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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.

 


ecoSelect: A Green Building Program by the Numbers

Green Builder, Oct. 2014, by Laureen Blissard.
http://www.greenbuildermedia.com/blog/ecoselect-a-green-building-program-by-the-numbers

"This “entry-level” green building program is attracting builders with its low cost and easy-to-follow checklist."

Improve [Refrigeration] Efficiencies With Careful Compressor Selection

Heating, Plumbing, Air Conditioning, Oct. 2014, by Autumn Nicholson and Mike Saunders.
http://www.hpacmag.com/news/improve-efficiencies-with-careful-compressor-selection/1003286606/?&er=NA

"[Commercial] Refrigeration system designers have traditionally selected compressors to match the capacity anticipated on the hottest days of the year, accounting for a design Btu load and high ambient temperatures. While this approach ensures required performance in extreme conditions, it does not always equate to achieving system efficiencies. In light of the changing refrigeration landscape, designers should evaluate compressor selection on three important considerations.


Introducing The Facility Actual Savings Test: FAST-X

Facilities Engineering Journal, Nov/Dec 2014, by Wayne P. Saya. [C;ick on article title under Features, or jump to page 18]
http://digital.graphcompubs.com/publication/?i=235463&pjs=1&p=3&pn=&ver=flex&pid=

"Developed in cooperation with NorthWrite, Inc., the AFE (F)acility (A)ctual (S)avings (T)est, known by its acronym as FAST-X, is our new energy savings certification methodology for buildings. Unlike the US Green Building Council’s LEED® program, any building can receive an uncontentious FAST-X certification or FAST-X energy check-up. Paper mills, tobacco manufacturers, and overall industrial plants experiencing complications from the protocols of other well-known energy accreditation programs, now have a method and a home for official recognition."

Net-Zero Buildings in Action

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Especially-In-NetZero-Energy-Buildings-A-Careful-Eye-On-Operations-Pays-Off--15485

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Especially In Net-Zero Energy Buildings, A Careful Eye On Operations Pays Off
Part 2: Facility Managers' Grasp Of Big-Picture Issues Is Crucial To Net-Zero Performance
Part 3: Flexible Design, Careful Energy Monitoring Are Vital
Part 4: Despite Buildings' Success, Facility Managers Aim For More Performance

Green Building Report: States Updating Energy Standards

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2014, by Jessica Baker.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/States-Raise-The-Bar-On-HighPerformance-Buildings--15489

A 4-Part article:
Part 1: States Raise The Bar On High-Performance Buildings
Part 2: ASHRAE, LEED Updates Include Lighting, Sustainable Materials
Part 3: A Beginner's Guide to ASHRAE 90.1 and LEEDv4
Part 4: The Rise of the LEED City

Estimating Customer Electricity Savings from Projects Installed by the U.S. ESCO industry

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Nov. 25, 2014.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/Estimating%20customer%20Electricity%20Savings_25Nov2014_FINAL.pdf

"We introduce a method to estimate the total amount of electricity saved by projects implemented by the U.S. ESCO industry using the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) /National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) database of projects and LBNL’s biannual industry survey. We report two metrics: incremental electricity savings metric and savings from ESCO projects that are active in a given year (e.g., 2012)."

The Energy Efficiency and Productivity Benefits of Smart Appliances and ICT-Enabled Networks: An Initial Assessment

ACEEE, Nov. 12, 2014, by John A. “Skip” Laitner, Matthew T. McDonnell, and Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez. [Requires free registration to download full report.]
http://aceee.org/research-report/f1402

"In a new ACEEE report, we’ve looked at this expanded use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and found that it could become a leading catalyst to boost greater economic productivity while saving money and reducing environmental impacts."

Dynamic Designs With Electrochromic Glass

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Oct. 2014, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95904-95904-dynamic-designs-with-electrochromic-glass

"An updated take on a technology is helping designers make buildings more comfortable and energy efficient while adhering to cleaner aesthetic."

American-Made Wind Turbine Blades

News Release, Sandia National Laboratories, Sept. 2014.
https://share.sandia.gov/news/resources/news_releases/american_turbine/#.VFv_cmx0wWo

"Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries that pay workers lower wages. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (AMII), a three-year $6.3 million project, brought together researchers from Sandia, Iowa State University, and TPI Composites of Scottsdale, Ariz., which operates a turbine blade factory in Newton, Iowa."

Watts in a Drop of Water: Savings at the Water-Energy Nexus

ACEEE White Paper, Nov. 5, 2014, by Rachel Young. [Free registration required to view full-text.]
http://aceee.org/white-paper/watts-in-drop-water

"This paper shows a range of energy intensities for water and wastewater services and in residential hot and cold water. We draw from existing data to develop national estimates of energy savings associated with water savings, including energy used in water conveyance, water heating, and water and sewage treatment."

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