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Research Publications

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Annual Report to the Joint Legislative Budeget Committee on Assembly Bill 32
(Chapter 488, Statues of 2006)
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

The Supplemental Report of the 2012 Budget Act item 3900 001-0001, and Senate Bill 1018 (Statutes of 2012), require ARB to provide the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) with multiple reports on its activities and resources to implement the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32 or AB 32).  The first report was prepared by ARB in January of 2013.
Annual Report to Legislature on AB 32   

RR-1209: Multifamily Ventilation Retrofit Strategies
In multifamily buildings, central (typically rooftop) ventilation systems often have poor overall performance, overventilating some portions of the building (resulting in excess energy use), while simultaneously underventilating other portions of the building (resulting in diminished indoor air quality). These issues are often tied to multistory stack effects (warm air rising at cold outdoor conditions), and a lack of compartmentalization (airtightness) between floors and between units. These issues are exacerbated by the presence of multistory shafts (e.g., elevator shafts, stairwells, and ventilation shafts). Central corridor supply and makeup air systems combined with rooftop central exhaust systems are particularly problematic. The recommended solution is to isolate the units from one another and from corridors, shafts, elevators, and stairwells by means of greater airtightness.

Prepared By: Kohta Ueno, Joseph Lstiburek, and Daniel Bergey
December 14, 2012 

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Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education
Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.

Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Association for the

Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the fall of 2010. Multiple federal
agencies, non-governmental organizations, and numerous individuals
contributed to the development through an extensive review and
comment process. Discussion and information gathered at AAAS,
WestEd, and DOE-sponsored Energy Literacy workshops in the spring of
2011 contributed substantially to the refinement of the guide.
Development of this guide began at a workshop sponsored by theDepartment of Energy (DOE) and the American Association for theAdvancement of Science (AAAS) in the fall of 2010. Multiple federalagencies, non-governmental organizations, and numerous individualscontributed to the development through an extensive review andcomment process. Discussion and information gathered at AAAS,WestEd, and DOE-sponsored Energy Literacy workshops in the spring of2011 contributed substantially to the refinement of the guide.
High Resolution Guide .pdf
Version 1.1 July 2012
 
Reasearch and Development Roadmap: Geothermal (Ground-Source) Heat Pumps
The Building Technologies Program (BTP) within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is responsible for developing and deploying technologies that can substantially reduce energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings. BTP identified Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHP) as one such high-impact technology. GHP systems first gained popularity during the energy crisis in the 1970’s, but despite having proven energy savings, the high cost of GHP systems has hindered penetration. In 2008, for the first time, contractors reached more than 100,000 installations per year in the U.S. However, the high installation costs still inhibit widespread industry growth.This R&D Roadmap identifies potential activities and technical innovations that may enable substantial improvements in residential and commercial GHP installed cost and/or efficiency. The identified initiatives address the major unfulfilled needs regarding the latest equipment, critical gaps in knowledge and tools, and market transformation activities related to these areas. The recommended schedule of activities occurs within a seven-year timeframe, beginning with Fiscal Year 2013, to accelerate advancements that might otherwise take much longer to realize.

Prepared For: U.S. Department of Energy , Building Technologies Program
Prepared By: William Goetzler, Marr Guernesy, and Rahul Kar
October 2012

The Progress of California's Publicly Owned Utilities in Implementing Renewables Portfolio Standards

Prepared For: California Energy Commission by KEMA, Inc.

The Recovery ACT
Transforming the American Economy Through Innovation August 2010

Making Ends Meet:
How Much Does It Cost To Raise a Family in California? A Publication of the California Budget Project June 2010

California Water Myths, Summary
Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Ariel Dinar, Brian Gray, Richard Howitt, Jeffrey Mount, Peter Moyle, and Barton "Buzz” Thompson
December 2009

Climate Change Challenges: Vehicle Emissions and Public Health in California
Louise Bedsworth
March 2010

Allocating Emissions Allowances Under a California Cap-and-Trade Program:
Recommendations to the California Air Resources Board and California Environmental Protection Agency from the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee

(Final EAAC Report)
March 23, 2010