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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


Passive Solar Design From a Passive House Perspective

Home Power, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Katrin Klingenberg and others.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/home-efficiency/project-profiles/passive-solar-design-passive-house-perspective?v=print

"The Passive House approach to passive solar home design optimizes a home’s energy and economic performance with the three tenets of passive design—insulation, windows, and mass."

Energy Optimization In Existing Buildings

Engineered Systems, Mar. 2015, by Mohamed Abaza.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97017-energy-optimization-in-existing-buildings

"The importance of focusing on energy optimization in existing buildings is crucial to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., existing buildings represent 85-90% of entire building stock (75+ billion sq ft). Buildings are responsible for an estimated 40% of U.S. primary energy use, 72% of electricity consumption, 39% of carbon emissions, and1 13.6% of potable water consumption."

Thermal Bypasses Can Thwart the Best HVAC Systems

IE3 (Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency), Mar 12, 2015, by Allison Bailes III.
http://www.ie3media.com/thermal-bypasses-can-thwart-best-hvac-systems/

"It seems so simple. There’s outside, and there’s inside. The walls, ceilings, and floors that separate the cold outside from the warm inside should be the only surfaces that rob heat from a home. Interior walls have conditioned space on both sides, so they shouldn’t be a problem, right?"

Industrial Companies Earn State Energy Efficiency Awards [WA]

Washington State University (WSU) News, Mar. 25, 2015.
https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/25/industrial-companies-earn-state-energy-efficiency-awards/#.VRMFnfnF_Tp

"Gov. Jay Inslee today honored nine industrial companies in Washington for outstanding leadership in improved energy performance at the third annual Washington Industrial Energy Leaders awards ceremony in Olympia."

EPA Announces 70 Top Performing Energy Star Certified Manufacturing Plants in 29 States/ Across the Country

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News Release, Mar. 9, 2015.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac85257359004
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"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 70 manufacturing plants have achieved Energy Star certification for their superior energy performance in 2014. Together, these manufacturing plants saved a record amount of energy, cut their energy bills by $725 million, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 8 million metric tons –equivalent to the annual total energy use of more than 650,000 households."

Go with the Flow: How Flow Meters Can Help Improve Plant Efficiency

Compressed Air Best Practices, Mar. 2015, by Scott A. Williams.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/technology/instrumentation/go-flow-how-flow-meters-can-help-improve-plant-efficiency

"Plug an electrical device into an outlet. Does it work? Great! For some people that’s all that matters. When it comes to compressed air, many manufacturing plants operate the same way. As long as there is enough air, that’s all that matters. But what if cost control also matters to your company? Smart compressed air users may already know how much air they’re producing, but they also want to know how much air they’re using—and whether they’re using it productively. To find out, they’re taking accurate, real-time measurements using flow meters."

ACEEE Introduces Updated Website and Launches smarterhouse.org, New Home of Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Mar. 2, 2015, by Eric Schwass.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/03/aceee-introduces-updated-website-and

"ACEEE celebrates its 35thanniversary this year. To commemorate that milestone, we’ve updated the design of our online home, aceee.org, to include larger, darker text, a simpler layout, and bigger images."

Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and Navigant Research, Mar. 2015.
http://info.aee.net/hs-fs/hub/211732/file-2583825259-pdf/PDF/aen-2015-market-report.pdf

"Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report is our third annual report on the size, growth, and trends in the advanced energy market, globally and in the United States. It traces the growth of our industry since publication of Economic Impacts of Advanced Energy in 2013. Beginning with that report, Navigant Research has been tracking global and U.S. revenue for AEE, with 2011 as the baseline. "

This Vertical Farm Will Provide Wyoming Residents with 100,000 lbs of Fresh Produce Each Year

Inhabit, Mar. 9, 2015, by Charley Cameron.
http://inhabitat.com/this-vertical-farm-will-provide-wyoming-residents-with-100000lbs-of-fresh-produce-each-year/

"A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce up to 100,000 lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and absolutely no pesticides, the three-story Vertical Harvest greenhouse will enable the cold, land-locked city to provide locally-grown produce for its residents all year round."

Six Factors to Assess Green Roofs

Buildings Magazine, Feb. 2015, by Jim Kirby.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18496/title/6-factors-to-assess-green-roofs.aspx

"Through its lifecycle, a roof has a variety of environmental impacts. However, many impacts can be controlled by building owners and facility managers, resulting in lower energy costs and longer service life. Take control of these factors to curtail environmental impacts and reduce energy and lifecycle costs on all roofs."

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