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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 Efficiency

Energy Efficiency


Designed to Inspire: Saint Martin’s University Cebula Hall: Lacey, WA

High Performing Buildings, Fall 2014, by Marc Gleason and others.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/case-studies/educational/bafd0747-ac5b-46f5-b3de-5ca268cbca9a

"What does it take to inspire students to pursue careers that tackle some of the toughest engineering challenges of the 21st century? Saint Martin’s University is placing its bets that first-hand experience with sustainable systems will be a key motivator. At Cebula Hall, engineering students can analyze and program photovoltaic panels, and get an up-close look at the building’s exposed structural elements. The LEED Platinum building, which opened in 2012, was completed for a modest $225/ft2 and boasts an energy use intensity (EUI) of 18.25 kBtu/ft2. One energy- and cost-saving measure involved the selection of wood framing over steel."

A Starring Role For Universal City [Hotel] Retrofit

Engineered Systems, Sept., 2014, by Tony Ghaffari.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96738-a-starring-role-for-universal-city-retrofit

"A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party."

Energy Efficiency Advocates Optimistic About PACE Program [Texas]

The Texas Tribune, Oct. 7, 2014, by Jim Malewitz.
http://www.texastribune.org/2014/10/07/pace-loan-program-energy-efficiency-gains-momentum/

"PACE [Property Assessed Clean Energy] allows commercial and industrial property owners to use a property tax lien to finance energy efficiency upgrades like solar panels and water recycling systems. PACE programs bill an owner through the lien and forward payments to a private lender. Under a smooth-running program, property owners pay less than what they save on their energy bills. If a property is sold, the new owner inherits the debt — a rule meant to further reduce the risks of investment."

IEA Marks Energy Efficiency As World’s “First Fuel,” Worth $310 Billion

CleanTechnica, Oct. 8, 2014, by Joshua S. Hill.
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/08/iea-marks-energy-efficiency-worlds-first-fuel-worth-310-billion/

"A new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated the global energy efficiency market to be worth at least $310 billion annually, a figure that is growing, and leads the IEA to confirm energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel.”"

Article includes a link to the report's Executive Summary.

Efficiency Is the Name of the Game: Casinos Go “All In” to Save Energy

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by David C. Richardson.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/27104.aspx

"...lately, some of the country’s leading casinos have been pushing a new kind of green that many customers would be surprised to learn could result in a win-win situation for themselves and for the environment."

Improving Energy Efficiency in Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Business Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by William Atkinson.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/Improving_Energy_Efficiency_in_Hospitals_
and_Healt_27101.aspx


"Usually HVAC systems and lighting are the first places most people think to start when it comes to improving energy efficiency in hospitals and health care facilities. These are, indeed, critical elements of the journey; however, one might argue that the first place one should actually start is with the building envelope, because it’s where energy savings opportunities really begin and then carry through its affiliated processes."

New Federal Equipment Standards Create Big Northwest Energy Savings

Northwest Energy Coalition, Oct. 6, 2014.
http://www.nwenergy.org/news/new-federal-equipment-standards-create-big-northwest-energy-savings/

"In the past five years, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has cranked out federal appliance and equipment standards that by 2029 will produce almost 800 average megawatts of Northwest energy savings that will greatly help the region achieve the savings goals of current regional power plan, according to preliminary analyses by the Bonneville Power Administration and Northwest Power and Conservation Council."

Energy Department Recognizes 11 Manufacturers for Energy Efficiency Achievements

U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-recognizes-11-manufacturers-energy-efficiency-achievements

"Building on the Administration’s efforts to double energy productivity and help American businesses save money by saving energy, the Energy Department today recognized 11 companies that have met ambitious energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program."

Smart Grid Master Planning at NC State: Centennial Campus Already a Smart Grid R&D Leader

District Energy, Third Quarter 2014, by Ben Dombrowski.
http://www.districtenergy-digital.org/districtenergy/2014Q3?pg=14#pg14

"North Carolina State University recently commissioned a smart grid master plan to guide the development of integrated, efficient and optimized utility services on its research campus."

Stay in Control: Specifying Building Automation Systems for Cost Savings

The Construction Specifier, Sep. 2014, by Kevin Callahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/stay-in-control-specifying-building-automation-systems-for-cost-savings/

"In the same way today’s mobile phones have capabilities far beyond traditional telephones, modern building automation systems (BAS) have added many benefits transcending their original roots in heating and cooling control. Today’s BAS help facility professionals obtain greater efficiencies from numerous building systems, including:
  • lighting;
  • security/access control;
  • fire and life safety;
  • elevators and escalators;
  • irrigation; and
  • HVAC.

An appropriately equipped BAS can also meet specialized needs such as emergency and critical systems monitoring in hospitals, and tenant billing for leased spaces in office buildings."

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