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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

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

Come to Seattle for Smart Buildings

Sustainable, News, May 26, 2015.

"Seattle has settled on Smart Buildings as part of their next stage of economic growth....  The business plan centers around a Smart Buildings Center - a hub for collaboration on these technologies - and a degree program that trains professionals in the field at South Seattle College - a BA in Sustainable Building Science Technology that begins this year."

Over 50% Energy Savings Realized for Naval Air Station Facility on Whidbey Island

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) News, May 26, 2015.

"The Naval Air Station (NAS) on Whidbey Island believes that national defense and environmental protection must be compatible goals. Their recent effort to develop and execute a targeted plan for upgrading the chilled water system serving their critical Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) facility is another great example of the commitment the NAS has for environmental stewardship and continual improvement."

Metering Best Practices: A Guide to Achieving Utility Resource Efficiency, Release 3.0

Prepared for FEMP, by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Mar. 2015, PNNL-23892.

The report "provides [Federal] facility/energy managers and practitioners with useful information about energy and resource metering, the relevant metering technologies, communications, applications for data, and ideas for developing and implementing an effective metering plan. In addition, the guide assists in the implementation of metering requirements in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005."

White House Announces New Executive Order To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EERE, FEMP Press Release, Mar. 19, 2015.

"The White House today announced that President Obama issued a new executive order that will cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40% over the next decade (from 2008 levels) and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30%. According to the White House, the President’s executive order will build on the federal government’s progress in reducing emissions to promote more sustainability actions over the next 10 years."

The Ways of Warehouses and Other Large Facilities

Business Energy, Dec. 2014, by Matt M. Casey.

"Assessing industrial and commercial spaces for efficiency upgrades."

Four Tips on LEED O+M Can Ease Way to Certification

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Pete Choquette.

"Certification under programs like the LEED Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) rating system has become important as designers, owners and facility managers have begun focusing more closely on the energy and environmental impacts of their buildings. Four tips, including a look at the LEED O+M credits structure, can ease the way to LEED certification."

How To Reduce Elevators' Energy Use

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Karen Kroll.

"Elevators’ energy use can be reduced through a variety of means, including the use of more efficient AC motors and regenerative drives, but this objective does not always get top priority."

Question Everything When Replacing Commercial Boilers

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Ray Wohlfarth.

"Although the majority of the boilers have been installed properly, there have been many that were not. Those boilers that were not installed correctly would have been very costly to fix had we not seen the issues prior to installing the new ones. Any issues with the heating system become your issues once the new boiler is installed."

Multiple Benefits of Business-Sector Energy Efficiency: A Survey of Existing and Potential Measures

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Christopher Russell. (Need to register to view full-text.)

"Businesses [large commercial, industrial, and institutional] that implement energy efficiency improvements often enjoy other benefits besides utility bill savings. However previous efforts to measure multiple benefits have been sporadic and far from rigorous. Still, evidence suggests that including non-energy impacts can reduce the payback time of some energy efficiency improvements by 50% or better. This report draws on expert interviews and a synthesis of existing literature to describe energy efficiency’s multiple benefits to business enterprises."


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