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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for July 29, 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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“Driving Deeper Energy Retrofits” was jointly written by Scott Muldavin and Roy Torbet, both of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and was published in the June 2013 issue of Building Operating Management; it offers substantial advice on how to justify and finance what can be rather expensive “deep” retrofits once less expensive approaches have been exhausted:

  1. Part 1: Deep Energy Retrofits Offer Cost Savings As Well As Health, Productivity, and Risk Mitigation Benefits
  2. Part 2: Rocky Mountain Institute's VBECS Metric Helps Calculate Value of Deep Energy Retrofits
  3. Part 3: How to Present the Business Case for the Value of Energy Retrofits
  4. Part 4: Property Assessed Clean Energy Emerges As Capital Source for Deep Energy Retrofits


Water Credential: Why It’s Time” is a three-part article on professional water certification for facilities managers, by H.W. (Bill) Hoffman; it was carried in the June 2013 issue of Building Operating Management:

  1. Part 1: Rising Water Prices Mean It's Time for a Professional Water Certification for Facility Managers
  2. Part 2: Water Credential for Facility Managers Would Focus on Efficiency, Metering and Usage
  3. Part 3: Water Credential Would Need to Include Information on Codes, Standards, Regulations and Rating Systems


“5 Benefits of Vegetative Roofing” is a three-part article describing the five benefits by Ric Vitiello, President of Benchmark Services Inc.; it was carried in the June 2013 issue of Building Operating Management:

  1. Part 1: Vegetative Roofs Re-Emerge As Viable Option for Commercial Facilities
  2. Part 2: Vegetative Roof Financial Benefits Include Increased Property Values, Tax Incentives and Reduced Energy Costs
  3. Part 3: Vegetative Roofs: Installation in Stages and Installation over Existing Roof


The following two articles were published in the June 2013 issue of Distributed Energy:

  1. "Making the Move to Greater Efficiency,” by Dan Rafter, is a case study of the two systems that comprise the HVAC in the new History Colorado Center in Denver. They are a Variable Air Volume (VAV) HVAC system for the public areas and offices and a Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system for the “nerve centers” – the electrical rooms, data centers, and areas for fiber optic and security equipment. Both systems are highly energy efficient.
  2. "Distributed Zero-Energy?,” by Davie Engle, discusses the VRF (variable refrigerant flow) technology that a Florida builder finds makes net-zero energy achievable in his model home. He is now building a prototype neighborhood of net-zero-energy homes reliant on VRF.


Benefits of a Metal-Halide System,” by Joseph R. Knisley, EC&M, was published in the June 2013 issue of that journal. It is a four-Web-page article that includes three sidebars:

  1. "Next Generation Energy Concerns
  2. "MH Improvements on the Horizon
  3. "Benefits of Ceramic Metal-Halide (CMH) Lamps.

The following two articles appeared in the May/June issue of A∙L Architectural Lighting:

  1. 2013 Lightfair Innovation Awards is an article by Jennifer Bickford that features a number of winning lighting products.
  2. "Lighting the Lowline,” by Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, reports on the attempt to daylight an underground area below the Williamsburg Bridge, which connects lower Manhattan in New York City to Brooklyn. The name, “Lowline,” reminds readers of the famed High Line, a park, high above street level, resulting from the reclamation of an abandoned elevated train line in Manhattan. The Lowline is located 25 feet below the street in a cavernous area that was once the Williamsburg Trolley Terminal. Proof-of-concept models suggested that it would be possible to channel enough daylight into the space of 60,000 square feet to support photosynthesis. A small version of the Lowline, built in an above-ground warehouse, has attracted “park” users.


Improving Machine Processes & Plant Automation,” by Tom Jensen, Lenze Americas, describes mechatronics, an interdisciplinary approach to speeding up the manufacturing of products that are smaller, better, and less expensive to produce.


Submetering Trends in Commercial Buildings,” by Tom Zind, EC&M, appeared in the June 2013 issue of that journal; it includes two sidebars:

  1. "Power Measurement Market On the Rise
  2. "Wireless Meters May Get Push With DOE Challenge.

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