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Articles for August 19, 2013

ENERGY NEWSBRIEFS is a weekly current awareness service provided by the WSU Extension Energy Program Library and written by Angela Santamaria, WSU Energy Library Manager, to assist users in tracking developments in the energy field. To view past issues or to subscribe to receive an email notification of the publication of a new issue, go to the Energy Newsbriefs home.

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The following three articles appeared in the July 2013 issue of Building Operating Management:

  1. "Doors & Hardware: 3 Keys to Maximizing Performance" is a four-part article by Casey Laughman, Managing Editor, Building Operating Management; it examines doors and hardware in terms of their relationships to each other and to other building products:
    1. Part 1: How to Get the Most out of Your Doors and Hardware
    2. Part 2: First Cost Is Not Only Consideration in Door and Hardware Specification
    3. Part 3: Doors and Hardware Maintenance Plan Can Ensure Maximum Performance
    4. Part 4: NFPA 80 Fire Door Inspection Requirements Include Certification Standards.
  2. "Lighting: Energy Savings with No Regrets" is three-part article by Karen Kroll, Contributing Editor, Building Operating Management; it discusses the importance of considering lighting quality and lighting energy savings together, as parts of the same issue:
    1. Part 1: Lighting Quality Is Often Overlooked in Commercial Building Lighting Upgrades
    2. Part 2: Harsh Lighting, Glare among Quality Concerns in Commercial Lighting
    3. Part 3: Lighting Controls, Occupant Involvement Are Big Pieces of Successful Lighting Projects.
  3. "Showcase: Restroom Design" is a four-part article by James Piper, P.E., Contributing Editor, Building Operating Management; the proper design of a restroom takes into consideration how it looks, how easy it is to maintain, how hygienic it is, and how much energy and water it uses:
    1. Part 1: Restroom Design Choices Can Greatly Influence Image of Facilities
    2. Part 2: Cleanliness, Maintenance Need to Be Top Restroom Priorities
    3. Part 3: Restroom Hygiene, Restroom Lighting Can Be Managed without Spending a Lot of Money
    4. Part 4: Showcase: Restroom Products.


The following three articles appeared in the July 2013 issue of Maintenance Technology:

  1. "Get the Most from HART" is an installment of the "Automated Insider" column of Gary Mintchell, Contributing Editor of Maintenance Technology. It is a helpful discussion of the HART communication protocol in use at process manufacturing plants.
  2. State-of-the-Art Control: Save Energy as You Maintain Normal Motor Speed," by staff, explains that a plant's motors must be operated at 100% of rated horsepower to achieve their rated efficiencies.
  3. Vibration Analysis & Lubrication: Natural Synergy" is a brief article, by staff, explaining why a plant's maintenance program should manage both vibration analysis and lubrication as related parts of one whole and not as completely separate issues.


The following two articles appeared in the July 2013 issue of Buildings; both were written by Janelle Penny, Associate Editor of Buildings:

  1. Practical Solutions for Long-Term Lighting Problems" shows how several different companies tackled their particular lighting problems with excellent results.
  2. "Take Control of Lighting Upgrades" is a helpful discussion of how to get started in accomplishing an intelligent and effective lighting upgrade.


"Water Matters!" is an article by Lawrence (Larry) Clark, CEA, GGP, LEED AP O+M; it was published in the July 13, 2013, issue of HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering. HVAC equipment consumes a great deal of energy and water. The author explains how the state of Florida and Florida's Broward County is proceeding in its major efforts to conserve water by reducing the water needs of HVAC equipment through policy initiatives such as building code changes.


"Advancing the Innovation Economy in Washington State: The Critical Role of Workforce Development" was authored by Alan Hardcastle, Washington State University Energy Program, and by Kyra Kester, Washington State University, Social and Economic Sciences Research Center. The report includes an Executive Summary on document pages iv-vi (PDF pages 8-10).

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