HVAC

Webinar on refrigerants and global warming

This webinar focused on building cooling systems and their impact on the environment.

By Andrew Lehrer September 13, 2021
Courtesy: ESD

Hosted by ESD, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Chicago recently sponsored a webinar focused on building cooling systems and their impact on the environment.

As a 2021 Education Partner with BOMA Chicago, ESD and presenter Andrew Lehrer led a discussion about building refrigerants and their impact on facilities and the environment.

Studies suggest if almost every commercial building over 300,000 square feet originally built in Chicago between 1980 and 1995 replaces their chillers at the end of their useful life with new chillers using reduced hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), global warming potential (GWP) can be reduced by 252,892 tons CO2 – the equivalent of removing 55,000 cars from the road each year.

During his presentation, Lehrer reviewed a case study of ESD’s recent work on the CME Center in Chicago.

Click on “Upgrade Your Chiller Plant for the Future” to view the entire presentation and to see the steps to take to replace legacy refrigerants with low global warming potential GWP alternatives.

The program also featured insights from the Senior Strategic Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), David Doniger, who reviewed case studies and recent federal legislation expected to change the construction industry in the near future.

This originally appeared on ESD’s website. ESD is a CFE Media content partner. 


Andrew Lehrer
Author Bio: Andrew Lehrer is ESD’s Practice Leader for High Performance Buildings