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Articles for May 27, 2013

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APPLIANCES (Industrial and Commercial)

The following three articles appeared in the April 2013 issue of Appliance Design:

  1. "Chilling Without Refrigeration," by Bill Zalud, explains the process used by commercial appliances by which food is cooked and then quickly chilled through evaporated cooling.
  2. "How a Water Heater and Heat Pump Can Save You Money" was authored by Gena Johnson, Associate Editor of Appliance Design.The advantages of the hybrid design of the water heater and the newly-designed geothermal heat pump are explained.
  3. "Sourcing Metal Parts? Focus on Flexibility and Relationships," by Burt Goldstein, Founder of Engineered Shapes, gives advice to the appliance designer, based on decades of experience in sourcing parts.


"Waste Not In Asheville," by Sean Clark, Berea College, Kentucky, was published in the April 2013 issue of BioCycle. It is a discussion of the rise of organic wastes and residues resulting from the burgeoning markets for locally-sourced, artisan foods in Asheville, North Carolina. Those food residues have developed into another market where they are in great demand as feed for livestock, as culturing ingredients for raising fungi, and much more.


The following three articles were published in the April 2013 issue of Building Operating Management:
  1. "Outsourcing," a three-part article by David Lewellen, shows how outsourcing, intelligently done, saved energy at the KeyBank in Brooklyn, Ohio, and at the Los Angeles Convention Center; Part 2 includes a sidebar: "Understanding Needs":
    1. Part 1: Facility Managers Use Outsourcing Providers for Core Competency in Energy Efficiency
    2. Part 2: Outsourcing Helps KeyBank Gain LEED-EBOM Platinum Certification
    3. Part 3: Los Angeles Convention Center Uses Outsourcing to Save Energy, Earn LEED Certification.
  2. "Outdoor Lighting," by Maryellen Lo Bosco, Contributing Editor for Building Operating Management, is a five-part article meant to help the facilities manager approach an outdoor lighting project in ways that will lead to an excellent outcome:
    1. Part 1: How to Avoid Pitfalls with Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting
    2. Part 2: With Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting, Cost Should Not Be First Priority
    3. Part 3: Evaluate LEDs for Possible Use in Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting
    4. Part 4: Tips for Maintenance, Inspection of Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting
    5. Part 5: Showcase Products: Outdoor Safety and Security Lighting.
  3. "Staying Sustainable" by Casey Laughman, Managing Editor, Building Operating Management, is a four-part article discussing the challenges of maintaining sustainability in the hospitality industry; several facilities are featured including a hotel-casino in Las Vegas:
    1. Part 1: From Guest Demands to Dolphin Tanks, Hospitality Facilities Face Challenges Going Green
    2. Part 2: Hospitality Industry Moving from Words to Action When It Comes to Sustainability
    3. Part 3: Hospitality Employees Play Big Role In Sustainability Efforts
    4. Part 4: In Hospitality Facilities, Facility Managers Find Many Ways to Improve Sustainability.


"Energy Codes and Lighting Design," by Mark A. Gelfo, PE, TLC Engineering for Architecture, was published in the April 2013 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. The author's premise is that lighting quality need not be compromised when meeting energy efficiency goals as required by code. A table is included that lists relevant codes and their requirements and how they apply to each of three commercial sector building types: hospitals, offices, and schools/universities.

"Lighting and HVAC Systems," by Justin Schultz and Brian Johnson, both of Metro CD Engineering, discusses how light and cooling loads interact with one another, depending upon the type of lighting used and the amount of heat it releases. It, also, shows how modeling can track the changes in heating and cooling loads given the efficiency level of the lighting.



"European Competitiveness and Energy Efficiency: Focusing on the Real Issue" is an 18-page, May, 21, 2013, discussion paper from ECEEE (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) with support from Energifonden. The authors of this paper urge a different perspective on the high prices for energy in Europe than the one offered in "Energy Challenges and Policy," a 26-page letter the European Commission contributed to the European Council for its May 22, 2013 discussion on energy in terms of economic growth and competiveness.


"Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page from the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site offers many tips for energy savings for the warmer months.


"Federal Incentives for Wind Power," by S. Goldman, US DOE, is a two-page fact sheet from the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office. It lists and explains what was available as of April 2013; the incentives include grants for research, tax incentives, and loan opportunities.

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