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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


Designs That Integrate--Applying ASHRAE 90.1

Engineered Systems, Oct. 2014, by Jeffrey C. Martin.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96786-designs-that-integrate-applying-ashrae-901

"ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, has served as a benchmark for both new and retrofit commercial building design for the last 35 years and continues to lead today’s sustainably minded business culture. With 90.1 or similarly stringent energy codes being adopted by various states and municipalities across the country, it is imperative that owners, designers, and contractors understand the requirements and its implications on the design and budget of a project. Compliance with the standard is often required by law and a prerequisite to obtaining a building permit."

DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, Oct. 13, 2014, by Jen Anesi.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/127811-doe-denies-petition-ahri-sues-over-rule

"On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) denied a petition from Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and Lennox Intl. Inc. that asked the government agency to reconsider its June 3 final rule establishing energy-conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). AHRI and Lennox, who argued the final rule was promulgated unfairly and contained nearly unattainable efficiency standards, filed the petition for reconsideration on July 30 in hopes the DOE would review its WICF final rule without the need for court intervention."

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Agency Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Sept. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/stc-hoover-report-bk_v3-draft-9-5-14.pdf

"On September 11, 2014, at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, former U.S. Senator Jeff  Bingaman announced the release of The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The development of the bipartisan report was led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Schultz under a joint study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.  The report highlights several great state energy best practices examples."

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."
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