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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: Buildings

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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."

National Green Building Adoption Index 2014

CBRE and Maastricht University, 2014.
http://www.cbre.com/o/international/AssetLibrary/Green-Building-Adoption-Index-2014_Final.pdf

"To quantify and understand the dynamics of this growing marketplace for 'green' buildings, we engaged an academic research team...to conduct this study. Their work, the first published results of the CBRE Real Green Research Challenge, is the initial broad effort to map the adoption of  'green' space in the 30 largest U.S. commercial office markets. This publication provides the inaugural results of the Green Building Adoption Index."

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."

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."

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."


Variable Volume DOAS Fan-Powered Terminal Unit

ASHRAE Journal, Aug. 2014, by Dan Int-Hout. [Choose Download or Save.]
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2014Aug_070-073_HVACapps_Int-Hout.pdf

"Today’s design engineers face a series of complex decisions in an effort to reduce energy consumption and maintain comfort, all while meeting a variety of codes and standards. One option that seems to satisfy all these requirements is a DOAS [dedicated outdoor air system] fan-powered terminal unit. Its combination of a variable speed ECM fan, large sensible cooling coil, and small DOAS primary air valve allows for the widest possible range of operational strategies that both minimize energy and maximize ventilation control."


Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Michael Russo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/minimizing-risks-with-solar-roofs/

"Commercial rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. These low-slope roofs offer an economical and sustainable structural foundation for renewable solar energy."

Impact of ASHRAE 90.1 on Controls and BAS Design

Engineered Systems (ES), Aug. 2014, by Paul Ehrlich.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/96684-impact-of-ashrae-901-on-controls-and-bas-design

"As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know."

Enhancing Energy Performance with Balcony Thermal Breaks

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Paul Nutcher.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/enhancing-energy-performance-with-balcony-thermal-breaks/

"Engineered structural thermal breaks at balcony connections can assist mid-rise and high-rise building project teams in complying with the new continuous insulation (ci) code requirements. These structural components are especially important to address in multi-family specifications because thermal bridging for every residential unit can contribute significant heating and cooling loads."

How Texas Does Net Zero [Schools]

EDC (Environmental Design + Construction, Aug. 2014, by Sangeetha Karthik and Don Penn.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95783-how-texas-does-net-zero

"A Texas middle school models sustainability while building a curriculum designed to educate the next generation about renewable energy."
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