Articles for October 22, 2012
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a Great Biodiesel Mystery," by Ron Kotrba, Editor,
Biodiesel Magazine, was published in
the September / October issue of that journal.
Biodiesel has a problem with clogging filters in vehicles and in
dispensers in a small minority of applications.
Testing and further research are underway and described in this article;
No. 1-B grade biodiesel is being watched carefully to see if it can resolve all
instances of clogging.
The following seven articles appeared in the September + October 2012 issue of
for a Brighter Future," by Sara Hart, Acting Managing
Editor, GreenSource, is a case study
of Timayui and La Paz Preschools in Santa Marta, Colombia. Architecture adapts to the poverty and
danger of a part of the world still reeling from the violence of guerillas,
paramilitary groups, and drug cartels.
The adaptation presents a show of permanence, safety, beauty, bright (day
lit) interiors with excellent connections to the outdoors for play and
gardening, rainwater collection (though there is not much rain) for the gardens
and bathrooms, thermally-efficient walls, and louvers and skylights that release
warm, tropical air out of the buildings.
Target," by Nadav Malin, is a "revisit" of a case study of
the Bank of America in Manhattan.
Not an energy-efficient building per se,
One Bryant Park uses systems that generate and store energy on site. These systems help to make up for the
building's high initial use of energy.
This is a complicated, though interesting, story.
New Cool Data Centers," by Nancy Solomon, is a
six-Web-page, in-depth article showing how the IT industry is responding to more
and more demands for power and efficiency.
The article is, also, a Continuing Education opportunity.
toward Net Zero," by Ingrid Spencer,
Contributing Editor, GreenSource, is a case study
of the new, under-budget, LEED-Gold, Gloria Marshall Elementary School in
Spring, Texas. The design of the
building is strong on conserving energy, water, and materials.
Lab," by Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor of The
Architects' Journal (AJ), is a two-Web-page case study of the Netherlands
Institute of Ecology (NIOO) in Wageningen.
Research on bacterial DNA, biodiversity, and other aspects of the
environment is conducted at NIOO, which is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy
of Arts and Sciences. NIOO is
housed in a facility that was designed to follow the cradle-to-grave philosophy
of architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart.
Experiment," by Joann Gonchar, AIA, Special Contributing
Editor, GreenSource, is a
two-Web-page, case study of the Bertschi School Living Science Building in
Seattle. The building is expected to
be a positive-energy building that produces more energy in the course of a year
than it uses in that time. It is
hoped that Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification will be awarded, making
the building the fourth in the world to achieve that distinction.
Solutions," by Alanna Malone, Assistant Editor,
GreenSource, is a case study
of a LEED-Gold, high-rise school ("campus") for special needs students in
Manhattan. The design for the facility
combined attention to both the needs of the students – low noise levels, calming
colors – and the requirements of a modern sustainable building that is resource
efficient and low in carbon emissions.
The following two articles were published in the August 2012 issue of
Geo-Heat Center Quarterly Bulletin:
a Model for Innovative EGS Development in the San Francisco Bay Area"
was authored by Rachel Silverman, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University. The high cost of drilling may be
reduced if areas with geology appropriate to certain new drilling technologies
are brought together.
– Underground Geothermal Biomass-to-Oil Production Platform"
was written by Brandon Iglesias, ReactWell, L.L.C., Tulane University. Synthetic crude oil is produced
underground with a combination of biomass, gravity, and geothermal heat in a
geothermal reactor. The question
under investigation is whether it can be done economically.
New Energy Map: How the Northwest Power System Has Changed,"
by staff, appeared in Spring 2012 issue of
Council Quarterly (a publication
of the NWPCC (Northwest Power and Conservation Council). The NWPCC is a four-state compact
comprised of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington; it was authorized by
Congress in the 1980 Northwest Power Act.
This article gives a brief recent history of the coincidence of energy
supply and demand, energy markets, energy efficiency as an energy resource,
renewables integration, fish and wildlife survival, and the role of the Council
in these and other important, related issues.
and Winter Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page, 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 cooler months.
Is Where the Job Is," by staff, was published
October 5, 2012 in USA Today. About 10% of Americans are working,
full- or part-time, from their homes.
This article has some interesting data that have applications in various
areas including transportation planning.
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