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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.

 


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."

ASHRAE Revises Commissioning Certification to Meet DOE Guidelines

Engineered Systems, May 3, 2016.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97724-ashrae-revises-commissioning-certification-to-meet-doe-guidelines

"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)."

A Comprehensive Look at the Intelligent Building

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Steve Brown, Kurt Karnatz, and Rob Knight.
https://www.csemag.com/single-article/a-comprehensive-look-at-the-intelligent-building/66f3fdc8eabebe681dbabd1dff01d68f.html

"Technology is changing what’s possible for buildings. With the advent of smart building technology, heating, cooling, electrical, lighting, fire/life safety, and other systems need monitoring and intercommunication for optimized efficiency and operation."

Smart Buildings Demand A Smarter Approach To O&M

Engineered Systems, Apr. 2016, by Robert S. Novak.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97666-smart-buildings-demand-a-smarter-appoach-to-om

"In the beginning, the goal is to enable the operations and maintenance staff to work with the system to give it the best chance to perform as designed. Later, the vision is a culture of continuous improvement that can withstand changes in technology and personnel. In between? Plenty of opportunity for thoughtful operations and standardized routines."

Energy Department Invests $14 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Nation’s Homes and Buildings

U.S. Department of Energy, May 9, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-invests-14-million-increase-energy-efficiency-nation-s-homes-and

"As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced $14 million to dramatically increase the efficiency of our nation’s homes and buildings. These projects will cut energy costs for thousands of American families and businesses, while leading to greater demand for new building products and technologies, many of which can be produced in the U.S."  Funding distributed through the DOE Commercial Buildings Integration Program (6 projects), and the DOE Building America Program (8 projects).

Energy Savings in Electrical Distribution Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2016, by Cameron Bellao.
https://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-savings-in-electrical-distribution-systems/2d990c83c1337f2b887d739a1b1472f6.html

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

Doubly Renewable [Anaerobic Digestion & Ethanol]

Manure Manager, Mar/Apr 2016, by Treena Hein.
http://www.agannex.com/energy/doubly-renewable

"Innovative anaerobic digester project in California supports another renewable energy facility: ethanol."

United States Reaches 1 Million Solar Installations

PV Magazine, May 3, 2016, by Christian Roselund.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/united-states-reaches-1-million-solar-installations_100024426/#axzz47d79EAU7

"Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new awareness campaign on the occasion of the United States reaching an estimated 1 million solar PV installations. Million Solar Strong is a traditional and social media campaign under the message that 'solar is here to stay'."

Cooking Oil Factory Combines Compressed Air Systems to Save 36%

Compressed Air Best Practices, Apr. 2016, by Ron Marshall.
https://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/end-uses/cooking-oil-factory-combines-compressed-air-systems-save-36

"To produce healthy, high-quality cooking oil, this food processing company crushes and processes oil seeds shipped in from local farms. To increase the energy efficiency of its oil seed crushing and processing facility, the company optimized its compressed air system by combining three separate systems into one."

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