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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for October 15, 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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"Berkeley Lab Study Finds That Residential Cooking Exhaust Hood Performance Varies Widely," by Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory staff, was published in the Summer 2012 issue of EETD News (Environmental Energy Technologies Division News). The researchers measured airflow, noise levels, and the pollutants captured and vented including CO, NOx, and fine particulates such as soot.


"AIA: Commercial Glass Façade and Door Systems" was jointly authored by C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, and published in the September 2012 issue of Building Design + Construction. It is an in-depth article on the topic and, at the same time, is a Continuing Education (CE) course for which the reader may earn CE credit. Sidebars include "Windows and Doors: Do They Match?" and "Building-Integrated Photovoltaics – on the Road to Net-Zero."


"Community Renewable Energy Deployment Provides Replicable Examples of Clean Energy Projects" is a two-page fact sheet from NREL for DOE as part of the Integrated Deployment: Communities program. It describes the program as well as offers "replicable examples" such as district energy in the City of Montpelier (Vermont), biogas and solar for the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe (Wisconsin), wind power in Phillips County (Colorado), solar and more at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and net-zero energy at the University of California, Davis.


"EETD Study for SEE Action Finds Energy Savings from Residential Behavior-Based Energy-Efficiency Programs," by staff, was published in the Summer 2012 issue of EETD News (Environmental Energy Technologies Division News). The article describes the document and explains that it was designed for various professionals and stakeholders in energy-efficiency programs. The full report is Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification of Residential Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency Programs: Issues and Recommendations; it was prepared by A. Todd, E. Stuart, S. Schiller, and C. Goldman, all of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, for the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network, and published May 2012.


"Acuity Brands Illuminates New LEED Certified Atlanta Airport International Terminal" was written by Neil Egan, Director of Communications, Acuity Brands Lighting; it appeared in the September 2012 issue of NEMA electroindustry. This is a review of the lighting installed at the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at the Atlanta International Airport. The terminal achieved Silver LEED Certification with a concentrated effort in efficient indoor and outdoor lighting and lighting controls.


"Can We Make our Cities Sustainable with Permaculture?" was written by Sebastian von Holstein and published on September 25, 2012, in the online Permaculture Magazine. It lists 15 strategies to make cities, projected soon to be home to a large majority of the world's population, sustainable and comfortable centers with its own well-managed food supply and energy and water resources.


"The Keys to Success in the K-12 School Market," by Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor, Building Design + Construction, is a seven-Web-page article; it was published in the September 2012 issue of that journal. Designs for schools, whether new construction or remodeling projects with or without additions, are heavily influenced by changes in teaching methods that reflect a different understanding of how learning takes place. Seven "keys" are listed and well-discussed; energy savings are related to the keys on daylighting and sustainability.


"PV Roof Rack Installation" was written by Tim Gregorski, Senior Editor, Building Design + Construction; it was carried in the September 2012 issue of that same journal. These seven tips will help the installer promote water drainage and prevent weather-related damage from high winds and the like.


The following two articles were published in the September 2012 issue of Power; they show important connections between water and power production:
  1. "Water and Power: Will Your Next Power Plant Make Both?" was written by David G. Daniels, M&M Engineering Associates Inc. Some communities in the U.S. and in other parts of the world, are now, or soon to be, short of fresh water. Two technologies are employed to desalinate seawater: seawater reverse osmosis, the technology of choice in the U.S., and thermal distillation, which is fairly common in large-scale projects in some other countries. The author describes both, with examples, but is concerned mainly with thermal distillation, which uses a power plant's waste heat, as a viable option for this country.
  2. "Water Conservation Options for Power Generation Facilities" was authored by Kent D. Zammit, Electric Power Research Institute. Power plants are large users of freshwater, and water can be in short supply and expensive. The author lists and describes four strategies for reducing water use in power generation and discusses water conservation options for both new and existing plants.

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