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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


Super-Efficient Manufactured Home [Bothell, WA]

BPA Journal, Sep. 2014. [Scroll to page 3.]
http://www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/Journal/Journal-201409-September-2014.pdf

"Puget Sound Energy, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County and BPA recently hosted a tour of a new, high performance manufactured home in Bothell, just north of Seattle. The prototype home incorporates some of the latest energy-saving features and technologies, including a ductless heat pump, heat pump water heater, efficient lighting, triple-glazed windows, foam sheathing on exterior walls and added insulation."


Savings Everywhere [Wastewater Treatment]

Treatment Plant Operator, Aug. 2014, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/08/savings_everywhere

"The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District team finds ways to save or extract energy from almost every aspect of facilities and operations."

Up With Efficiency [Wastewater Treatment Plants]

Treatment Plant Operator, Aug. 2014, by Trude Witham.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2014/08/up_with_efficiency

"Two advanced treatment plants in Florida make process and facility changes that save hundreds of thousands on electricity and chemicals."

Lowering Energy Use, Elevating Building Performance

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2014, by Ruairi M. Barnwell and Premnath Sundharam.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/lowering-energy-use-elevating-building-performance/bec67c4c05c0036e1863d79cfd5398b4.html

"Net-zero energy buildings can be achieved with smart building design. Here are tips on how to design a high-performance building."

Destination: Certification: 6 Steps to Navigate LEED 2009 and v4 for Existing Buildings

Buildings, July 2014, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17640/title/destination-certification.aspx

"For the next 11 months, your LEED for Existing Buildings certification plans will face a fork in the road. Projects can register under either LEED 2009 or v4 until June 2015, when the field narrows to just v4. So which is best for your facility? Whichever path you’re on, it’s vital that you chart smart. Consider these six steps to lay out the best route to certification success."

Germany, Italy, EU, China, and France Top Global Energy Efficiency Rankings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Press Release, July 17, 2014, by Ailis Aaron Wolf.
http://www.aceee.org/press/2014/07/germany-italy-eu-china-and-france-to

"Now in its second edition, the ACEEE report, The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard,  (http://aceee.org/portal/national-policy/international-scorecard) finds that, while some countries are still significantly outperforming others, there are substantial opportunities for improved energy efficiency in all economies analyzed, including the U.S., which ranked 13th out of 16 nations – behind countries such as China, Canada, and India."

Water Utilities Are Starting to Take Their Own Conservation Advice

Governing, Aug. 2014, by Elizabeth Daigneau.
http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-water-utilities-conservation.html

"Wastewater treatment plants are often the biggest consumers of electricity in their area. Gresham, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are making moves to change that."

Hope for the Homeless: Bud Clark Commons [Portland, OR]

High Performance Buildings, Summer 2014, by Jeff Becksfort.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Summer%202014/040-049_BudClarkCommons.pdf

"...the new LEED Platinum certified building provides residents access to services via a walk-in day center; transitional and temporary beds; and efficient studio apartments for 130 women and men. Rent and utilities are subsidized based on resident income. The Center uses a range of highly efficient systems, including graywater reclamation and one of the largest solar hot water heating systems in the Northwest. The eight-story building is 51% more energy efficient than a similar building as defined by ENERGY STAR Target Finder median building performance."

Successful Practices in Combined Gas and Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Research Report U1406, Aug. 6, 2014. (Free registration required for access to full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1406.pdf

"Compared to single-fuel programs, combined natural gas and electric energy efficiency programs often deliver additional energy and dollar savings at lower cost to utilities and consumers. They also enhance customer satisfaction. Many leading dual-fuel programs demonstrate these benefits. This report presents successful examples of combined natural gas and electric programs—residential, commercial, and industrial—in every region of the country in which there are both types of programs."

Less Energy, More Fish at Idaho Fish Hatchery

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Bulletin, Jul. 2014, by Sarah E. Smith. (Scroll to page 13.)
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1805

"Energy efficiency and water supply upgrades transform an antiquated Idaho fish hatchery into a national model for the 21st century."
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