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Articles for November 11, 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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Following are six in-depth articles that were carried in the Fall 2013 issue of High Performing Buildings; the first four are individual case studies, the fifth is concerned with a 100-case-studies analysis, and the sixth describes a very special, vegetated-roof project:

  1. Adapting to Climate,” by Ashish Rakheja, AECOM India, describes the EcoCommercial Building in Greater Noida, India. It is India’s first net-zero-energy building. The design includes chilled beams for year-round cooling without fans.
  2. The Building Already Built” by Phillip Saieg and Chris Woldum, both LEED AP O+M, features the sustainable renovation of the Alliance Center in Denver, originally a 1908 multi-story warehouse. It is now a high performance building that houses many non-profit organizations as well as its owner, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.
  3. Competitive Edge” was jointly authored by Jon W. Douglas and Victor Halder, both of Enermodal, Ontario, Canada. It focuses on 25 York Street in Toronto, an office tower that its owners feel can succeed in a competition for tenants because of its well-earned claim of sustainability with low resource-use.
  4. Malaysia’s Green Diamond” was written by T.L. Chen, PE, C.Eng, CEO of Primetech Engineers, and Ahmad Izdihar, PE, CEO of Exergy Malasia and Associate of Primetech Engineers. It describes the Malaysia Energy Commission HQ (Diamond Building) which has a building energy intensity of only 20.6kBtu/ft2. The diamond shape of the building shades much of the façade.
  5. Wealth of Intent, Dearth of Data” was written by Kevin Y. Teichman, Ph.D., Andrew K. Persou, Ph.D., and Steven J. Emmerich. It sums up their analysis of the case studies of 100 high-performance buildings which were published in previous issues of this High Performing Buildings publication.
  6. NYC Metamorphosis,” reported by Sarah Foster, discusses the re-imagining of a roof repair into a tenant garden comprised of the two roofs of a two-level parking garage.


“Energy: Windows to Efficiency,” by Karen Kroll, was published in the October 2013 issue of Building Operating Management. It reviews the basics of what can make windows energy efficient and what other things can compromise or improve their efficiency:

  1. Part 1: Key Energy Use Metrics Can Help Maximize Energy Savings with Windows
  2. Part 2: Making Windows More Efficient: Low-E Coatings, Warm-Edge Spacers, Electrochromic Glass
  3. Part 3: Daylighting, Coatings, Installation Can All Affect Role of Windows In Energy Consumption.


"A New Guide to Sustainable Certification Marks" was written by Erika Templeton, Editorial Director, Interiors & Sources; it was published in the October 2013 issue of that journal. The author offers six suggestions, each of which is well explained in this discussion about how to evaluate the eco- or sustainability labels on interiors products.


“Ask an Expert: Jim Benya, Lighting” is a four-part article published in the October 2013 issue of Building Operating Management:

  1. Part 1: Where to Start with Lighting Upgrades
  2. Part 2: Lighting Controls Offer Energy Efficiency, Cost Savings
  3. Part 3: Balancing Lighting Functionality with Aesthetics
  4. Part 4: How Natural Lighting Affects Lighting Choices.

“Lighting: 18 Things to Know about LEDs,” by Eric Richman, discusses LEDs as they are currently:

  1. Part 1: Advantages of LED Technology
  2. Part 2: How to Address Common LED Myths During Planning
  3. Part 3: LED Evaluation Checklist, from Codes to Costs
  4. Part 4: Examine State, Local Energy Codes to See How LEDs Can Help Save Energy
  5. Part 5: Some Common Applications for LED Lighting Technology.


"Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips" is a Web page from the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips for energy savings for the cooler months.


Energy Department Launches Alternative Fueling Station Locator App” is a November 7, 2013, press release from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. This free software application is for mobile devices, and the press release includes links for its free downloading and links to other related information.

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