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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.

 


Rental Renaissance

Green Builder, June 2014, by Juliet Grable. (Scroll to page 12)
http://content.yudu.com/A2vekc/GreenBuilderJune2014/resources/index.htm

"Well designed, energy efficient. Located in walkable neighborhoods near public transportation. In cities across the country, the humble apartment is receiving a green makeover."

A Survey of State-Level Cost and Benefit Estimates of Renewable Portfolio Standards

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) & LBNL Technical Report, NREL/TP-6A20-61042 & LBNL-6589E, May 2014.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-6589e.pdf

"This report surveys and summarizes existing state-level RPS cost and benefit estimates and examines the various methods used to calculate such estimates. The report relies largely upon data or results reported directly by electric utilities and state regulators."
 

Taming an Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards [Furnace Fans]

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 25, 2014, by Joanna Mauer.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/06/taming-energy-hog-efficiency-standard%20

"The Department of Energy (DOE) issued new efficiency standards today that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog. Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home, consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator. The new standards will cut the cost to power furnace fans by about 40% and also deliver improved comfort."

ASME EA-4-2010 - Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems. What’s it all about?

Compressed Air Best Practices, June 2014, by Joe Ghislain.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/standards/food-grade-air/asme-ea-4-2010-energy-assessment-compressed-air-systems-what-s-it-all-about

"The ASME EA-4 standard takes the same system approach that is taught in the Compressed Air Challenge® Fundamentals and Advanced Compressed Air System Management courses and provides a prescriptive but scalable process that can be tailored to each facility. Along with system definition, it sets requirements for organizing and conducting the assessment, analyzing the data, and reporting and documenting of the findings."

Solar Inverters Face the Demands of a New Day with More Functionality

Solar Industry, June 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1406/FEAT_01_Solar-Inverters-Face-The-Demands-Of-A-New-Day-With-More-Functionality.html

"Cost competition and performance requirements are forcing inverter suppliers to get smart."

LEDs: A Deep Dive in Dimming

Architectural Lighting, May/Jun 2014, by Alice Liao.
http://www.archlighting.com/leds/leds-a-deep-dive-in-dimming_o.aspx

"By its nature, solid-state lighting can dim smoothly, but when paired with legacy technology, some outstanding issues may reappear."

Designing Masonry Buildings to the 2012 Energy Code

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Steven Fechino.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/designing-masonry-buildings-to-the-2012-energy-code/

"Change is coming to the building industry, driven by a need for far more efficient energy use in the built environment. Masonry has many qualities that make it an ideal building material for energy-efficient construction, including its thermal mass, sustainability, high level of availability, and design flexibility. A combination of new building materials, a better understanding of building dynamics, and improved design software is making it possible for designers to create masonry buildings that meet the new energy codes; skilled masons will be key to making these energy-efficient buildings a reality."

Biofuel Technology Goes Mobile [Pyrolysis]

WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS), Press Release, Jun. 2014.
http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/2014/06/11/biofuel-technology-goes-mobile/

"Scientists like Manuel Garcia-Perez and his graduate students, who study biosystems engineering at Washington State University, are helping to nurture the emerging biofuels industry by developing pyrolysis technologies. Garcia-Perez and Geraldo Ferreira-David of Brazil calculate material entering and exiting the pyrolysis system."

How to Save 2 Million Barrels of Oil Per Day

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), June 2014, by Siddiq Khan.
http://www.aceee.org/blog/2014/06/how-save-2-million-barrels-oil-day

Provides a summary of efforts to increase fuel savings in trucks through continued promotion of fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines built for the 2014 to 2018 model years and to extend the EPA and NHTSA program beyond 2018.


Being Radiant: Planning In-Slab Hydronic Heating and Cooling

The Construction Specifier, June 2014, by Ryan Westlund.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/masterformat/being-radiant-planning-in-slab-hydronic-heating-and-cooling/

"Radiant systems are ideally suited to a broad range of commercial applications and achieve best results when combined with other energy-efficient solutions in tight building structures. While radiant heating-only systems have a long history in conditioning both commercial and residential structures, radiant cooling is fairly new to North America. Early adopters of these systems were located primarily in arid regions. Mainstream acceptance required the development of more advanced controls, coupled with compelling evidence of reduced energy consumption for the built environment."

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