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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: Codes/Standards

Codes/Standards


New Federal Equipment Standards Create Big Northwest Energy Savings

Northwest Energy Coalition, Oct. 6, 2014.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/new-federal-equipment-standards-create-big-northwest-energy-savings/

"In the past five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has cranked out federal appliance and equipment standards that by 2029 will produce almost 800 average megawatts of Northwest energy savings that will greatly help the region achieve the savings goals of current regional power plan, according to preliminary analyses by the Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest Power and Conservation Council."

Government Works: Federal Agency Actions on Energy Efficiency

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sep. 2014, by Lowell W. Ungar, and others.
http://aceee.org/white-paper/government-works

An ACEEE White Paper: 
"Federal agency actions on energy efficiency under existing legislative authority are saving consumers money, creating jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and reducing oil use and imports. In this paper we examined four sets of recent and prospective agency actions on energy efficiency: appliance standards, vehicle standards, power plant emissions standards, and select housing policies."

Impact of ASHRAE 90.1 on Controls and BAS Design

Engineered Systems (ES), Aug. 2014, by Paul Ehrlich.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96684-impact-of-ashrae-901-on-controls-and-bas-design

"As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know."

Enhancing Energy Performance with Balcony Thermal Breaks

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Paul Nutcher.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/enhancing-energy-performance-with-balcony-thermal-breaks/

"Engineered structural thermal breaks at balcony connections can assist mid-rise and high-rise building project teams in complying with the new continuous insulation (ci) code requirements. These structural components are especially important to address in multi-family specifications because thermal bridging for every residential unit can contribute significant heating and cooling loads."

Wind Load and Air Barrier Performance Levels

Construction Specifier, July 2014, by Maria Spinu, Benjamin Meyer and Andrew Miles.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/wind-load-and-air-barrier-performance-levels/

"Continuous air barriers have become mandatory for the building envelope, with energy codes recognizing the importance of air leakage control. However, simple inclusion of an air barrier requirement does not guarantee the desired performance in the field. These systems must be properly installed, meet the building envelope structural wind loads, and maintain their function over time."

Corrections Needed for PV Performance Blind Spots During Commissioning

Solar Industry, July 2014, by James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_04_Corrections-Needed-For-PV-Performance-Blind-Spots-During-Commissioning.html

"If a photovoltaic system is commissioned according to industry standards, then it must be performing as expected, right? Not necessarily. PV industry standards for commissioning do not include performance testing.

NEC code and IEC 62446 mention nothing about performance testing. ASTM E2848-11 outlines a method of performance measurement during the commissioning stage, but it is not a complete, consistent, standardized method of measurement and metrics."

Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards [Furnace Fans]

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 25, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/06/taming-energy-hog-efficiency-standard%20

"The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort."

ASME EA-4-2010 - Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems. What’s it all about?

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2014, by Joe Ghislain.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/food-grade-air/asme-ea-4-2010-energy-assessment-compressed-air-systems-what-s-it-all-about

"The ASME EA-4 standard takes the same system approach that is taught in the Compressed Air Challenge® Fundamentals and Advanced Compressed Air System Management courses and provides a prescriptive but scalable process that can be tailored to each facility. Along with system definition, it sets requirements for organizing and conducting the assessment, analyzing the data, and reporting and documenting of the findings."

Designing Masonry Buildings to the 2012 Energy Code

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Steven Fechino.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/designing-masonry-buildings-to-the-2012-energy-code/

"Change is coming to the building industry, driven by a need for far more efficient energy use in the built environment. Masonry has many qualities that make it an ideal building material for energy-efficient construction, including its thermal mass, sustainability, high level of availability, and design flexibility. A combination of new building materials, a better understanding of building dynamics, and improved design software is making it possible for designers to create masonry buildings that meet the new energy codes; skilled masons will be key to making these energy-efficient buildings a reality."

How to Save 2 Million Barrels of Oil Per Day

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 2014, by Siddiq Khan.
http://www.aceee.org/blog/2014/06/how-save-2-million-barrels-oil-day

Provides a summary of efforts to increase fuel savings in trucks through continued promotion of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines built for the 2014 to 2018 model years and to extend the EPA and NHTSA program beyond 2018.

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