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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.

 


The Value of In-House Lighting Audits

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19418/title/the-value-of-in-house-lighting-audits.aspx?topic=394

"Lighting is one of the easiest places to cut energy use in many facilities, but finding the right place to start a retrofit or relamping project can be a real hurdle. That’s where a lighting audit comes in. It may be time-consuming, but identifying the biggest energy hogs and dealing with them first will pay dividends in the form of cost savings that you can use to finance future efficiency projects. Ensure your audit’s success by starting off on the right foot."

Introducing the Passive House System: A New Standard for Building Green

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by Gita Nandan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/introducing-the-passive-house-system-a-new-standard-for-building-green/

"The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years.... A solution many architects and owners are turning to is Passive House, a relatively new standard focused on airtightness, high thermal values, energy-attuned material selection, and the use of natural ventilation and lighting."

An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle Certification

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19417/title/an-inside-look-at-cradle-to-cradle-certification/viewall/true.aspx

"Have you found that trying to purchase sustainable products could be a job in and of itself? When you really need to focus on energy and water conservation, it’s hard to find the motivation to assess a manufacturer’s green claims. After all, you’re not a toxicologist, chemist, or lab technician. What you really need is verification that a product was sourced and manufactured in a responsible way, has no exposure risks for occupants while in use, and has reclamation options that will save it from the landfill."

13 Tips for [Green] Certification Success

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19422/title/13-tips-for-certification-success/viewall/true.aspx

"Is your organization about to launch its own certification effort? Take charge and make sure your facility gets the designation it deserves with these 13 tips from FMs, consultants and green building experts who have already walked the walk."

California MSW Organics Digester Prepares To Launch

BioCycle, Oct. 2015, by Nora Goldstein.
http://www.biocycle.net/2015/10/21/california-msw-organics-digester-prepares-to-launch/

"Construction is nearing completion, and all the equipment is installed at CR&R Inc.'s high solids anaerobic digester (AD) facility in Perris, California. “We are approaching a dry run with the digester to test out the various system components, and then will fine-tune the process controls,” notes Paul Relis, CR&R Senior Vice-President. “We will likely start processing feedstocks in the digesters in the first quarter of 2016.”"

10 Little-Known VSD Air Compressor Tweaks

Compressed Air Best Practices, Nov. 2015, by Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/compressor-controls/10-little-known-vsd-air-compressor-tweaks

"The introduction of rotary screw air compressors controlled by variable speed drives (VSDs) is one of the best energy efficiency innovations introduced to the industry in the past few years. This style of compressor control can significantly reduce the energy wasted by compressors running in the unloaded condition. But the type of VSD control offered by various manufacturers can differ, and some of these differences can affect the efficiency of the system. This article discusses some little known tweaks to VSD compressor control, including some using hidden features that can sometimes be implemented to enhance the savings gained by the installation of this type of compressor."

Air Compressor Control for Industry 4.0

Compressed Air Best Practices, Nov. 2015, by Clinton Shaffer.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/compressor-controls/air-compressor-control-industry-40

"We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, or, as it is known in Germany, Industry 4.0. In broad terms, the concept describes manufacturing facilities where all of the machines — including the air compressors, along with their corresponding sensors and air treatment equipment — communicate with each other autonomously, recording performance metrics to a local controller, a wireless network, and an external database. These communicative abilities are enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), in which intelligent, networked devices link everything back to a main data hub."

Managing Multiple-Compressor Systems: Utilizing Controls to Improve Performance

Compressed Air Best Practices, Nov. 2015, by Chad Larrabee.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/compressor-controls/managing-multiple-compressor-systems-utilizing-controls-improve-perfo

"An unmanaged control scheme for a bank of air compressors is a recipe for unnecessary consumption of power, as well as increased or unplanned maintenance. Controlling air compressors with only their on-board controllers can cause one or more of the following problems:
  • Too many compressors are running.
  • The wrong combination of compressors is running.
  • Pressure is higher than it needs to be."

WELL Building Standard Drives Global Growth of Healthy Building Movement

International WELL Building Institute, Press Release, Nov. 16, 2015.
http://www.wellcertified.com/articles/well-building-standard-drives-global-growth-healthy-building-movement

"One year after the public release of the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) Version 1.0, the International WELL Building Institute® (IWBI) announces milestone achievements in the development, growth and expansion of the WELL Certification program. The world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness, WELL has brought health and well-being to the forefront of the sustainable building conversation and triggered new innovations in building practices, design and development."

Developing 2,400+ MW of Hydro in North America

Hydro Review, Nov. 2015, by Elizabeth Ingram.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-34/issue-9/articles/developing-2-400-mw-of-hydro-in-north-america.html

"This article provides details about development work ongoing (or completed in 2015) at 10 hydro projects in the U.S. and Canada. This is just a representative sample and not intended to be comprehensive. Read on to learn who is developing these projects, where they are located, what it cost to develop them, how they got financing and much more."

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