Articles for June 11, 2012
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Google Street View for Building Energy Efficiency,"
by Derek Top, was published April 18, 2012, in a GreenBiz blog. It
describes the drive-by energy audits one company does with thermal cameras on
the roofs of vehicles. The company’s CEO believes that the increasing
demand for energy audits by cities and municipal governments should make this
"Roofing" is a four-part article by Casey Laughman, Managing Editor,
Building Operating Management; it was
published in the April 2012 issue of that journal. It makes the point that a new cool
roof is reasonably competitive with traditional roofs.
The rest of the article discusses
available federal tax deductions in Part 1, and follows with information about
various incentives on Parts 2, 3, and 4:
Part 1 is "Cool
Roofs an Option or Almost Any Facility."
Part 2 is "Cool
Roofs Can Provide Big Savings in Conjunction with Other Systems."
Part 3 is "Cool
Roof Rebates, Incentives Can Vary by Region, Political Climate."
Part 4 is "Aging
Infrastructure Can Drive Cool Roof Rebates."
The New Big Man on Campus" was written by Michael Luster, PE,
LEED AP MEP Associates, LLC; it was published in the April 2012 issue of
HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. This is a
discussion of the application of geothermal systems campus-wide rather than to
individual campus buildings. The
article includes basic engineering information about how to proceed, beginning
with an analysis of utility data, a determination of how the new system would
fit with the campus master-plan (which would include expectations for future
expansion), and knowledge of the campus monthly-load. This will bring the engineer to an
understanding of the campus' base simultaneous load, instantaneous load,
unbalanced heating load, and unbalanced cooling load. All of those help determine system
sizing and more.
The following two articles were published in the
Geo-Heat Center Quarterly Bulletin (Vol. 30, Issue 4; February 2012):
a Community-Based Network for Geothermal Energy"
by Walter S. Snyder, Boise State University; Joseph N. Moore, University of
Utah; David D. Blackwell, Southern Methodist University; Tonya Boyd, Geo-Heat
Center, Oregon Institute of Technology; Roland N. Horne, Stanford University;
and by Lisa Shevenell, University of Nevada.
The article introduces and discusses, in depth, the concept of academic
institutions developing and hosting networks of data sites and databases for the
furtherance of geothermal systems. (This seven-page paper was selected in a
of Geothermal Policy in the United States – What Works and What Doesn’t Work"
was co-authored by John W. Lund, Emeritus, Geo-Heat Center, Oregon Institute of
Technology; and by R. Gordon Bloomquist, Retired, Washington State University
Energy Program. This eight-page
article begins with a brief history of policy related to geothermal and lists
eight characteristics for developing a successful project. These characteristics are, then,
covered in depth.
POLICY – WORKFORCE, NET-ZERO ENERGY
Analysis of the Jobs and Economic Impacts of Renewable Energy Projects Supported
by the §1603 Treasury Grant Program"
is an April 2012, 33-page, technical report from the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory; it was written by Daniel Steinberg and Gian Porro. It is a discussion of the 2009
Treasury Grant Program, which was in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (Stimulus Act). The Treasury
Grant Program was aimed at smaller renewable energy developers who were not
aided by earlier programs such as the investment and production tax credits (ITC
and PTC) and the accelerated depreciation benefit for renewable energy property
[the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) and the bonus
depreciation]. In addition to
supporting small renewable energy projects, a secondary, but positive, outcome
of the Treasury Grant Program was the creation of jobs.
Revealing Buildings’ Energy Use Creates Jobs,"
by Heidi Schwartz, appeared on April 17, 2012, on the
TFM Facility Blog. It highlights
and summarizes the results of two studies which indicate that the policy known
as "building energy rating and disclosure" does result in jobs creation. The reports (full text) are:
Waste Law Passes In Scotland" is a paragraph in the May 2012 issue
of BioCycle briefly
describing the major points of the new Scottish law pertaining to the recycling
of used materials (cardboard, plastic, metal, and glass) and to the disposal of
food waste. Both commercial and
residential sectors are affected.
For details see the Web page "Zero Waste
includes links to information in nine areas covered by the new law.
Disclosure and the New Frontier for American Jobs," a nine-page
report by Andrew C. Burr, Institute for Market Transformation, March, 2012.
"Analysis of Job
Creation and Energy Cost Savings from Building Energy Rating and Disclosure
seventeen-page, March 2012, white paper by Andrew C. Burr, Cliff Majersik and
Sarah Stellberg, all of the Institute for Market Transformation, and by Heidi
Garrett-Peltier of the Political Economy Research Institute.
RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES
Stay Cool, Save Money is a website, revised (and re-named) seasonally, from the
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips
for energy savings for the warmer months.
Evolution of Wind Training," by Shawn Lamb, Program Director, Ecotech
Institute, was published in the April 2012 issue of
describes how the training for wind technicians has evolved from learning on the
job only, to classroom study only at community colleges, and, finally, to an
approach which combines the two at his own company’s training facility.
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