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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: Commercial

Commercial


Companies Are Getting Strategic About Their Energy Use: Five Key Trends

Forbes, Nov. 14, 2016, by Liz Delaney.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2016/11/14/companies-are-getting-strategic-about-their-energy-use-5-key-trends/#62c96c1544b0

"Energy management has evolved since we dispatched our first EDF Climate Corps fellows back in 2008 to jumpstart corporate energy efficiency programs in America. ....After careful analysis of more than 3,200 energy project recommendations, we identified five key trends."

Is Your Building Endangering Birds?

Buildings, Oct. 2016, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/20713/title/is-your-building-endangering-birds-

"Excessive exterior lighting isn’t just wasting energy – it may be harming migrating birds. Cut down your energy spending and ensure safe passage during migration season by joining a local Lights Out initiative."

Advanced Heating Technologies for VRF

Construction Specifier, Oct. 2016, by Cain White.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/advanced-heating-technologies-for-vrf/

"Cold temperatures and disruptive precipitation create problems every year. When it comes to heating spaces, the challenge tends to be how to do 
it effectively and efficiently...Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) makes the most of the square footage and budget while offering energy-efficient and reliable technology providing superior occupant comfort. It achieves success by dividing a building’s interior into zones, each of which can be operated separately."

Commissioning Lighting Control Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oct. 2016, by Jesse Felter and tom Divine.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/commissioning-lighting-control-systems/a0f3b0d7f1d39cf7204ce8f70769cfcb.html

"Codes and standards require lighting engineers to include power allowances, daylighting controls, functional testing, and commissioning in lighting designs to verify lighting controls."

NEMA Publishes New White Paper on How to Reduce Energy Consumption in Commercial Buildings

LEDinside.com, Oct. 25, 2016.
http://www.ledinside.com/press/2016/10/nema_publishes_
white_paper_how_to_reduce_energy_consumption_in_commercial_buildings


"The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published a white paper that discusses new requirements that help reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. NEMA WD ARCP 1-2016 Automatic Receptacle Control to Meet ASHRAE 90.1-2010 and California (CA) Title 24 explains the controlled receptacle requirement now appearing within non-residential energy codes, as well as a summary of typical application settings."

Know When, Where to Specify VRF Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Sept. 2016, by James M. Del Monaco.
https://www.csemag.com/industry-news/codes-and-standards-updates/single-article/know-when-where-to-specify-vrf-systems/afe0f6f206f06f553b360c1b00bb694b.html

"Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) offers an alternate HVAC solution. Its key attributes include zonal control, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality (IAQ). To help facilitate their successful design and operation, engineers should take advantage of the available resources and training offered by manufacturers, utilities, and others."

Oregon Energy Programs Expire in 2017

The Bulletin [Bend,OR], Oct. 26, 2016, by Joseph Ditzler.
http://www.bendbulletin.com/business/4762243-151/oregon-energy-programs-expire-in-2017
  • Residential Energy Tax Credit program
  • Small Premium Projects program

"Two Oregon programs that provide tax credits to residential property owners who update their heating systems will expire next year."


How Do You Size a VFD?

Flow Control, Sept. 2016, by Jeff Bergman and Sean Fitzpatrick.
http://www.flowcontrolnetwork.com/how-you-size-vfd

"Confusion often surrounds the proper sizing of variable frequency drives (VFDs), and sometimes, knowing when and how to choose one may be difficult. Actually understanding what a VFD does might make this decision easier and the requirements less difficult to understand."

The Untapped Potential of Community Energy Storage

Microgrid Knowledge, Sept. 19, 2016.
https://microgridknowledge.com/community-energy-storage/

"Robin Roy, an NRDC consultant, explains why community energy storage often falls between the gaps in federal energy policy and what can be done about the problem."

HVAC Codes and Standards: Cooling and Energy Efficiency

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Aug. 2016, by Gayle Davis.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/hvac-codes-and-standards-cooling-and-energy-efficiency/4f684e7f21eada9b13b825014bbfc464.html

"Codes and standards dictate the design of HVAC systems; however, there are ways to improve the design of nonresidential buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency."
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