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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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Key Energy Factors in Evaluating Cool Roofing

Environmental Design + Construction, June 2014, by Martin Grohman.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95655-key-energy-factors-in-evaluating-cool-roofing

"Installing a cool roof can help buildings reduce their energy consumption, and choosing the right roof depends on knowing what to look for."

Controls: 8 Ways Integration Helps Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, June 2014, by Jim Sinopoli.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/buildingautomation/article/System-Integration-Can-Help-Meet-Green-Energy-Efficiency-Goals--15014

"Building owners seeking a green building certification or energy rating for a new building or a renovation generally push the idea of system integration to the background. To some extent this is understandable. They're probably familiar with integration involving the fire alarm, smoke control, elevators, and access control — essentially life safety integration. But they may not be aware of the functional benefits of integrating other systems and the opportunities to analyze an integrated database of system data points."

High-Tech Window Glazing

Green Builder, June 2014, by Suchi Rudra. (Scroll or jump to page 49.)
http://content.yudu.com/A2vekc/GreenBuilderJune2014/resources/index.htm

"When it comes to energy efficiency, windows are problematic; they're essentially holes in an otherwise insulated wall. Glass makes up about 15 percent of the wall space in an average home, and inefficient windows can cost over $700 a year in wasted heating and cooling costs. This loss accounts for approximately 2 percent of all energy consumption in the U.S. Upgrading window products, whether you retrofit or replace, means upgrading building performance and cutting back on hundreds of dollars in energy bills."

Rental Renaissance

Green Builder, June 2014, by Juliet Grable. (Scroll to page 12)
http://content.yudu.com/A2vekc/GreenBuilderJune2014/resources/index.htm

"Well designed, energy efficient. Located in walkable neighborhoods near public transportation. In cities across the country, the humble apartment is receiving a green makeover."

Designing Masonry Buildings to the 2012 Energy Code

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Steven Fechino.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/designing-masonry-buildings-to-the-2012-energy-code/

"Change is coming to the building industry, driven by a need for far more efficient energy use in the built environment. Masonry has many qualities that make it an ideal building material for energy-efficient construction, including its thermal mass, sustainability, high level of availability, and design flexibility. A combination of new building materials, a better understanding of building dynamics, and improved design software is making it possible for designers to create masonry buildings that meet the new energy codes; skilled masons will be key to making these energy-efficient buildings a reality."

Being Radiant: Planning In-Slab Hydronic Heating and Cooling

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Ryan Westlund.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/being-radiant-planning-in-slab-hydronic-heating-and-cooling/

"Radiant systems are ideally suited to a broad range of commercial applications and achieve best results when combined with other energy-efficient solutions in tight building structures. While radiant heating-only systems have a long history in conditioning both commercial and residential structures, radiant cooling is fairly new to North America. Early adopters of these systems were located primarily in arid regions. Mainstream acceptance required the development of more advanced controls, coupled with compelling evidence of reduced energy consumption for the built environment."

Heat Pumps Designed to Save Energy

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, May 26, 2014, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/126690-heat-pumps-designed-to-save-energy

"The energy-efficiency ratings of residential air-source heat pumps have risen dramatically over the last few years, with many manufacturers now offering equipment well exceeding the 20-SEER mark. There have been significant gains made in commercial heat pump efficiencies as well, thanks to the growing demand from building owners and managers, who are looking for ways to save energy."

The Impact of Tubular Daylighting on Energy and LEED

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17254/title/the-impact-of-tubular-daylighting-on-energy-and-leed.aspx

"Daylighting is a popular energy-saving element because of its simple application, significant cost savings, and ability to create healthy, enjoyable spaces. But don’t remain in the dark about which daylighting methods are most effective." "One of the most efficient types of top lighting comes from tubular devices."

Budding Success with Green Roof Incentives

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17253/title/budding-success-with-green-roof-incentives.aspx

"Where there was once little local, state, or federal funding for green roof projects, many incentives are sprouting up across the country."

Quick-Start Guide to Plug Load Reduction

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17292/title/quick-start-guide-to-plug-load-reduction.aspx

"10 steps to reducing your energy costs."

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