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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


Critical Facilities: Data Center Deliberation

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2014, by Loren Snyder.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/How-HVAC-Economizers-Can-Help-Data-Centers-Meet-Energy-Codes-Energy-Star-Ratings-And-ASHRAE-Standards--14655?source=part

A 4-part article on energy use in data centers:
  1. Air-Flow Management, Economizer Use And Understanding PUE Can Help Improve Data Center Efficiency
  2. How HVAC Economizers Can Help Data Centers Meet Energy Codes, Energy Star Ratings And ASHRAE Standards
  3. Managing Data Center Air Flow With Hot Aisles, Cold Aisles Can Help Drive Energy Efficiency
  4. Tailor Data Center Energy Strategies To Business Needs

Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Proposed Determination of Hearth Products as a Covered Consumer Product

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE),  Dec. 31, 2013.
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EERE-2013-BT-DET-0057-0002

"The U.S. Department of Energy has tentatively determined  that hearth products meet the criteria for covered products because classifying products of such type as covered products is necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA (which is to improve the efficiency of covered consumer products to conserve the energy resources of the Nation), and the average annual U.S. household energy use for hearth products is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year."

Impact of Advancements in Model Energy Codes: What's the Effect on Insulation?

The Construction Specifier, Jan. 2014, by Jared O. Blum.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201401/index.html and click or scroll to page 66.

"In response to a national interest in, and policies for, conservation of energy, model energy codes are striving to advance the way commercial and residential building envelopes are insulated. The effect on how design professionals specify materials for thermal management will be substantial."

Energy Conservation Standards for Electric Motors: Proposed Rulemaking

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE), Dec. 6, 2013.
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2010-BT-STD-0027

"Consistent with changes made by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), DOE is amending its electric motor standards by expanding the scope of the electric motors that would be regulated. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, DOE must publish a final rule determining whether to amend its standards no later than 24 months after the effective date of the previous final rule."

New U.S. Department of Energy Rules Lauded for Rating Commercial Systems

Press Release, Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Jan. 9, 2014.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/documents/asap-press-releases/new-us-department-energy-rules-lauded-rating-commercial-systems

"United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) today praised the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for finalizing new methods for rating and certifying commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating and refrigeration equipment. The negotiated rule, which DOE published on Dec. 31, 2013, was developed by the first working group convened by DOE’s Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee...." Press Release includes a link to the Dec. 31, 2013 Federal Register, Final Rule on Energy Conservation Program: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods, Basic Model Definition, and Compliance for Commercial HVAC, Refrigeration, and WH Equipment.

Code Watch: The IECC Remains Strong

Green Builder, Dec. 2013, by Mike Collignon and Bill Fay.
http://content.yudu.com/A2iil0/GreenBuilderDec013/resources/68.htm

News on the International Energy Conservation Code proceedings.
"Mechanical equipment tradeoffs were removed in 2009, but certain parties have been trying to put them back into the code ever since. And here's how HERS fits in."
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