffee makers, and opening and closing windows as needed to operate the natural ventilation system. An integrated design that maximizes passive strategies provides significant energy savings, but employee cooperation, especially involving plug load reduction, has proven key to reaching and maintaining performance goals. "

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