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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


Final Report: ASHRAE and the Residential Construction Market Place

ASHRAE, June 2014.
https://www.ashrae.org/society-groups/meet-the-board/ashrae-and-the-residential-construction-market-place

"ASHRAE has long been considered a leader in commercial and institutional building design, construction and operation. In 2014, the Society looked at its role in residential, exploring how it can contribute most effectively to the improvement of the performance of residential buildings."

Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center

U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Oct. 28, 2014.
https://bbnp.pnnl.gov/

"Now available online, the Solution Center – a one-stop shop for residential energy efficiency program administrators and home performance professionals – highlights proven strategies that Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partners adopted to make energy efficiency more accessible to homes and businesses."

Energy Efficiency Improvements in 2013 Add to Impressive Regional [PNW] Savings

Northwest Power & Conservation Council News, Oct. 7, 2014.
http://www.nwcouncil.org/news/blog/energy-efficiency-saved-ratepayers-35-billion-in-2013/

"The Pacific Northwest improved its electric energy efficiency in 2013 by 268 average megawatts, an amount equal to the annual electricity demand of about 180,500 Northwest homes."

Better Information Will Transform Energy Use in Multifamily Buildings

American Council for and Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Sept. 30, 2014, by Lauren Ross.
http://www.aceee.org/blog/2014/09/better-information-will-transform-ene

"Last month, Fannie Mae released the first nationally representative sample of energy and water data for multifamily properties across the United States. The Multifamily Energy and Water Market Research Survey provides an insight into multifamily buildings’ annual spending on energy and water as well as other important trends and metrics. The report also responds to the lack of information on energy use in submarkets in the multifamily sector by providing separate breakdowns for affordable and market-rate units, tenant and owner-paid utility bills, and by building size and other important building features."

The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Oct. 22, 2014.
http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard

"Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states' energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)."

The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Agency Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, Sept. 2014.
http://www.naseo.org/Data/Sites/1/stc-hoover-report-bk_v3-draft-9-5-14.pdf

"On September 11, 2014, at the NASEO Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia, former U.S. Senator Jeff  Bingaman announced the release of The State Clean Energy Cookbook: A Dozen Recipes for State Action on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  The development of the bipartisan report was led by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and former Secretary of State and Treasury George Schultz under a joint study by Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Hoover Institution’s Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy.  The report highlights several great state energy best practices examples."

Green Building Report [Energy Benchmarking]

Building Operating Management, Sept. 2014, by Helen J. Kessler.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/How-Energy-Benchmarking-Ordinances-Can-Help-Facility-Managers-Save-Money--15275

A 5-part article:

Part 1: How Energy Benchmarking Ordinances Can Help Facility Managers Save Money
Part 2: Understanding Energy Benchmarking Ordinances
Part 3: Strategies To Reduce Operating Costs Using Energy Benchmarks
Part 4: Energy Benchmarking Is First Step To Savings For Chicago High Rise
Part 5: New Operations and Maintenance Credits in LEED v4


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."

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