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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.

 


The Environmental Sustainability of Existing Buildings: Refurbish or Replace?

Circular Ecology, May 19, 2015, by Dr. Craig Jones.
http://www.circularecology.com/news/the-environmental-sustainability-of-existing-buildings-refurbish-or-replace#.VWZRE2zbIWo

"There comes a time in the life of every building where extensive refurbishment is required. For many a building this seems to bring with it thoughts of starting again – essentially to demolish and ‘rebuild’. The normal practice in modern times seems to be the preference to demolish and replace. Whereas conservationists naturally prefer to retain existing structures so to repair them and bring them back to their former glory. This latter approach retains the existing character and heritage of a building, but proponents of the ‘remove and replace’ philosophy ague about their reduced energy performance."

How Energy Efficiency Financing Can Help States Meet Clean Power Plan Goals

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), May 27, 2015.
http://aceee.org/blog/2015/05/how-energy-efficiency-financing-can

"Today, ACEEE is releasing the second in a series of step-by-step guides that help states claim emissions reductions resulting from energy efficiency programs and policies. Navigating the Clean Power Plan: A Template for Including Energy Efficiency Finance Programs in State Compliance Plans is focused on helping states incorporate financing programs and policies into their plans for complying with the EPA Clean Power Plan. The tool provides an overview of some types of financing approaches that may be well suited for Clean Power Plan compliance."

Balancing Hotel Energy Use and Guest Comfort

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by Jeff Raber.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/balancing-hotel-energy-use-and-guest-comfort

"Though hotel guest rooms may hold great potential for cost savings, concerns about the impact of energy-efficiency initiatives on customer satisfaction have kept many hoteliers from investing in energy-management solutions. With recent advances in building-management systems (BMS) and sensors, however, the balance between energy savings and guest comfort easily can be struck."

The Game Changer [Energy Storage]

Solar Today, April 30, 2015, by Maureen McIntyre (Editor & publisher)
http://solartoday.org/2015/04/the-game-changer/

"The global energy landscape is shifting, and the game changer is energy storage."

Seattle City Light to Test 'Self-Healing' Power Line

Public Power Weekly, May 4, 2015, by Jeannine Anderson.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/weekly/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=43771

"Starting this fall, Seattle City Light in Washington will begin testing automated switching technology that is designed to speed the restoration of service when a power line is damaged. A pilot project using these “self-healing” power lines is part of a larger effort to build a smarter and more resilient grid in Seattle. The equipment, which is being installed on two of the municipal utility’s feeder lines, is expected to be in operation before the Seattle storm season begins in September."

Over 50% Energy Savings Realized for Naval Air Station Facility on Whidbey Island

Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) News, May 26, 2015.
http://www.neec.net/news/over-50-energy-savings-realized-naval-air-station-facility-whidbey-island

"The Naval Air Station (NAS) on Whidbey Island believes that national defense and environmental protection must be compatible goals. Their recent effort to develop and execute a targeted plan for upgrading the chilled water system serving their critical Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) facility is another great example of the commitment the NAS has for environmental stewardship and continual improvement."

VRF with Heat Recovery Ventilation In Pre K-12 Schools

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Robert G. Thompson.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97144-vrf-with-heat-recovery-ventilation-in-pre-k-12-schools

"As the learning curve for VRF continues, it’s only fitting to see how it can fare in a familiar learning environment. Turns out it can play a key role in the critical lesson of adapting to existing spaces and occupancy needs when crafting the optimum retrofit design for a given client."

Congress Creates Tenant Star But Does Little Else

Green Building Law Update, Apr. 26, 2015, by Stuart Kaplow.
http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/2015/04/articles/codes-and-regulations/federal/congress-creates-tenant-star-but-does-little-else/

"The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, S. 535, a portion of this bill was formerly known as the Better Buildings Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives last week and on April 23rd was presented to the President for signature. ...[this]bill has no mandates and only requires the federal government (and no one else) to undertake some very modest, low cost, acts.  Senate bill 535 requires the General Services Administration to develop and “publish” model leasing provisions to encourage building owners and tenants to use greater cost-effective energy efficiency and water efficiency measures in commercial buildings; and, develop policies and practices to implement the measures for the realty services provided by the GSA to agencies."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97142-high-school-leedership

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."

State [WA] Offers Buyers of Energy-Efficient Homes Break on Mortgage Interest

KIRO TV, May 28, 2015, David Ham.
http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/state-offers-buyers-energy-efficient-homes-break-m/nmQfj/#cmComments

"The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is close to launching its EnergySpark program, offering eligible homeowners .25% off of their mortgage interest rate."

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