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Standards & Compliance Briefing: IEEE 1547, LEED, NABERS

IEEE is inviting utilities, manufacturers, independent power producers and public utility commissions to attend a workshop December 3-4 to begin the process of revising IEEE 1547, “Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electric Power Systems.” A working group will then meet December 5. IEEE 1547 established the first performance, operation, testing, safety and maintenance criteria for distributed resources with aggregate capacity of 10 MegaVolt Ampere or less at the point of common coupling. Since it was published in 2003, deployment of distributed generation has intensified and revealed new market challenges that standards must address, IEEE said.

Luxury real estate company Bently Holdings has achieved LEED Gold Existing Building Operation Maintenance certification for its 100-year-old San Francisco headquarters. The building is heated with district steam and uses high-efficiency water source heat pumps and AC units; and 96 percent of its janitorial materials and chemicals meet sustainable criteria. Bently is also seeking LEED Platinum Commercial Interiors (CI) and requires that all tenant build-outs in the building seek LEED Silver CI or higher.

Fujitsu’s Noble Park Data Centre in Melbourne has been certified under the NABERS Energy for data centers rating, earning four out of six stars. NABERS is an Australian national rating system that measures energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor air quality within the built environment.

Interface’s showroom project in Chicago has been awarded LEED Platinum Commercial Interiors. The showroom reduced lighting power density by 48 percent by maximizing natural light, using an efficient lighting layout, and employing energy-efficient fixtures.

The first new building of Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities campus, called the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus, has achieved LEED silver. The 60,000 sq ft Moline, Ill., facility houses classrooms and offices, and includes a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy-efficient lighting and a green roof.

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