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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.

 


Financing Energy Improvements on Utility Bills: Market Updates and Key Program Design Considerations for Policymakers and Administrators

State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, DOE/EE-1100, May 2014.
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/seeaction/pdfs/onbill_financing.pdf

"Enabling consumers to finance energy improvements on their utility bills is one of several potentially valuable tools for expanding consumer access to attractive capital. While financing may be an attractive tool for increasing program leverage and mitigating the rate impacts of utility consumer-funded efficiency programs, administrators can face difficult choices between allocating funds to financing or to other approaches designed to overcome a broader set of barriers to consumer investment in energy efficiency. This report focuses on key program design considerations for policymakers and program administrators."


The Impact of Tubular Daylighting on Energy and LEED

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17254/title/the-impact-of-tubular-daylighting-on-energy-and-leed.aspx

"Daylighting is a popular energy-saving element because of its simple application, significant cost savings, and ability to create healthy, enjoyable spaces. But don’t remain in the dark about which daylighting methods are most effective." "One of the most efficient types of top lighting comes from tubular devices."

Budding Success with Green Roof Incentives

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17253/title/budding-success-with-green-roof-incentives.aspx

"Where there was once little local, state, or federal funding for green roof projects, many incentives are sprouting up across the country."

Smart Building Integration

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2014, by Sanjyot B. Bhusari.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/smart-building-integration/e7c6fe5e5c3ecc35fe6992cb0871b442.html

"Historically, the facility management challenge has been to do more with less. System integration provides a solution, and offers an opportunity to lower costs and achieve greater efficiencies."

Quick-Start Guide to Plug Load Reduction

Buildings, May 2014.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/17292/title/quick-start-guide-to-plug-load-reduction.aspx

"10 steps to reducing your energy costs."

Energy Management and Water Heating Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2014, by Peter D. Zak.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/energy-management-and-water-heating-systems/ead2ce605965e4cf773a4842cb5ee1b0.html

"Over the years, HVAC engineers have been challenged to provide more efficient and sustainable designs that meet societal demands to reduce the overall carbon footprint of a facility. Performance guidelines provided by programs such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Green Globes, and Energy Star provide guidelines for energy efficiency, while agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Dept. of Energy (DOE) establish compliance guidelines for commercial HVAC systems."

Low Energy Science Building [University of Findlay, OH]

ASHRAE Journal, May 2014, by Stephen Hamstra.
http://tinyurl.com/oubcf5h

"Science buildings with multiple fume hoods and high ventilation rates are often the highest net energy-consuming buildings per square foot on a campus. However, the Davis Building at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, which is made up of lab and classroom spaces, offices, conference rooms and support spaces, has a site EUI of only 64 kBtu/ft2 (202 kWh/m2). "

Digital Controls Optimize Performance [Airside Economizers]

Heating Plumbing Air Conditioning, May 2014, by Adrienne Thomle.
http://www.hpacmag.com/news/adrienne-thomle-airside-economizer/1003079977/?&er=NA

"The airside economizers of today bear little resemblance to their predecessors."

A Discussion on Dimming [LEDs]

LD+A, May 2014, by Scott Barney.
http://www.erglighting.com/media/wysiwyg/pdfs/articleLD-Amag_May2014.pdf

"Complaints of flicker, flutter, EMI disturbance and other complications stemming from an incompatibility between the LED source, dimmer and driver reveal that industry-wide confusion still reigns when it comes to the proper pairing and application of these critical components."

VAV vs. Radiant [Cooling]: Side-by-Side Comparison

ASHRAE Journal, May 2014, by Guruprakash Sastry & Peter Rumsey.
http://tinyurl.com/pymv8p2

"Infosys, one of India’s top three software companies, implemented a program in 2011 to find the best way to cool its buildings, while creating lower energy buildings that better suited the needs of its employees. The resulting building, Software Development Block 1 (SDB-1) in Hyderabad, not only became the first radiantly cooled building in India, but also resulted in the world’s largest HVAC side-by-side comparison."


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