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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.

 

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What You Should Know About LEED v4 [Multifamily]

Multifamily Executive, Nov. 1, 2016, by Chris Wood.
http://www.multifamilyexecutive.com/design-development/green/what-you-should-know-about-leed-v4_o

"As of last month, LEED v4 became the officially required version for certification. Here are the multifamily-friendly aspects you should know about."

BPI Launches the Healthy Home Evaluator Certification Nationally

Building Performance Institute, Oct. 3, 2016.
http://www.bpi.org/news_expansion.aspx?selectedID=2383

"Today, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) announces the nationwide launch of the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification. This certification will help the nation's home performance, weatherization and healthy housing workforce conduct assessments in homes to determine conditions that may adversely affect occupant health and safety."

LEED v4 is Ready to Take Center Stage

Energy Manager Today, Oct. 21, 2016, by Carl Weinschenk.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/leed-v4-is-ready-to-take-center-stage-0127873/

"Many facility managers, energy managers and building owners aspire to certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. On Nov. 1, the fourth version of LEED will take full effect."

RESNET and the Colorado Energy Office Partner to Raise Consumer Knowledge of New Home Performance

NASEO News, Oct. 13, 2016.
http://www.naseo.org/news-article?NewsID=1017

"RESNET and the Colorado Energy Office has entered into a partnership aimed at promoting the construction of energy efficient homes in the Centennial State.  The intent is to raise consumers' knowledge of new home performance using the HERS Index."

Green Building, Without LEED [Multifamily]

EcoBuilding Pulse, Oct. 3, 2016, by Barbara Ballinger.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/projects/green-building-without-leed_s

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

Commercial Coffee Brewers Now Eligible for Energy Star Program

Energy Star, July 16, 2016.
https://www.energystar.gov/about/content/commercial_coffee_brewers_now_eligible

"On July 8, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an ENERGY STAR specification adding commercial coffee brewers to the program. Coffee brewers are found in nearly every commercial establishment, from office buildings to hotels. The strict new energy efficiency requirements these products will have to meet to earn the ENERGY STAR will provide significant energy savings to users and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Reinventing Green Building—It’s (Past) Time

Heating, Piping, Air Conditioning Engineering, Feb. 2016, by Jerry Yudelson.
http://hpac.com/archive/reinventing-green-building-it-s-past-time

"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.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

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.
http://www.bentallkennedy.com/news-2015-10-06.php

"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.
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."
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