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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: Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality


Weatherization Plus Health in Washington State: An Update

National Association for State Community Services, Oct. 26, 2016.
https://thestateofpoverty.org/2016/10/26/weatherization-plus-health-in-washington-state-an-update/

"In April, we described the launch of an exciting new weatherization venture in Washington State that combines the energy efficiency improvements of weatherization with a targeted approach to reduce and remove asthma triggers in low-income households. Six months later, the hard work of marrying weatherization to home health environment improvements is underway. The Washington State Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program is learning a great deal about the challenges, and the promise, of energy savings and health impacts in low-income homes."

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."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97718-classroom-ventilation-meeting-todays-challenges

"Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space."

Unique Approach to High-Efficiency Laboratory-Exhaust Energy Recovery

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2016, by Craig Buck.
http://hpac.com/iaq-ventilation/unique-approach-high-efficiency-laboratory-exhaust-energy-recovery

"The addition of adiabatic/evaporative exhaust cooling to a laboratory run-around-coil heat-recovery system at the College of Charleston [SC]."

Case in Point: School District Aces Efficiency, Flexibility with VRF

Engineered Systems, May 2, 2016.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97709-school-district-aces-efficiency-flexibility-with-vrf

"Several schools in the Hazelwood School District north of St. Louis were retrofitted with heat recovery systems. This allowed some schools to reduce installed tonnage by up to 50% and also gave teachers greater control of classroom comfort."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2, 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97718-classroom-ventilation-meeting-todays-challenges

"Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space."

Residential IAQ Guide

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2016, by Lawrence J. Schoen.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2016Mar_080-081_IAQ_Schoen.pdf

"This column previews the Residential Indoor Air Quality Guide that ASHRAE will publish early in 2017. The new guide will be a companion to the affordable Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning that ASHRAE published in 2009, which focused primarily on nonresidential indoor air quality."

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit

World Green Building Council, Feb. 2016.
http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/better-places-people/health-wellbeing-and-productivity-retail/

"The report’s main finding is that retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores."

Direct-Fired Technology: From Makeup Air to Space Heating

ASHRAE Journal, Sep. 2015, by Thomas Boeckermann, and others.
http://bookstore.ashrae.biz/journal/download.php?file=2015Sept_016-027_Kuehn.pdf

"Direct-fired heating technology is a safe, energy-efficient, and cost-effective means to provide heating for a wide range of applications. The two main uses—makeup air and space heating—have different applications and require different approaches to deliver the most efficient design. This article summarizes the basic operating principles, safety, energy performance, psychrometric behavior, and recommendations for the use of direct-fired heating units."

Pacific Northwest Residential Ventilation Effectiveness Study

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Sept. 14, 2015, by Ken Eklund and others.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/pacific-northwest-residential-ventilation-effectiveness-study.pdf?sfvrsn=6

"This report presents the findings and conclusions of the Pacific Northwest Residential Ventilation Effectiveness study in houses with low air leakage. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) commissioned the Washington State University (WSU) Energy Program to conduct the study, which included a total of twenty-nine houses in Washington State with five different types of ventilation systems. Exhaust ventilation (Exhaust Only (EO) and Exhaust with Inlet Vents (EI)) and heat recovery ventilation (HRV)/energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems made up the largest share of the ventilation systems studied."
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