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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: Facilities Management

Facilities Management

Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Building Internet of Things and Automated Demand Response

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Rita Tatum.

An article in 3-parts: Explores impact of the Internet of Things on how facilities communicate with electric utilities.
1) How Internet of Things Is Automating Demand Response Programs
2) How Automated Demand Response (ADR) Works in Power Utilization
3) How OpenADR Standard Aims to Help with Automated Demand Response

Building Systems Integration Best Practices

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sep. 2015, by Sanjyot V. Bhusari and Michael Watts.

"While 30 yr of advances in building automation have allowed owners to do more with less, the benefits remain accompanied by challenges. Open building automation system (BAS) communications protocols have made systems integration relatively easy, but in the absence of data and automation optimization, energy reduction, optimal maintenance, and greater staff productivity are being left on the table. Integrating otherwise disparate BAS into enterprise-level software platforms establishes a business case for state-of-the-art systems integration."

Energy Monitoring: Real-Time, Real Smart

Building Operating Management, Sep. 2015, by Greg Zimmerman.

3-part article:
1) Using and Managing Energy Monitoring Data
2) Quick Response to Energy Waste, Quick ROI Among Benefits
3) Bringing Energy Understanding to Occupants, Tenants

The Utopic Promise of the 'Internet of Things'

Architectural SSL, Aug. 2015, by Kevin Willmorth.

"Buildings demand solid foundations, but where structural foundations need hard earth, upcoming interactive controls need reliable communication."

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."

Manufacturing Energy Efficiency

ASHRAE Journal, July 2015, by Charles E. Gulledge III, and others.

2015 ASHRAE Technology Award Case Studies: Caterpillar Tractor Assembly Plant, Athens, GA.

"Realizing energy use reductions at Caterpillar’s heavy manufacturing complex required optimization of multiple component and system solutions. Iterative analysis was used to determine project-responsive configurations."

Retrofit Guide for Building Automation

Buildings, July 2015, by Janelle Penny.

"Building automation systems (BAS) can do so much more than energy management. Intuitive interfaces can help FMs find hot spots, catch malfunctioning equipment, and target maintenance where it’s most needed. The market is flush with options for your facility, but buying one of these systems is a complex decision that must be customized for each building. Maximize your investment and hit the ground running with these BAS purchasing tips."

3 Options for HVAC Energy Savings

Building Operating Management, June 2015, by James Piper.

"Even with today’s falling energy prices, facility managers are looking for ways to reduce the energy use of HVAC systems. New technologies and improvements in existing technologies are giving facility managers options. While advances can be seen in practically all HVAC systems, some of the most significant advances are coming in three particular areas: variable refrigerant flow systems, rooftop units, and geothermal systems."

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."
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