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Poll: What topics do you want to hear about at EFX19?

Created 10/15/2018 by Veronica Marzilli
Updated 11/2/2018 by Veronica Marzilli
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We still have two weeks left for the region to share ideas for sessions and speakers at Efficiency Exchange 2019, aka EFX19. which will be in lovely Coeur d'Alene May 14-15, 2019.

We are hearing some great ideas, but wanted to do a quick poll on what topics this community is curious about.

Hopefully, seeing that interest spark those of you who are experts out there to submit a session about these topics. If you have other topics that you would cast a "vote" for other than what is here, please add those by commenting below!

Session call is now closed - thanks for all the great ideas!!!
Poll: What topics do you want to hear about at EFX19?
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Comments (2)
Michael Prothe on 10/18/18 on 10:14 AM (Pacific Time)
Between the Oregon Energy Code and the Washington State Energy Code, I continue to see missed opportunities and intended lapses in meeting the current codes.  
1.  Replacement RTU's are often installed without permit.  When they do apply for permits, they often try to install 'Like for Like' whereby an existing 10 ton unit for a 2500 S.F. commercial space is to remain 10 tons despite energy code calculation requirements which more often than not reduce the unit to perhaps 5 or 6 tons.   Generally, the existing oversize unit burnt out far to early in its' life cycle due to operating at such an inefficiency.  

2.  DOAS should be mandatory nearly across the board due to our NW climate.  Alternate means and methods may offset the benefits through ERV, economizer, or a blend of both.  But incorporating DOAS utilizing the system ducting is very often the most optimum method with our current technology.  Even restaurant dining areas would benefit.  

3. Two speed / Multi-speed HVAC for both residential and commercial should be mandatory.

4.  Duct sizing and configuration continues to be a missed opportunity for efficiency with some branch lines being too small or provided with too much flex duct which wraps structures, etc.  The two speed HVAC systems also work in tandem with appropriate sized ducting.  

5.  ASHRAE 62 is a very essential element for air change.  Our energy codes should very much follow it as a minimum for air quality.  I personally have been affected by air changes below ASHRAE 62 with allergy impacts and hyper sensitivity to toxins including formaldehyde, VOC's and inadequate filtration systems.  My most recent experience has now left a permanent rash on my body and accelerated my Rheumatoid arthritis.  
Craig Patterson on 10/19/18 on 05:17 AM (Pacific Time)
How do utility rates and rate structures support or UNDERMINE energy conservation? This question is the unspoken elephant and directly affects all conservation efforts that follow. Particularly when it's the cooperatives and PUD's  ( who aren't regulated) who have the highest basic charges directly undermining conservation. As one who conserves to the nth degree my last bill showed 2/3 of the bill was the basic charge in a cooperative.  It's time to address this.