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Energy Newsbriefs Blog

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


Integrated Design for Affordable, Factory Built Homes

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Aug. 2016, by Eric Ansanelli, Devanshi Dadia, Jordan Dentz, Zoe Kaufman, Emanuel Levy, Pournamasi Rath, and Greg Barker.

"In many respects that impact energy efficiency, manufactured housing is an anomaly in the shelter business. The industry builds to a national standard, most of the construction is done in a controlled manufacturing environment typically far removed from the building site, and portions of the home are completed by installers outside the control of the factory.... However, this is about to change as the industry energy standards, last updated in 1994, will be raised to levels roughly equivalent to IECC 2015, an unprecedented leap in efficiency regulation."

Tackling Energy Codes with Energy Modeling: Preparing Design Professionals to Face Building Performance Demands

Building Codes Assistance Project for the Energy Foundation, Aug. 2016.

"This paper intends to map the existing landscape of building energy codes and modeling software, highlighting current best practices and identifying steps for removing barriers. "

Regulation of Commercial Fan Efficiency: An In-depth Exploration of the Department of Energy’s Fan and Blower Rule

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2016, by Trinity Persful.

"Fans consume 14% of the electricity purchased by industrial and commercial buildings. Yet, fan efficiency has escaped the attention of those who design efficiency into the air systems they specify. That is about to change. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will publish their proposed rule this year covering fans from 1 to 200 horsepower. This new regulation will determine compliance at the design point of the fan."

Update on U.S. Fan Energy-Efficiency Regulation

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Aug. 2016, by Anthony (Tony) Rossi and Michael Wolf.

"Progress to date and future direction of efforts to reduce fan power consumption."
References ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and AMCA 205, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans.

Mobile Homes Move Toward Efficiency

ACEEE Blog, Aug. 3, 2016, by Lowell Ungar.

"Do you know which government in the United States is the biggest laggard on energy codes for homes? The federal government. But that’s about to change. -- Manufactured homes and the “HUD Code”."

zEPI FAQ: Zero Energy Performance Index

New Buildings Institute, July 2016.

"The 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) includes many progressive measures that will improve the energy performance of buildings. One important provision describes the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI), which provides a scale for measuring commercial building energy performance. zEPI represents a fundamental shift in measurement of building efficiency as it sets energy targets for actual energy consumption rather than using a predictive energy model of building energy performance to calculate a “percent better than code” metric. zEPI sets an energy use intensity (EUI) target for building type and is adjusted for climate. It is also the measure by which a building’s energy efficiency is calculated once operational and occupied based on measured energy use data."

Next Generation Standards: How the National Energy Efficiency Standards Program Can Continue to Drive Energy, Economic, and Environmental Benefits

ACEEE, Aug. 4, 2016, by Andrew deLaski, Joanna Mauer, et. al.

"Appliance, equipment, and lighting standards have been among the most effective energy efficiency policies, delivering increased savings over multiple rounds of standards for many products. But how much more can be accomplished? What is the potential for additional savings from future standards, specifically for the presidential administration that begins in 2017? This report estimates the savings opportunities from updates to existing standards. We also offer five strategic recommendations for improving the national standards program and further increasing savings."

The State of Technology: Outcome-Based Energy Codes and zEPI

Zondits, July 2016, by Matt Lockwood.

"This month, our State of Technology series focuses on energy codes. Let’s talk about two innovations in development over the last decade in energy codes: outcome-based energy codes and zEPI [Zero Energy Performance Index]. Both started as dreams of energy code wonks to address the problems with existing code and benchmarking solutions, and both have been gaining prominence and momentum in the energy codes world."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.

"Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space."

Tacoma Power Ductless Heat Pump Proposal Changes Washington State Energy Code

Northwest Public Power Bulletin, Apr. 2016, by Sonja Bert. -- scroll or jump to page 14.

"Tacoma Power's proposal to change the Washington State Energy code will soon make ductless heat pumps (DHPs) mandatory in some new construction homes. The change will save money for homeowners and help reduce the need for future power plants across the state."


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