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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


Impacts of Model Building Energy Codes: Public Review Draft

Pacific Northwest National Lab, Oct. 2016, PNNL-25611.

"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) periodically evaluates national and state-level impacts associated with energy codes in residential and commercial buildings. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), funded by DOE, conducted an assessment of the prospective impacts of national model building energy codes from 2010 through 2040. This report describes the methodology used for the assessment and presents the impacts in terms of energy savings, consumer cost savings, and  reduced CO emissions at the state level and at aggregated levels. "

PNNL’s Rosenberg Honored For Work In Energy Efficiency Standards

Tri-City Herald, Sept. 30, 2016.

"Michael Rosenberg, a building codes scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected to the rank of fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers."

Wine chillers Will See Huge Efficiency Gains With New Standards

Appliance Standards Awareness Group, Oct. 4, 2016, by Joanna Mauer.

"Today, the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a direct final rule establishing the first-ever efficiency standards for wine chillers. The new standards, which were negotiated by manufacturers and efficiency advocates, will reduce wine chiller energy use by 75% relative to the least efficient products on the market."

New CSA C837-16 [Canadian] Compressed Air Efficiency Standard

Compressed Air Best Practices, Oct. 2016.

"After almost three and a half years of development work the Canadian Standards Association C837-16 document “Monitoring and Energy Performance of Compressed Air Systems” has finally been published and is available for download."

Advanced Inverters: The Coming Standards Bring New Opportunities

Solar Industry, Sept. 2016, by Ryan Edge.

"Advanced inverters have built-in potential to expand solar developers' customer base -- now all we need are the UL and IEEE code updates."

HVAC Codes and Standards: Cooling and Energy Efficiency

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Aug. 2016, by Gayle Davis.

"Codes and standards dictate the design of HVAC systems; however, there are ways to improve the design of nonresidential buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency."

Is An LED Right For Your Next Retrofit Project?

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Aug. 2016, by Tom Divine.

"As LED illumination technology improves in efficiency, reliability, and quality, building owners become interested in cost-effective ways to apply LED lighting in their facilities. In many cases, retrofitting existing fluorescent or incandescent luminaires will be an attractive alternative to wholesale fixture replacement. This article explores the effects of some of the applicable codes on LED retrofit projects."

Energy Trust Tops 10,000 Energy Efficient Homes

Portland Business Journal, Aug. 16, 2016, by Jon Bell.

"Just 300 homes built in Oregon in 2009 had an Energy Performance Score, the energy performance rating tool developed by the Energy Trust of Oregon. In 2015, that number soared to 2,500 homes.As of this month, all of those numbers have helped Energy Trust surpass the 10,000 mark when it comes to homes rated with an EPS. According to the nonprofit, more than a third of new homes built in Oregon these days have an EPS."

You Can’t Make Bricks Without Straw: Building a Residential Energy Code Support Program from a Utility Perspective

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Aug. 2016, by Donald C. Boza, Jr., Chad Miller, Joshua Rego, Cherish Smith, and Stu Slote.

"Improvements in building energy codes cannot be fully realized unless targeted stakeholder education, training and outreach is provided to support increased understanding of and compliance with the minimum requirements... This paper presents an approach developed to assess the energy savings and benefit-costs associated with implementing an energy code education, training and outreach program in Michigan."

Beyond Compliance: The DOE Residential Energy Code Field Study

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Aug. 2016, by David Cohan, Jeremy Williams, Rosemarie Bartlett, Mark Halverson, and Vrushali Mendon.

"For each state, energy use intensities (EUI’s) were calculated for a home just meeting the state prescriptive code requirements and compared to an EUI representing the collected field data. Results suggest that, on average, energy codes deliver most or all expected energy savings for the code adopted in a given state, overall—the opposite of conventional wisdom. At the same time, many sampled homes failed to meet at least one key code requirement, and many of the non-key requirements were not met. Also, the adopted code varied by state so there is clearly more energy savings potential available from adopting new codes. This rich new data set will
drive important discussions on the value and role of energy codes
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