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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.


All posts tagged 'Multifamily'

Check out all of the posts tagged with 'Multifamily' below. If you still can't find what you are looking for, try using the search box.

Getting to Net-Zero Carbon in Multifamily Homes

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 14, 2016, by Kelly Vaughn.

"Consumers wanting to undertake a deep energy retrofit of a home currently face a challenging process that involves multiple complex steps, as shown in the infographic [shows barriers and opportunities] below. For this reason, many give up on energy efficiency."

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Green Building, Without LEED [Multifamily]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 3, 2016, by Barbara Ballinger.

"A Charlotte, N.C., low-rise incorporates energy-efficient features but eschews the expense and time associated with green certification."

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Green Financing Programs for Multifamily Take Off

EcoBuilding Pulse/Apartment Finance Today, Oct. 3, 2016, by Jerry Ascierto.

"Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) want to make it easier, and more cost effective, for multifamily owners to go green."

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ASHRAE Research Outlines Measures to Reach Toward Net Zero Energy

Engineered Systems, Apr. 26, 2016.

"Thirty specific energy savings measures across all building types and climate zones resulted in cutting energy use by nearly half, according to results of newly approved research funded by ASHRAE."

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Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces -- A Feasibility Study

U.S. Department of Energy EERE, Apr. 2016.

"Traditionally, efforts to encourage energy efficiency in commercial buildings have focused on building owners rather than tenants. While building owners generally have control over building systems and operations, tenants play a critical role in achieving lasting reductions in energy intensity. In recognition of this collaborative role, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 mandated the development of a voluntary tenant space recognition system similar to the successful ENERGY STAR® buildings program. Additionally, the legislation mandated a feasibility analysis, presented here, regarding the implementation of tenant-specific energy efficiency measures. In response, this paper presents best practices, resources, and policies that could serve as the backbone for future tenant energy efficiency programs."

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Energy Efficiency through Tenant Engagement: A Pilot Behavioral Program for Multifamily Buildings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Mar. 3, 2016, by Lauren Ross and Ariel Drehobl.

"In 2014, ACEEE launched a pilot program to test a variety of behavioral strategies to promote energy efficiency among tenants in low- to moderate-income multifamily housing in Takoma Park, Maryland. The program included behavioral messaging, events, educational information, and the distribution of energy saving devices. We measured energy use in the months before and after the pilot. The white paper includes these results...."

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VRF: Now More Than Ever

Engineered Systems, Feb. 2016, by James J. Siegel.

"It’s not a new technology, but it’s more popular than ever. While VRF is providing engineers and building owners with a financial payback, the benefits go beyond energy efficiency. Take the tour from California offices to Manhattan apartment buildings to schools retrofits in the Midwest, and find out what improvements users might see in the years to come."

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Multiple Benefits of Multifamily Energy Efficiency for Cost-Effectiveness Screening

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 16, 2015, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann. [Free registration required to view full-report.]

"This report describes the multiple benefits of energy efficiency in multifamily retrofit programs and discusses particular ways of establishing their value so administrators can include them in cost-effectiveness testing."

Low-Income Housing a Rich Market for Commercial-Scale Solar

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Mike Healy.

"Policymakers and community-based incentives are extending solar thermal benefits to new customers."

An Untapped Solar Market: The Renewable Potential of Multi-family Housing

North American Clean Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Zach Axelrod.

"Solar energy is rapidly becoming a popular option for homeowners as a way to save money. But, what about folks who live in apartments or condos? Multi-family dwellings, as they are known, are providing the next potential growth opportunity for the residential solar industry. Now, innovative financing mechanisms allow even low-income families to take part in the benefits of solar power."

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