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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

Codes/Standards


Aligning IECC and [ASHRAE] Standard 90.1

ASHRAE Journal, Mar. 2014, by Steve Ferguson.
http://bit.ly/1kH3Erg

"In 2013, ASHRAE participated in the development of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) published by the International Code Council (ICC). The IECC is a model energy code that is adopted in many jurisdictions across the United States. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 serves as an alternative compliance path in the IECC. In an effort to try to reduce confusion in the marketplace, and decrease the amount of training for designers and code officials, ASHRAE submits proposals and comments with the intent of trying to align the requirements in the IECC and Standard 90.1."

New Refrigeration Efficiency Standards To Take a Bite out of Supermarket and Restaurant Energy Costs

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Feb. 28, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/02/new-refrigeration-efficiency-standard

"The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule for strong new efficiency standards today that will take a big bite out of the energy consumption of the refrigerators and freezers used in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and commercial kitchens. The significant reductions in energy use that we’ll see with the new standards are made possible by the availability of technologies including LED lighting and occupancy sensors, high-performance glass doors, and high-efficiency motors, which all provide big efficiency gains." Includes a link to the final rule.

What Now: Complying With Major- and Area-Source Boiler Rules

HPAC Engineering, Jan. 2014, by Thomas Fitzpatrick.
http://hpac.com/heating/what-now-complying-major-and-area-source-boiler-rules (free registration required)

"Covering both new and existing boilers, which are divided into 19 subcategories, the rules [EPA] establish numerical limits for emissions of five pollutants: carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen chloride (HCl), mercury (Hg), and filterable particulate matter or total selected metals. There are various requirements regarding start-up and shutdown to meet, and most boilers are required to have a tune-up; meanwhile, a one-time energy assessment is required for affected units."

Prepare for DOE Pump Efficiency Regulations

Pumps & Systems, Feb. 2014, by Robert K. Asdal, The Hydraulic Institute, Inc.
http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/february-2014-
prepare-doe-pump-efficiency-regulations


"This is the second part of a three-part series that discusses the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pump efficiency regulations and how the Hydraulic Institute (HI) is working with HI members, the DOE and other groups to reduce the burden on U.S. pump manufacturers, while supporting DOE efforts to achieve energy savings and efficiency improvements in the marketplace."

Part 1 is here - http://www.pump-zone.com/pumps/january-2014-
pump-manufacturers-should-prepare-doe-pump-efficiency-regulation-changes

New Energy Efficiency Standards for External Power Supplies to Cut Consumers’ Utility Bills

U.S. Department of Energy Press Release, Feb. 3, 2014.
http://energy.gov/articles/new-energy-efficiency-standards-external-power-supplies-cut-consumers-utility-bills

"The Energy Department today announced new efficiency standards for external power supplies. Over the next 30 years, these standards will help cut carbon pollution by nearly 47 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of 6.5 million homes – and save families and businesses nearly $4 billion on their energy bills."

Critical Facilities: Data Center Deliberation

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2014, by Loren Snyder.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/How-HVAC-Economizers-Can-Help-Data-Centers-Meet-Energy-Codes-Energy-Star-Ratings-And-ASHRAE-Standards--14655?source=part

A 4-part article on energy use in data centers:
  1. Air-Flow Management, Economizer Use And Understanding PUE Can Help Improve Data Center Efficiency
  2. How HVAC Economizers Can Help Data Centers Meet Energy Codes, Energy Star Ratings And ASHRAE Standards
  3. Managing Data Center Air Flow With Hot Aisles, Cold Aisles Can Help Drive Energy Efficiency
  4. Tailor Data Center Energy Strategies To Business Needs

Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Proposed Determination of Hearth Products as a Covered Consumer Product

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE),  Dec. 31, 2013.
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EERE-2013-BT-DET-0057-0002

"The U.S. Department of Energy has tentatively determined  that hearth products meet the criteria for covered products because classifying products of such type as covered products is necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA (which is to improve the efficiency of covered consumer products to conserve the energy resources of the Nation), and the average annual U.S. household energy use for hearth products is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year."

Impact of Advancements in Model Energy Codes: What's the Effect on Insulation?

The Construction Specifier, Jan. 2014, by Jared O. Blum.
http://www.kenilworth.com/publications/cs/de/201401/index.html and click or scroll to page 66.

"In response to a national interest in, and policies for, conservation of energy, model energy codes are striving to advance the way commercial and residential building envelopes are insulated. The effect on how design professionals specify materials for thermal management will be substantial."

Energy Conservation Standards for Electric Motors: Proposed Rulemaking

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE), Dec. 6, 2013.
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2010-BT-STD-0027

"Consistent with changes made by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), DOE is amending its electric motor standards by expanding the scope of the electric motors that would be regulated. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, DOE must publish a final rule determining whether to amend its standards no later than 24 months after the effective date of the previous final rule."

New U.S. Department of Energy Rules Lauded for Rating Commercial Systems

Press Release, Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Jan. 9, 2014.
http://www.appliance-standards.org/documents/asap-press-releases/new-us-department-energy-rules-lauded-rating-commercial-systems

"United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) today praised the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for finalizing new methods for rating and certifying commercial air conditioning, heating, water heating and refrigeration equipment. The negotiated rule, which DOE published on Dec. 31, 2013, was developed by the first working group convened by DOE’s Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee...." Press Release includes a link to the Dec. 31, 2013 Federal Register, Final Rule on Energy Conservation Program: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods, Basic Model Definition, and Compliance for Commercial HVAC, Refrigeration, and WH Equipment.

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