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Articles for December 10, 2012

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 Technology Performance Exchange," by Daniel Studer, NREL, is a one-page, October 2012, fact sheet, from two programs of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the Building Technologies Program (BTP). The Technology Performance Exchange is a Web-based portal that will allow for the sharing of energy performance data for technologies used in the commercial sector.

The following four articles appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Home Energy:

  1. "American Performance: A Passive House Is Put to the Test in the United States" was written by Dave Stecher, Building Performance Specialist, IBACOS. A home built in Urbana, Illinois, to the PH (Passive House) standard is described and data from two years of operation is analyzed and reported. The major difference between a Passive House (PassivHaus) and a net-zero energy home is explained.
  2. "Fixing Wet Basements and Crawl Spaces," was authored by Jason Todd, Home Performance Training Manager, Green Homes America. This article shows the importance of considering the building as a system when making serious changes of any kind to it. Retrofits made without attention to how the entire system was designed may, ultimately, force the system to fail.
  3. "Incorporating Home Performance into HVAC" (pages 26-33) was written by Dave Stecher, Building Performance Specialist, IBACOS. Training in residential work for energy efficiency retrofitting through the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is discussed as a necessary step to becoming a home performance specialist. The author makes the case for heating and cooling contractors to offer home performance as part of their HVAC service.
  4. "Multifamily Ventilation Retrofits for Energy Savings" (pages 42-48) was written by Sean Maxwell, CEM, HERS Rater, Steven Winter Associates. The author explains that though the effectiveness of exhaust ventilation systems seem difficult to measure, the measurement must and can be made to ensure the audit results in excellent ventilation and energy savings.


The following four articles appeared in Compressed Air Best Practices; the first two were in the October 2012 issue and the third and fourth were in the November 2012 one:

  1. "Pressure-Flow Control: It's More than Stabilizing Pressure," by Bob Wilson, PEMCO Services, shows that pressure flow control can, also, bring plant air pressure to very low levels as required and maintain those levels despite air leaks. These, in turn, result in operational savings. When well understood, this technology has much to offer an industrial plant.
  2. "Three Types of Food-Industry Compressed Air Systems" was written by Nitin Shanbhag, Hitachi America. The three types of compressed air systems are defined in the U.K. Code of Practice for Food Grade Air: those with contact with food, those that are non-contact high risk, and those that are non-contact low risk. Each is explained by the author who, also, includes a Contact Recommendation table showing acceptable levels of dirt, humidity, and oil. A sidebar, "The U.S. Compressor Lubrication Standard," appears at the end of the article just before the list of references.
  3. "How's the Weather in Your Pipes?" was written by Ron Marshall for the Compressed Air Challenge®. As the use of compressed air has increased and become associated with more complex instrumentation, the need for dryer air in the air lines has become a priority. The author has included information that will assist in measuring moisture levels accurately and in understanding the differences among dryers so the best dryer for a given application can be selected.
  4. "Pneumatic Components Fight Automotive Plant Efficiency" was authored by Peter Stern, Quality Maintenance Services, who makes the point that, generally, pressure regulators are not flow controllers although they are misused that way. This misuse results in a compression system that is very energy inefficient.


"DOE, NREL Help DoD Enhance Energy Security," by Shelley A Gonzales, NREL, is a two-page, October 2012, fact sheet featuring the net-zero energy project at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. Miramar is one of the projects of the Integrated Deployment: Military, an effort of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). For more information about the concept of the federal Integrated Deployment model, see "Integrated Deployment Model: A Comprehensive Approach to Transforming the Energy Economy," by Mary Werner, NREL, a 13-page, November 2010, technical report on the subject.


"Community Wind Benefits" is a two-page, November 2012, fact sheet from the Wind and Water Power Program (WWPP) at the U.S. DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. The benefits of community ownership include local control advantages as well as economic ones. References to other publications on the topic are included at the end of the fact sheet.

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