Articles for June 4, 2012
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The following three articles were published in the April 2012 issue of
Biomass Power & Thermal:
Energy Studies Underway at 10 Vt. Facilities"
was written by Anna Austin, Associate Editor,
& Thermal. Federal and state cooperation is the
backbone of this effort to identify ten facilities in Vermont likely to
successfully use biomass-based energy.
Both public and private sector buildings were considered.
Shows Business Case for Purpose-Grown Biomass in Ontario"
was authored by Luke Geiver, Associate Editor,
Power & Thermal. A farm
organization has published the report which suggests that miscanthus, in
particular, could be a very successful purpose-grown energy crop.
State Energy Roadmap Could Increase Need for Biopower,"
by Luke Geiver, Associate Editor,
& Thermal. A private firm active in consulting
on clean energy has developed a roadmap for how the state could meet its energy
goals. It includes reliance on
combined heat and power (CHP) with all natural gas combustion systems for
heating and powering all types of facilities
and on electric vehicles to
replace those using petroleum-based fuels.
BUILDINGS – includes INTERIORS
BIM Revolution," by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, is
a Continuing Education opportunity, but it is, also, an excellent and
informative article for the reader not interested in CE credit; it was published
in the April 2012 issue of ED+C (Environmental
Design + Construction). The
building information modeling (BIM) that is easily understood within the field
of architecture is meeting the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP)
software familiar to those in engineering through software that combines MEP BIM
in one package. The article is a
discussion of this powerful combination.
was written by Lisa Henry, FASID, LEED AP, ASID
President, and Regional Architecture and Design Director for Knoll Southwest; it
was published in the April 2012 issue of
Interiors & Sources. The author makes the connection
between green interiors and energy savings.
LEED requirements, economic opportunities, and the large stock of
existing buildings ripe for green retrofits of their interiors are all
The following two articles were published in the April 2012 issue of
Buildings; they were both written by
Janelle Penny, Associate Editor of that journal:
Cost of Green Buildings" reports on how the costs of
green buildings compare to the costs of conventional buildings. It appears that the green buildings
are less expensive. A comparison
study of the two types seemed, at first, to question that, at least in the case
of two of the green buildings included in the study. However, these anomalies were
eliminated when higher than previously-understood levels of occupancy were
the Cost of Geoexchange" takes into consideration the
fact that, once installed, geoexchange HVAC systems reduce monthly heating and
cooling costs, but the first costs can be quite discouraging. The article lists and describes
various incentives available for the installation and offers some good advice on
how to go about the application process.
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.
Electric Vehicle Handbook for Public Charging Station Hosts"
is an April 2012, 20-page brochure, from NREL (National Renewable Energy
Laboratory). This covers the basics
about EVs and the charging stations they need.
It includes information on how to choose locations for the stations and
how to install and maintain them once they are in place. Also covered are ownership and
The following three articles appeared in the May 2012 issue of Water Efficiency:
Adoption," by Carol Brzozowski, is an in-depth discussion of
Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology whose adoption is being driven
by a number of factors including water policies.
Other factors discussed are water leaks in old systems, real-time data on
water consumption, remote service possibilities, and more.
Redux," by Lori Lovely, describes the need for water
conservation and the connections between water efficiency and energy efficiency. To meet the increasing needs of a
growing world population, water will need to be conserved and re-used, paid for
at higher prices, and made potable only for drinking and related uses.
for Efficiency," by Dan Rafter, explores the world of water
pumps and the part they could play in water and energy savings.
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