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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: Energy Rating Systems

Energy Rating Systems

Green Building, Without LEED [Multifamily]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 3, 2016, by Barbara Ballinger.

"A Charlotte, N.C., low-rise incorporates energy-efficient features but eschews the expense and time associated with green certification."

Reinventing Green Building—It’s (Past) Time

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2016, by Jerry Yudelson.

"The major green-building rating system in the United States, LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is not growing. As of 2015, LEED’s 15th year, less than 1 percent of commercial buildings and homes in the United States were LEED-certified.... Concerns about LEED are not new, but they have taken on more urgency with the mandatory switch to a new version of LEED (LEED v4) in October 2016."

Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

Ground-breaking Research Finds that Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income and Value

Bentall Kennedy, Press Release, Oct. 2015.

"Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team."

The Emergence of Disclosure in Green Design

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by James L. Hoff.

"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.

"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."

13 Tips for [Green] Certification Success

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.

"Is your organization about to launch its own certification effort? Take charge and make sure your facility gets the designation it deserves with these 13 tips from FMs, consultants and green building experts who have already walked the walk."

WELL Building Standard Drives Global Growth of Healthy Building Movement

International WELL Building Institute, Press Release, Nov. 16, 2015.

"One year after the public release of the WELL Building Standard® (WELL) Version 1.0, the International WELL Building Institute® (IWBI) announces milestone achievements in the development, growth and expansion of the WELL Certification program. The world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness, WELL has brought health and well-being to the forefront of the sustainable building conversation and triggered new innovations in building practices, design and development."

Advancing Elevator Energy Efficiency

ACEEE, Jan. 2015, by Harvey Sachs, Harry Misuriello, and Sameer Kwatra.

"This paper describes recent advances in energy-saving elevator technologies and recommends a path for accelerating the uptake of these new capabilities. New building codes are stimulating the adoption of modern systems that can save more than 40% of current annual energy use. ACEEE recommends actions by manufacturers, ASHRAE, public benefits programs (including utility incentives), voluntary labeling programs, and government to encourage further innovation. We recommend that industry adopt an efficiency rating system and an industry-owned premium product label."

Four Tips on LEED O+M Can Ease Way to Certification

Building Operating Management, Dec. 2014, by Pete Choquette.

"Certification under programs like the LEED Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) rating system has become important as designers, owners and facility managers have begun focusing more closely on the energy and environmental impacts of their buildings. Four tips, including a look at the LEED O+M credits structure, can ease the way to LEED certification."
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