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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

Buildings


Perspectives on Lighting Retrofits

Business Energy, June 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://digital.businessenergy.net/publication/index.php?i=-254619&m=4119&l=1&p=4&pre=#{}

"Improved efficiency and safety, lowered costs and maintenance."

Case Study: Working Example: Zero Net Energy Center

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2015, by Michael Hummel and others.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/attachments/article/12211/15Su-Zero-Net-Energy-Center-San-Leandro-CA.pdf

"To prepare electrical apprentices for working in the sustainable building industry in Northern California, the Zero Net Energy Center is a working example of an emerging phenomenon. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 595 (IBEW) and the Northern California Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) created a world-class learning environment for apprentices to gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology and electrical systems. The ZNEC also addresses the need to repurpose the existing building stock in the U.S. by transforming a typical 1980s suburban office building into a modern net zero energy showcase. "

Case Study: From Darkness to Light: Engaging Employees to Save

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2015, by Scott Bowman and Carey Nagle.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/attachments/article/12210/15Su-Iowa-Utilities-Board-and-Office-of-Consumer-Advocate-Des-Moines-IA.pdf

"Moving from a cave-like warehouse to an environment filled with daylight represented a dramatic shift for employees of the Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate (IUB/OCA). Employees jumped on board with the energy-efficiency efforts, giving up comforts such as individual coffee makers, and opening and closing windows as needed to operate the natural ventilation system. An integrated design that maximizes passive strategies provides significant energy savings, but employee cooperation, especially involving plug load reduction, has proven key to reaching and maintaining performance goals. "

8 Drains on Building Efficiency, 5 Ways to Fix Them

Building Operating Management, May 2015, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/2-Ways-Building-Energy-Performance-Deteriorates--15866

An article in four parts:
Part 1: 2 Ways Building Energy Performance Deteriorates
Part 2: Role of Staff, Training, Building Data in Loss of Energy Efficiency
Part 3: Maintenance Plan, ‘Walk-Around’ Audits Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency
Part 4: Comparative Data, Coil Cleaning Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency

Efficient Hot Water Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2015, by Cynthia Callaway.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/efficient-hot-water-systems/61836908267937ed3fd5393eb7252fb1.html

"Engineers should work to design the most efficient water heating system or boiler possible. Understanding the codes/standards is paramount, followed by knowledge of the key equipment functions of boilers and similar systems."

Come to Seattle for Smart Buildings

Sustainable Business.com, News, May 26, 2015.
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/26316

"Seattle has settled on Smart Buildings as part of their next stage of economic growth....  The business plan centers around a Smart Buildings Center - a hub for collaboration on these technologies - and a degree program that trains professionals in the field at South Seattle College - a BA in Sustainable Building Science Technology that begins this year."

High-Performing Facades: Integrating Building Performance Analysis with Design

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences, April 2015, by Ajla Aksamija.
http://digital.journalofthenationalinstituteofbuildingsciences.com/nibs/april_2015#pg21

"High-performance, sustainable facades are defined as exterior enclosures that use the least possible amount of energy to maintain a comfortable interior environment, which promotes the health and productivity of the buildings occupants. This means that high-performing facades are not simply barriers between interior and exterior. Rather, these building systems both create comfortable spaces by actively responding to a structure's external environment, and significantly reduce its energy consumption."

Commercial New Construction Market Assessment

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Report #E15-289, May 20, 2015.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/commercial-new-construction-market-assessment.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"The report highlights trends, barriers, and opportunities for high-performance projects, with a focus on Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. This 2014 study discusses potential intervention strategies to increase adoption of new design and construction best practices for high-performance commercial buildings. CLEAResult led this project - which includes literature review, market data and stakeholder interviews - with additional support from New Buildings Institute."

Making the Case for Healthier Energy Use [Hospitals & Healthcare]

Northwest Energy Efficiency News, NEEA, May 13, 2015, by Kim Hughes.
http://neea.org/neea-newsroom/healthcare-feature-story

"NEEA  (Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance) has published a case study examining a decade of market shift efforts to enable industry adoption of energy efficiency practices among Northwest healthcare facilities."

Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

U.S. Department of Energy, May 14, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/design-guide-helps-grocery-stores-cut-energy-use

"Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S.  To reduce this energy impact, a newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period." Free registration required (from ASHRAE) to download the 50% Guide.
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