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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for January 14, 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 December 2012 issue of Building Design + Construction:

  1. "BIM becomes VDC: A Case Study in Disruption" was written by John Tobin, LEED AP. BIM (building information modeling) has been seen by building designers as a "sustaining technology," one that extends the value of technological activity in the current market. However, the author explains that for building contractors BIM is a "disruptive technology" that is used for new tasks (virtual design and construction or VDC). Disruptive technologies are a part of the concept of disruptive innovation that was developed by a Harvard Business School scholar.
  2. "Modular Classroom Building Makes the Grade: SAGE Modular Classroom Opens Eyes, Minds at Greenbuild 2012" was written by Tim Gregorski, Senior Editor, Building Design + Construction. He discusses the sustainable modular classroom whose design and construction roots are in Oregon at the Portland State University.
  3. "The Owner’s Perspective: High-Rise Buildings" is an interview with Douglas Durst, Chairman and Co-President of the Durst Organization, by Nina Rappaport, Publications Director at the Yale School of Architecture. This is a very interesting interview with one of the nation's premier builders who explains how a new Durst building is always, in some sense, an experiment – with water, with energy, with waste, and more. Things learned from each Durst building inform the design and construction of the next.

"LEED Certified Lab Offers Lessons in Efficiency, Project Management" is a two part article jointly written by Dana Gillette, PE, Project Manager with Erdman Anthony, and David M. Struve, Analytical Services Section Administrator with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). The article was carried in the December 2012 issue of Building Operating Management. It describes the energy and water savings made by the SFWMD Lab and how that was accomplished.


"New Report Reveals How Next Generation Energy Efficiency Programs Can Help Utilities Achieve High Energy Savings" is a January 9, 2013, press release from ACEEE (American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy). It announces Frontiers of Energy Efficiency: Next Generation Programs Reach for High Energy Savings, (free registration required to view this report), a 262-page, ACEEE review of programs for energy efficiency likely to achieve dramatic savings in both electricity (27%) and natural gas (19%) consumption. The report includes an Executive Summary on document-page iii (PDF-page 7).


"Close-Up: HVAC" is a three-part article written by Daniel H. Nall, PE, FAIA, LEED Fellow, and Corporate Director of Sustainable Design, WSP Flack + Kurtz; it was published in the December 2012 issue of Building Operating Management:

The following three articles appeared in the November 2012 issue of Buildings:

  1. "Ensure Boiler Maintenance Avoids Energy Waste," by staff, makes a number of suggestions for avoiding the errors in boiler maintenance that will compromise boiler health and performance.
  2. "Is Your Facility Leaking Heat and Money in Winter?" by Bernie Daily, Founder, Daily Operations Inc., answers common questions about how to find out if leaking is occurring and what to do about it.
  3. "Optimize Your Air Handlers" was written by J.R. Howard, Facility Manager Administrator, Certified Facility Manager, and LEED AP; it was published in the December 2012 issue of Buildings. The author promises that suggested efficiencies will net "significant" savings.


The following two articles on lighting in a distributed energy environment appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Distributed Energy:

  1. "Illuminating Center Stage," by Ed Ritchie, is a three-Web-page article focusing on the technologies, the voluntary and mandated standards, and the incentives and legislation that are driving the dash to lighting efficiencies in new construction and retrofits. The education sector is expected to continue to take advantage of the savings from lighting efficiencies. Those in the commercial sector who recognize the higher production of workers resulting from the new and higher quality lighting are expected to benefit greatly.
  2. "Upgrading to Savings," by Dan Rather, is a four-Web-page article that features several facilities, including Sam Houston State University and the San Francisco Federal Building, whose lighting systems have yielded dramatic energy savings with short paybacks. The commercial sector is said to lag behind education and government in advanced lighting installations because so many commercial building owners do not compute the full value of their efficiencies.


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