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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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Strathclyde [UK] Students Monitor Energy Efficiency with Drones

The Engineer, Apr. 21, 2016.
https://www.theengineer.co.uk/strathclyde-students-monitor-energy-efficiency-with-drones/

"Students are coupling thermal imaging cameras to drones to monitor energy efficiency in buildings."

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."

Understanding Highly Insulated Wall Assemblies’ Relationship with Global Warming

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2016, by Jim Lambach.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/understanding-highly-insulated-wall-assemblies-relationship-with-global-warming/

"A well-insulated building envelope is the starting point in any energy conservation strategy. The embodied global warming potential (GWP) of the insulating material, as part of a complete wall assembly, must be weighed against the use-phase energy efficiency contribution to see the complete environmental picture. This article examines the impact of both high- and low-embodied GWP insulation materials on the ultimate benefit of highly insulated wall assemblies."

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."

Using Online Commissioning Tools

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2016, by Joshua Gepner, Curtis Aubry, and Elizabeth Jenkins.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-online-commissioning-tools/dd5d526e7ca96dea5cec6fd365429c5c.html

"Properly and strategically positioning an online commissioning tool can significantly differentiate a service provider from its competition, saving time and money and adding significant value."

Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

Old Buildings Are U.S. Cities’ Biggest Sustainability Challenge

Harvard Business Review, Jan. 21, 2016, by Iain Campbell and Koben Calhoun.
https://hbr.org/2016/01/old-buildings-are-u-s-cities-biggest-sustainability-challenge

"In the United States, buildings consume 41 percent of the nation’s total energy use, through lighting, heating, air conditioning, elevators, and the thousands of items plugged into their sockets. In large urban centers such as Chicago and New York, the figure surpasses 70%. As the world seeks to forge a path to a clean energy future, the simple fact is that we need to reduce the energy used by cities and their buildings."

VAV Terminal Units: Looking Back, Ahead

ASHRAE Journal, Oct. 2015, by Dan Int-Hout and Gus Faris
http://tinyurl.com/pzvcuc5

"July 2015's 'Basics of Well-Mixed Room Air Distribution' described how conditioned air moves throughout a space. In the Fundamentals at Work article, we discuss where the conditioned air comes from by exploring the most predominant products in use today: commercial building variable air volume (VAV) terminal units."

Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Value-of-Internet-of-Things-to-Green-Buildings--16217

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Specifying Acoustical Ceilings in Green Buildings

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2015, by Kenneth P. Roy.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/specifying-acoustical-ceilings-in-green-buildings/

"Until now, acoustics in commercial office buildings had not been a formal part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems except on a case-by-case basis. The new LEED v4 criteria, however, now takes into account the value of good acoustics in enhancing occupant satisfaction and productivity."
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