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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.

 


8 Drains on Building Efficiency, 5 Ways to Fix Them

Building Operating Management, May 2015, by Ronald Kovach.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/2-Ways-Building-Energy-Performance-Deteriorates--15866

An article in four parts:
Part 1: 2 Ways Building Energy Performance Deteriorates
Part 2: Role of Staff, Training, Building Data in Loss of Energy Efficiency
Part 3: Maintenance Plan, ‘Walk-Around’ Audits Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency
Part 4: Comparative Data, Coil Cleaning Can Help Restore Energy Efficiency

Multiple Benefits of Multifamily Energy Efficiency for Cost-Effectiveness Screening

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 16, 2015, by Rachel Cluett and Jennifer Amann. [Free registration required to view full-report.]
http://aceee.org/research-report/a1502

"This report describes the multiple benefits of energy efficiency in multifamily retrofit programs and discusses particular ways of establishing their value so administrators can include them in cost-effectiveness testing."

Defining Indoor Air Quality: IAQ Means Different Things to Different People, Organizations

Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration News, June 8, 2015, by Joanna R. Turpin.
http://www.achrnews.com/articles/129766-defining-indoor-air-quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as "associations, such as ASHRAE, and individual states, including California and New Jersey, have put forward standards and regulations that address IAQ issues, but the definition of IAQ still remains somewhat nebulous. Perhaps that is because so many factors affect IAQ — everything from poor ventilation and high (or low) humidity to pesticides, mold, and radon. In addition, it can be a challenge to quantify proper IAQ, particularly when occupants in a space have varying tolerances to different contaminants and irritants."

Going Solar: Options Abound for Co-ops Committed to Harnessing the Sun

Rural Electric Magazine, June 2015, by Cathy Cash.
http://remagazine.coop/solving-the-solar-puzzle/

"Co-op creativity is on display in trail-blazing integrations of  PV systems."

Solar Canopies Turn Parking Lots Into Power Plants with Benefits

Solar Industry, June 2015, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1506/FEAT_01_Solar-Canopies-Turn-Parking-Lots-Into-Power-Plants-With-Benefits.html

"Solar developers say solar carports are emerging as one of the fastest-growing segments of the market -- particularly in places where getting into your car at the end of the day feels like laying tar in the hot sun."

LED Renovations and Retrofits: Evaluating Codes and Costs

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2015, by Michael J. Mar and Robbie Chung.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/led-renovations-and-retrofits-evaluating-codes-and-costs/bc0119cbc74ce2d8d32bf161ee087ff7.html

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. Here’s a look at the codes and guidelines that define LED use, including ASHRAE Standard 90.1, California Title 24, Dept. of Energy, and IECC."

Efficient Hot Water Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2015, by Cynthia Callaway.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/efficient-hot-water-systems/61836908267937ed3fd5393eb7252fb1.html

"Engineers should work to design the most efficient water heating system or boiler possible. Understanding the codes/standards is paramount, followed by knowledge of the key equipment functions of boilers and similar systems."

How Energy Recovery Impacts IEQ

Buildings, May 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18838/title/how-energy-recovery-impacts-ieq.aspx?topic=410

"Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) are a popular choice for fresh air ventilation, as they allow users to precondition the temperature and humidity of outdoor air using the waste energy from building exhaust. Not only does the fresh air and consistent temperature improve IEQ, the use of exhaust for conditioning reduces the mechanical heating and cooling load to save energy and money. Your occupants could likely benefit from a breath of fresh air – but is an ERV the way to accomplish that? Evaluate this technology for your facility below."

Dubuque [IA] Resource Recovery Facility Keeps It Sustainable

Treatment Plant Operator, June 2015, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2015/06/dubuque_resource_recovery_
facility_keeps_it_sustainable


"An Iowa city’s $38 million [wastewater treatment] facility renovation includes combined heat and power, biosolids reuse, effluent heat recovery, water-saving landscaping, and more."

Solar-Ready Homes are Lean, Green and Seen

Solar Industry, May 2015, by Erin Clark.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1505/FEAT_03_Solar-Ready-Homes-Are-Lean-Green-And-Seen.html

"Regulations, incentives and home buyers are pushing builders to incorporate solar as a standard feature."

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