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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


Hope for the Homeless: Bud Clark Commons [Portland, OR]

High Performance Buildings, Summer 2014, by Jeff Becksfort.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Summer%202014/040-049_BudClarkCommons.pdf

"...the new LEED Platinum certified building provides residents access to services via a walk-in day center; transitional and temporary beds; and efficient studio apartments for 130 women and men. Rent and utilities are subsidized based on resident income. The Center uses a range of highly efficient systems, including graywater reclamation and one of the largest solar hot water heating systems in the Northwest. The eight-story building is 51% more energy efficient than a similar building as defined by ENERGY STAR Target Finder median building performance."

Chiller Retrofits In Health Care Facilities

Engineered Systems, Jul. 2014, by Gary Hamilton. (Free registration required to view full-text.)
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96638-chiller-retrofits-in-health-care-facilities

"One of the worst things you can do is note the capacity and replace the chiller. Have the building loads and usage changed? What about motors and cooling towers? Consider these and your part-load realities to create real long-term improvements."

Evaluating Power-Demand Reduction With VFD-Controlled Systems

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, July 2014, by Alexander L. Burd and Galina S. Burd.
http://hpac.com/motors-drives/evaluating-power-demand-reduction-vfd-controlled-systems

"This article considers the impact of relative dynamic pressure losses and other factors on overall power demand and energy savings in various systems."

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."

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