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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: Residential

Residential


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."

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."

Field Evaluation of Advances in Energy-Efficiency Practices for Manufactured Homes

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Mar. 2016.
http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/building_america/65436.pdf

"Through field-testing and analysis, this project evaluated whole-building approaches and estimated the relative contributions of select technologies toward reducing energy use related to space conditioning in new manufactured homes. Three lab houses of varying designs were built and tested side-by-side under controlled conditions in Russellville, Alabama. The tests provided a valuable indicator of how changes in the construction of manufactured homes can contribute to significant reductions in energy use."

VRF: Now More Than Ever

Engineered Systems, Feb. 2016, by James J. Siegel.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97577-vrf-now-more-than-ever

"It’s not a new technology, but it’s more popular than ever. While VRF is providing engineers and building owners with a financial payback, the benefits go beyond energy efficiency. Take the tour from California offices to Manhattan apartment buildings to schools retrofits in the Midwest, and find out what improvements users might see in the years to come."

What Matters When Shopping for a Small Wind Turbine?

Solar Today, Winter 2015/2016, by Mick Sagrillo.
http://solartoday.org/2016/01/what-matters-when-shopping-for-a-small-wind-turbine/

"You’ve done your research on wind energy and fully understand the concepts of fuel quality and quantity, and the importance of tower height. It’s time to start looking around for what different manufacturers offer. So, what do you need to consider when perusing various small wind web sites? The following are good fundamentals to keep in mind when shopping for any wind energy conversion system."

AESP Honors PSE&G [NJ] Energy Efficiency Program for Outstanding Achievement

PR Newswire, Feb. 3, 2016.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/association-of-energy-service-professionals-honors-pseg-energy-efficiency-program-for-outstanding-achievement-300214477.html

"The Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) has named Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G's) Residential Multifamily Housing Program as the winner of the 2016 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Program Design & Implementation.  PSE&G accepted the award yesterday at AESP's 26th National Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ.  PSE&G's $74 million Residential Multifamily Housing Program funds the installation of energy efficiency measures for eligible multifamily facilities in the utility's New Jersey service territory. "

Residential Energy+ Finance the Future [Home Energy Upgrades]

Rocky Mountain Institute Insight Brief, Jan. 2016.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/residential_energy_plus_finance_the_future.pdf

"Home energy upgrades can disproportionately benefit very low-, low-, and moderate-income homeowners, ensuring their improved physical and financial health as well as improved stability in the broader financial markets. This paper explores the financial benefits of home energy upgrades and seeks to identify opportunities—such as the Federal Housing Finance Authority’s Duty to Serve rule—to link greater market access and transparency around home energy performance with improved financial health for homeowners and mortgage markets overall."

How Efficient Are Energy Codes?

EcoBuilding Pulse, Jan. 5, 2016, by Ryan Meres.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/news/how-efficient-are-energy-codes_s

"Last year the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE) announced that eight states would be part of a three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. Once completed, the study will provide an unprecedented opportunity to develop new strategies for education, training, and outreach for improving the energy efficiency of single-family homes, as well as a measurement of the impact those activities have on residential energy use. Preliminary results from the largest residential energy code field study ever conducted in the U.S. show they do."

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.

Survey of Buyers, Sellers and Realtors Involved In San Diego Third-Party Owned Solar Home Transactions – A Qualitative Assessment

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dec. 2015. https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1003917.pdf "Third-party ownership (or “TPO”) structures have revolutionized the residential solar photovoltaic (“PV”) industry, opening up new customer segments and growing to dominate the market – they include leases and power purchase agreements (“PPA”).  While the immediate benefits to customers are well-documented, there remains some question as to the long-term impacts of the TPO agreements, particularly as they relate to home sales.  This research utilizes data collected through a combination of surveys and interviews with various participants involved in actual home transactions (i.e. buyers, sellers, and realtors) to explore how TPO PV systems impact homes sales in the San Diego region.  These data indicate that while the presence of TPO systems do add some complexity to the real estate transaction, the overall impacts in terms of sales price, time on market, agreement transfers and customer ... Read the rest of entry »

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