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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

The Omnipresent and Omnipotent LED

Building Operating Management, Aug. 2016, by Naomi Millan.

3-part article explaining the synergy between LEDs and the Building Internet of Things:
Part 1: LEDs Are An Ideal Platform for the Building IoT
Part 2: Common IoT Applications for LED Lighting Systems
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Overcoming Privacy Concerns With Network Lighting Systems

School Integrates DDC for VRF to Improve Control, Energy Management

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Alerton.

"When York County School Division renovated Magruder Elementary School in Williamsburg, Va., in 2015, it chose to install variable refrigerant flow (VRF) for heating and cooling. The wall controllers supplied by the VRF manufacturer, however, lacked dual set points, night setback, and consistent interoperability across competing systems, restricting the school division’s ability to manage energy use. For more robust and consistent control, [the VRF was integrated with a communicating sensor-controller combination]."

Case in Point: School District Aces Efficiency, Flexibility with VRF

Engineered Systems, May 2, 2016.

"Several schools in the Hazelwood School District north of St. Louis were retrofitted with heat recovery systems. This allowed some schools to reduce installed tonnage by up to 50% and also gave teachers greater control of classroom comfort."

Making The Business Case For Smart Buildings

Building Operating Management, Apr. 2016, by Kurt Karnatz.

"Faced with rapid developments in technology, facility managers need a long-term view to find the best options."

Retrofitting Steam Boilers For Large Health Care Projects

Engineered Systems, Mar. 2016, by Gary Hamilton.

"Replacing boilers for health care facilities provide many benefits to central utility plant operation; the newer boilers are more energy efficient, more sustainable, and more fuel-efficient than older boilers."

7 Tips to Maximize LED Retrofits

Buildings, Apr. 2016, by Janelle Penny.

"Get your money’s worth out of your lighting upgrade."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.

"The spread of energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinances across the U.S. has been one of the more interesting developments around sustainability and existing buildings. But the ordinances themselves aren’t the whole story. Along with those regulations is a growing array of programs and tools that can help facility managers make the most of benchmarking by improving the energy efficiency of their buildings."

A 5-part Article:
Part 1: What You Need To Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
Part 2: Benchmarking: Opportunities for Finding Energy Efficiency
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Benchmarking Ordinance Results
Part 4: SIDEBAR (Exclusive online only): Benchmarking Tips and Resources
Part 5: USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

Using Online Commissioning Tools

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Joshua Gepner, Curtis Aubry, and Elizabeth Jenkins.

"Properly and strategically positioning an online commissioning tool can significantly differentiate a service provider from its competition, saving time and money and adding significant value."

How Healthcare FMs Achieve Energy Efficiency

Building Operating Management, Feb. 2016, by Desiree J. Hanford.

"First of a 3-part article on how healthcare leaders [facility managers] are rethinking traditional practices to cut energy use."

A Tale Of Three Boiler Plants

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2016, by Daniel McJacobson.

"School, warehouse, office building … the boiler stories they tell put the focus back on specific circumstances and smart pre-design study to ensure their systems (and budgets) enjoy the best of times for as long as possible. There is a widely held belief that high efficiency is always best. However, this is not necessarily the case."
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