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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


Using Online Commissioning Tools

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Joshua Gepner, Curtis Aubry, and Elizabeth Jenkins.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-online-commissioning-tools/dd5d526e7ca96dea5cec6fd365429c5c.html

"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.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/healthcarefacilities/article/How-Healthcare-FMs-Achieve-Energy-Efficiency--Facilities-Management-Health-Care-Facilities-Feature--16478

"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.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97513-a-tale-of-three-boiler-plants

"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."

Restrain Rising Plug Loads

Buildings, Jan. 2016.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19754/title/restrain-rising-plug-loads.aspx

"In the quest for whole building energy efficiency, FMs cannot ignore plug loads, which account for a growing share of commercial building consumption. These loads pose some different challenges than those of central energy loads like lighting and HVAC."

Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Nov. 2015, prepared by the New Building Institute.
http://www.caba.org/documents/reports/CABA%20ZNE%20report%202015%20full.pdf

"This research examined the controls perspectives from design firms responsible for 23 buildings, operators of six buildings and occupants of seven buildings....  Control systems can deliver important benefits that support the owner and occupants as well as the goals of reduced energy use in buildings."


Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Value-of-Internet-of-Things-to-Green-Buildings--16217

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.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/powercommunication/article/How-Internet-of-Things-Is-Automating-Demand-Response-Programs--16207

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.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/building-systems-integration-best-practices/55a3189ad5f8f322ee590c3e71b44699.html

"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.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Using-and-Managing-Energy-Monitoring-Data--16175

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.
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1508_archssl/17?e=6596036/14853523

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

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