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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


Building Better Energy Efficiency Programs for Low-Income Households

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Mar. 10, 2016.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1601.pdf

"This report addresses the key questions and challenges around low-income programs for single-family homes. It draws from a range of programs to provide recommendations for increasing the savings and reach of efficiency programming in this sector. We detail practices that program administrators are using to overcome challenges, and we explore strategies to use underutilized technologies and measures to realize greater savings."

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."

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."

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."

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