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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


What Owners Need to Know About ... Maximizing Boiler Efficiency

HPAC Engineering, Jan. 2014, by Peter D'Antonio.
http://hpac.com/heating/what-owners-need-know-about-maximizing-boiler-efficiency (free registration is required)

"Hydronic heating systems are becoming increasingly common in commercial buildings, playing an ever-expanding role in high-performance design. This article discusses tried-and-true methods of minimizing costly mistakes and maximizing efficiency."


An Advanced Frame of Mind: Next-Generation Framing for Energy-Efficient Glazing

The Construction Specifier, Feb. 2014, by Chuck Knickerbocker.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201402/files/38.html

"Curtain wall and window framing establishes the total possible area of unobstructed glazing, provides support for high-efficiency glass units, and can help improve thermal performance. With proper specification, it has the potential to help manage a building's lighting, heating, and cooling energy consumption. However, there is a fine line between good daylighting and increased energy consumption."

Meeting Retrofit Chicago's Energy Goals: Three Key Constituencies

Forbes Magazine, Feb. 12, 2014, by Ellen Bell.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2014/02/12/
meeting-retrofit-chicagos-energy-goals-three-key-constituencies/


"Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Retrofit Chicago initiative, aimed at reducing participating buildings energy use in the city by 20 percent within the next five years, is a compelling example of [the President's energy focus]. For this reason, EDF Climate Corps, an innovative summer fellowship program that places specially trained graduate students in organizations to save energy and related costs, is working to recruit organizations in Chicago this month."

Building Automation Systems: Internet of Things Meets Facilities Management

SearchITChannel, Jan. 2014, by John Moore.
http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/feature/Building-automation-systems-Internet-of-Things-meets-facilities-management

Addresses opportunities to deploy integrated building automation systems and bringing the "Internet of Things" into the realm of facilities management. "Systems that control such building functions as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); security; refrigeration; and lighting have historically operated as standalone entities. They have also, for the most part, occupied a proprietary niche, separated from mainstream IT systems and standards. This isolation, however, is beginning to give way to a more cohesive environment. Integrators and resellers focusing on building automation now look to bridge the gaps among their customers' systems."

New Ways to Manage Air Flow and Cooling for Data Centers

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Lyn Corum.
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/New_Ways_to_Manage_Air
_Flow_and_Cooling_for_Data_C_24313.aspx


"Profiles of three new data centers—Orlando Health in Florida, Avnet Inc. in Arizona, and BendBroadband in Oregon—illustrate the revolutionary changes that have improved data center energy efficiency and return on investment."

A Penny Saved... Recent Advances in HVAC System Controls and Operational Efficiency

Business Energy, Jan./Feb. 2014, by Daniel P. Duffy
http://www.businessenergy.net/DE/Articles/A_Penny_Saved__24310.aspx

"A properly operating heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is a lot like a football lineman. When it is running perfectly, you don’t even know it is there. Recent advances in efficiency, operating controls, durability, and “smart” applications can make your HVAC system even more unnoticeable."

Seattle Building Energy Benchmark Analysis Report, 2011/2012

Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, Jan. 2014.
http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OSE/EBR-2011-2012-report.pdf

"Seattle is currently one of nine cities and two states in the nation that have enacted energy benchmarking disclosure policies aimed at increasing energy efficiency in the existing building stock through data access and transparency. In 2013, Seattle completed the Energy Benchmarking and Reporting program ramp-up phase by collecting whole-building annual energy use for commercial and multifamily buildings 20,000 square feet or larger. This first report summarizes program outcomes, building characteristics, trends, and recommendations."

Super Bowl's Green Stadiums: MetLife and Others Tackle Energy Efficiency

National Geographic, Feb. 1, 2014.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/02/pictures/140201-super-bowl-xlviii-2014-green-stadiums/

"MetLife Stadium will light up in bright orange, blue, and green lights when the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.  The striking display that rings the top of the stadium is powered by LED light bulbs, which are already energy-efficient—but they are made even more so by the power source that runs along the same track. The 1,350 solar panels installed on the ring can generate enough electricity to power the colorful lights and other operations."

Innovation in Building Energy Efficiency Puts Seattle in National Leadership Spotlight

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, Jan. 27, 2014.
http://www.neec.net/news/neec-press-release-innovation-building-energy-efficiency-puts-seattle-national-leadership-spotl

"Pay for Performance (PfP) is an innovative pilot project from Seattle City Light designed to test a new way to calculate the utility financial incentive and to provide more surety that the project delivers energy savings year over year. PfP offers the chance for building owners to receive a greater incentive than what they get under the traditional system, if they can show more than predicted measured and verified savings at the meter. For Seattle City Light, it reduces the utility’s risk in actually receiving the savings for which they are paying."


World Changing Ideas

Green Builder, Jan. 2014.
http://content.yudu.com/A2iil1/GreenBuilderJan2014/resources/index.htm (Scroll to page 11.)

"With help from our friends at Sustainia, here's a list of 25 of the most powerful technologies and ideas that will soon change our world in profound ways. From gravity powered LEDs to wireless car chargers, these are the good ideas that (we believe) won't go away." Close to half are energy related or have energy implications.

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