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All posts tagged 'Multifamily'

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Apartment Buildings Get on the Energy Efficiency Train

Energy Manager Today, Dec. 7, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/apartment-buildings-get-on-the-energy-efficiency-train-0128919/

"Efforts are underway to address residential building energy use. In October, the National Network of Business and Industry Association provided a grant to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council  (IREC) that enabled it and the NAAEI to launch a micro-credential program aimed at apartment technical staffs. The credential will be a step beyond Certification for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT). CAMT+E certification attests that the person is capable in planning, procuring and managing energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits in apartments. It is, the press release says, “the first in a series of stackable micro-credentials, which together will lead to a new Certificate for Maintenance Supervisors.”"

What You Should Know About LEED v4 [Multifamily]

Multifamily Executive, Nov. 1, 2016, by Chris Wood.
http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/design-development/green/what-you-should-know-about-leed-v4_o

"As of last month, LEED v4 became the officially required version for certification. Here are the multifamily-friendly aspects you should know about."

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Advanced Heating Technologies for VRF

Construction Specifier, Oct. 2016, by Cain White.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/advanced-heating-technologies-for-vrf/

"Cold temperatures and disruptive precipitation create problems every year. When it comes to heating spaces, the challenge tends to be how to do 
it effectively and efficiently...Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) makes the most of the square footage and budget while offering energy-efficient and reliable technology providing superior occupant comfort. It achieves success by dividing a building’s interior into zones, each of which can be operated separately."

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Getting to Net-Zero Carbon in Multifamily Homes

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 14, 2016, by Kelly Vaughn.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_10_14_getting_to_net_zero_carbon_in_multifamily_homes

"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.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/projects/green-building-without-leed_s

"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.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/news/green-financing-programs-for-multifamily-take-off_s

"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.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97706-ashrae-research-outlines-measures-to-reach-toward-net-zero-energy

"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.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/04/f30/DOE%20-%20Energy%20Efficiency%20in%20Separate%20Tenant%20Spaces_0.pdf

"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.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/takoma-park-pilot.pdf

"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.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97577-vrf-now-more-than-ever

"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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