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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


How To Reduce Elevators' Energy Use

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Karen Kroll.

"Elevators’ energy use can be reduced through a variety of means, including the use of more efficient AC motors and regenerative drives, but this objective does not always get top priority."

NEEA's New Commercial Building Stock Assessment (CBSA)

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Dec. 2014.

"CBSA is a comprehensive assessment of energy efficiency that provides critical information about energy use in the Northwest’s commercial buildings. The CBSA database includes more than 250 variables for each site including building type and functional use, building size, detailed information about building envelope, fenestration, lighting and HVAC equipment."

Demand-Controlled Ventilation

Engineered Systems, Jan. 2015, by Paul Ehrlich.

"The right design strategy can lead to safe, more efficient environments."

ASHRAE/IES Proposes Expansion of Climate Zones for Energy Standard [ASHRAE 90.1]

ASHRAE Press Release, Dec. 16, 2014.

"New proposed climate data could make the ASHRAE/IES energy standard more applicable for global use. Addendum w is one of 10 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, open for public comment starting Dec. 5, 2014. The proposed addendum closes for review Jan. 19, 2015."

Energy-efficient Design with Masonry Construction

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Richard Filloramo.

"Masonry materials and wall assemblies, with their inherent thermal mass characteristics, provide designers with many options to achieve efficient designs. Architects and engineers have to make new decisions to reduce their projects’ energy consumption, requiring close collaboration and coordination with building and energy codes, along with construction documents."

Investigating EIFS Performance Across Climates: Exterior Insulation and Finishing Systems Studied in Long-term Test

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2014, by Ulf Wolf.

"Between January of 2005 and June of 2007, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) undertook an extensive EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA)-sponsored trial comparing the moisture and temperature management properties of several exterior insulation and finishing system configurations with those of other claddings in a hot and humid climate. Now, a new third phase of the study is demonstrating the assembly’s potential for other climate zones."

Boosting Energy Performance in Federal Facilities

Buildings Magazine, Nov. 2014, by Chris Olson.

"The federal government manages some 429,000 buildings totaling 3.34 billion square feet. It owns approximately 80% of that space and leases 20%. A portfolio of that mammoth size clearly has an impact on the buildings industry. The Bush and Obama administrations have established a number of targets for facility energy use. GSA,DOE and other federal agencies are developing a variety of approaches, including performance contracting, deep retrofits, a green “proving ground,” and analytics tools. The private sector can learn from the government’s successes."

Net-Zero Buildings in Action

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Especially In Net-Zero Energy Buildings, A Careful Eye On Operations Pays Off
Part 2: Facility Managers' Grasp Of Big-Picture Issues Is Crucial To Net-Zero Performance
Part 3: Flexible Design, Careful Energy Monitoring Are Vital
Part 4: Despite Buildings' Success, Facility Managers Aim For More Performance

Green Building Report: States Updating Energy Standards

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2014, by Jessica Baker.

A 4-Part article:
Part 1: States Raise The Bar On High-Performance Buildings
Part 2: ASHRAE, LEED Updates Include Lighting, Sustainable Materials
Part 3: A Beginner's Guide to ASHRAE 90.1 and LEEDv4
Part 4: The Rise of the LEED City

Estimating Customer Electricity Savings from Projects Installed by the U.S. ESCO industry

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Nov. 25, 2014.

"We introduce a method to estimate the total amount of electricity saved by projects implemented by the U.S. ESCO industry using the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) /National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) database of projects and LBNL’s biannual industry survey. We report two metrics: incremental electricity savings metric and savings from ESCO projects that are active in a given year (e.g., 2012)."


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