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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


Boosting Energy Performance in Federal Facilities

Buildings Magazine, Nov. 2014, by Chris Olson.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18131/title/boosting-energy-performance-in-federal-facilities.aspx

"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.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Especially-In-NetZero-Energy-Buildings-A-Careful-Eye-On-Operations-Pays-Off--15485

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.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/States-Raise-The-Bar-On-HighPerformance-Buildings--15489

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.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/Estimating%20customer%20Electricity%20Savings_25Nov2014_FINAL.pdf

"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)."

Dynamic Designs With Electrochromic Glass

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Oct. 2014, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95904-95904-dynamic-designs-with-electrochromic-glass

"An updated take on a technology is helping designers make buildings more comfortable and energy efficient while adhering to cleaner aesthetic."

7 Fundamentals of Green O&M

Buildings, Oct. 2014, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18020/title/7-fundamentals-of-green-o-m.aspx

"Opportunities to run your facility in an environmentally conscious manner abound. Everything from product procurement, cleaning, and waste management to water efficiency, landscaping, and daylighting can and should be driven by sustainability. But with tight budgets and competing interests, keeping green at the heart of your operations is challenging. And no matter how eco-friendly your building’s design is, there’s always room for continuous improvement on the O&M side. We’ve found seven key areas that should be part of any green operations plan."

Energy Efficiency and Building with Wood

The Construction Specifier, Oct. 2014, by Nabih Tahan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/energy-efficiency-and-building-with-wood/

"New wood building systems have been developed to offer greater airtightness to minimize energy consumption. The building industry should focus on combining the two aspects of using renewable building materials and energy efficiency to achieve comfortable buildings, while optimizing indoor air quality (IAQ) and reversing the negative effect of climate change."

Innovations Bring HVAC Energy Gains

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2014, by Bruce McKinlay and Jamey Lyzun.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/hvac/article/Innovations-Offer-HVAC-Energy-Gains-But-Are-Often-Ignored--15410#

A three-part article:
Part 1: Innovations Offer Reductions In HVAC Energy Consumption But Are Often Ignored
Part 2: Consider These Passive Or Energy-Efficient Active HVAC Systems
Part 3: Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Waste Heat Recovery And Renewable Energy

Next-Generation Energy Management: Solutions For The Next Level of Performance In Corporate Real Estate

Rocky Mountain Institute and CoreNet, Oct. 2014. [Free registration required to download report.]
http://www.rmi.org/next_gen_energy_management

"Inspired by CoreNet Global’s 2013 call for companies to strive for net-zero energy in their facilities, RMI and CoreNet co-wrote the recently released Next-Generation Energy Management report, providing a set of strategic solutions for corporate real estate professionals to achieve the highest goals practical and profitable for building energy performance."

BIRDS Is for Sustainability: New NIST Tool for Evaluating Building Performance, Trade-offs

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oct. 2014, by Mark Bello.
http://www.nist.gov/el/economics/20141007_birds.cfm

"Designing a building that simply meets local code requirements is not necessarily the optimal way to do it when you consider all the long-term costs. Now, building professionals in more than 200 U.S. cities can use a new database developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to evaluate whether it pays to exceed code requirements for energy efficiency by tallying expected costs, kilowatts expended, carbon emissions and other impacts over a planned commercial building's lifetime. Called BIRDS (Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability), NIST's new database and software tools are designed to assess three major determinants of building sustainability: energy, environmental and cost performance."

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