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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


Defining Indoor Air Quality: IAQ Means Different Things to Different People, Organizations

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 8, 2015, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/129766-defining-indoor-air-quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as "associations, such as ASHRAE, and individual states, including California and New Jersey, have put forward standards and regulations that address IAQ issues, but the definition of IAQ still remains somewhat nebulous. Perhaps that is because so many factors affect IAQ — everything from poor ventilation and high (or low) humidity to pesticides, mold, and radon. In addition, it can be a challenge to quantify proper IAQ, particularly when occupants in a space have varying tolerances to different contaminants and irritants."

Solar-Ready Homes are Lean, Green and Seen

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Erin Clark.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_03_Solar-Ready-Homes-Are-Lean-Green-And-Seen.html

"Regulations, incentives and home buyers are pushing builders to incorporate solar as a standard feature."

Denver Authority Lets Solar Shine on Affordable Housing

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Victoria Mills.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_01_Denver-Authority-Lets-Solar-Shine-On-Affordable-Housing.html

"City authority opens up solar benefits to low-income families through a program of retrofits and new builds."

U.S. DOE Determination Regarding Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2015 IECC

U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes Program, May 2015.
http://www.energycodes.gov/determinations#tabs-2

"In May, 2015, DOE issued a determination that the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) would achieve greater energy efficiency in residential buildings subject to the code. DOE estimates national savings in residential buildings of approximately:
  • 0.73% energy cost savings
  • 0.87% source energy savings
  • 0.98% site energy savings"

Duct Dynasty: Residential Duct-leakage Testing

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, June 15, 2015, by David Richardson.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/129855-duct-dynasty-residential-duct-leakage-testing

"HVAC professionals across the country are experiencing a recent change that is driven by energy codes. This change is related to duct-leakage testing on new and often retrofitted HVAC systems."

State [WA] Offers Buyers of Energy-Efficient Homes Break on Mortgage Interest

KIRO TV, May 28, 2015, David Ham.
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/state-offers-buyers-energy-efficient-homes-break-m/nmQfj/#cmComments

"The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is close to launching its EnergySpark program, offering eligible homeowners .25% off of their mortgage interest rate."

Saving Energy This Memorial Day

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015, by Erik Hyrkas. http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/saving-energy-memorial-day

"The first summer holiday is just around the corner, and we know what’s on your minds for your Memorial getaway---fun in the sun, BBQs, and great family getaways to the beach. So how do we get ready for all of the excess fun, and fare with energy efficiency in mind?"

Baseline Energy Modeling Approach for Residential M&V Applications

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Report #E15-288, May 11, 2015.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/baseline-energy-modeling-approach-for-residential-m-v-applications.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"This report provides the results of analytical research on establishing a method for developing a robust energy baseline regression model and evaluation of how the model performed on the electric interval dataset from NEEA’s Residential Building Stock Analysis metering study."

Clearing the Air [Residential IAQ]

Green Builder, Apr. 2015. (Scroll to page 11 of the magazine or page 20 of the digital issue.)
http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/gbapr2015

"The continued rise of respiratory-related health problems has the public increasingly aware of indoor air pollution. Here's how you can take advantage of new research and products to address IAQ in your projects--before it becomes a problem."

Passive Solar Design From a Passive House Perspective

Home Power, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Katrin Klingenberg and others.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/home-efficiency/project-profiles/passive-solar-design-passive-house-perspective?v=print

"The Passive House approach to passive solar home design optimizes a home’s energy and economic performance with the three tenets of passive design—insulation, windows, and mass."

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