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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


Wood Alternatives to Fossil Fuels [Wood Pellets]

Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/news/industry-news/articleid/19958/title/wood-alternatives-to-fossil-fuels.aspx

"Could scraps from sawmills and furniture manufacturers become an affordable, eco-friendly heating option for your facility? Wood chips and pellets – a compressed form of wood-based waste that resembles rabbit feed – are growing in popularity as a green replacement for conventional heating fuels."

Design Considerations for Dedicated OA Systems

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2016, by Hugh Crowther and Yi Teng.
http://tinyurl.com/h4xlwh2

"Dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) decouple the heating, cooling, dehumidification and humidification of outdoor air from the space air-conditioning system. Common HVAC systems such as water (ground) source heat pumps, variable refrigerant flow (VRF), fan coils and chilled beams require a DOAS to meet ventilation requirements. But DOAS is a system, not a piece of equipment."

Commissioning and the Technology Evolution

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Michael Chimack, and Jesse Sycuro.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/commissioning-and-the-technology-evolution/06d1c6e2acdcab91664a3e5a4e671859.html

"With smarter application and availability of technology to achieve and drive longer-term performance results, commissioning providers (CxPs) are finding themselves at the forefront to learn, coach, and lead the application of technology in the built environment. Learn the challenges, roles, opportunities, and recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance."

Solar-Panel Installers Face Clouded Future

Wall Street Journal, Mar. 25, 2016, by Cassandra Sweet.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/solar-panel-installers-face-clouded-future-1458926502

"Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country."

Industry Prepares for U.S. Pump Efficiency Standards

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Mark Handzel.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-industry-prepares-us-pump-efficiency-standards

"Manufacturers will need to adapt to new rules for clean-water pumps by 2020.

Navigating Energy Code Compliance For Metal Buildings

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2016, by Hal Robbins.
http://www.insulationoutlook.com/io/article.cfm?id=IO160203

"Understanding and complying with today’s evolving energy codes and standards presents unique challenges for architects, designers, and builders of pre-engineered metal buildings.... In an effort to navigate (and hopefully simplify) energy code compliance, the intent of this article is to help specifiers determine code adoption status using web-based tools and to review various high R-Value/Low U-Factor insulation systems currently available for metal building roofs and walls that provide code compliant options."

Consumer Solar Checklist

Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 2016.
http://www.irecusa.org/consumer-protection/consumer-checklist/?utm_source=The+IREC+Report+April+2016&utm_campaign=The+IREC+Report+April+2016&utm_medium=email

"Using this checklist puts important information in your hands that you need to know before entering into a contract to install a solar system. It offers questions, considerations and protective measures that can help you get the answers you need to make informed decisions that can affect your bottom line – the safe and effective installation of a system that meets your expectations."

Follow These 10 Tips for Better Pump Efficiency

Pumps & Systems, Mar. 2016, by Bill Davis.
http://www.pumpsandsystems.com/pumps/march-2016-follow-these-10-tips-better-pump-efficiency

"Properly sizing systems, utilizing well-trained operators and performing routine maintenance can help overcome day-t-day challenges.

Reinventing Green Building—It’s (Past) Time

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2016, by Jerry Yudelson.
http://hpac.com/archive/reinventing-green-building-it-s-past-time

"The major green-building rating system in the United States, LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is not growing. As of 2015, LEED’s 15th year, less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the United States were LEED-certified.... Concerns about LEED are not new, but they have taken on more urgency with the mandatory switch to a new version of LEED (LEED v4) in October 2016."

Absorption Chillers For Institutional Occupancies

Engineered Systems, Feb. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97567-absorption-chillers-for-institutional-occpancies

"It's not necessarily a plug-and-play situation, but these chillers can play key roles and deliver meaningful savings in several scenarios. Waste heat, CCHP, standalone, and even renewable solar as part of the refrigeration cycle can all provide the setting for absorption success."

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