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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for August 16, 2010

ENERGY NEWSBRIEFS is a weekly current awareness service provided by the Washington State University Extension Energy Program Library and written by Angela Santamaria, WSU Energy Library Manager, to assist users in tracking developments in the energy field. To view past issues or to subscribe to receive an email notification of the publication of a new issue, go to the Energy Newsbriefs home.

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"Cultivating New Energy," by staff, is a discussion of various biological sources for energy including their advantages, generally, over fossil fuels and their suitability for Washington State, in particular. The oilseed plant, camelina, is featured as a promising renewable energy resource. See this article in Washington State Magazine, Fall 2010.

"Running on Camelina: LaCrosse Farmer Fuels Equipment with his Crop" was written by Kathy Barnard, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University. This is an application of the discussion, in the article immediately above, of the suitability of camelina as a source of fuel. See this article in WSU Today, August 9, 2010.


"Boeing Donates Building to Squaxin Island Tribe," was written by Sheila Riggs, Washington State University Extension Energy Program Marketing Director. A building (a cafeteria that is no longer needed) is "recycled." It will be removed, in parts, from its original site and put back together on another. Commissioning is planned for October. See it in WSU Today, August 10, 2010.


"Don't Just Step Outside Your Comfort Zone – JUMP!" was written by Kevin Dickens, P.E., Deputy Director and Senior Project Engineer, Jacobs Facilities, Inc. The author takes issue with traditional design parameters for temperature and humidity and explains why. He includes suggestions for the future. See this very interesting article in Engineered Systems (ES), July 2010.


"The Economy's Uneven Effect on Energy," by Jeffrey Winters, Associate Editor, Mechanical Engineering , discusses the recession's effect on four sectors. For residential and commercial, the effect was slight to insignificant; for industrial and for transportation, it was huge. See this article in Mechanical Engineering, July 2010.


"Recycling Program Adds to Rubber Flooring’s Environmental Advantages," by Kenn Busch, relates the advantages of rubber flooring (natural or artificial), the recently resolved problem associated with recycling artificial rubber, and more. (This article can be counted as credit in a continuing education program through Interiors & Sources journal; a sidebar towards the beginning of the article addresses this option.) See this article in Interiors & Sources, July/August 2010.


Buildings that are notable for their HVAC/R performance are highlighted in the Summer 2010 issue of High Performing Buildings , a journal from ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers):

"Cool Savings," by Nelson Longenecker, Vice President of Business Innovation, Four Seasons Produce, is a case study of the energy efficiency and sustainability of the country's first Energy Star warehouse, a 200,000 square foot facility in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company has experienced very large savings in energy use (and costs) and a similarly impressive reduction in the size of its carbon footprint and the amount of company wastes that are not diverted. See this case study

"Green Dividends" was co-authored by Elaine Aye, LEED AP O+M, Principal, Green Building Services Inc., and Training Faculty Member, USGBC, and Ted Spear, P.E., Senior Consultant, Building Management Team, Green Building Services. This is a case study of the renovation of the 200 Market Building, a commercial facility in Portland, Oregon. The renovation focused on sustainability and high efficiencies to save money, and keep occupation rates high; both have been achieved. The overhaul of the building and its systems has resulted in LEED Gold certification for existing buildings. Certification for Platinum LEED Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance is being sought. See this case study

"Old Concepts, New Tools" was jointly written by Amarpreet Sethi, LEED AP, Sustainable Building Analyst, Stantec, and Tom Marseille, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Vice President, WSP Flack & Kurtz. This is a case study of the Terry Thomas office building in Seattle. The Class A commercial building is said to mimic 1920s office architecture in that it needs no mechanical cooling system given the mild Pacific Northwest climate. It has achieved both LEED Gold certification for commercial structures and LEED Platinum for commercial interiors, and it is an Energy Star building. See this case study

"A Positive Latitude," a case study of Latitude East, an office structure in Sydney, Australia, was co-authored by Scott Walkden-Brown, Director, Waterman Group (Sydney), and Godfrey Frederick, Business Development Manager, Waterman Group (Australia). Latitude East achiever high energy efficiencies and a small carbon foot by optimizing traditional designs and systems rather than purchasing green power or embracing trendier technologies such as onsite power, chilled beams, and underfloor displacement air distribution. See this case study

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