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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Energy Management

Energy Management

Energy Efficiency: Data Should Drive Energy Upgrades

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Richard Lubinski.

"It’s important for facility managers to understand the importance of data before, during, and after energy efficiency projects. Data can be your friend. Data — which as we’ll see, comes from such sources as utility bills, meters, submeters, and data loggers — guides energy audits (also called energy assessments) that lead to the creation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) that in turn will serve the building’s interests. Those audits also provide reliable estimates of energy savings and return on investment (ROI) — an important benefit, since measurement and verification (M&V) are essential with energy upgrades."

Opportunities for Action on Energy Management Information Systems for Industrial Customers: A Report for Program Administrators

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), July 29, 2015, by Chad Gilless.

"This report helps NEEA's funders and other program administrators determine how to move forward with energy management information systems (EMIS) with their industrial customers. It offers ideas for the future as well as immediate next steps for program administrators.

This publication builds on NEEA’s Inventory of Industrial Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) for M&V Applications, and on two new guides - the
Guide to Selecting an EMIS and the Guide to Using an EMIS."

Evolution Of Internet Of Things Lays Foundation For Next-Generation Smart Buildings

Facility Executive, June 10, 2015, by Heidi Schwartz.

"The Internet of Things (IoT) offers smart building participants a game-changing opportunity to provide integrated solutions that maximize operational and energy efficiency, enhance innovation, develop remote services, and create valuable insights for end users. IoT is on the verge of breaking new ground as market participants turn the spotlight on flexible, secured, and cost-effective cloud-based applications that will convert building data into a decision-making platform."

Natural Ventilation: Bringing Fresh Air Into Commercial Buildings

The Construction Specifier, June 2015, by Michael P. Toohey.

"This article discusses the history of ventilation, describes its principles, and compares it with mechanical ventilation. The issues examined consider when specifying a separate window and actuator compared to an integrated natural ventilation system; it also addresses the options available for natural ventilation."

8 Drains on Building Efficiency, 5 Ways to Fix Them

Building Operating Management, May 2015, by Ronald Kovach.

An article in four parts:
Part 1: 2 Ways Building Energy Performance Deteriorates
Part 2: Role of Staff, Training, Building Data in Loss of Energy Efficiency
Part 3: Maintenance Plan, ‘Walk-Around’ Audits Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency
Part 4: Comparative Data, Coil Cleaning Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency

Facility Focus: Large Retailers Increasingly Ready to Tackle Energy Efficiency

Business Energy, May 2015, by Dan Rafter.{"page":10,"issue_id":254619

"Manufacturers are meeting the challenges of clients with large building portfolios and varied store hours."

Balancing Hotel Energy Use and Guest Comfort

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by Jeff Raber.

"Though hotel guest rooms may hold great potential for cost savings, concerns about the impact of energy-efficiency initiatives on customer satisfaction have kept many hoteliers from investing in energy-management solutions. With recent advances in building-management systems (BMS) and sensors, however, the balance between energy savings and guest comfort easily can be struck."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."

Building on the Foundations of ISO 50001 for Greater Energy Efficiency

Environmental Leader: Environmental & Energy Management News, Apr. 20, 2015, by Alexandra Ortiz.

"The new International Standard requires an Energy Management System to be effective."

Getting to Outcome-Based Building Performance Event Report

New Building Institute, May 2015, by Mark Frankel and Jim Edelson.

"This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building."
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