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Energy Newsbriefs

Articles for September 02, 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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Urban Agriculture Grows Up,” by Peter Fairley, was published in the August 2013 issue of Architectural Record; it describes the movement’s achievements and its hopes for rooftop and vertical farming to become established.


Shady Business,” by Joann Gonchar, AIA, Senior Editor at Architectural Record, introduces the subject, Lighting – Daylight and Controls, with an article in the August 2013 issue of that journal; it provides an overview for the three illustrated case studies that follow it. While all comprise a Continuing Education opportunity, they can, as well, be enjoyed without taking advantage of the credit offered:

  1. "Energy Biosciences Building,” by Joann Gonchar, discusses the new building on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus. This research facility relies on daylighting for general lighting. Additional T5 lamps and LED task lighting fill the scientists need for extra illumination in their labs.
  2. "John and Frances Angelos Law Center” was written by David Sokol, Contributing Editor, Architectural Record. The design of the Center, at the University of Baltimore, focuses on daylighting for occupancy comfort and energy savings. However, the challenge of delivering uniform illumination throughout was met with LEDs in some of the interior spaces.
  3. "Saint Louis Art Museum, East Building,” by Josephine Minutillo, Contributing Architecture Editor at Architectural Digest, describes the expansion of a 1904 World’s Fair building. The heart of the lighting design for the East Building addition is daylight tempered by a reflective and deeply coffered ceiling that protects the artwork from being damaged by direct sunlight.


"Issue to Watch: Renewable Energy," by Jim Malewitz, Staff Writer, is one of the issues covered in the "State of the States 2013" report, which "looks at key issues legislatures are debating this year, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between states and the federal government." The section of the report featured here, on renewable energy, gives a bit of background information and then considers important developments in four states: Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, and North Carolina.


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


"A Path to Net-Zero Water," by Jennie Morton, Associate Editor of Buildings, appeared in the August 2013 issue of that journal. It offers strategies for the facilities manager to employ for successful water harvesting.

The following three articles appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Water Efficiency:

  1. "Big City Meters," by Dan Rafter, is a three-Web-page article that suggests how utilities should proceed if they are to successfully incorporate AMR/AMI (Automatic Meter Reading/Advanced Metering Infrastructure) meters into their businesses.
  2. "Customized Expectations," by David Engle, offers advice on how utilities should handle the rollout of an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network. The emphasis in this article is on installation and education. Education involves understanding the AMI meter and network, which will be more sensitive and more accurate in its readings than the older equipment it replaces.
  3. "The Data Difference," by Ed Ritchie, is a four-Web-page article that begins with an explanation of how much more appropriate advanced metering systems are with a utilities’ largest customers: commercial and industrial users.

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