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Articles for August 26, 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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"Integration: Net-Zero Energy Design" was written by Scotte Elliott, CEM, Metro CD Engineering; it was published in the July 2013 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Specifically for engineers, this article offers basic information and links to more technical information on the issue of design-engineering the net-zero energy building.

Four case studies follow; they were published in the July/August issue of GreenSource:

  1. "The Coolest School," by Lydia Lee, is focused on the new and sustainable City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Multi-Use Building on its main campus. The facility was designed to employ only natural ventilation.
  2. Healthy Kids, Happy Students," by Alanna Malone, Associate Editor, GreenSource, is a two-Web-page case study featuring Buckingham County School in Dillwyn, Virginia. Two buildings, one for the primary students, the other for the older, elementary children are joined by a central dining area for all and other shared spaces. It appears that energy use is as was expected for heating the facility and for the extensive cooking that is part of the emphasis on good health. However, lights and power for other uses are consuming more than was planned, so adjustments are being made to bring them into line.
  3. "Making a Statement," by Ingrid Spencer, is about the Paisano Green Community in El Paso, a city that lies on the U.S. side of the Mexican-American border in Texas. This public housing community was designed to be a net-zero energy community for senior citizens and to earn LEED-Platinum certification.
  4. "Nature Nurtures," by Greg Aragon, is a two-Web-page case study of the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California. It is environmentally friendly and operationally efficient and designed with gardens that help add to the comfort of patients.


"The Basics of Emergency Illumination" was authored by Thomas F. Flickinger, NCEES, PE, Affiliated Engineers Inc.; it was carried in the July 2013 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. It was written for engineers engaged in emergency lighting-design applications.


"Epoxies & Glass Transition Temperature" is a four-Web-page article authored by Robert Michaels, Master Bond; it was published in the July 2013 issue of Design News. It is meant to aid engineers who are designing for specific applications.

"Point of Origin" (go to page 10) provides a ten-page table that shows which U.S. companies are manufacturing what green building products; it was published in the July 2013 issue of GreenBuilder.


"To Catch an Underwater Hurricane: Tidal Potential in Canada's Bay of Fundy" was written by Matthew Lumley, Director of Communications at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), Halifax, Nova Scotia; it was published in the July 2013 issue of Hydro Review. The potential is "staggering" as the author explains.


"Applied Thermal Technologies," by staff, appeared in the July 2013 issue of Industrial Heating. It is an article describing the development of the company known in vacuum-heat-treatment circles.

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