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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: Sustainability

Sustainability


Sustainable Communities: Retrofitting Suburbia for 21st Century Challenges

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 20, 2016, by Ellen Dunham-Jones.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/vision-2020/sustainable-communities/sustainable-communities_o

"Most North Americans live in auto-dependent suburbs requiring high-carbon lifestyles. While cities and the walkable, bikable, compact, low-carbon living they facilitate are seeing a welcome resurgence in popularity, postwar suburbs, in particular, are facing unprecedented challenges. These challenges include increases in poverty, aging populations, more frequent flooding, and the cost of transportation, energy, and infrastructure maintenance, as well as declines in affordability, the number of jobs, social capital, public health, and environmental quality."

Net Positive Energy Buildings

ASHRAE Journal, Aug. 2016, by Dylan Connelly and Laura Fedoruk. (Article Summary only.)
https://www.ashrae.org/resources--publications/periodicals/ashrae-journal/features/net-positive-energy-building

"DPR Construction’s retrofitted San Francisco headquarters building achieved approximately 20% net positive energy its first year of operation using efficient systems including HVAC, electrical and PV. And, in late 2015, it was certified as a net zero energy building. The office building demonstrates the capabilities of integrated, innovative, and replicable design. And, it proves that sustainable buildings can reduce energy use and improve indoor environmental conditions, while being cost effective. It has become a hub for learning and collaborating on many sustainably minded design projects."

Commissioning and Design for 2016 Olympics

ASHRAE Journal, Jul 2016, by Ross D. Montgomery and Walter R. Lenzi.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016July_014-019_Montgomery.pdf

"Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee began to require environmental awareness as part of all Olympic Games. Over the years, the emphasis on sustainability grew, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August is the latest example of the benefits gained by using these strategies. ASHRAE members and student members are a part of this high-profile project, as they provided commissioning and HVAC&R design services, especially at the Olympic Park. This venue is where most events will occur in Barra da Tijuca, located 21 miles (34 km) south of Copacabana beach."

Understanding Highly Insulated Wall Assemblies’ Relationship with Global Warming

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2016, by Jim Lambach.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/understanding-highly-insulated-wall-assemblies-relationship-with-global-warming/

"A well-insulated building envelope is the starting point in any energy conservation strategy. The embodied global warming potential (GWP) of the insulating material, as part of a complete wall assembly, must be weighed against the use-phase energy efficiency contribution to see the complete environmental picture. This article examines the impact of both high- and low-embodied GWP insulation materials on the ultimate benefit of highly insulated wall assemblies."

There Is No Such Thing as a Green Product

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2016, by Trevor Zink & Roland Geyer.
http://ssir.org/articles/entry/there_is_no_such_thing_as_a_green_product

"Touting products like LEDs and recycled plastic packaging as “green” is misleading, because it fails to account for their effects on markets and consumer behavior and for the resulting environmental consequences. The authors offer what they say is a better approach: measuring the overall “net green” impact of the product."

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit

World Green Building Council, Feb. 2016.
http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/better-places-people/health-wellbeing-and-productivity-retail/

"The report’s main finding is that retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores."

Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

Ground-breaking Research Finds that Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income and Value

Bentall Kennedy, Press Release, Oct. 2015.
http://www.bentallkennedy.com/news-2015-10-06.php

"Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team."

An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle Certification

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19417/title/an-inside-look-at-cradle-to-cradle-certification/viewall/true.aspx

"Have you found that trying to purchase sustainable products could be a job in and of itself? When you really need to focus on energy and water conservation, it’s hard to find the motivation to assess a manufacturer’s green claims. After all, you’re not a toxicologist, chemist, or lab technician. What you really need is verification that a product was sourced and manufactured in a responsible way, has no exposure risks for occupants while in use, and has reclamation options that will save it from the landfill."

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), April 2015.
http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php

"Led by researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, the SCOPE report is the collective effort of 137 experts from 82 institutions and 24 countries to document and analyze impacts, benefits, and constraints related to the global expansion of bioenergy. Contributors include several BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory."
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