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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.

 


Saving Energy with Neighborly Behavior: Energy Efficiency for Multifamily Renters and Homebuyers

ACEEE, May 2014, by Kate Farley and Susan Mazur-Stommen.
http://www.aceee.org/files/pdf/white-paper/saving-energy-with-neighborly-behavior.pdf

A White Paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "Tenant engagement programs encourage the people who live in a multifamily property to change their behavior in order to achieve a goal. These programs are an attractive option for owners or managers who want to improve energy efficiency. In this report, we assess the key features of existing programs, make recommendations for improvements that housing providers and advocates can use immediately, and outline a wish list for the future."

Elevator Uses Solar and Storage for Net-Zero Operation

Solar Today, May/Jun 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=23867&l=1&p=34

"The Swiss elevator manufacturer Schindler...now sells a net-zero solar elevator, using a solar array and battery bank to take the lift entirely out of the building's energy equation."

Fully Measuring the Non-Energy Dollar

ACEEE, May 29, 2014, by Christopher H. Russell.
http://aceee.org/blog/2014/05/fully-measuring-non-energy-dollar

"ACEEE is now building on earlier research to quantify the dollars provided by non-energy benefits. The ideal outcome is to amass sufficient data from past energy improvements to statistically infer non-energy benefits. We think this effort will require the collaboration of multiple utility jurisdictions, culling through the project feasibility data generated by past and future energy programs."

Biofuels Progress: Where Do We Stand?

Solar Today, May/Jun 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=23867&l=1&p=22

"As ethanol stalls, the military and airlines push hard for new biojet fuels. Where will they come from?"

Lighting: 7 Ways To Make The ROI Case

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/lighting/article/Case-For-Capital-Investment-In-Lighting-Upgrades-Rests-On-Showing-Specific-Benefits--14924

"When justifying a lighting upgrade, here are some arguments to include, and some to think twice about.

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Case For Capital Investment In Lighting Upgrades Rests On Showing Specific Benefits
Part 2: Benchmarking, Rebates And Incentives Can Help Justify Lighting Upgrades
Part 3: Combine Lighting Upgrades With Other Capital Projects To Maximize Energy Savings, Minimize Disruption
Part 4: Overselling Productivity Increases, Maintenance Savings Can Hurt Chances Of Approval For Lighting Upgrades

Air Barriers: Expectations vs. Reality

Environmental Design & Construction (EDC), May 2014, by Richard Scott and Donald B. Snell. (Requires free registration to view full-text.)
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95601-air-barriers-expectations-vs-reality?v=preview

"Air barriers are expected to be beneficial to owners of green buildings, but improper specification and installation can cause problems." Includes a chart that compares air barrier standards.


Green Building Report: Sense And Sustainability

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by Darin Rose.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Pros-And-Cons-Of-Green-Building-Rating-Systems--14944

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Pros And Cons Of Green Building Rating Systems
Part 2: Certified Energy Manager Credential Is One Option For Energy-Focused Professional Sustainability Certification
Part 3: Green Globes, Energy Star, BOMA 360, Living Building Challenge Offer Different Benefits For Different Buildings
Part 4: USGBC Perspective: Education @USGBC To Teach Green Building Best Practices

Critical Facilities: Before You Build A Data Center

Building Operating Management, May 2014, by R. Stephen Spinazzola.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/datacenters/article/Plan-For-Entire-Life-Cycle-When-Developing-A-New-Data-Center--14952

"Facilities managers should plan for the entire life cycle when developing a new data center."

A 3-part article:
Part 1: Plan For Entire Life Cycle When Developing A New Data Center
Part 2: Colocation, Managed Hosting Are Alternatives To Owning A Data Center
Part 3: Focus On Data Center Life Cycle Can Help Shape Infrastructure Planning, Maintenance

Energy-Efficient Compressed Air Piping Systems

Compressed Air Best Practices, May 2014, by Paul Johnson.
http://www.airbestpractices.com/system-assessments/piping/storage/energy-efficient-compressed-air-piping-systems

"A properly designed and maintained compressed air system that is energy efficient could save the user thousands of dollars each year. It will also minimize the risk of lost production by increasing the reliability of supply and improve the strength and safety aspect of operating a pressurized system. Every dollar saved on energy goes straight to the bottom line and is a very effective way to increase profits."

Behavioral Strategies to Bridge the Gap Between Potential and Actual Savings in Commercial Buildings: Final Report

Energy Efficiency Center, University of California Davis, Prepared for the California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, February 2014.
http://eec.ucdavis.edu/files/04-11-2014-09-327-final-21feb2014.pdf

"Changes in operations can save 5-30% of building energy use at low cost, yet these changes are often not implemented. Little attention has been directed toward understanding why. This project focuses on how building operators approach energy use and conservation in their work, viewing the building as a social system. It draws on interviews, a workshop, surveys, and case studies, learning from operators, facilities staff, researchers, policymakers and occupants."

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