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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


Next Step Homes Phase 1: Savings Validation

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Apr. 21, 2016.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/next-step-homes-phase-1-savings-validation.pdf

"The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is leading a regional effort called Next Step Homes. The program encourages the design and construction of homes that are capable of achieving energy efficiencies significantly greater than required by current code. Energy 350 conducted a savings validation study for the 12 homes constructed in Phase I of the program."

Lifting the High Energy Burden in America’s Largest Cities: How Energy Efficiency Can Improve Low Income and Underserved Communities

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Apr. 20, 2016, by Ariel Drehobl and Lauren Ross.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/u1602.pdf

"Energy burden is the percentage of household income spent on home energy bills. In this report we measure the energy burden of households in 48 of the largest American cities. We find that low-income, African-American, Latino, low-income multifamily, and renter households all spend a greater proportion of their income on utilities than the average family. We also identify energy efficiency as an underutilized strategy that can help reduce high energy burdens by as much as 30%. Given this potential, we describe policies and programs to ramp up energy efficiency investments in low-income and underserved communities."

Grist Q&A: Can you grow pot with LED lights?

Grist, Apr. 21, 2016, Umbra.
http://grist.org/living/can-you-grow-pot-with-led-lights/

"Can marijuana be grown as effectively under LED lighting and proper climate control rather than energy-sucking heat lamps?"

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Facility Executive, Apr. 2016.
https://facilityexecutive.com/2016/04/ashrae-aia-look-to-future-of-energy-efficiency/

"Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-Energy-Benchmarking-and-Disclosure-Ordinances--16501

"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

DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 12, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/doe-announces-major-expansion-crowdsourcing-initiative-building-technologies

"The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner."

Report: Energy Efficiency Still Less Expensive Than Building New Power Plants

Utility Dive, Apr. 5, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/report-energy-efficiency-still-less-expensive-than-building-new-power-plan/416852/

"No matter how you cut it, efficiency is cheaper than building a new power plant. That's the takeaway from a short paper on efficiency's costs put out by ACEEE. In it, the group indicates it has a forthcoming report which will peg the cost at 3.5 cents/kWh – less than half the cost used by the federal government, but slightly higher than other estimates."

How Utilities Can Boost Customer Savings by Marrying Efficiency and DR Programs

Utility Dive, Apr. 6, 2016, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-utilities-can-boost-customer-savings-by-marrying-efficiency-and-dr-prog/416766/

"A new report from Navigant Research examines the global market for integrated demand-side management (IDSM), focusing on energy efficiency and demand response (DR) programs, with market forecasts for spending, through 2025."

Energy Efficiency through Tenant Engagement: A Pilot Behavioral Program for Multifamily Buildings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Mar. 3, 2016, by Lauren Ross and Ariel Drehobl.
http://aceee.org/sites/default/files/takoma-park-pilot.pdf

"In 2014, ACEEE launched a pilot program to test a variety of behavioral strategies to promote energy efficiency among tenants in low- to moderate-income multifamily housing in Takoma Park, Maryland. The program included behavioral messaging, events, educational information, and the distribution of energy saving devices. We measured energy use in the months before and after the pilot. The white paper includes these results...."

Commissioning and the Technology Evolution

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Michael Chimack, and Jesse Sycuro.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/commissioning-and-the-technology-evolution/06d1c6e2acdcab91664a3e5a4e671859.html

"With smarter application and availability of technology to achieve and drive longer-term performance results, commissioning providers (CxPs) are finding themselves at the forefront to learn, coach, and lead the application of technology in the built environment. Learn the challenges, roles, opportunities, and recommended methods for incorporating technology solutions into the commissioning process and improving building performance."

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