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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


Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Jennifer Meek.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95530-simple-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality

"Help improve the air quality of your building without breaking the bank."

Ban LEED?

Environmental Design + Construction (EDC), Apr. 2014, by Michael J. Berning.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95534-ban-leed

"LEED has positively and permanently transformed building design and construction. The integration of LEED with this sector of our economy has led to a substantial increase in the availability of recycled content and environmentally safer products; options for waste diversion and material reuse; energy- and water-efficient equipment; and a whole list of additional positive changes—a nearly complete market transformation in less than two decades! So why is the ACC (American Chemistry Council) so focused on making certain LEED is not used anymore? More importantly, why must you get involved?"

Employing Best Practices for Increasing Data Center Efficiency

NEMA Electroindustry, Apr. 2014, by David Sonner.
http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/NEMA/g40829_nema_ei_apr14/#/18

"The data center is one of the most dynamic and critical operations in any business. Complexity and criticality have only increased in recent years as data centers experienced steady growth in capacity and density, straining resources and increasing the consequences of poor performance." Article discusses six approaches to improve performance.

Current Trends for Health-Care Ventilation

ASHRAE Journal, Apr. 2014.
http://tinyurl.com/p5b8gah

"Health-care design evolves constantly, reflecting improvements and advancements in surgical techniques, equipment (such as MRIs and robotic surgical equipment), clinical practices, hospital design trends, energy efficiency, sustainable design, and other factors. Ventilation for health-care facilities must change to be aligned with the changing needs of health-care facilities design, patients, surgeons, clinical staff, and visitors."

Reducing Environmental Impact with Coatings

The Construction Specifier, Apr. 2014, by Ranking Jays.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/reducing-environmental-impact-with-coatings/

"Coatings are in no way meant to replace insulation, but they can make an effective contribution in reducing the downstream environmental impact by reducing energy usage. With new coatings in the market, and more coming in every day, these products are contributing to energy savings and reducing energy dependency."

Using BAS for M&V

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Moh Heidari.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/using-bas-for-m-v/49a3b0aa6578991ee5105693452093ba.html

"Without knowing the performance metrics of a building, measuring the success of the engineered systems is limited. Engineers should know the process for using BAS for measurement and verification (M&V) as a part of retro-commissioning in high-performance buildings."

Integrating and Optimizing Power and Mechanical Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mar. 2014, by Suzan X. Sun-Yuan and Mohsen Aghai.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integrating-and-optimizing-power-and-mechanical-systems/4c73b34e4d119694b785fd6dc195a94f.html

"As the overall “brains” of the building, the BAS coordinates the work of all the building’s engineered systems, including the power management system. Overall building power demand requirements must be carefully evaluated by both mechanical and electrical engineers during design, with respect to the challenges of both disciplines." 

Residential Deep Energy Retrofits

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Report Number A1401, March 2014, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann. (Free registration required to access full report.)
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1401.pdf

"This report explores energy efficiency programs that target deep energy savings through substantial improvements to existing residential buildings." 

  

Making Sense of Sprayed Polyurethane Foam

The Construction Specifier, Mar. 2014, by Peter Davis.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201403/index.html (jump or scroll to page 34)

"For decades, the U.S. design and construction industry has turned to sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) to insulate and air seal buildings. SPF can help provide temperature control in various climates, reduce sounds transmitted through the air, and lower construction costs."

10 U.S. Cities Tackle Efficiency

Architectural Record, Feb. 12, 2014, by Peter Fairley.
http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2014/02/140212-10-US-Cities-Tackle-Efficiency.asp

"Buildings are the source of one half to three-quarters of greenhouse-gas emissions in most American cities. Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Houston, and six more large cities have joined forces to tackle the problem by targeting their biggest buildings. “The largest buildings tend to be 3 to 4 percent of the overall number of buildings but account for 40 to 50 percent of the square footage and energy consumption. You have this terrific opportunity to work with a handful of buildings and make a big dent,” says Laurie Kerr, director of the City Energy Project (CEP), which launched in late January."

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