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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: Residential

Residential


AESP Honors PSE&G [NJ] Energy Efficiency Program for Outstanding Achievement

PR Newswire, Feb. 3, 2016.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/association-of-energy-service-professionals-honors-pseg-energy-efficiency-program-for-outstanding-achievement-300214477.html

"The Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) has named Public Service Electric and Gas Company's (PSE&G's) Residential Multifamily Housing Program as the winner of the 2016 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Program Design & Implementation.  PSE&G accepted the award yesterday at AESP's 26th National Conference & Expo in Phoenix, AZ.  PSE&G's $74 million Residential Multifamily Housing Program funds the installation of energy efficiency measures for eligible multifamily facilities in the utility's New Jersey service territory. "

Residential Energy+ Finance the Future [Home Energy Upgrades]

Rocky Mountain Institute Insight Brief, Jan. 2016.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/residential_energy_plus_finance_the_future.pdf

"Home energy upgrades can disproportionately benefit very low-, low-, and moderate-income homeowners, ensuring their improved physical and financial health as well as improved stability in the broader financial markets. This paper explores the financial benefits of home energy upgrades and seeks to identify opportunities—such as the Federal Housing Finance Authority’s Duty to Serve rule—to link greater market access and transparency around home energy performance with improved financial health for homeowners and mortgage markets overall."

How Efficient Are Energy Codes?

EcoBuilding Pulse, Jan. 5, 2016, by Ryan Meres.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/news/how-efficient-are-energy-codes_s

"Last year the U.S. Department of Energy ( DOE) announced that eight states would be part of a three-year Residential Energy Code Field Study. Once completed, the study will provide an unprecedented opportunity to develop new strategies for education, training, and outreach for improving the energy efficiency of single-family homes, as well as a measurement of the impact those activities have on residential energy use. Preliminary results from the largest residential energy code field study ever conducted in the U.S. show they do."

National Lighting Bureau Cybersecurity Panel

National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Dec. 7, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-K0zDqVdUA

"The National Lighting Bureau Panel discussion on cybersecurity. This panel features Mark Lien, Jim Yorgey, Marty Riesberg, and Randy Reid." Focuses on the security vulnerability of "smart" lighting fixtures.

Survey of Buyers, Sellers and Realtors Involved In San Diego Third-Party Owned Solar Home Transactions – A Qualitative Assessment

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dec. 2015. https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1003917.pdf "Third-party ownership (or “TPO”) structures have revolutionized the residential solar photovoltaic (“PV”) industry, opening up new customer segments and growing to dominate the market – they include leases and power purchase agreements (“PPA”).  While the immediate benefits to customers are well-documented, there remains some question as to the long-term impacts of the TPO agreements, particularly as they relate to home sales.  This research utilizes data collected through a combination of surveys and interviews with various participants involved in actual home transactions (i.e. buyers, sellers, and realtors) to explore how TPO PV systems impact homes sales in the San Diego region.  These data indicate that while the presence of TPO systems do add some complexity to the real estate transaction, the overall impacts in terms of sales price, time on market, agreement transfers and customer ... Read the rest of entry »

The Emergence of Disclosure in Green Design

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by James L. Hoff.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/the-emergence-of-disclosure-in-green-design/

"With the release of the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program, the concept of ‘disclosure’ has taken center stage as the next big topic in the ongoing discussion of how sustainable buildings are defined and evaluated. Sharing the stage are new tools that have emerged to help measure the ‘greenness’ of building products."

Introducing the Passive House System: A New Standard for Building Green

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by Gita Nandan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/introducing-the-passive-house-system-a-new-standard-for-building-green/

"The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years.... A solution many architects and owners are turning to is Passive House, a relatively new standard focused on airtightness, high thermal values, energy-attuned material selection, and the use of natural ventilation and lighting."

Energy Star Honors 2015’s Most Efficient Geothermal Units

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Sep. 28, 2015, by Herb Woerpel.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130652-energy-star-honors-2015s-most-efficient-geothermal-units

"Every year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star program acknowledges products it deems “Most Efficient” in the marketplace. This effort identifies leading products among those that qualify for Energy Star designation in numerous product categories. Here is a snapshot of Energy Star’s Most Efficient Geothermal Heat Pumps of 2015."

Smart Thermostat Initiatives Reveal Exciting New Horizons for Energy Efficiency Programs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Oct. 6, 2015, by Steven Nadel.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/10/smart-thermostat-initiatives-reveal

"Today, Commonwealth Edison, several smart thermostat manufacturers, and the Environmental Law and Policy Center announced a major new initiative with a target to install one million smart thermostats in the homes of Commonwealth Edison customers over five years. Commonwealth Edison (commonly called ComEd) serves northern Illinois, including the Chicago metropolitan area. To start, the new smart thermostats will include the Nest and ecobee3, but over time additional manufacturers will be added."

How Solar-plus-Battery Systems Insulate Customers from Rising Retail Electricity Prices

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 5, 2015, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_10_05_how_solar_plus_battery_systems_insulate
_customers_from_rising_retail_electricity_prices


"In the face of rising retail prices for grid electricity, investing in solar-plus-battery systems can insulate grid-connected customers from those increasing prices and effectively lock in a peak price that won't continue to climb, according to a recent analysis by RMI. The result for customers across diverse geographies will be substantial savings relative to what they would have paid for a full-fare utility bill. For utilities and regulators this will be challenging—and present an opportunity."
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