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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.


Secondary Glazing System (SGS) Thermal, Moisture, and Solar Performance Analysis and Validation

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Aug. 19, 2015, by Robert Hart, and others from LBNL.

"NEEA contracted with the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct a study, from which this report is based, which simulates and physically validates the thermal and solar performance characteristics of seven window attachment secondary glazing systems (SGS), also known as Fixed Window Panels, using industry standard practices. Where industry standard practices do not exist, such as condensation resistance (CR) between base glazing and SGS, this report introduces new methodology and software capabilities. This report also evaluates the annual energy savings and condensation potential of all SGS systems in prototype commercial buildings."

School Districts Strive for Efficiency, Occupant Comfort

Ari Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"It’s no secret that many school districts across the country lack funding for buildings repairs and desperately need to upgrade their facilities. While some administrators put off HVAC projects for as long as they can, choosing to repair instead of replace antiquated equipment, others are looking for ways to save energy and money in the long run while operating as green and sustainably as possible. The following case studies illustrate how schools across the country are implementing different HVACR solutions to achieve these goals."

Schools Save Energy with CHP

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"With elementary and secondary schools tightening their purse strings, and with post-secondary institutions seeing a drop in enrollment numbers over the past couple years, schools across the nation are looking for ways to cut costs. Increasingly, they are turning to cogeneration as a way to save money while also being more environmentally friendly. And, while cogeneration is still largely an industrial process, the market has significant potential for educational institutions coast to coast."

The Utopic Promise of the 'Internet of Things'

Architectural SSL, Aug. 2015, by Kevin Willmorth.

"Buildings demand solid foundations, but where structural foundations need hard earth, upcoming interactive controls need reliable communication."

The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

Bloomberg Business, Aug. 14, 2015, by Naureen Malik.

"Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs."

Air Curtain: Energy-Saving Advancements Open Doors to New Uses

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Stephen Benes.{}

"The basic air curtain concept of protecting an open doorway from the exterior environment with and 'air seal' hasn't changed much in the last 50 years, but what has changed is the variety of businesses using them today to save energy."

Searching for Equilibrium: How to Achieve It In the Era of Distributed Energy

Public Utilities Fortnightly, Aug. 2015, by David J. O'Brien.

"Over the decades of state regulation of distribution utilities, we have seen prominent structural changes - independent power and restructuring - that have altered the basis of the regulatory bargain. Today we stand at another critical point: where the structural underpinnings of the regulatory compact have shifted and a state of disequilibrium exists."

Thermostatic Radiator Valves for Multiunit Residential Buildings

HPAC Engineering, July 2015, by Bill Boss.

"A simple, cost-effective way to combat overheating in older apartment buildings."

In Nevada and Beyond, Energy Efficiency Means More Jobs, Less Carbon

Huffington Post "The Blog", Aug. 25, 2015, by Nicole Lederer.

"Consider for a moment the 6,000 positions Tesla expects to fill near Reno at a massive factory for advanced batteries - a major announcement that helped propel Nevada to the top spot nationwide in a major 2014 clean energy jobs report. Or the jobs installing and maintaining a nearly 30-megawatt solar array at Nellis Air Force Base south of downtown Vegas. Or the thousands of workers it will take to retrofit Nevada's schools, businesses, casinos, homes and apartments to make them all use energy smarter via energy efficiency."

Right Light: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Desiree Hanford.

Article in 3-parts:
Part 1: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems
Part 2: Knowing the Types of Lighting Control Systems and How Often Recommissioning Is Needed
Part 3: At Peace Institute in Washington, D.C. , Complex Lighting Controls Get an Ongoing Commissioning


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