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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.

 


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."

Commercial New Construction Market Assessment

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), Report #E15-289, May 20, 2015.
http://neea.org/docs/default-source/reports/commercial-new-construction-market-assessment.pdf?sfvrsn=4

"The report highlights trends, barriers, and opportunities for high-performance projects, with a focus on Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. This 2014 study discusses potential intervention strategies to increase adoption of new design and construction best practices for high-performance commercial buildings. CLEAResult led this project - which includes literature review, market data and stakeholder interviews - with additional support from New Buildings Institute."

Enabling Wind Power Nationwide

U.S. Department of Energy, May 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/wind/downloads/enabling-wind-power-nationwide

A new report "shows how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment in all 50 states—made possible through the next-generation of larger wind turbines. It highlights wind energy’s potential to generate electricity even in states with no utility-scale wind energy development today."

Methods of Calculating Water Recovery From Air-Conditioning Cooling Coils, Part 2 of 2

HPAC Engineering, May 2015, by William G. Acker.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/methods-calculating-water-recovery-air-conditioning-cooling-coils-part-2-2

"Last month, in Part 1 of this article, we evaluated four equations used to determine the amount of water vapor removed from cooling coils in condensate-recovery applications. The accuracy of those equations varies, as some calculate only the removal of water vapor entering with the outside-air intake. This month, we will discuss more-accurate methods of calculating water-vapor removal and calculating the removal of all water-vapor loads by a cooling coil."

Methods of Calculating Water Recovery From Air-Conditioning Cooling Coils, Part 1 of 2

HPAC Engineering, Apr. 2015, by William G. Acker.
http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/methods-calculating-water-recovery-air-conditioning-cooling-coils-part-1-2

"In traditional building cooling, air passes through chilled cooling coils in air-handling units prior to entering a facility. As air passes over the coils, moisture in the air condenses into water on the coils. The water drips into a collection pan below and is sent to a sewer drain. Today, however, particularly in areas where water is scarce and rates are high, many building owners are collecting this water and using it to replenish cooling towers for irrigation and other uses."

ENERGY STAR® Brand Awareness Continues To Grow

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), May 2015.
http://www.cee1.org/content/energy-star%C2%AE-brand-awareness-continues-grow

"Results from the National Awareness of ENERGY STAR® for 2014 are now available. Analysis of the data from the fifteenth annual Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) household survey shows the strength of the ENERGY STAR brand by measuring label recognition, understanding, and influence on purchasing decisions. In 2014, 89 percent of households recognized the ENERGY STAR label when it was shown to them. This constitutes an increase of 48 percent since CEE first conducted the survey in 2000."

Small is Beautiful: Heat Pumps in Small-Scale Cogeneration

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, May-June 2015, Jan De Wit.
http://digital.cospp.com/cospp/20150506?sub_id=yZyIjhafYfpz&folio=28#pg30

"Denmark has recently seen a growing number of cogeneration units installed in care homes, sports centres, schools and other municipal buildings. These installations have shown high annual operation hours, short ROI and significant CO2 savings. [The author] looks at how they do it."

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