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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: Codes/Standards


ASHRAE Research Outlines Measures to Reach Toward Net Zero Energy

Engineered Systems, Apr. 26, 2016.

"Thirty specific energy savings measures across all building types and climate zones resulted in cutting energy use by nearly half, according to results of newly approved research funded by ASHRAE."

Classroom Ventilation: Meeting Today's Challenges

Engineered Systems, May 2, 2016, by Steven G. Liescheidt.

"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."

ASHRAE Revises Commissioning Certification to Meet DOE Guidelines

Engineered Systems, May 3, 2016.

"Due to take effect Sept. 15, 2016, ASHRAE’s commissioning certification program will validate competency against the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines scheme requirements for the Building Commissioning Professional set forth by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC). The goal is to achieve U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognition by the summer of 2017 of services provided by these certificants. The ASHRAE certification will be known as the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)."

Energy Savings in Electrical Distribution Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Cameron Bellao.

"Consider these energy efficiency options for retrofitting existing and designing new buildings’ electrical distribution systems."

LED Codes and Standards

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Tom Divine.

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. This article looks at the codes and guidelines that define LED use."

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Facility Executive, Apr. 2016.

"Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas."

Green Building Report: Energy Benchmarking Ordinances

Building Operating Management, Mar. 2016, by Jenny Carney.

"The spread of energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinances across the U.S. has been one of the more interesting developments around sustainability and existing buildings. But the ordinances themselves aren’t the whole story. Along with those regulations is a growing array of programs and tools that can help facility managers make the most of benchmarking by improving the energy efficiency of their buildings."

A 5-part Article:
Part 1: What You Need To Know About Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinances
Part 2: Benchmarking: Opportunities for Finding Energy Efficiency
Part 3: SIDEBAR: Benchmarking Ordinance Results
Part 4: SIDEBAR (Exclusive online only): Benchmarking Tips and Resources
Part 5: USGBC Perspective: Top 10 States for LEED

Residential IAQ Guide

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2016, by Lawrence J. Schoen.

"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."

Navigating Energy Code Compliance For Metal Buildings

Insulation Outlook, Feb. 2016, by Hal Robbins.

"Understanding and complying with today’s evolving energy codes and standards presents unique challenges for architects, designers, and builders of pre-engineered metal buildings.... In an effort to navigate (and hopefully simplify) energy code compliance, the intent of this article is to help specifiers determine code adoption status using web-based tools and to review various high R-Value/Low U-Factor insulation systems currently available for metal building roofs and walls that provide code compliant options."

Frequently Overlooked Requirements of 90.1-2013

ASHRAE Journal, Jan. 2016, by Daniel H. Nall.

"ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, has evolved rapidly over the years. As it has evolved, the requirements have changed, and some of these requirements have been overlooked by the engineering community. Some of these requirements are mandatory, meaning they must be incorporated on all projects for which they are applicable, and others are prescriptive."


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