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Facilities and energy management can be a reactive line of work. Maintenance teams are often chasing after hot/cold calls, control overrides, or utility bill increases and asked to manage more area with fewer staff.
By using kinetic, solar or thermal energy for switches, energy can be saved in buildings
With building operations, materials, and construction contributing almost 40% of global annual CO2 emissions, we who create the built environment are at the heart of taming the emissions of its legacy and future.
The new solar station brings the university to 100% renewable electricity.
AISC launches Arup-authored design guide for hybrid steel-timber, a flexible and low embodied-carbon option
Arup has authored the first-ever set of U.S. recommendations for hybrid steel frames with mass timber floors.
Several new and retrofit manufacturing building projects show trends in speed to market and energy efficiency
Accenture envisioned building a dynamic office space in NYC that reflects the company's core values, which include a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.
Key strategies that can help make older buildings become more sustainable while also preserving the character and design of the structure.
Improving energy efficiency and reducing energy use in commercial buildings are instrumental
On continual basis, it is imperative for engineers to learn about vital electrical equipment like transformers, switchgear and UPS systems when performing design, installation or maintenance activities
Digital twins can provides actionable data that can capture the effects of micro- and macro-scale changes on a real environment, allowing users to make more informed decisions on creating greener built spaces.
When implemented strategically, building information modeling can turn industrial facilities into long-term sustainability powerhouses.
Several trends are pushing the energy efficiency and sustainability in data centers in different directions
Electrical engineers have several items to consider when interconnecting renewable energy production systems
Designers using WELL’s 10 concepts can help clients achieve business goals through built environments that improve nutrition, fitness, mood, and sleep patterns of occupants.
The New York Power Authority partnered with the University of Albany to develop a 1.9 MWdc rooftop solar array project, providing long-term energy cost savings.
Attend this webcast on May 24, 2022 to learn what to consider when interconnecting renewable energy production systems.
MEP design engineering tips to live by
For designers, a greenhouse is usually a cut-and-dry project with limited room for creativity. However, that was anything but the case for University of Missouri’s (MU) dynamic East Campus Plant Growth Facility.
Updates, COVID and tech trends are shifting the way K-12 schools are designed. Here’s a look at the topic of energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energy systems
WELL and LEED certifications might seem different, but they complement each other and can help improve a building’s sustainability for the long term.
The Burnside Boardwalk focuses on energy efficiency and solar energy production.
Building electrification is becoming a major tool in fighting climate change and reducing emissions and the Convection Enhanced Geothermal Heat Pump (CEGH) can be a key tool.
Environmentally conscious construction sites have earned praise over the years as the world’s priorities have shifted to address growing climate concerns.
How about the all-electric home and office building?
COVID, employee well-being and indoor air quality issues have all changed office buildings sustainability goals
There's an urgent need for resilience planning as well as the development of innovative green infrastructure measures to mitigate storm impacts.
A new rule from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission aims to encourage greater participation by distributed energy resources in the country’s electric grid markets.
With President Biden emphasizing the United States’ responsibility to address climate change at home and abroad, renovations need to reduce its carbon impact.
In just a few short years, the term “net zero” has evolved from its birthplace in the halls of scientific academia to take its place in the spotlight of public discussions about mitigating the dangers of climate change.
A representative from the Energy Management Association's (EMA) Partner ENERGY STAR explores energy benchmarking with Portfolio Manager, and the opportunities it creates when it is implemented as an ongoing service to position the solution provider as a trusted advisor.
Arup’s experts share their approaches to help futureproof our climate changing world
To keep up with high demand, a circular economy may be the sustainable solution
To adequately address climate change, it needs to be a priority on individual basis, organizational levels and beyond.
Cold storage warehouses require unique specifications for the structure’s thermal envelope to avoid costly problems with facility performance
Hospitals and health care facilities are changing and their energy efficiency and sustainability systems must transform with them
Three main focal points that support sustainability and net zero design: People, Mindset, and Process.
Strategies that will strengthen the approach towards all-electric buildings and to “design for abundance.”
Colleges and universities have been sustainability trendsetters over the past several years. COVID-19 has required designers to think differently about building sustainably
Every additional tenth of a degree makes extreme weather, sea level rise, and climate impacts on nature and people worse. Resilient design is becoming an imperative
Several changes regarding sustainable, energy-efficient design of manufacturing and industrial buildings are covered here by the experts
To combat greenhouse gas emissions and design healthy and productive spaces, engineers and designers should strive to apply not only LEED standards to their projects, but also RESET, Living Building Challenge, Passive House and WELL Building standards.
This article will explore one aspect of high-performance buildings — cool roofs
Read the best articles from the past week. Specifying systems, chilled water plant and optimization, NFPA 99 Chapter 6 changes and indoor air quality.
Understand how sustainable design is changing.
The design of energy-efficient building systems requires a holistic, integrated design process, with early engagement, supported by three basic elements for success
Climate impact legislation mandates benchmarking requirements, compliance deadlines, and significant fines and legal action potential
This webinar will show key differences between a company that benchmarks energy on a project basis and one that delivers it as a service
How energy grids impact building sustainability.
Improving energy efficiency, sustainability and resiliency using FCAs, retro-cx and an energy road map
Participants will learn techniques and methods to help customers improve the efficiency and operating effectiveness of their systems.
The power grid that keeps the world running has historically been stable and secure. With digital transformation and the rise of converging technologies, there are many ways to create a better power grid, but it comes with challenges.
Glumac Senior Sustainability Strategist Ante Vulin brings context to the subject of embodied carbon and helps us understand its role in meeting zero carbon goals.
Glumac energy engineer Gordon Stewart discusses how to leverage building performance analytics to help owners achieve carbon reduction goals.
The efficiency achieved through BIM automation directly translates to time and cost savings
Learn how Glumac's energy modeling team uses Power BI to generate energy dashboards that create real-time analytics for owners to visualize the performance of their buildings.
Read the best articles in July 2021 including: Microgrid energy storage, transformer protection, chiller energy optimization, Product of the Year finalists and more.
The WELL Building Standard was designed to provide guidance to projects on how to prioritize human health and wellness.
Many business and facilities experts in California K–12 districts have been following the ongoing development of the Schools Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program (also referred to as the SEES Program, SEESP, Assembly Bill 841, or AB 841).
Read the best articles about energy efficiency published in the last year including: Improved chiller plant efficiency, ASHRAE 90.4 and data center energy efficiency, zero energy building best practices and more.
In this Q&A with multiple experts, learn how to design energy-efficient systems in government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings
Read the best articles from the past week. Energy storage and microgrids, wireless lighting systems, HVAC and COVID-19, HVAC systems in manufacturing buildings and medical gas system design.
Use of specialized controls packages can unlock cooling plant equipment efficiency for improved performance
COVID-19 affected engineers and building professionals’ designs in many ways, including energy efficiency and sustainability
All-electric facility design seeks to achieve building energy decarbonization goals and maintain an energy-efficient design, simultaneously using cost-effective currently available solutions
A chiller energy optimization system can control multiple plants that are connected together A chiller energy optimization system can provide control optimization not just of a single plant, but can help optimize the combined operation of multiple plants that are interconnected.
The urgent need for low carbon design as well as tools and case studies for achieving sustainability goals
New legislation will impact West Coast building owners.
AEI’s experience in battery testing allows for both an integrated design solution and a lean team.
New legislation allows building owners to expense more of their cost for improvements that increase energy efficiency.
Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics facilities need engineering experts to specify various systems to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability
High-performing facilities require equipment and systems to operate at their peak to minimize energy costs, increase resource conservation and reduce environmental impact.
Energy storage systems can provide robustness to a microgrid installation by improving resiliency of the electrical supply and creating an ROI for the stakeholders
An expert panel provides engineering and design tips to design energy-efficient data centers in this Q&A
Having a comprehensive understanding of the framework of energy and environmental regulations can be critical in supporting energy clients and improve water usage.
Designing utilities, public works, airport, mass transit, transportation or other government projects is a big task. Learn how to design energy-efficient systems in government buildings.
Students and teachers benefit from many engineering technologies in K-12 schools, including sustainable building systems
Incorporating flammable refrigerants can help improve energy efficiency and costs, but there are many aspects that need to be considered.
Medical treatment facilities (MTFs) will need sustainment, restoration and modernization (SRM) as a key requirement to meet future standards being prioritized by the military.
Designing office buildings in a post-COVID world is a challenging task with engineering variables and energy efficiency goals
ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is the backbone of commercial building energy modeling and code compliance efforts so it is essential to consider in relation to net zero carbon buildings
Clark Nexsen collaborated with Old Dominion University (ODU) to evaluate and report on the recommendations to help ensure the university is safe from flooding.
Energy storage must be embraced as part of energy policy, and captured in standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 to maximize the environmental and resiliency benefits of increased renewable energy production
An energy assessment is the first step toward improving the overall health and optimizing the energy performance of your facility.
Safety, budget and flexibility are key factors when designing laboratory and research space
While COVID-19 has changed many aspects in a health care facility, some things remain identical. Learn about energy efficiency and sustainability
HVLS fans move large volumes of air with reduced energy consumption
With the use of renewables, green energy will become the norm, powered by LEED and PEER standards
Net zero energy buildings require a lot of upkeep and maintenance, but the energy and health benefits are worth it.
College and university building design is being driven by student needs, technology and new air quality demands
Today’s big picture thinking doesn't always result in considering future individual occupant satisfaction, but there are ways design teams make it a priority.
Four industry experts discuss what they’re seeing in terms of trends, technology, challenges, and the future of the energy industry.
Industrial and manufacturing facilities have specialty energy efficiency and sustainability needs engineers must include in new or retrofit projects
Adaptive reuse can be done for a wide range of functions, from office spaces and housing to facilities in healthcare, senior living, and sports and recreation and are getting used more due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Microgrids help make customers more resilient before, during, and after the wildfire season and can help optimize assets and reduce power interruptions.
An elevated supply of natural gas and increased use of renewables, along with COVID-19 changing everyday life, has made energy prices drop to record lows.
High-performance building managers can optimize financial operations management and monitoring using integrated data platforms and a proven facility sustainability roadmap
Offshore wind (OSW) power generation is gaining momentum in the U.S. and could gain some serious traction as its benefits become more fully realized.
Alternative financial solutions such as energy as a service (EaaS) can help impacted entities grapple with their situation after the COVID-19 pandemic cools down.
Learn how to specify sustainable, energy-efficient systems for government and military buildings
High performance design can be achieved through maximizing efficiency in building space, using low carbon construction, integrating efficient heating, cooling, and lighting systems and prioritizing energy-efficient renovations.
Energy projects should be considered during tough times because it's actually an ideal time to reduce expenses without hurting the overall bottom line.
University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers designed a new stochastic model predictive control system for central utility plants, which could help universities and manufacturing facilities that generate a lot of energy.
Zero energy buildings, renewable energy and the smart grid are key considerations to commercial building design
What does it really mean for an engineer to design a zero energy building?
A Texas A&M University project is seeking to improve the cybersecurity and energy efficiency of commercial buildings by developing a real-time advanced building-resilient platform through multi-layer prevention and adaption mechanisms.
Affiliated Engineers analyzed energy production options, evaluated capital and operating costs, and assessed financial and energy risk through 2050 for Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI).
Arup engineers discuss the private sector’s resilience-related risks and opportunities, including those posed by COVID-19, and how they interact with their ecosystems at large.
The ethics of sustainability is something the engineer must take very seriously in their daily routine because the natural resources of the world around us are limited.
Arup’s senior structural engineer Lauren Wingo and sustainability associate Frances Yang are part of the SE 2050 working group designing and managing a commitment initiative to help structural engineers meet this challenge to achieve carbon neutrality.
The renovation of Rhoades Hall, a 1950’s academic building at UNC Asheville, serves as a case study for the economic value of sustainable design and it received an LEED Gold certification.
How do you design an energy-efficient building? Learn about codes and standards, building energy terminology and design goals
Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Michigan built a way to analyze "hot" electrons, which can help solar panels harvest light energy more efficiently.
The tools are and measure to create a sustainable future are there, but the onus remains on the A/E/C community to advance these measures as a matter of standard practice. See six future trends to make a low-carbon future possible.
Cory Duggin, an energy modeler for TLC Engineering, offers engineering career advice as well as a favorite project of his.
Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics buildings are more than simple boxy structures used to make products and store them before they move onto their next destination. Engineers working find these facilities can be as complex and advanced as any other building
A zero net energy (ZNE) building is typically highly energy efficient and produces as much renewable energy as it consumes on an annualized basis and is a powerful framework for new and existing buildings.
Designing solutions for data center clients — whether hyperscale or colocation facilities — requires advanced engineering knowledge
Earth Day's 50th anniversary is a good way for all people to understanding how everything is connected and to do our part.
The Rapid Energy Modeling tool quickly and comprehensively analyzes campus energy efficiency, targets inefficient buildings, benchmarks energy use and provides insights
Keith Hammelman discusses the role of mechanical engineer and how energy consumption can be reduced.
With increasingly complex systems and technology coming into play, work on modern K-12 projects is anything but elementary
A five-story mixed-use structure in Roxbury, designed by architects from MIT, represents a new kind of net-zero-energy building, made from wood.
As droughts and other factors steadily increase the cost of water, conservation becomes increasingly important.
The U.S. posted 10 straight years of economic growth, while cutting power-sector CO2 emissions and consumer energy costs to their lowest levels in a generation.
Energy saving designs: Consider how long energy data collection is needed, how many phases and accuracy, and how the data should be collected.
Zero energy, zero carbon at different scales, in different climates.
Office buildings are complex structures containing automated features, energy-saving designs, high-tech equipment and other components as advanced as you’d find in any other state-of-the-art project. Read on for details about energy efficiency and sustainability
Energy storage systems have changed dramatically over the years. Learn about traditional systems and explore leading-edge technology
Learn tips on how to design labs and research facilities — some of the most high-tech buildings around
The Dell Medical School (DMS) District is one of the few districts recognized by Sustainable SITES Initiative.
25-plus years of successful planning and implementation.
Three years on, the industry has attracted global attention and captured the imagination of the Eastern US.
Details are provided on the process of creating use case scenarios through to a thorough sequence of operations.
This presentation provides an overview of how taking a fieldtested approach and applying best practices can improve a system, providing energy savings and leading to better energy management.
Health care facility designers are expected to keep pace with increasingly complex, advanced engineered systems and features
A distressingly tiny fraction of building projects use simulation models to inform design.
In April, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies 2019 Funding Opportunity for $47 million.
The key to expanding the development of offshore wind energy is bringing down development and operating costs.
Read about emerging trends in college and university buildings, and learn about the emerging trends impacting their design
This presentation analyzes the implementation of the policy, covering issues including energy assessments, commissioning, and long-term goals like achieving carbon-neutrality.
This session—which includes two case studies—will discuss how PACE works, what types of improvements qualify and how much funding is available.
Most advanced vehicle testing in the world. Largest zero net energy lab building in the USA.
In this installment of our Ask an Engineering Expert series, April Halling, P.E., Project Manager at RTM Engineering Consultants, answers the question: How do you design for energy efficiency in schools?
This practical, information-packed session explains many of the key test and balance challenges—from practical system design considerations, to the TAB Process, to obtaining meaningful and useful data—that if properly addressed in cooperation with an independent TAB firm can ensure that any project goes smoothly.
When it comes to energy efficiency and practical use, sometimes older buildings are better than newer ones
Sports arenas, historical buildings, theaters and other specialty buildings require unique energy efficiency engineering design
As heavily populated regions start to experience acute water scarcity, there is a clear need to develop alternative means of meeting demand.
Consulting engineers are working on government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings
Today’s cities need to be designed to be resilient in the face of a more uncertain future.
What are the trickiest aspects of retail, restaurant and mixed-use projects and what trends lie ahead? Read on for solid advice from experienced professionals.
Your questions answered: Microgrids 201: Integrating renewables and battery storage into your power solutions
The June 18, 2019 “Microgrids 201: Integrating renewables and battery storage into your power solutions” webcast presenter addressed questions not covered during the live event.
As Los Angeles’ climate is primarily cooling-driven—with a lot of bright, sunny days—reducing solar loads on the building as much as possible can make a major difference on energy efficiency.
Energy-efficient buildings and products are becoming the norm rather than the exception.
Designed for a peak load of 28,000 tons of cooling and 350 mmbtu/hr heating, the new systems replace a fossil fuel CHP plant with electric drive heat recovery chillers.
As the first net zero energy designed municipal building in the state, the Countryside City Hall and Police Department is leading the way as an example of sustainable design and civic architecture for Illinois.
Multifamily dwellings are fascinating projects that require energy-efficient designs. In essence, they could be considered giant people storage facilities for different stages of life. College dormitories, for example, contain young adults in their late teens and early twenties. Assisted living facilities hold people in their later years. However, engineers know these structures are more than just simply boxes to keep human beings in. They’re as complex and varied as the people inside.
Over the last 10 years, some of the biggest changes seen in higher education projects are in the standards now expected for green design.
Autodesk reached out to develop a case study about Page's experience, which also allows the firm - and others in the industry - to easily assess progress against the AIA 2030 Commitment from the earliest stages of the design process.
The most efficient mechanical system for an owner is not the one with the greatest potential to reduce energy and operational costs, but the one that is able to be easily maintained and reliably operated at its most efficient points for the life of the equipment, system and building without exceeding the capabilities of the end user.
As the world transforms due to a rapidly changing climate, our cities and communities need to adapt design principles to prepare for the potential disasters that can result from extreme weather.
Since its founding in 1916, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit set the course for Bell & Gossett to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps, valves, heat exchangers and accessories for plumbing, wastewater and HVAC applications.
Ownership of the EEED v6 gives you the ability to control and maintain it within your information technology protocols.
An increasingly data-driven society demands advanced, high-performance data center facilities. Read on to learn the biggest sustainability and energy efficiency challenges, emerging technologies and upcoming trends affecting data centers.
While alternative energy solutions are not a new thing, their economical payback has improved considerably with increased technological strides and available incentives.
The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t always blow at times of peak demand. Given these well-understood limitations, renewables have traditionally been seen as unlikely to compete with gas and nuclear for base-load generation of electricity.
Packaged boilers focus on safety, efficiency, and modularity.
The technology at play in today’s K-12 schools is evolving rapidly—inside the classrooms, and in the various systems behind the scenes. Engineers handling such projects, whether the work is on new facilities or retrofits, have their work cut out for them, especially when it comes to sustainable buildings and energy efficiency.
This session examines data produced since implementation, including lessons learned, efficiencies gained and a look into the City's more ambitious goals.
This session examines current and proposed outcomebased code provisions (including recent guidance from the NIBS) and how Cx providers and others focused on energy performance can assist building owners in achieving goals.
Mixed-use office buildings demand a great deal of expertise, flexibility, and complex technology, making them more challenging than one might expect. Engineers with experience handling office buildings share advice and a glimpse into the future regarding sustainability and energy efficiency.
This presentation discusses how Owner's Project Requirements and commissioning plans can be expanded to incorporate Distributed Energy Systems.
Conceptually, designing a net zero building is straightforward. But in reality, net zero buildings are complex and can encounter unforeseen challenges.
Specifying a chilled beam system to cool a masonry building more than 100 years old—with operable windows in a humid climate—is a risky proposition. This HVAC case study demonstrates how such an approach amid such conditions can be successful if handled properly from design, operation, and occupant education standpoints.
This presentation explains how the use of analytic software and diagnostic tools are increasing and may help uncover hidden operational opportunities.
Engineers working on laboratory and research projects are tasked with balancing state-of-the-art systems, budgetary concerns, occupant safety, sustainable performance, and other factors including sustainability and energy efficiency.
This presentation examines a real life example of this financing method and demonstrates its vast potential to the energy retrofit marketplace.
Hospitals, clinics, and similar facilities are among the most demanding an engineer can tackle—the technology is evolving rapidly, hospital managers are increasingly budget-conscious, and assist in saving lives. Here, sustainability and energy efficiency design trends are explained for these building types.
This presentation will explain the Stanford Energy System Innovations (SESI) project and the additional enhancements Stanford is studying to complete its full transformation to an affordable and sustainable energy system in less than 10 years.
As technology advances in every field, the college and university students being prepped for future careers in those fields need the tech they’re learning with to keep up. That presents unique challenges for the engineers working on such structures—specifying advanced systems that satisfy the unique needs of each institution. Here, professionals with experience in the area offer advice on how to tackle such facilities and receive top marks in regard to sustainable buildings and energy efficiency.
This sessions provides service providers and building owners a tutorial on to quickly engage with this valuable energy benchmark data.
Defining these systems by scale and function will help us navigate their interrelation and set a basis for how we can apply them.
Engineers and scientists should do everything possible to keep freshwater sources available to everyone.
Learn how the University of Florida's hear vascular and neuromedicine hospital achieved their 4 Green Globes.
Selecting a good Energy Services Company (ESCO) and keeping some basic principles in mind will help make your ESPC a successful one.
More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and high-performance designs are coming into play.
This session discusses how municipal, district, institutional, commercial campus or large buildings can benefit from a "Microgrid-as-a-Service" business model.
Projects are going to see an increase in LID utilization in the near future.
This presentation highlights an approach used by Caesars Entertainment to target energy efficiency opportunities at an enterprise level.
Senior Associate, Stantec, San Francisco BArch, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, IndiaMS architecture, Arizona State University, Tempe Antia is a senior associate at Stantec and leads the company’s energy and sustainability practice in California. His practice focuses on sustainable building design and operations. He manages a multidisciplinary group of engineers and technologists with a focus on high-performance, energy-efficient built environments.
Senior Project Manager, Energy Squared, Princeton, N.J. BS mechanical and aerospace engineering, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Arvay started at Energy Squared in Princeton, N.J., in June 2012 as a project manager and was promoted to senior project manager in June 2015. Before joining the firm, he worked for TRC Energy Services and Center for Advanced Energy Systems. He is the only person in Energy Squared’s history to have obtained both his electrical and mechanical PE licenses.
Meeting energy-management demands calls for training and continuing education.
While some may scoff at environmental change, there isn’t a big downside to becoming—and making buildings—more efficient.
Hospitals and health care buildings have become very sophisticated. Coordination among all parties, special attention to codes and standards, and a focus on patient comfort have each become highly important to engineers. Energy-efficient buildings are a key piece of the puzzle.
Learn how to conduct a feasibility study before specifying a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for a building.
Colleges and universities face a long list of challenges, as do the engineers tasked to help construct and modify the facilities at these institutions. Here, experienced professionals share their knowledge regarding HVAC and sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.
A performance metric that considers a true measure of the building’s success as it relates to its core purpose is more appropriate.
The art of designing sports, entertainment, and specialty structures: Sustainability, energy efficiency
Entertainment venues are big businesses—and big on complexity, with a host of complex systems and requirements for engineers to tackle such as sustainability, green building, energy efficiency, and net zero buildings.
Bell & Gossett's ESP-Systemwize enables industry professionals to specify complete pump systems.
Greenheck's Model SMD-401EF smoke damper features an extruded aluminum frame and airfoil blades.
Using Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) to help owners realize a building's full designed potential to help them keep up with the growing energy costs and environmental awareness.
The WELL Building Standard is an independently verified, performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being.
Performance-based design allows design teams creative freedom when integrating energy efficiency strategies into a facility.
Principal, Market Leader, Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Data is the lifeblood of any business or organization—which makes a data center a facility’s beating heart. Here, engineers with experience on data center projects show how to succeed on such facilities, and how to keep your finger on the pulse of data center trends in regards to sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.
It’s one thing to create buildings that aren’t harmful to the environment. It’s another to design buildings and communities that actually protect and benefit its occupants – now and for years to come – regardless of changing climatic conditions.
Sustainability in the built environment will increasingly focus on improving the environment for the benefit of everyone.
UV Resources' RLM Xtreme prewired safety controller offers HVAC contractors a plug-and-play system.
With state-of-the-art learning facilities, sustainability concerns, and modern design, K-12 schools can be just as advanced as colleges and universities and—for consulting-specifying engineers—just as demanding. The following focuses on sustainable buildings/energy efficiency in K-12 schools.
SmartPlug upgrades a hot water recirculation system to a “smart” system by making any corded circulator up to 94% more energy efficient by learning hot water usage patterns and delivering hot water when it’s needed.
Trane's eFlex light-commercial rooftop units include 6 to 10 ton sizes, providing high-efficiency light-commercial packaged rooftop units that range from 3 to 17.5 tons.
This article compares passive versus active solar design strategies and explores the differences between the various types of solar panels.
More efficient architectural, mechanical and electrical systems generally have a premium construction cost, but they are proven to have a short-term payback—when studied and designed holistically.
The success of the Wilshire Grand high-rise was driven by the entire design team working together and making informed design decisions from modeled and historical data.
The government can be a tough customer, and the projects that state, municipal, federal, and military entities approach engineers about are highly complex. Here, engineers with experience tackling such tall orders offer advice regarding sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.
Lighting designers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes.
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Changes are coming to the Washington State Energy Code.
If daylight guidelines were strategically implemented within building regulations, more naturally lit cities would evolve.
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The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.
Codes and standards require lighting engineers to include power allowances, daylighting controls, functional testing, and commissioning in lighting designs to verify lighting controls.
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Building owners are asking lighting designers and electrical engineers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand.
Stand-alone medical buildings and specialized treatment facilities are engineering challenges, and more are being designed and built due to changes in health care requirements. Sustainable design often is top-of-mind for engineers, owners, and clients.
Today, 86% of the power generated in the U.K. is derived from burning fossil fuels, so meeting the COP21 emissions target involves a massive structural change.
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Executive Director, Chemical Engineer, Nexus Energy Center, Huntsville, Ala. BS Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology MS Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
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MultiGEO Designer Powered by ENtellect allows building owners and engineers to easily and quickly develop energy-saving strategies in geothermal design.
K-12 schools are among the most important projects engineers can tackle. Professionals focus on energy efficiency design advice for educational facilities.
K-12 schools are among the most important projects engineers can tackle. Professionals with expertise in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, lighting, and commissioning offer design advice for educational facilities.
Class A office buildings are among the toughest projects an engineer can work on—complex structures, demanding clients, and advanced technology. Building owners want the most energy-efficient building possible.
Rodney V. Oathout, PE, CEM, LEED AP, from DLR Group has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.
Engineering mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems in colleges and universities requires designers to look toward the future of postsecondary education, and consider all aspects of a building and its occupants.
Engineers should consider several factors to integrate renewable technologies into electrical systems. Key codes/standards drive the design of renewable power systems. Best practices for achieving net zero energy are illustrated.
With hospital projects, it is imperative that engineers get everything exactly right—after all, the lives of patients treated in the health care building may depend on it. Sustainability, energy efficiency, and intelligent buildings are discussed.
Carlo Gavazzi’s VMU-C EM, VMUC-Y EM, and Em2 Server are multisite energy-data loggers with embedded Web servers designed to provide energy management for many projects.
Office buildings might seem like relatively simple structures, but engineers with experience in the field know differently. Energy efficiency and sustainability improve occupancy rates and the overall performance of the building.
Mixed-use buildings—often a combination of retail and residential—are unique structures with varying needs. Energy-efficiency systems typically are requested by building owners.
Smart grids could deliver a flexible, affordable, reliable, and efficient power infrastructure.
Chicago's Building Energy Use Benchmarking new ordinance calls on existing municipal, commercial, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 sq ft to track whole-building energy use.
Implementing key enablers, high-performance manufacturing or industrial buildings can become extremely efficient.
Building project performance goals have a better chance of remaining front-and-center throughout the design process when they’re articulated early.
In K-12 schools, technological advancements, code requirements, and other demands placed on engineers are consistently increasing, while limitations like budget restraints remain a challenge. School districts are demanding energy-efficient, sustainable buildings.
Mission critical facilities, such as data centers, are judged carefully on their energy use. Engineers should focus on the codes and standards that dictate energy performance and how building energy performance can be enhanced.
The definition of a mission critical facility is broad, and formed by the owner of the building.
Report examines electricity, fossil fuel, water/sewer, and carbon footprint.
Green building continues as a major push, with net-zero energy buildings at the forefront.
In the information age, data centers can be the beating heart of not just a building, but an entire global corporation. Energy-efficient data centers are a core topic of discussion.
Hankins & Anderson (H&A) announces Rob McAtee to be the new director of energy and sustainability services.
ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is under continuous maintenance. This article focuses on the recent evolution of this standard, the impact on energy and performance, the design process, and how human interaction can improve energy efficiency.
It’s hard to think of an engineering project with higher standards than a hospital or health care facility—successfully designed and installed systems can literally be a matter of life and death. High-performance facilities, sustainable buildings, and energy-efficient technologies are discussed.
ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and IgCC are leading the way to high-performance green buildings. Learn how these two “maps to net zero” handle the enigma of “percent better than code,” with the outright goal being to have updates to energy codes be evaluated on a scale.
Sustainability remains an absolutely critical topic for the design industry. Regardless of market, leaders and organizations are seeking to deliver high performance with fewer resources. CannonDesign is committed to consistently driving the conversation forward on this topic as it helps organizations, individuals and the planet at large.
Whole building energy modeling techniques and software are crucial for designing code-compliant buildings. At the same time, this near-mandatory exercise introduces opportunities for engineers to add significant value to projects.
Engineers should look at the specific lighting control requirements in the latest versions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and IECC and review some best practices and insights on how incorporating lighting controls influences a building’s energy performance.
Taking on a mixed-use structure—such as one that includes retail and residential portions—can be an engineering challenge. With all the different engineered systems involved, it can be like working on and integrating several different projects at once. Energy efficiency, sustainability, and green buildings are discussed.
Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems must be engineered and commissioned so that the Dept. of Veterans Affairs has control over the system and so continuous measurement and verification are possible.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, August 4-10: Neher-McGrath formula, power for fire pumps, energy use in buildings, more
Articles about the Neher-McGrath formula, power for fire pumps, elevating building performance through lower energy use, tall and super-tall buildings and LED lighting solutions were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, August 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, July 28 to August 3: Neher-McGrath formula, commissioning electrical, power systems, dc power alternatives, more
Articles about the Neher-McGrath formula, commissioning electrical and power systems, dc power distribution alternatives, top five things female engineers should know, and fire and life safety in tall buildings were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, July 28 to August 3. Were you out last week? Miss something. You can catch up here.
High-rise buildings aren’t just big—for engineers, they present big challenges. High-performance and sustainable buildings must meet certain energy efficiency requirements.
Successful lighting design in smart buildings can be achieved in many ways.
A health care facility incorporates daylighting to enhance patient wellness.
Currently the industry tends to talk about initiatives in terms of their impact, rather than the value to the client or to the end users.
Julianne Laue, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.
Material efficiency has a big impact on cost, emissions, energy and resources.
Manufacturing and industrial facilities can be particularly complex projects, involving large facilities containing behemoth machinery, hazardous chemicals, and a range of other concerns. Energy efficiency and sustainable systems must be carefully considered.
Articles about LED retrofit codes and standards, NFPA 99-2012 changes, arc reduction code requirements, the 2014 Electrical and Power Study, and arc flash protection techniques were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, June 16-22. Were you out last week? Miss something. You can catch up here.
Saving energy is the ultimate goal when implementing UPS eco mode.
A smart grid can support technology that helps consumers make the best use of their electricity by enabling them to use power in off-peak periods when it’s more readily available.
A college campus used BAS and data analytics to improve energy performance.
Associate Principal, Westlake Reed Leskosky, Washington, D.C.
Project Engineer, Senior Project Commissioning Engineer, G&W Engineering Corp., Maryland Heights, Mo.
Engineering Manager, Dynamix Engineering Ltd., Columbus, Ohio
Mechanical Engineer, Alphatec pc, Washington, D.C.
Sports and entertainment arenas are more than just seats and a playing field; they are highly complex structures bringing in thousands of fans—and millions of dollars—every year. Sustainability and energy efficiency are key factors.
Have you ever considered that the route to a low-carbon future may not be through measuring carbon at all? Trying to appraise a building’s operational performance by its carbon emissions can be complex and confusing. However, energy consumption is a much clearer metric.
Here’s a review of initial energy modeling performed during a project from the interview phase to development of final models used for documenting compliance to energy codes or for LEED certification, through a client’s survey one year after occupancy. Here’s what works, what doesn't, and what value can be achieved from each step in the process
Without knowing the performance metrics of a building, measuring the success of the engineered systems is limited. Engineers should know the process for using BAS for measurement and verification (M&V) as a part of retro-commissioning in high-performance buildings.
Engineers offer practical advice and best practices on how to design sustainable, high-performance K-12 schools.
Engineers should know the design concepts for selecting and sizing transformers to help achieve energy efficiency.
SmithGroupJJR has promoted five of its key employees.
The Energy Management Association (EMA) is dedicated to providing energy management services for building owners by providing guidelines, training, education and certification programs.
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. Energy efficiency and sustainability are key components.
In the information age, data centers are one of the most critical components of a facility. If the data center isn’t reliable, business can’t be done. Experts provide insights on cooling and power issues, cloud computing, and energy efficiency.
How do you structure specifications to properly specify building performance that is compliant with a green building code such as LEED v4?
Nearly 150 addenda were proposed for ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2013.
ASHRAE's guide on refrigeration commissioning is designed to help facilities achieve cost-effective and cost-efficient refrigeration systems for new projects as well as existing systems.
Engineers and product manufacturers are designing buildings and products that meet energy-efficiency goals. And it’s not just for show—it’s now the norm.
Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Clients are demanding that their facilities are energy-efficient.
The District of Columbia has created new construction codes, mirroring ASHRAE Standard 189.1.
ASHRAE Standard 189.1 sets the standard for the total building sustainability package.
A Carnegie Mellon study reveals that workers who know how much energy they use on a daily basis adjust their habits to use less.
Here are four key trends to watch for this fall and throughout 2014.
Lighting codes and standards are being impacted by the changes and upgrades to LEDs.
Engineering mixed-use buildings is a fine art—specifiers must combine multiple engineered systems for several business and residence types into one structure. Many building owners demand sustainable, energy-efficiency buildings.
Fault detection in 2012 represented 27% of the $16 million global market for building analytics, with optimization accounting for the remainder.
ASHRAE is offering a two-part course, Commercial Building Energy Audits, that offers tips on energy audits.
The Advanced Energy Design Guide series from ASHRAE has been downloaded or purchased 500,000 times since it was first published in 2005.
The news is everywhere across the media—the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 400 ppm for the first time in 55 years of measurement—and probably more than 3 million years of Earth history.
Kudos to cities across the country for recognizing the value of energy benchmarking and retro-commissioning.
Sustainability & Energy Services Manager, Heapy Engineering, Dayton, Ohio
Associate, Arup, Los Angeles
Hospitality Market Sector Leader, exp US Services, Maitland, Fla.
Senior Design Engineer and Senior Sustainability Consultant, Arup, San Francisco
Mechanical Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Madison, Wis.
Principal, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle
Vice President, Principal, CMTA, Lexington, Ky.
Mechanical Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Des Moines, Iowa
Associate Principal/Senior Mechanical Engineer, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Senior Engineer, Arup, San Francisco
Electrical Engineer, Big Ass Fans, Lexington, Ky.
Consultancy Development Manager, Integrated Environmental Solutions, Glasgow, U.K.
International Accreditation Service (IAS) Commissioning Accreditation Criteria (AC476) document is open for public comment until May 15, 2013.
Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Engineers discuss sustainability, renewable energy, and energy efficiency in these buildings.
Recently, Ed Mazria sat down with Next City to talk about the upcoming unveiling of a beta release for a new tool called the 2030 Palette.
WSP Flack + Kurtz has named Alan Shepherd to head the company's Built Ecology practice, which focuses on energy efficiency issues and green energy.
The Housed Plenum Array Model HPA by Greenheck is designed for fan array installations in air handler applications.
The Benchmark 6000 (BMK6000) by AERCO features 15:1 turndown for energy efficiency, and low NOx emissions.
Tate’s EcoCore Phase Change Panel incorporates the latest advances in micro-encapsulated phase change materials to reduce indoor air temperature fluctuations and save energy.
The H-Max Series variable frequency drive by Eaton is engineered to increase energy savings, lower utility costs, and reduce emissions in commercial buildings.
Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure solution is made up of hardware and software that are combined with engineering, installation, and services to ensure facilities are energy-efficient and effectively managed.
The General Services Administration (GSA) is looking for public input on the LEED, Green Globes, and Living Building Chalenge to give to the Dept. of Energy on how to best use certification systems.
Steven Giordano, PE, LEED AP, has been named facilities engineering manager at Dewberry's New York City office.
EYP Energy and The Weidt Group's merger will combine EYP's strengths as an energy consulting firm with The Weidt Group's energy efficiency software programs.
Engineers must carefully review contracts and insurance to ensure green building design proceeds smoothly.
Aquatherm’s Greenpipe polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping system
The Housed Plenum Array by Greenheck is designed for fan array installations in air handler applications.
After navigating rough times for new construction with more work on existing buildings, test and balance firms are cautiously optimistic about the future—and have some ideas to share with engineers.
Natasha Shah has been named VP of energy services at Southland Industries and will be focusing on the strategic implementation of energy services.
Office building clients demand sustainability, flexibility, and cost conservation in both new and existing buildings.
Familiarity with whole building energy modeling techniques and software is crucial for designing code-compliant buildings.
Energy modeling for LEED submission was done on a recent project in which natural ventilation and a radiant floor cooling system were proposed for the dining area of a food court in a local university in Southern California.
Since 2001, the DOE has released the energy modeling calculation engine called EnergyPlus as a new generation flagship tool meant to combine the best features of the multiple previous tools funded through the federal government.
This presentation discusses the results of ASHRAE RP-1292, which discovered the excessive amounts of leakage in typical parallel boxes, and changed the notion of them being more efficient than series boxes.
New construction: West Philadelphia High School; Brinjac Engineering
New construction: North Shore Community College Zero Net Energy Building; RDK Engineers
The total footprint of commercial projects certified under the U.S. GBC LEED green building program has surpassed 2 billion sq ft.
This session summarizes the challenge and lessons learned in negotiating ESPCs to achieve maximum energy reductions in a retrofit, the effective and timely use of ESPCs to finance energy saving technologies.
The Dept. of Energy has begun accepting nominations for the 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award, which is given to the highest-performing energy-efficient government buildings.
M&A activity this week continued along its upward trend, as Morrissey Goodale tracked six domestic deals and three international deals. This most recent activity brings the total year-to-date deal count in the United States to 98, up 4% from the 94 domestic deals tracked through the same period in 2011. Including the U.S., the total global deal count is now 183, down just 3% from the 190 global deals tracked through the same period last year.
Robert Griggs has been named as the project manager for the Atlanta office and will primarily focus on the healthcare, higher education, and federal markets.
Eight finalists were named for the first award, which will be given by the Dept. of Energy. The competition ends on Sept. 30.
The U.S. Green Building Council announced, after concerns from LEED users and stakeholders, that the ballot on LEED 2012 will be moved to 2013.
The June 14, 2012, class is designed to teach architects and engineers how the integrative design process, which isn't often used, can be advantageous in designing buildings.
The Building Commissioning Assn. has named Liz Fischer as its executive director.
FMI's "The Federal Construction Sector: Understanding a Transforming Market" highlights topics like the decrease in overall infrastructure funding and the emphasis for sustainability and energy efficiency in federal facilities.
There are many, many ways in which we can preserve water, beginning with our own daily habits.
Although LCCA of individual system alternates is often valuable, it is important to recognize the whole building return on investment that is the basis for a building’s overall success. A brief example of such an analysis is included here for the Stanford Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building.
In an effort to be more market-focused, LEED 2012 tackles data centers and hospitals, buildings that often have a more difficult time achieving LEED certification because of their significant energy and uptime demands.
AECOsim Energy Simulator by Bentley Systems
The Building Energy Quotient assigns energy usage to building based on an in-operation assessment that includes an energy audit by ASHRAE.
Library provides a proving ground for USGBC LEED users.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED 2012 draft focuses on providing a simple-to-use, technically advanced, and more robust system.
The 8th annual Total Building Commissioning conference will be April 25 to 27, 2012, in Las Vegas.
The new edition of the ACG Energy Management Guideline describes recommends steps for achieving energy efficiency in buildings while ensuring optimal building performance.
Collaboration between the local utility and design teams spells success for a leading energy-efficiency program in San Diego.
Greenheck’s G and GB centrifugal roof downblast exhaust fans now have the direct drive Vari-Green motor option.
The U.S. Green Building Council has released its list of top U.S. states for LEED-certified projects in 2011.
The Energy Center of Wisconsin is holding a two-day class in Illinois on Feb. 21 to 22, 2012, on energy modeling tools and their applications for advanced building systems.
Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering firm, acquired Fore Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in green buildings, to expand its sustainability engineering platform and increase its base in the U.S.
ASHRAE's second edition of Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits provides advice for engineers, energy auditors, building owners, managers, and government entities.
Federal and private sector energy upgrades will be given out over the next two years to pay for up-front costs as the President continues the initiative for greener buildings.
Stefana Petrova-Bowens, PE, was named to the position by H+A Architects and Engineers.
Starting April 1, 2012, nonresidential owners of Seattle buildings of more than 10,000 sq ft will be required to participate in a benchmarking program designed to gauge energy output and encourage energy reduction.
Greenheck's remote balancing dampers
The ACEEE survey lists Massachusetts as the most energy efficient. California, Minnesota, and New York are also included in the top 10. North Dakota, Wyoming, and Mississippi rate among the bottom states.
Bolin, a senior vice president for Syska Hennessy Group, is one of 34 to receive the GBCI's highest award.
The Victoria University of Wellington won the Dept. of Energy's Solar Decathlon with its First Light house.
Indie Energy and U.S. Green Building Council have joined forces to put together an open platform for real-time building data and energy apps designed for energy-efficient buildings.
Reduced costs are a key reason for the expansion of green building market, which is expected to remain steady up to 2016.
The U.S. Green Building Council's updates will reflect thousands of comments received during the LEED comment period.
The Dept. of Energy has announced more than $30 million will be given to 24 universities in 23 states to train both undergraduate and graduate students in manufacturing efficiency.
The Dept. of Energy has awarded $38 million to advance technology and reduce costs of geothermal energy to companies and universities.
The USGBC awarded its 10,000th LEED rating, to the recently constructed Live Oak Family Center building in Santa Cruz, Calif., which was awarded LEED Platinum.
Draft of LEED 2012 features updated language, reflecting 6,000 public comments and recommendations collected from first comment period.
The U.S. GBC reports that all 50 states have shown at least some progress in green building policy and development.
A report by ACEEE indicates that there is a growing interest by the government and various financial institutions in investing in the energy finance sector.
The DOE and EPA are now accepting companies' applications for the 2012 awards, which highlight the best work done in energy efficiency.
The IMT's report, Building Energy Transparency, was compiled using data from five cities and two states regarding commercial building owners measuring their properties' energy consumption.
Longtime associates Mark Jurgemeyer and Randall Grammens are elected as vice presidents during annual board meeting.
Annual Green Building Opportunity Index marries real estate economics with green design metrics.
Environmental Systems Design Inc. has named Jay Frank Ramirez and James Johnson senior vice presidents.
Ingersoll-Rand plc's Trane High Performance Buildings is an outcome-based approach that was showcased on May 19 in New York City.
Buildings of a certain size will be required to provide Energy Star performance data to the city and to prospective buyers.
Vice President, Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor, LLC (PS&S), Warren, N.J.
Division Head of Green Buildings, Enermodal Engineering Ltd., Kitchener, Ontario
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Shaffer•Baucom Engineering and Consulting, Lakewood, Colo.
Principal and Director of Marketing and Business Development, RDK Engineers, Andover, Mass.
Firms in the 2030 Commitment Program have reported a combined average 35.1% PEUI reduction.
Mark Gelfo, principal at TLC Engineering for Architecture, was elected to his second term on the ACG board of directors.
The seminar will focus on the RCx process, discovery phase, document procurement, problem/analysis, and marketing of RCx services.
The 6th Annual Emerald Gala hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council - Illinois Chapter will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Soldier Field United Club in Chicago.
The Energy Efficiency Forum is accepting nominations for individuals who have demonstrated leadership in energy efficiency.
Environmental Systems Design has announced Raj Gupta as CEO, and former executive vice president Kurt Karnatz as president.
Erick Gonzalez has joined TLC Engineering for Architecture as Director of the Miami office.
Experts question viability of 'timid' EU energy plan, with few provisions for energy-efficient buildings.
BuildingRating.org provides information on energy performance ratings and disclosure policies in more than 100 countries.
In New York City, all buildings over 50,000 sq ft must benchmark energy usage with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released a list of states and cities with the most LEED-certified projects in 2010.
Nearly 30 projects certified since 2010 under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system
The CMP Wizard is an interactive online tool intended to help LEED Professionals understand their Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements and explore continuing education options
Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee oppose efforts to increase renewable energy spending and cut oil and gas research in its fiscal 2012 budget request.
The Building Commissioning Association has announced Mark Miller, PE, CCP, as the president of the International Board of Directors
ComRent offers the CRLS 11.5 kW load bank designed for testing hot, cold aisle isolation, provides variable fan speed control
This presentation will discuss the California Commissioning Collaborative’s guideline for verifying savings in EBCx projects, which informs commissioning service providers on how to design such an M&V program, including the approach, data requirements, calculation methodology, and integration into existing building commissioning.
CFE Media LLC and the AABC Commissioning Group have formed a partnership to deliver specialized content for consulting engineers and engineering professionals, exchanging and promoting such content to include videos, articles, and other industry updates.
The York model YK centrifugal chillers from Johnson Controls used falling-film technology to accomplish refrigerant reduction, improving efficiency.
The Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, for students K-12, allows ideas about energy, environmental stewardship to flow freely.
This video covers retrocommissioning best practices and the keys to an energy-efficient commercial building.
A Model Green Building Ordinance was released Thursday, Oct. 14th, by the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School for use by municipalities looking to promote the construction and design of new buildings that make efficient use energy, water and materials. The model ordinance, a result of over a year of work and consultations with dozens of stakeholders, is designed to be readily adopted by local jurisdictions. “With 40% of all energy consumed in the U.S.
The 2010 MEP Giants list alone doesn’t tell the whole story. Here are a few other items that don't show up in the October listing.
The first winner of the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities is … Mayor Daley. According to a Chicago Tribune report, the U.S.
The U.S. EPA requires third-party certification for all products seeking the Energy Star label.
In greening its snail-mail business, the U.S. Postal Service reports dramatic progress in reducing its energy use through efforts such as installing the largest green roof in New York City.
"Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Overall Data Center Efficiency" has been released as a white paper.
Simplex fire alarm systems can be monitored via an Internet-based diagnostic system.
The following courses will be available in the Fall of 2010 course line up from the EPIC Educational Program Innovations Center. LOCATION TITLE SEM_START SEM_FINISH Winnipeg Fire Alarm Systems: Design, Installation, Inspection and Testing 18-Oct-10 19-Oct-10 Edmonton Process Equipment and Piping Systems: Application, Design and Operation 18-Oct-10 21-Oct-10 Mississauga Renewable Energy Projects and Grid Integration-Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions 26-Oct-10 28-Oct-10.
Brady, a Greensboro, N.C. franchise of Trane that provides energy systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities, announced that the company has been honored with the 10th Annual Piedmont Business Ethics Award. Presented to companies that demonstrate a commitment to ethical business practices in everyday operations, management philosophies, and response to challenges, the award is sponsored by the Greensboro chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. “On behalf of the entire Brady organization, we are honored to receive the Piedmont Business Ethics Award,” says Jim Brady, president, Brady Services.
Principal, Mechanical Engineer, CMTA Inc.
Project Manager, Mechanical Engineer, Dewberry
Strategy and Business Management Branch Chief, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The Green Building Opportunity Index ranks cities' central business districts and their green office space.
The DOE has issued new efficiency standards for water heaters, direct heating equipment, and pool heaters.
In the Fall 2009 issue of AMCA inmotion, I commented that economists were reporting an uptick in the economy, but it would be a year or so before the commercial buildings industry felt any impact from it. Well, we're obviously still in that lag. Nonetheless, AMCA continues to work toward improving not only the products of our members, but the resources available to our customers for improving...
The owner's responsibility is to establish the requirements and make the decisions necessary to implement them. The design engineer is hired to develop solutions and provide hard data supporting the owner's decision making.
ICC, ASHRAE, USGBC, and IES announce the nation's first set of model codes and standards for green building in the United States.
HVAC energy efficiency company Optimum Energy will help manage chiller systems and optimize air conditioner chiller performance with its software.
ASHRAE president presented a six-point plan to bring the organization closer to its ultimate goal: net zero energy for all new builds by 2030.
The Airstack ASP-75T flooded unit from Multistack incorporates Microchannel condenser coils combined with a flooded evaporator and the Multistack FlexSys Controller. The system allows MagLev compressors to run at optimum efficiency all the way through the operating range. When built into multiple module arrays, the controller looks at each compressor individually to assure it is operating in it...
High Voltage Maintenance Corp., Columbus, Ohio, opened a new service center to serve the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area and the state of Delaware. The new service center will provide solutions including commissioning and startup, predictive and preventive maintenance, engineering studies, life-extension services, arc flash solutions, Smart Turnaround and Outages, educational services, and eme...
The Triple-Flex Ultra-High Efficiency Condensing Boiler Series from Bryan Steam offers four models with inputs from 1,500 to 3,000 MBH with sub 30 parts per million NOx. The boiler uses a hybrid metal fiber 5:1 turndown burner and Honeywell SOLA hydronic safety controls to deliver minimum 90% operating efficiency with 160-F return, 180-F supply, and 100% firing load.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) has joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry leaders to announce a breakthrough agreement on energy efficiency measurements, metrics, and reporting conventions for data center facilities. There has been no standard approach for such key issues as how to measure energy usage, where to take the measurements, and how frequently to do the measuring.
Variable refrigerant systems are not well-known in the United States yet. But they may be the right HVAC system for your next project.
Self-renewal is important at individual and corporate levels. Otherwise, products and processes get stale and moribund with repetition.
Report from NYC Green Codes Task Force, which is led by Urban Green Council, outlines energy saving measures for commercial buildings
Mayor Mike McGinn approved on Feb. 1, 2010, a new ordinance to identify energy-wasting buildings. The Energy Disclosure Ordinance, unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council on Jan. 25, 2010, will give city residents and property owners the tools they need to make necessary improvements. City officials say the new ordinance is critical to meeting the city's energy goals, while commercial ...
ASME and Autodesk conduct the second annual industry survey of sustainable design trends.
2008 Green Space Collection
View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition With the current worldwide focus on carbon emissions, and the fact that buildings account for 40% of U.S. domestic energy use, it is no surprise that increased attention is being paid to advancing building energy standards and codes. Currently ASHRAE is working on the 2010 edition of Standard 90.1 , which is targeted for a 30% energy savings relative to the 2004 edition of the standard.
Mayor Gavin Newsom wants energy audits for large commercial buildings in San Francisco.
PV fuses from Cooper Bussmann protect solar panel photovoltaic cell strings in an amperage range of 1 to 15 A. The fuses feature time-current characteristics specifically for PV low-fault conditions at 1,000 Vdc or less. The fuses are designed for 4, 5, and 6-in. solar-cell-based panels and thin-film based panels.
Making a case for energy efficiency in existing buildings: new industry publication now available from ASHRAE.
BuildingGreen has announced the 2009 Top-10 Green Building Products.
IECC building code recommendations add up to 30% in energy efficiency gains.
The Autodesk Subscription Advantage Packs feature an array of enhancements and performance improvements to the 2010 line of architecture, engineering, and construction software.
Engineers now have access to flushing urinals that meet the EPA's WaterSense label.
A regional study of green buildings is the first of its kind to study post-occupancy results of LEED buildings in Illinois.
Energy Star appliances may not all be efficient, audit finds.
A recent paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy focuses on identifying today's leaders and tomorrow's needs.
This article discusses the what, why, and how of engineering with 4-20 mA loops. It is a summary of first two posts in a series on the topic that I started in April 2009 in my blog, "A Field Guide for Engineers."
Three ways to reduce energy consumption of laboratory exhaust systems by at least 50%.
Real estate Giant CB Richard Ellis issued a report outlining the financial upsides and downsides of building green.
A recent report forecasts that sub-utility scale photovoltaic systems will create more than $55 billion in annual revenue.
Greenheck's Model PVe heat recovery unit is designed to recover up to 60% of the sensible energy in the exhaust airstream and return it to the supply air. The cross-flow plate exchanger unit uses an aluminum core (plate) to recover only sensible energy, and has very low leakage and no moving parts. Features include stainless steel drain pans, easy to remove hinged doors, belt drive blowers with...
An intelligent data analysis engine combined with an end-user interface resulted in the Prophet Energy energy-monitoring suite from DGLogik and CSI3. The product analyzes historical and real-time energy and resource usage data. The dashboard allows the user to analyze and assemble charts with the data as well as view and navigate pre-assembled dashboards and reports.
Comprehensive data collection and analysis methods will be shared with LEED building owners and project teams.
The building owners trade group is vying against hundreds of utilities to receive $92.7 million to integrate 260 downtown Chicago office buildings.
Policy groups have advised Barack Obama to sign a building retrofitting plan that would improve the nation's energy efficiency.
California has passed a voluntary green building code that outlines topics such as water use, energy reduction, and air quality.
Research seeks to ensure interoperability between BIM and energy analysis software.
GBCI will require continuing education and participation in the green community in order to maintain LEED professional status.
Citigroup's new data center is the first in the world to receive USGBC LEED platinum, and the first LEED-certified building in Germany.
Evan Mills, PhD, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), has released an important report quantifying the costs and benefits of commissioning: "Building Commissioning: A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions." Based on data from 37 commissioning providers representing 643 buildings comprising 99 million sq ft of floor space from 26 st...
When building owners anticipate tax relief and promise certain sustainable features to tenants, not earning the projected U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating becomes a financial and legal problem, according to a Nashville Post article. The liability involved in beached LEED ambitions is new legal ground, largely because there's yet to be a court judgment on the books to set a precedent.
Greenheck's ESD-635PD and EHH-601PD penthouses can function as gravity ventilators or equipment enclosures. Approved for use inside or outside Florida's high-velocity hurricane zone, they feature 6-in. louver blades, all-aluminum construction, and a maximum design wind load of 115 psf.
Proposed changes designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings covered by ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 are open for public comment. The standard provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of most buildings. Currently, 18 proposed addenda to the standard are open for public review.
Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson's latest book and YouTube video explain how the U.S. can benefit from looking more closely at Europe's innovative green building examples.
A new program from Autodesk will give up to 100 companies financial aid to create new eco-friendly technology.
A Los Angeles ordinance would cut water use and play a big role for building designers in the area.
Michael Ivanovich's blog highlights a LBNL report that quantifies the costs and benefits of commissioning.
The support from green advocacy organizations is an important step to create the nation's first safe and sustainable code.
Pop star Justin Timberlake's new public golf course will feature a LEED-certified clubhouse and solar-powered golf carts.
The two largest energy-consuming countries in the world, the United States and China, have announced a partnership to research fuel efficiency.
LEEDuser guides teams through new LEED certification requirements.
Recent promotions and hires
ASHRAE installed new officers and directors at its 2009 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky. New president Gordon Holness announced his theme, “Sustaining our future by rebuilding our past,” which focuses on energy efficiency in existing buildings. “The vast majority of buildings that will exist in the year 2030 exist today,” Holness said.
• A Harris Interactive survey showed that 85% of youth are not interested in a future engineering career, reported American Machinist. Students aged 8 to 17 said they preferred “a more exciting career than engineering” and did not “feel confident enough in their math or science skills.
Grants for commercial and industrial renewable energy projects and green jobs highlight the North Carolina State Energy Plan.
PepsiCo opens LEED-certified plant in Chongqing, and expects to open five more plants in the next two years.
Building retrofits for energy efficiency among activities eligible for state funding.
The Sears Tower in Chicago, the country's largest skyscraper, will see a new hotel next door and changes in the coming years to make it more energy efficient.
IBM's Aquasar cuts energy use with water-carrying "micro-capillaries" that cool microchips and reuse the heat elsewhere.
New York City Dept. of Buildings will mandate 2008 codes for all new construction.
Recent promotions and hires
The U.S. Dept. of Energy believes that building-integrated photovoltaics may soon account for about 50% of the country's energy
Jobs of all kinds relating to clean energy saw an increase between 1998 and 2007, at a far greater rise than the national job growth rate.
The Global Wind Energy Council has declared June 15 Global Wind Day in an effort to increase awareness of wind energy across the globe.
Some research states that the new energy improvement plan by the U.S. Green Building Council may not be a true indicator of a building's efficiency.
Recent promotions and hires
The critical next stage of green building industry will focus on water efficiency, according to report from McGraw-Hill Construction.
The Business Review of Western Michigan will present 12 prizes to companies that have been leading the way in going green over the past year.
Recovery Act announcement: Secretary Chu announces $256 million investment to improve energy efficiency in manufacturing and IT.
Built to deliver the highest operating efficiencies, the Triple-Flex Ultra-High Efficiency Condensing boiler, made by Bryan Steam LLC, offers a minimum of 90% thermal effectiveness. The boiler features stainless steel flexible tubes, a variable speed combustion air blower, and removable access panels.
Run by energy created from recycled cooling components, the Munters DryCool Standard allows owners to independently control temperature and humidity. Working alongside an existing air conditioner or energy recovery ventilator, the DryCool affects the humidity only when levels exceed a set point, allowing the product to be cost-efficient.
The president has allocated more than $467 million for research, development, and use of both geothermal and solar energy.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute doesn't favor the 2009 Clean Energy and Security Act, stating the law will waste energy and eliminate jobs.
Cisco releases smart energy tools that allow users to manage energy consumption.
New headquarters to unite Port staff, expand PDX parking.
House approves $6.4 billion for making schools more energy efficient.
Recent promotions and hires.
C&L Refrigeration integral part of green cold storage solution team for LEED-compliant facility.
The nation's first standard for high-performance green buildings is now open for public review.
DOE launches the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.
To get the results you want, engineers should be specific when testing for sound and vibration.
Four more spark-ignited generator sets have been certified by the EPA for compliance with new emissions standards.
USGBC releases LEED regional credits as part of the new green building rating system.
Recent hires and promotions
The Dept. of Energy and several major commercial real estate institutions formed an alliance focusing on energy efficiency in commercial buildings.
Officials said water, sewage, and other infrastructure systems also were at risk.
Engineers looking for actionable information on projects funded by the stimulus bill don't have time to dig and dig and dig for information. So Consulting-Specifying Engineer did it for them.
17th year of NCBC covering Cx for energy efficiency, green buildings and controls. June 2-5; Seattle
AMCA Midyear Meeting Sheraton ChicagoElk Grove Village, Ill.May 3-4, 2009 National Green Builders Product Expo Las VegasMay 28-29, 2009 AMCA 2009 Sound and Sound Testing Seminar AMCA International HeadquartersArlington Heights, Ill.June 1-3, 2009 National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) Conference & Expo ChicagoJune 8-11, 2009 AMCA International 54th Annual Meeting Fairmont TremblantMont Tremblant, Quebec, CanadaSeptember 10-12, 2009 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Greenbuild PhoenixNovember 11-13, 2009 Big 5 Expo Dubai, UAENovember 23-27, 2009 AHR Expo OrlandoJanuary 25-27, 2010 AMCA Spring Meetings Marriott Plaza, San AntonioFebruary 28-March 3, 2010 Mostra Convegno Expo Comfort (MCE) Milan, ItalyMarch 23-27, 2010 AMCA International's 55th Annual Meeting Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & ClubAventura, Fla.October 14-17, 2010 AHR Expo Mexico Mexico CityOctober 26-28, 2010.
View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition After spending hours trying to find actionable information on where $787 billion in stimulus funding is going to pay for building construction and renovation/retrofit projects that benefit engineering companies, I gave up. I became angry at what should be a transparent process of identifying projects so that engineers can make inquiries. I became suspicious: sporadic announcements on projects being funded are only trickling through various media, and some companies are hosting paid-attendance seminars on stimulus projects and funding.
United States Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) proposed legislation that would establish a Green Bank for energy efficiency projects.
Details about contracts awarded, and other industry news
Sidebar: Consulting-Speciyfing Engineer HVAC Technology Report
The C7660 dry-bulb temperature sensor from Honeywell ts to their buildings can save energy.
BREEAM, LEED, and Green Star draw up a unified approach for measuring buildings' environmental impacts.
Analyze energy performance and increase productivity with Autodesk's 2010 software portfolio, which includes Revit Architecture 2010 software, Revit Structure 2010 software, Revit MEP 2010 software, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software, and Navisworks 2010 software. The updated software portfolio will help engineers create and profit from digital design data and communicate more easily across project teams. The collection of software will simulate and analyze project performance, appearance, and cost, which will help create energy efficient buildings' infrastructure.
The Green Grid energy consortium releases a number of tools to increase data-center energy efficiency, including improved metrics, design program, and online education.
The deadline to register for either/both the LEED NC v2.2 (New Construction) and LEED CI v2.0 (Commercial Interiors) exams is March 31, 2009.
The company's Cool Control Plus program has received California's Flex Your Power Award for energy efficiency.
Looking to show the company's commitment to the environment, the sustainability-focused section provides detailed information on the company's water-efficient products.
Schneider Electric's Square D manufacturing facility receives Top Plant award from Plant Engineering magazine.
A new standard covering insulating concrete forms--gaining popularity as an energy-efficient building envelope--looks to deal with the range and quantity of available products.
View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition After Hurricane Katrina struck, the New Orleans Superdome sustained $193 million in damage. The hurricane tore off a part of the Superdome's roof, leaving the large ductwork, known as the “gladiator ring,” largely exposed. The sheet metal ductwork inside of the “gladiator ring” is a 10 x 10-ft area with a catwalk inside for accessibility.
The Traymaster Dearator from Cleaver-Brooks extends boiler and steam system life by preventing corrosion of boiler surfaces, steam supply piping, and condensate return lines. The unit removes oxygen and carbon dioxide to trace levels through a mechanical process. Capacities range from 30,000 to 500,000 lbs/hr. www.cleaver-brooks.com #2.
Under a new agreement, ClimateCraft will license Huntair's existing patents related to Fanwall's fan array products.
A Washington, D.C., church building is caught in the crossfire in a war between a congregation looking to move ahead and preservationists wanting to preserve the past.
Organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council report that the growth of the green building industry stands out in the dismal economy.
Microchannel heat exchangers produced by Danfoss enable the construction of system that can reduce refrigerant costs by up to 40%. The units are built out of aluminum, which is easily recyclable and is better suited to provide corrosion resistance than copper. A fin design with a short airway through the exchanger reduces airside pressure drop, cuts noise, and increases efficiency. www.danfoss.us #2.
Kohler Co's diesel engines are available in both air-, and liquid-cooled configurations. The air-cooled models range from 6.7 to 34.9 hp, while the liquid-cooled engines can output from 16.8 to 64.4 hp. All units are compliant to the latest EPA and CARB emission requirements.
The Virtual Energy Forum concluded on Dec. 11 with its second day of online workshops and presentations. Speaking at the conference was Bob Langert, vice president for corporate responsibility for McDonalds. Langert’s conversation with moderator Lou Canellis focused on “Adding business value through energy management and sustainability”.
The USGBC bestows its 2008 Leadership Award for Education on Alex Wilson of Boston-based BuildingGreen LLC.
A turbine design drawing on jet-engine technology reportedly could cut in half the cost of generating electricity from wind.
DOE will help increase efficiency of U.S. embassies and consulates across the globe.
The National Environmental Balancing Bureau chooses Stanley Fleischer and Leonard Maiani to serve on its Board of Directors for the 2009 term.
LEED 2009 passed member ballot and will be introduced in 2009. The update symbolizes the next major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings.
The National Resources Defenses Council and Edison Electric Institute urge officials to help utilities make energy efficiency a durable business proposition.
If you are experiencing problems with the survey to please use this alternate link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s/83872/fire-systems-design-detection-notification-suppression-and-egress Webcast: November 20, 2008Fire Systems Design: Detection, Notification, Suppression and EgressTest for 1 AIA-certified learning units (1 LU = 0.1 CEU = 1 PDH) Choose the one best answer for each of the 10 questions below. To pass the test, you must answer 8 questions correctly. You may take the exam as often as needed to pass the test, but correct answers will not be provided.
The financial giant has boosted its financing for LEED-certified buildings over the past several months.
Consulting Specifying Engineer is using new technology to convert its print edition into a digital format. The digital edition is an interactive format that will be delivered via the internet and can be read on your desktop or laptop computer. There is no software installation required and the download time is just seconds.
New hires, promotions, and information at MEP firms.
The 2009 AHR Expo--taking place Jan. 26-28 in Chicago--will tackle the latest technologies and trends affecting HVAC/R professionals.
The DOE and NREL have released the first technical support documents to show 50% energy savings in commercial retail buildings.
Every little bit counts” has become a mantra in the effort to maximize energy efficiency and reduce facility operating costs. Today, reducing electricity consumption is a priority with nearly everyone, from homeowners to Certified Energy Managers of large organizations. For operators of standby generators, a simple change to engine-preheating methods can add just such incremental savings ...
Use environmentally friendly R-410A HFC refrigerant in a range of sizes from 10 to 140 tons with the Ecosaire from Dectron. The LEED-qualifying conditioner meets NC-30 and NC-40 noise criteria. The conditioner's true glycol-cooled system uses cool outside air when temperatures fall below 60 F without using refrigeration compressors, hot-gas bypass valves, or increased fan motor horsepower.
An industry study finds that “bright” green structures help building owners garner significant ROI while helping the environment.
After the disbanding of the committee that developed the proposed standard for designing high-performance green buildings, the fate of the proposal hangs in the air.
According to a New York Times article, Google continues to look to the energy sector as a potential business opportunity. However, in recent weeks, Google’s CEO, Eric E. Schmidt, has displayed increased interest in the energy business.
The United Spinal Assn. is offering a free publication offering guidance on fire prevention and emergency response involving wheelchair-bound individuals.
Built from corrosion-resistant polypropylene materials that are fully recyclable, the Aquatherm Lilac from Aquatherm Inc. uses heat fusion connection to create seamless connections.
A company says 3-D nanoparticles boost the efficiency of water purification.
It’s not enough for new buildings to use green practices and materials in construction—they have to keep up the good work during building operations.
Proposed changes affect safety, refrigerant classification, energy efficiency, and other areas affecting commercial construction.
Test for 1 AIA-certified learning units (1 LU = 0.1 CEU = 1 PDH) Choose the one best answer for each of the 10 questions below. To pass the test, you must answer 8 questions correctly. You may take the exam as often as needed to pass the test, but correct answers will not be provided.
The Uptime Institute’s Green Enterprise IT awards salute IT programs that further the cause of ecologically minded systems management—inside the server room, and beyond.
The new facility will boast three layers of redundancy, with dual utility feeds, redundant UPS protection, and onsite generators.
The Florida Building Commission has decided to extend the 2007 Florida Building Code implementation date to Dec. 31, 2008.
IEEE and IEC leaders announce plans to improve cooperation between the two groups, with the ultimate goal of co-developing international standards.
Legislation will set the standard for newly constructed residential and commercial buildings within the city, as well as building renovations.
Transmission line access is emerging as a major roadblock to greater development of renewable energy resources, and legislators at the state and federal levels are considering new proposals to streamline approval processes.
A new resource aims to help HVAC managers, architects, building owners, and others sort through a wealth of LEED information to manage environmentally friendly and efficient buildings.
Greenbuild attendees can now reserve sessions and manage personal time through Greenbuild scheduler.
LEED 2009 is open for its second round of public comments. The comment period is open through Sept. 2, 2008.
Check out these exciting educational offerings at Greenbuild 2008 in Boston.
Commercial buildings that do not undergo a green retrofit will lose market leadership within 3 years, stated Deloitte’s “The Dollars and Sense of Green Retrofits” survey. The survey said that commercial buildings will lose market leadership by way of higher operating costs, lower productivity, declining attractiveness to workers, and negative brand image.
The requirement for commissioning as part of the LEED certification process has elevated the commissioning consultant to a key player in achieving certification.
Demand for oil fell in the first half of this year. How have Americans changed their consumption?
The QEM plenum fan from Greenheck features a 12-blade airfoil wheel that reduces energy consumption and sound levels. The unit has a compact footprint that requires less space for installation. The fan is available in both belt- and direct-drive configurations. Accessories include inlet guards, protective cages, and isolators.
Voice and data cabling from the communications room to the outlet can represent a sizeable investment to install or replace. It is worth taking the time to consider the choices of cabling, striking a balance between capital costs of installation and having an infrastructure that will not be obsolete in a few years.
The FS-B2510 dual serial port gateway includes two serial ports and one Ethernet port. The gateway can support both serial-to-serial as well as serial-to-Ethernet connections. Designed by FieldServer Technologies, the unit can increase the amount of data available to the network and provide greater energy savings.
Autodesk Inc., San Rafael, Calif., and Bentley Systems Inc., Exton, Pa., two providers of design and infrastructure software, have announced an agreement to expand interoperability between their portfolios of AEC software.
WSP Flack + Kurtz, New York, has announced a series of senior management transitions. David Cooper, PE, LEED AP, is the new president and CEO, replacing Randy Meyers, PE, LEED AP, who will return to his role as senior vice president in the San Francisco office. Previously the managing director of the New York office, Cooper will continue to lead the firm from that location.
Grease duct system codes will change dramatically in January 2009. These changes are far-reaching and affect architects, engineers, specifiers, and contractors. The changes, if not recognized and addressed from the beginning of a project, could cause widespread confusion and, in some instances, major redesign, delays, or additional costs.
In this report, the author determined that cost is the common metric for all high-performance building features and goals.
For this year’s Greenbuild in Boston, conference organizers will make wholesale changes that will create a smoother, more predictable, and richer experience.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy issued a funding opportunity announcement in June for up to $90 million over four years to advance the research, development, and demonstration of next-generation geothermal energy technology.
The U.S. Green Building Council recently released proposed versions of its LEED rating systems, collectively called LEED 2009. Use of the LEED system has grown tremendously, and is expected to accelerate as local and state government agencies pass resolutions requiring LEED certification for both public and private projects.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is the media partner for the annual BCA Convention and Expo in October.
The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time.
Ask the experts : Mission critical power Uptime is all the time and the greener the better. Energy efficiency and reliability are becoming requirements as energy costs have begun to drive equipment selection. What are the market conditions, codes, standards, and regulations driving uptime up and energy use down? How do you encourage your clients to be more green? Click here to post your question for the experts to answer.
The High Performance Building Council will unveil its final High Performance Building report to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Dept. of Energy during a luncheon briefing scheduled for June 18, 2008.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will be held in Boston, Nov. 19-21, 2008.
Free software suitable for all building types.
Several commercial buildings have outstanding fire code violations, resulting in the arrest of more than 100 people this month alone.
MSCA GreenStar promotes environmental leadership among MSCA STAR contractors
For the third consecutive year, the U.S. was home to the fastest-growing wind power market in the world, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
AIA released a study of three green building rating systems (Green Globes, SBTool 07, and LEED NC 2.2) and assessed their effectiveness in supporting the goals of the AIA sustainability position statement. In late 2007, the initial results were shared with the three groups whose systems were reviewed.
The Temp-A-Trim air density trim system from Webster Engineering can reduce fuel costs 3% by efficiently managing the fuel/air ratio in industrial and commercial burners. The system automatically varies burner fan speed to achieve a constant mass airflow and maintains optimal combustion efficiency in the burner, regardless of the air temperature.
Office Depot’s, Del Ray Beach, Fla., prototype design earned volume pre-certification under USGBC’s pilot program.
Report examines Green Globes, LEED NC 2.2, and SBTool 07 in relation to AIA position statement on green rating systems.
This white paper was originally presented at the 2008 National Conference on Building Commissioning.
The board awarded a 3-year contract of $39.4 million to Hatch Mott MacDonald for engineering, planning, and design work, and a contract for $41.5 million to Fentress Architects.
Proponents, advocates, designers, and owners of green or sustainable buildings describe building sizes, construction costs, and how beneficial they are—especially from an energy or emissions perspective.
When a fire occurs in a building, controlling smoke can mean the difference between life and death. A newly revised reference book addresses smoke management in the 2006 International Building Code (IBC).
Aggressive recycling and composting initiative will eliminate organic material being sent to landfills.
According to a recent Uptime Institute survey, 41.7% of respondents said that their data center would run out of power capacity in 12-24 months.
A study performed by the New Buildings Institute (NBI) found that, on average, LEED-NC buildings are delivering anticipated savings. LEED energy use is similar to predictions—25% to 30% better than the national average. Average savings increase for the higher LEED levels, with Gold/Platinum buildings approaching the interim goal of Architecture 2030. The study also demonstrates that there is a correlation between increasing levels of LEED certification and increased energy savings.
A quantitative analysis of the in-service reliability of the company’s flywheel UPS system vs. a double-conversion UPS system with batteries.
Green buildings demand higher rents and have higher occupancy rates, study says.
A dramatic utility rate increase and change in the utility rate structure will cause Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Cityfront Center utility bills to skyrocket from $2.4 million a year to an estimated $3.8 million a year.
The Building Commissioning Assn.’s Best Practices for Existing Building Commissioning is now available for public review.
The Dept. of Energy will make available $2.4 million to 12 cities selected as Solar America Cities to advance the Solar America Initiative. These cities were chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable infrastructure.
A guide from ASHRAE to assist those involved in the design, construction, commissioning, operation, implementation, and maintenance of datacom equipment centers.
Emerson Climate Technologies offers a downloadable white paper to raise awareness about state and federal energy regulations.
Create healthy, sustainable building interiors with Greenguard-certified ToughGard R-EP Duct Liner with Enhanced Surface from CertainTeed.
Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the largest commercial building in the world at 4.2 million sq. ft, signed the first Project Development Agreement in the United States under the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). Under this agreement, TAC, a division of Schneider Electric, will implement energy reduction initiatives as part of CCI’s global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing facilities.
The USGBC LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB: OM) rating system has passed member ballot and registration is now available.
Lake Tahoe Unified School District will emphasize a green component with a proposed Green Academy project.
Readers receive free exhibit and keynote admission to Ecobuild America and AEC-ST, May 19-22.
In an article by Christopher P. Hodges, he describes how sustainable facilities have arrived.
Based on results from commissioning efforts, construction site visits, and through a series of interviews with contractors and design firms, Target Corp. reviewed an alternate document layout.
Lexington Insurance Co. has introduced Upgrade to Green Commercial, an insurance plan that allows for the rebuilding of sites with green construction practices.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is seeking nominations for its Mentor of the Year Award. Lexington Insurance Co. has introduced Upgrade to Green Commercial. Also: upcoming events and conferences.
Harmonic mitigating transformers curb harmonic currents that K–factor transformers do not, reduce transformer heating caused by harmonics and improve upstream power quality.
Read last year’s most downloaded articles from AutomatedBuildings.com. Stories include: Certification for Designers and Installers, The Largest Enterprise Energy Management Deployment in North America, The Top 10 List For Successfully Integrating Building Systems, and Seven Habits of a Highly Profitable Controls Company.
The President committed to providing $2 billion over the next three years to this fund, which will increase and accelerate the deployment of all forms of cleaner, more efficient technologies to developing nations.
Ask the experts : Urban water conservation practices From no-water urinals and low-flush water closets to cooling towers and water heaters, saving energy in buildings requires planning and careful discussions with building owners. How do you work with your clients to encourage them to conserve? What hurdles must you overcome when specifying these products? Click here to post your question for the experts to answer.
CBI is an alliance of industry, academic, and government organizations, and aims to transform the commercial buildings sector into an industry that constructs zero-energy buildings for every type of use. Many industry leaders are scheduled to present at CBI’s free workshop.
The evaluation criteria used to select a chiller involve the owning costs and the operating costs. The owning costs include acquisition, installation, and replacement costs; salvage value; discount rate and financing method; and fixed or periodic costs such as insurance and property taxes. These costs are exclusive of costs associated with operating the chiller.
Air Movement and Control Assn. International Inc. (AMCA) Standard 260-07 “Laboratory Methods of Testing Induced Flow Fans for Rating” establishes a uniform method of laboratory testing for fans. The standard determines the aerodynamic performance in terms of inlet and outlet airflow rate, pressure developed, power consumption, air density, speed of rotation, and efficiency.
Remove odors and pollutants with the 2nd Generation MediaPAK Disposable Plastic Module from Purafil. The module now features a closure with tapered fits, which provide a quick-connect mechanical seal for a leak-free zone. Also featured is patent-pending Posi-Track technology, which offers an angled notch in the modules' frames to fit into a corresponding angled frame to create a positive seal.
A survey conducted by EcoAlign, a strategic marketing agency focused on energy and the environment, has found that many consumers don't understand terms such as energy conservation, smart energy, and clean energy.
We're flooded with all things green. How to decide what to read? Two articles bring the point home to MEP engineers.
USGBC’s carbon reduction webinar series starts Wednesday, Dec. 5.
How to balance IAQ and energy efficiency while earning LEED points.
The U.S. Green Building Council has launched www.Greenbuild365.org to transform green building education through global, online access.
A new caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives has formed to raise awareness of and promote the benefits of green schools and their ability to foster learning, protect students' and teachers' health, save school districts' money and reduce their impact on the environment.
Aldo Leopold Legacy Center receives highest sustainability award.
The Air Movement and Control Assn. Intl. recently revised publication 111-99, Laboratory Accreditation Program Manual. The latest revision to AMCA 111 allows a laboratory to be able to accredit their lab for testing in accordance with AMCA 260.
Sponsored by the California Energy Commission's PIER program, and in cooperation with the California Commissioning Collaborative, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is expanding the world's largest database of commissioning and retro-commissioning cost-benefit case studies.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the Trane CenTraVac to receive its Best-of-the-Best Award for Superior Environmental Performance of Centrifugal Chillers. This award honors winners of EPA's annual Stratospheric Protection Awards from 1990 to 2007.
Hoffman LLC, Appleton,Wis., received the Award of Merit at the Fourth Annual Wisconsin Sustainability & Energy Efficient Leadership Awards Conference for its design and construction of the Northland Pines High School in Eagle River, Wis.
The U.S. Green Building Council held the first public comment period on its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for High Performance Operations from Aug. 2 to Sept. 2, 2007, receiving over 650 comments during the first period. The second public comment period for this LEED rating system will be open for 14 days, from Monday, Sept. 24, to Monday, Oct. 8, 2007 (closing at midnight PDT).
The Montreal Protocol defines goals for each country to step up its green initiatives. Nearly 200 countries have pledged to phase out ozone-depleting compounds.
Commercial foodservice dishwashers and ice machines go green.
Experts from the World Bank and grocery retailer Supervalu will headline, sharing best practices for educating customers, end users about benefits of energy-efficiency technology.
The United States is expected to be home to an anticipated 49,000 MW of installed wind-power capacity by 2015, making it the world's largest wind-power producer, according to a recent report. Developers are expected to invest more than $65 billion between 2007 and 2015 in wind-power facilities, researchers say.
David Sellers, P.E., senior engineer with the Portland, Ore. office of Facility Dynamics Engineering, and CSE's “A Field Guide for Engineers” blogger, in a new series of postings, shares the results of a retrocommissioning project. “In the course of beginning a retrocommissioning process on a lab facility, I came across a bit of an anomaly and in the course of exploring it, di...
The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee of NECA and the IBEW announced last month the publication of what association officials describe as "a groundbreaking work ... the first comprehensive guide to the installation of commercial and residential solar energy systems.
Save Energy Now assessments focus on energy-intensive components and systems. To date, the assessments have resulted in annual energy savings of nearly $63 million, and planned projects are expected to yield another $263 million in annual energy savings.
In conjunction with the International Council of Shopping Center's Florida conference this week in Kissimmee, The D'Jamoos Group has announced they will pursue the Florida Green Building Coalition Green Development designation for São Grato, their $125-million 23-acre mixed-use Naples project.
David Sellers, P.E., senior engineer with the Portland, Ore. office of Facility Dynamics Engineering, and CSE's “A Field Guide for Engineers” blogger, has several valuable new postings. Sellers has rapidly followed up a seven-part series on damper tests with several posts, including the following: “Controlling the Environment Requires Understanding the Environment,” foc...
Performance increase is part of the organization´s Climate Change Agenda
Energy efficiency and sustainability are central topics at ASHRAE meetings. But with general public concern and awareness of these issues continuing to grow, it is the ASHRAE leadership's goal to be in the forefront on these topics. The topic dominated the ASHRAE annual meeting held in Long Beach, Calif.
In his presidential theme, "Greater Efficiency Today, Blue Skies Tomorrow," new ASHRAE President Kent Peterson, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, emphasizes innovation in the quest for sustainability in the built environment. Read the complete text of his presentation.
A unique facility that uses electricity from wind turbines to produce and store pure hydrogen, offering what may become an important new template for future energy production, was unveiled earlier this year. The project is a collaboration of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Steril-Aire Inc., Burbank, Calif., added two regional managers to its sales staff, Soler & Palau USA announces changes to its executive staff and more.
A recently issued report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Assn. of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) documents that the revenues of energy service companies (ESCOs) grew by 20% per year from 2004 to 2006 and totaled about $3.6 billion in 2006. According to the study, “A Survey of the U.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced its selections for the first round of Solar America Showcases (SAS). The Department selected three proposals for technical assistance during FY 2007.
A recent report from the California Energy Commission provides a state-based road map on increasing small-scale distributed generation, as well as larger combined-heat-and-power projects.
In order to increase the impact of the LEED Green Building Rating System on reducing building energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, USGBC is proposing that all LEED projects be required to achieve two "Optimize Energy Performance" points towards certification, and is now seeking member approval of the proposed change.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer is adding two more choices to its staple of eNewsletters covering industry news, business and management, and all the specific M/E/P disciplines. CSE Green Scene will offer updates on the latest in green building technology, applications, case studies, product releases, new literature announcements, commentary and events.
We've already described many of the useful tools and resources on the newly redesigned csemag.com website: organization into easily searched communities, the editor-in-chief's blog, intended as a forum for the entire M/E/P engineering community to express opinions and offer comments on any type of professional issue.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s FY08 budget should be increased by a minimum of $5.7 million to $542 million, says Terry E. Shoup, P.E., president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
"With all of the M/A activity the architecture and engineering industry has witnessed in the last few years, it's surprising how many misconceptions or myths persist among buyers and sellers," said Steve Gido, CFA, a principal with Natick, Mass.-based A/E consulting firm ZweigWhite . Gido specializes in merger and acquisition financial advisory services. ZweigWhite conducts an annual survey on mergers and acquisitions in the A/E industry, and was involved in a financial advisory capacity in 15 transactions in 2006. Gido offered the following list of myths—with an explanation of the realities—based on the firm's research and experience: Fast growing firms don't sell.
Turner Construction Company, New York, announced last month that construction costs are projected to increase in the first quarter of 2007. According to the Turner Building Cost Index, the first quarter 2007 index will show a 1.59% increase in construction costs over the fourth quarter 2006 index and an 8.49% increase over the first quarter 2006 index. This represents the smallest quarter-to-quarter percentage increase in the index since first quarter of 2004. According to Karl F.
Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) President Stephen R. Yurek has called on Congress to change federal tax policy to make it easier for building owners with older, inefficient heating and cooling equipment to upgrade to newer, more efficient products that employ the latest technology. In testimony submitted for the record for a Senate Subcommittee on Energy hearing on "Energy Efficiency Programs," Yurek requested that Congress enact legislation to modify the tax code to reduce the depreciation period for commercial HVAC/R equipment to 20 years as a meaningful way to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The current depreciation period is 39 years, which does not reflect the normal 15- to 20-year lifespan of this equipment. Yurek explained that reducing the depreciation period for HVAC/R systems provides an incentive for building owners to upgrade to more efficient equipment by allowing them to expense more of the cost of the system each year. Today’s chillers are 35% to 40% more efficient than those installed 20 years ago, Yurek claims, and this change in the depreciation period would have a significant environmental benefit by contributing to lower energy costs and reduced energy demand. The accelerated replacement of inefficient commercial cooling equipment would potentially save 137 trillion BTUs per year, enough to power 1.4 million American homes, Yurek said.
Portland, Ore., BoneyardNW is the creation of Metro, the directly elected regional government that serves more than 1.3 million residents in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties, and the 25 cities in the Portland, Ore., In the tradition of online marketplaces such as eBay and Craig’s List, BoneyardNW is a website that provides a place for the selling and buying of usable commercial construction materials that have been taken out of a building during renovation or demolition. Currently, many of those materials—including valuable items such as windows, doors, flooring and even soil—end up in the landfill. About 20% of all waste created in the Portland area is construction waste. The rise of green building in the Northwest has spurred a further interest in “deconstruction” and “salvage” as opposed to demolition and disposal of construction material.
RSMeans , Kingston, Mass., a business unit of Reed Construction Data, recently announced the availability of the second edition of its reference publication “Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating.” The book includes a major expansion of green building cost data, now in electronic format on a CostWorks CD. The publisher claims that this new edition has been updated to address the latest green building advancements, including design concepts, technologies, standards and rating systems, and costs. The CostWorks CD offers more than 300 new assemblies and 5,000 unit price line items, along with estimating tools such as Excel export, a keyword index, virtual notes and reference tables. It also localizes costs for more than 900 areas throughout the United States and Canada. “Finally, a thorough book on the process of building a green building,” says William Browning, a partner with Terrapin Bright Green LLC, senior fellow of the Rocky Mountain Institute and recipient of the 2004 U.S.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced this week that its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, is moving to Chicago for its 2007 show, which will be held on Nov. 7 to Nov.
Jerry Yudelson, author of “Marketing Green Buildings” and “Developing Green,” released his 2007 predictions for developments in the industry. He predicts: 1. The U.S.
Communication within architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms is as bad as it’s ever been, according to Newton, Mass.-based Morrissey Goodale LLC, a management consulting firm to the design and environmental industry. “Communication has always been a struggle for professionals in the A/E/C industry,” says Mark Goodale, a principal with the firm. “But due to heavy workloads and staffing shortages, we’re seeing what communication there was rapidly deteriorating at and between all levels within firms. The problem is impacting these companies in profound ways, especially in terms of quality of deliverables and morale.” Goodale urges companies to tackle the problem head-on and offers the following advice: Build trust.
A recently released market research study from McGraw-Hill, conducted in collaboration with U.S. Green Building Council, shows that education is the fastest-growing market in the sustainability sector. The findings are good news for the industry, given that education construction is the largest construction sector, by value, at $53 billion estimated spending for 2007, say the study’s authors. This first phase of the ongoing study also found the following: Fiscal advantages of green building, such as energy cost savings, are a major motivation behind green schools and universities. Improved health and well-being were found to be critical factors for driving education green building—factors that were not as highly rated for the overall construction marketplace in previous research. Higher first costs are the primary challenge to building green in this sector. This is consistent with other research into the commercial green building markets. The study also found a strong need for access to and information on green building products.
ASHRAE has introduced ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings to help teach designers how to participate effectively on design teams charged with producing green buildings. “This is a design guide for mechanical engineers who are interested in advancing integrated, high performance/green concepts and applications on building design projects,” said Malcolm Lewis, Ph.D., a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee on building environmental impacts and sustainability, which wrote the book. “The guidance will help building professionals analyze system design options and point them in the right direction for deeper analysis.” The book, an update to the 2003 version of ASHRAE GreenGuide, contains a new chapter outlining guidance on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Recognizing that the building sector is responsible for almost half of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, key leaders in this sector have banded together to confront the global-warming crisis. Last week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Architecture 2030 and about 20 other leaders attended a special meeting at the 2006 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a conference presented annually by the USGBC. “Eliminating the built environment’s negative contribution to climate change is not just a strategic priority, it’s our collective responsibility to generations to come,” explained Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of USGBC. “Science tells us we have 3,650 days to meet that goal, and urgent action is required.” During the meeting, the group reached a consensus on three critical issues facing the building sector as it works to bring energy consumption and GHG emissions in this sector under control: the need for a common goal, the definition of this goal and a baseline to measure progress against.
• Tucson, Ariz.-based Yudelson Assocs., a green building consulting firm, announced its blog for practitioners in the green building industry at www.greenbuildconsult.com. The blog allows for RSS feed. • Construction spending lost momentum in October, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.
Green thoughts Following the Greenbuild conference in Denver last month, CSE's Newswatch ran a story titled “Architects Predict Significant Increases in Sustainable Design, Singling Out the Importance of HVAC.” The story reported on the results of the 2006 Autodesk Green Index, which provides a measure of the adoption of sustainable design techniques by architects.
Trailer-mounted gensets meet EPA emissions standards and offer quiet operation. Units are designed for temporary power applications in sizes from 60 kW to 500 kW, and 150 kW and 230 kW models are certified to EPA Tier 3 standards. Customer interface allows quick voltage changes for flexibility and easier setup, with a minimum of 24-hour fuel capacity and 110% fluid containment.
Is American corporate profitability tied to the proactive use of Green ideas and Green Building principles? Yes, according to findings from a new study, “Green Perspective from Corporate America,” commissioned by Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based Siemens Building Technologies and Siemens USA. Among the study’s findings: Leading U.S. companies have begun to incorporate “green” practices into their strategic business planning and view it as an emerging and important component of profitable future growth. “This is the first time the leaders of corporate America have been polled on their opinions toward green and green building,” says Bob Dixon, vice president of global energy services and solutions for SBT.
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell—who was just re-elected on Tuesday—has announced that a new statewide partnership designed to advance environmentally friendly building technologies and construction will receive $2 million from the state to get off the ground. The Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership complements the state's drive toward energy independence by providing the construction industry with new resources and incentives to incorporate energy saving and efficient technology into its designs and buildings, Gov. Rendell said. "Pennsylvania has earned the reputation as a national leader in promoting green technologies and expanding alternative energy solutions," said Governor Rendell.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) analysts have identified two geographic areas facing critical electricity-transmission congestion problems, which could aid efforts to build new transmission lines in one of those areas. San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
No one looks forward to an encounter with an angry or difficult customer. Most of us can’t help but feel emotionally impacted by an upset customer. An ugly incident can ruin our entire day. Not only that, but there is usually some damage that can be done to the company by the angry customer.
Executives from Schneider Electric's North American Operating Division, headquartered in Palatine, Ill., shared their views recently on the hot markets of the near future. The occasion was “Initi@tive 2006: the Gateway to the New Electric World,” a conference and tradeshow attended by 1,400 Schneider dealers and customers and convened Sept. 28-30 in Orlando, Fla. Schneider officials claim to be in a good position to read the markets: “We're number one in the low-voltage market, number two in ultra-terminal (controls) and number two in medium-voltage,” boasted Dave Petratis, president and CEO of Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. In fact, the exhibit floor and educational sessions were designed to illustrate the applicability of the company's solutions in several specific industries, including water and wastewater treatment, distribution center automation, packaging, control panel building, automation systems and HVAC, among others. “We especially see key growth opportunities for 2007 in water, wastewater and HVAC,” said Andy Gravit, vice president for automation and controls.
When Hurricane Isabel hit Baltimore in 2003, the downtown was flooded, crippling the area's infrastructure and severely damaging many buildings. The Candler Building, a historic structure located just one street from the bay, was one of those victims. In fact, its basement was flooded with four and a half feet of water, resulting in a total loss of power. The building owner, HRPT Properties Trust, turned to RTKL's Applied Technology Group to get the building back online as quickly as possible.
A new second-generation high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cable system was unveiled this month in a $9 million project to deliver electric power to approximately 8,600 homes and businesses in suburban Columbus, Ohio. The HTS cable is designed to reduce the cost of superconducting systems and bring the technology a step closer to commercial viability. The system was developed by a partnership of Carrollton, Ga.-based Southwire Company, American Electric Power, American Superconductor and the U.S. Dept.
From CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE REPORT, August 24, 2006 Management succession planning is a critical part of any construction employer’s life cycle. Not only does it assure the employer’s survival, but it also gives employees and clients confidence that if something happens to the CEO (or any executive), the company will continue to succeed. Those construction employers who don’t invest in establishing the right management succession plan risk having their best people go somewhere else to build their careers. With the global economy continuing its downturn, baby-boomer leaders retiring in droves and the competitive environment, construction employers scramble to prepare the new generation of leaders to take over.
A new technical research group focusing on sustainable building guidance and metrics has been created by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The group will develop design guidance, performance metrics and rating systems to integrate indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency and other aspects of sustainable building performance. “If you ask a group of engineers to look at a facility, you’ll get a variety of opinions about how that building is performing in regard to energy efficiency, indoor air quality and comfort,” said Bryan R. Becker, Ph.D., P.E., a member of ASHRAE’s Technical Activities Committee, which oversees all ASHRAE technical committees. “Our goal is to develop metrics and rating systems that are repeatable, verifiable and that can be utilized globally.” Those interested in joining the new group can email MORTS@ASHRAE.net for further details. The group will work with other organizations to integrate HVAC&R systems with other building systems to enhance the effectiveness of total building design and integrated practice.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. announced that it welcomes a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule implementing incentive-based transmission rate provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Issued in late July, the rule would allow increased rates of return for projects intended to increase transmission reliability or reduce congestion costs. According to NEMA President Evan Gaddis, the rule “will ultimately strengthen our electrical infrastructure, help the country keep up with growing demand for power and prevent disruptions in electrical service.” The rule states that Congress clearly intended rate incentives for more transmission investment.
In response to member and market demand, ASHRAE is exploring a certification program that will focus on areas of the building environment such as commissioning, health-care facility engineering, building operation and sustainability. The Society is pursuing partnerships with other HVAC&R-related organizations. “By offering certification, ASHRAE will make our members more valuable to the industry,” Terry Townsend, P.E., ASHRAE president, said. “Certification from ASHRAE will add professional credibility to their work, as well providing educational resources to better enable them in designing and operating buildings that are more efficient.” A market research survey conducted by the organization last year showed a strong interest by members in providing certification.
Officials of the ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that they have formed a strategic partnership, aligning the highly acclaimed high school mentoring program focusing on the A/E/C industry with the largest national consensus working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The partnership provides the opportunity for USGBC members to participate in its program as potential mentors. “This is a terrific opportunity for ACE whose program relies on mentors, professionals from leading design and construction firms, who are passionate about what they do and want to share their experiences with high school students,” said Pamela Mullender, executive director of the program.“This partnership opens the door for additional mentors to get involved in their communities and a way to introduce the next generation of architects, contractors and engineers to the enormous opportunity to effect change in the way buildings are designed, built and maintained.” “Students are the future of the green building movement,” said Chris Smith, chief officer of operations for USGBC.“USGBC’s members--who are some of the industry’s most experienced and dedicated visionaries--are very excited about this opportunity to teach and inspire the next generation of green builders.”.
To streamline its standards development process, ASHRAE is now publishing supplements containing all recent addenda to code-intended standards. These supplements combine into one all of the addenda that have been approved for each standard since their last publication in 2004. “This makes the effort to keep up with our documents much easier for all users,” explained Richard Hermans, P.E., chair of ASHRAE’s Standards Committee. “We intend to continue to publish our standards on a predictable schedule so there never is any doubt about their contents." In the past, addenda for code-intended standards on continuous maintenance were posted individually on the associations website after being approved by its board of directors for publication.
There's no doubt about it—A/E and environmental firms do waste money on useless research. Finding out, for example, how large the land development market is nationally, when you have a need to create work for only four people in your Little Rock office, might qualify. That said, research projects can be worth doing, and the right research can cause you to change your business entirely. In a recent editorial in The Zweig Letter , Mark Zweig, A/E management guru and founder of ZweigWhite, offered some examples of research that firms can actually use: 1.
Global Green USA , a national environmental organization headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., is inviting architects, urban planners, designers, ecologists and students to put forward a creative yet practical vision of sustainable design for New Orleans. Designs will combine multiple goals of reduced energy use, healthier indoor air quality and affordability while serving as a catalyst for the green rebuilding of New Orleans. The jury is anchored by leading names in the architectural design and planning community—Thom Mayne, William Morrish, Walter Hood—New Orleans community leaders and others who are passionate about green building and intelligent architecture. Other jury members will be announced soon.
Electric transmission capacity continues to be a problem in several areas of the United States as summer's peak-demand period approaches. Though several large-scale projects are getting underway, transmission operators still are fighting for community and regulator approval for new power-line construction in many regions. Transmission capacity to Michigan's Upper Peninsula will more than double—to 500 MW from the current 220 MW—by 2010, according to developers of the $641 million "Northern Umbrella" plan, undertaken by Waukesha, Wis.-based American Transmission Company (ATC). The plan will boost the ability to carry electricity into the region from Wisconsin and help secure connections to the more than 30 small and large power plants within the network. Currently under construction, the project has faced significant opposition.
Toms River, N.J. , will be the site of the first tires-to-ethanol plant , scheduled to go online in 2007, according to facility developers. The plant will bring together two technologies—one that produces a gas product called "plasma converted gas," and a second that converts that gas into commercial-grade ethanol for resale. The $84 million facility will be financed by bonds issued by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority .
According to an online survey recently conducted by the AHR Expo, HVAC/R professionals are most interested in learning more about improving energy efficiency, building automation and green building technology. More than 800 responses from around the world were solicited from 2006 AHR Expo show attendees and analyzed to gauge the pulse of the industry and to help plan 2007 Show offerings. The topics that the survey respondents reported as most important to address at the 2007 show include the following in order of interest: • Energy Efficiency, Energy Savings and Energy Recovery • Building Controls, Automation and Integration • GreenBuilding Issues and Green Technology • Indoor Air Quality • Solar and other alternative energy sources such as geo-thermal and wood-burning "Given the high cost of fuel and the ongoing desire for more healthy living environments, there is a critical need to learn more about the products, technologies and trends that can help achieve greater energy efficiency," said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, producer and manager of the AHR Expo. "These surveys help us plan ways to better meet our exhibitor and attendees' needs." In response to industry feedback, AHR Expo has introduced several new features and enhancements to its show over the years, ranging from specially focused educational sessions to dedicated pavilions.
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We covered some of the reasons for installing power-factor capacitors, along with some of the harmonics issues that can arise in such projects, in the first installment of this two-part article. Here we cover strategies for identifying and addressing potential problems. Engineers need to consider an electrical system's harmonic content when using power-factor correction capacitors. These devices won't produce harmonics, but they can magnify existing harmonics under certain conditions.
Use of ASHRAE’s new ventilation rate procedure in the International Mechanical Code (IMC) would reduce first costs and energy costs, argue ASHRAE officials, who have proposed that the ventilation rate calculation procedures from ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, be adopted into the IMC, which is published by the International Code Council. The code establishes minimum regulations for mechanical systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. The current ventilation criteria in the IMC are based on ASHRAE Standard 62-1989. But research and information on indoor air quality and ventilation have evolved rapidly.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers announced in March that a new strategic plan has been adopted by the organization to help move ASHRAE toward fulfilling its vision of a better future. “The new plan charts an exciting course for ASHRAE,” Changing technologies, rising energy prices and increased focus on sustainability have challenged ASHRAE to stay at the cutting edge of the field, according to Burgett. At the same time, competition has increased and ASHRAE must focus its efforts to ensure that its products and services are timely, relevant and appropriately positioned to serve the changing marketplace. The strategic plan will help the Society achieve this, he noted. “The Board of Directors has planned a course for ASHRAE’s future,” Kent Peterson, chair of the Planning Committee, which lead development of the process.
USGBC's website has recently been revamped with a series of enhancements including a searchable workshop calendar, the ability to manage email subscriptions online and access to LEED-Online for Commercial Interiors and Operations of Existing Buildings projects. Visit www.usgbc.org for more. In other green news, ASHRAE is currently studying whether to renovate its headquarters in Atlanta as a sustainable building and has created a webpage, www.ashrae.org/building , so members and others can follow the progress of the project. Pipe-joining company Victaulic also announced a new web page, www.compressedschedule.com , which offers information, tips and solutions for engineers, contractors and other professionals dealing with compressed schedule projects. XML web services company Gridlogix, Inc.'s EnNET solution has been chosen as the integration vehicle for an enterprise-wide integrated network for The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (see "Carolina Connectivity," CSE 1/06, p. 44, for more on UNC's BAS).
• KTA Group, Inc. has opened an additional office in Winston-Salem, N.C. This is the Herndon, Va.-based M/E/P firm’s fourth expansion in two years. • L ON M ARK International recently announced the appointment of Ron Bernstein to the role of executive director.
Michael Sullivan, general president of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Assn., presented a grant of $180,000 earlier this month to Mike Owens, president of CSI for the Construction Taxonomy Project, initiating a formidable partnership between the NationalCenter for Energy Management and Building Technologies (NCEMBT) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The collaboration between CSI and the NCMEBT will result in standards for terminology that will be commonly used throughout the entire life cycle of the built environment in North America, in project delivery, operations and management. The Construction Taxonomy Project will establish a standard lexicon of terms used in the construction industry with the ultimate goal being the creation of a consensus standard for American English construction terminology. “Mike Owens and I have a similar vision--that in order for this country’s construction industry to remain the greatest provider of quality construction, our respective organizations must become conduits to facilitate a more efficient and productive construction process,” “CSI has been able to identify obstacles in the process that created a less efficient construction industry. The NationalCenter, with its mission to support research, participate in standard setting, advance technical training and professional education is a natural partner.” The facilitation of standard terminology will assist the industry in the complex process of coordinating documents and facilitating the transmittal of information required in construction activity.
Autodesk has announced its annual upgrades to CAD products for the building industry, including Autodesk Building System, Architectural Desktop and Revit. One new feature of particular note is greater interoperability between ABS and Revit. For more information, click here .
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• Howard R. Green Company has appointed Dawn Horner group leader of the water business unit in its St. Paul office.
The variability of wind-turbine output can raise problems for the interconnections between wind farms and electricity grids, and standards have been lacking to address these designs. However, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a ruling in December establishing new interconnection standards for large generators with capacities of 20 MW and above. And new equipment now being tested could help address special considerations that exist when wind resources constitute an especially high proportion of a grid’s overall load. The new FERC standard—Order No.
When: May 31, 2006Time: 1:00 p.m. (CDT) Register Now. Earn valuable Take Exam .Loss of servers from overheated computer rooms is a critical issue for mission-critical operations.The next installment in Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s Educational Webcast Series specifically addresses Panelists include: Steve Spinazzola , P.E.
A good guide for buying imports from Canada these days is to look for products with four-letter acronyms; comedy fans can't go wrong with boxed sets of the '80s television classic SCTV, finally available for U.S. consumption. But fans of intelligent buildings should be aware of another four-letter import: CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Assn.), as this Ottawa-based group has a number of initiatives that are helping the cause of smart buildings north and south of the border. During ASHRAE's annual winter meeting in Chicago last month, the group, which does include some U.S.
With the rise in oil prices appearing to be permanent, and continued concern over global warming, why do we still have problems getting more photovoltaics into our building projects? Currently, PV systems are used in less than 20% of all LEED-certified projects. Typically, the answer is "It costs too much." Current numbers show little economic justification for PV as an "add-on" energy supply for public projects, at least those that do not receive any tax benefits or for private projects in areas with no utility credits or low peak-period power rates. That said, perhaps the next step in making PV successful comes down to adding some "sizzle" to the steak.
American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, Mass., and China's Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEE) announced recently that IEE has successfully demonstrated a superconductor-based fault current limiter—essentially a high voltage surge protector—for the first time in a power grid in China.The device was fabricated by IEE in collaboration with the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry and Hunan Electric Power Company utilizing "smart" high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire manufactured by AMSC. Since August 2005, IEE's fault current limiter device has successfully suppressed large spikes of current in the grid that were over five times the normal levels.Superconductor wires are considered smart because they possess unique physical properties that allow them to react instantaneously to current surges, passing electricity along at normal levels while also being able to recognize and then suppress large surges of electrical current.Suppressing spikes of electrical current is important because it prevents damage to expensive electrical equipment in power grids. Fault current limiters cannot be made from conventional materials such as copper wire. According to Dr. Liye Xiao, Deputy Director of the IEE and Director of the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory at the ChineseAcademy of Science, this project is an important step in demonstrating the value of these devices in greatly improving the reliability and stability of power grids in China."Demand for electric power in China continues to grow dramatically year-over-year," said Dr.
How much do you really know about power factor and PF correction. Did you know that the electrical power a facility receives is made up of two components: real power and reactive power? In order to answer this questions and much more about power factor, Plant Engineering magazine will be hosting a webcast on Feb. 23, 2006 at 1 pm.
• The RJA Group, Inc., parent company of Rolf Jensen & Associates and Sako & Associates, last month selected George Miller , former National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) President and CEO, to be the company’s Chairman of the Board. • Boxing champion George Foreman presented AARP's top award to Stanley Consultants , Muscatine, Iowa, President and CEO Gregs Thomopulos recently at AARP’s awards reception and dinner at Chicago’s Drake Hotel, where Stanley Consultants was honored as the country's Best Employer for Workers Over 50. • Jerrold M. Dinkels, P.E. , has joined STV, Inc.
The Commercial Building Tax Deduction section of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed in August, established a new deduction for expenses incurred for energy-efficient commercial building property. The provision is effective for property placed in service from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007. Commercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition has set up a website at www.efficientbuildings.org to provide information and guidance on how the new tax incentive works. In addition to educating the community about the commercial building tax deduction provision, the main objectives of the website are to promote the provision’s proper implementation and use, and keep the community informed about the activities of the coalition.
According to a new study by i&i - Proplan Limited, a European research consultant specializing in intelligent buildings, the North American market for environmental control systems in buildings reached $3.2 billion in 2004, returning to growth after a three-year decline. Demand is forecasted to continue growing over the next three years on the back of strong activity in the construction of new buildings, participation in a rapidly growing market for IT convergence and rising energy prices. A fourth factor, according to the study, is increased demand for sustainable buildings. At the same time, the study noted the full potential of this market is simply not being realized and that the penetration of advanced controls should be much larger than it is today, when it is considerably greater in Europe. Besides a push for better IAQ and energy efficiency, convergence with IT networks enabled by web services and XML will also drive the need for more advanced control systems. The study noted that over the last two years in North America, there has been a significant move to converge building controls with IT networks and that business is moving away from a foundation solely built upon controls, to one committed to delivering information and services to improve the value and performance of their clients' buildings. The report estimates that by 2010 approximately $1.7 billion of environmental control system sales will be fully IP-based, which would account for 40% of all buildings control systems. For further information and a synopsis of the study, contact Allan McHale .
In a crowded Sands Convention Center—cohabited by the Cowboy Christmas Show—Detroit Diesel appeared to be the hands-down winner of the biggest generator on the Power-Gen floor with an impressive 2,800-kW unit. Not to be outdone, but keeping it under wraps until the end of day two, Waukesha Engine unveiled a 3,000-kW natural gas unit during a news conference. But the real buzz of the show was how to get to the lower emissions the EPA is now requiring of genset manufacturers. Regarding that last subject, Caterpillar debuted its ACERT line.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. has published “TP 2-2005, Standard Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Distribution Transformers.” The document provides a standardized method for measurement of distribution transformer loss to achieve energy efficiency levels outlined in NEMA publication “TP 1, Guide for Determining Energy Efficiency for Distribution Transformers.” For the complete story from CSE’s sister publication, Plant Engineering, click here .
Critics can point to any number of reasons why litigation is not the ideal means of dispute resolution: the expense of complying with formal procedures of pleading and discovery; the arbitrariness and unpredictability of juries; and many other points long associated with civil litigation. There are, however, other options. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provides an alternative to litigating a dispute in a courtroom. There are several choices that come under the ADR heading, but the most prevalent are arbitration and mediation . ADR is looked at as a confidential and efficient way to resolve disputes.
Several members of the AEC community joined together at the recent Greenbuild conference in Atlanta to brainstorm on what the building design and construction industry can do to provide some answers in the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. Scholarships were also arranged for 30 Gulf Coast community leaders to come and be part of the proceedings.
A reflection of how the industry is changing, large M/E/P firms like Detroit's SmithGroup are now bringing on board "Green Gurus." One such thought leader is Russell Perry, AIA, LEED AP, who was hired by the firm just last month to coordinate its sustainable initiatives. Perry noted that building green awareness at a firm often progresses one person at a time.
Daikin Industries, a leading Japanese manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial air-conditioning systems with major markets worldwide is planning to ramp up its North American marketing effort. Last week marked the grand opening of the company’s new Daikin AC (Americas) headquarters in Carrollton, Texas. In their opening remarks at the ceremony, Daikin officials said that they hoped to reach US $7 billion in sales this year with the opening of U.S. markets.
Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., announced last week that it is teaming with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a series of enhancements to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system documentation and certification process. Harnessing Adobe LiveCycle server software, Adobe Acrobat desktop software and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), USGBC is significantly streamlining critical forms-based processes for its members and LEED users. As a result, USGBC expects to dramatically reduce the overall cost of LEED certification for project teams and accelerate the industry's ability to adopt green building practices. We're excited about working with Adobe to take the LEED process to the next level,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC president, CEO and founding chair.
• R. Stephen Spinazzola, P.E. , a vice president and director of engineering with RTKL Assocs., Inc.
Building owners or developers pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification must evaluate several things relating to energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, related materials and resource selection. But the question the consulting engineer must ask is: Are you focusing on all the right things in seeking LEED-oriented benefits of cost efficiencies, productivity, occupant well-being and property values? In addition to the obvious strategies, such as upgrading to Energy Star-qualified appliances and low-flow toilets, there may be some not-so-obvious ways to achieve LEED prerequisites and credits. One option is to take a closer look at ASHRAE 52.1 and 52.2, which characterize air filtration efficiency.
Predicting a building's energy-saving potential early in the design process can be tricky. While software exists to make such evaluations, it's an expensive, labor-intensive process to prepare the input to accurately represent the building and it's efficiency features—a process that is often put off until it's too late to take full advantage of viable economical options for increasing energy efficiency. The Green Building Studio (GBS) is hoping to change this pattern. The free web-based service, funded by the California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program and the California Utilities, lets designers integrate whole-building energy analysis into the early stages of the design process. Engineers and architects can communicate a building's geometry to GBS via their CAD systems, and GBS conducts an energy analysis.
Everyone has an opinion about scalding from sink, shower and bathtub fixtures. While opinions vary as to how to best mitigate the risk of scalding, in the end the object of the game is to effect change—to stabilize temperatures—as quickly as possible following a pressure disturbance. The potential for scalding accidents will only intensify as the baby-boom generation ages, because scalding incidents affect the elderly as much or more than any other age group. So, finding the requisite safeguards is critical.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has launched a new campaign emphasizing “the engineering engine that drives sustainability.” As part a stronger focus on green buildings, ASHRAE has introduced a new logo and theme—Engineering for Sustainability—and a new website, www.engineeringforsustainability.org . These will be used to identify ASHRAE products and services related to sustainability. “ASHRAE has long provided‘engineering for sustainability’ by applying its diverse technology assets to the sustainability movement in energy efficiency, indoor environment and industrial processes,” said Ron Jarnagin, chair of a committee developing a roadmap for sustainability for ASHRAE. “With growing focus in the industry on the green movement, we need to emphasize that ASHRAE is the engineering engine that drives sustainability.” Jarnagin noted that ASHRAE’s recent efforts include publishing and working on the Advanced Energy Design Guide series, Standard 90.1, which containsa section guiding designers on how to meet requirements for building rating programs, and the ASHRAE GreenGuide, all part of an ASRHAE green “toolkit.” Sustainability also is addressed through other standards and special publications, ASHRAE Journal articles, ASHRAE Learning Institute courses and in the ASHRAE Handbook. Opportunities for involvement in shaping ASHRAE’s sustainability future include technical committees and local chapters.
The National Building Controls Information Program (NBCIP) has released a report supplement on the performance of relative humidity transmitters. Product Testing Report Supplement: Duct-Mounted Relative Humidity Transmitters was developed with funding from NBCIP sponsors and is available free of charge on the NBCIP Web site at www.buildingcontrols.org . The report is a supplement to Product Testing Report: Duct-Mounted Relative Humidity Transmitters that was published by NBCIP in April 2004.assess the long-term performance of relative humidity transmitters that have been exposed to a broad range of environmental conditions over an extended period of time. The stress tests were designed to subject the relative humidity transmitters to extreme conditions and, in so doing, evaluate therobustness of the transmitters. Finally, the response time test was designed to evaluate the response of the transmitters to a step change in relative humidity and is an important consideration when, for instance, the relative humidity measurement is used in the active control of a humidification process. NBCIP is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NSTAR Electric and Gas Corporation, the California Energy Commission and the Iowa Energy Center.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy has awarded a $7.6 million grant to Waukesha Engine, Waukesha, Wis., a business unit of Dallas-based Dresser, for a product development effort that will improve engine efficiency and further reduce emissions levels.
A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) should be welcome reinforcement in the battle to convince clients of the benefits of building commissioning. The study brings together and standardizes commissioning data from 224 commercial buildings—concluding that commissioning can indeed save costs on a wide range of new and existing building types. Among other findings, the U.S. Dept of Energy-funded study found that commissioning existing buildings achieved a median energy cost savings of 15%, with payback periods of 0.7 years. The median payback time for new buildings was 4.8 years, and when non-energy impacts were factored in, those payback periods were considerably reduced, often to zero. The study suggests that commissioning of commercial buildings could save the nation over $18 billion a year in energy costs alone. For the complete study, click here .
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced on Aug. 9 that it has filed an application with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to become an ANSI-accredited national standards developer for standards related to green building practices. “Since its beginnings more than a decade ago, USGBC has used a consensus process to develop the LEED Green Building Rating System,” commented USGBC president, CEO and founding chairman Rick Fedrizzi.
2005 Arc Awards Official Application Form Deadline for Nominations: October 3, 2005 All fields are required. NAME/TITLE OF SUBMITTER COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION STREET/MAILING ADDRESS CITY STATE PHONE FAX EMAIL NAME OF BUILDING PROJECT LOCATION (CITY/STATE) INDICATE WHICH CATEGORY (Project of the Year OR one of the systems categories) YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR SUBMISSION TO BE CONSIDERED: (NOTE: EACH SEPARATE ENTRY MUST HAVE ITS OWN APPLICATION FORM AND ENTRY FEE) I WOULD LIKE THIS ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE PROJECT OF THE YEAR CATEGORY I WOULD LIKE THIS ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE ONE OF THE INDIVIDUAL SYSTEM CATEGORIES THIS PROJECT INVOLVES (CHECK ONLY ONE) NEW CONSTRUCTION RETROFIT PROJECT START AND FINISH DATES THE PROJECT'S TOTAL DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION COST DESIGN COST FOR THE MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS GROSS SQUARE FOOTAGE SQUARE FOOTAGE OF USABLE SPACE PRINCIPLE MEMBERS OF THE DESIGN/SPECIFICATION TEAM (if applicable) LEAD MECHANICAL ENGINEER NAME PHONE LEAD PLUMBING ENGINEER NAME PHONE LEAD ELECTRICAL ENGINEER NAME PHONE LEAD FIRE/LIFE SAFETY ENGINEER NAME PHONE OTHER KEY MEMBERS OF THE DESIGN TEAM NAME/TITLE PHONE NAME/TITLE PHONE Any questions regarding the ARC Award program’s entry requirements and/or judging criteria can be directed to Jim Crockett, Chief Editor, at 630.288.8150, email@example.com .Submit your entry in a three-ring binder in which the Official Application Form appears as the first age in the three-ring binder. Each entry must include the following materials:1. A completed Application Form 2.
In this year’s CSE Giants survey, one of the questions we asked participants is what sorts of “additional” services—beyond traditional M/E/P work—they’ve pondered or have already put to use. Sustainability and design-build services were two common answers. Sustainability sustains Over the past few years, a certain acronym has steadily become more prevalent in CSE articles—so prevalent, in fact, that it may someday become assumed: LEED. So it was no surprise that when asked about expanded offerings beyond traditional M/E/P work, more than 20% of our Giants respondents mentioned LEED or sustainable design. Bala Consulting Engineers, Inc., King of Prussia, Penn., notes that the topic of sustainability is starting to come up more often in discussions with clients, as many owners are looking to gain LEED status.
The new 2005 National Electrical Code (NEC) has been out and in circulation and is close to being adopted in the Northwest. Based on conversations with local code officials in the Seattle area, it is my understanding that the 2002 NEC will no longer be utilized and the 2005 NEC will take effect around September. There are some changes brewing in the 2005 NEC that could significantly transform the way emergency distribution systems are designed and built in the near future, and I think it is important to look at these changes, as well as some new definitions. NEC 100 Definitions: Coordination (Selective) - Localization of an overcurrent condition to restrict outages to the circuit or equipment affected, accomplished by the choice of overcurrent protective devices and their ratings and settings. NEC 700.27: Coordination - Emergency system(s) overcurrent devices shall be selectively coordinated with all supply side overcurrent protective devices. NEC 701.18: Coordination - Legally required standby system(s) overcurrent devices shall be selectively coordinated with all supply side overcurrent protective devices. NEC 517.26: Application of Other Articles - The essential electrical system shall meet the requirements of Article 700, except as amended by Article 517. For clarity it is important to include the NEC definition (Section 100) of overcurrent and the fine print notes defining "Emergency Systems and Legally Required Standby Loads" in Sections 700 and 701 below: Overcurrent: Any current in excess of the rated current of the equipment or ampacity of the conductor.
The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council’s (SBIC) Ecobuild America Conference and Exhibit, held in conjunction with twelve co-located events, made its debut in late June in Orlando, Fla. More than one hundred educational sessions including in-depth workshops, hands-on tutorials, panels and plenary speeches provided attendees with a rich and highly interactive program. “There were almost too many things to do,” said Deane Evans, FAIA, director of the NJITCenter for Architecture and Building Science Research and this year’s vice chair of SBIC. “The quality of the programs was outstanding and the speakers were refreshingly new.
Parties to a construction project—owner, contractor and design professionals—face significant potential risk. For this reason, during contract formation and negotiation, there should be candid discussion on the fair allocation and management of project risks—with risk generally allocated to those in the best position to control it.
Sierra Waterless Urinal by Waterless No-flush waterless urinals are being given serious consideration by specifiers these days, especially with the continuing growth and popularity of the sustainable design movement. What distinguishes this new model is a full ceramic-glazed interior 2-in. drain line.
Although an M/E firm may be doing well here in the U.S., success in the domestic market doesn’t necessarily translate overseas, say some engineers. At the same time, by understanding a number of key principles, designers can learn how to effectively bring their consulting services overseas. “You’ve got to know your territory. You cannot export management, rules and regulations, and impose that on a country,” cautions Michal Gilzenrat, vice president, international operations, Lockwood Greene, Atlanta. Similarly, Randolph W.
Net metering, the practice of crediting utility customers for excess electricity they generate locally and feed back to the larger grid, is gaining greater attention, and regulators and legislators in both Michigan and Washington State are defining efforts to support the practice.
• ACG Identification Technologies GmbH, Walluf, Germany, a component and technology supplier in the RFID and smart card markets, announced that it has received official MIFARE certification for its new HF Dual ISO RFID Read/Write Reader from the independent MIFARE certification institute Arsenal Research, Vienna, Austria. • Danfoss Turbocor, Montreal, Canada, has given its support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ’s “Responsible Use,” which is outlined in the EPA brochure “Building Owners: Save Money, Save the Earth.” It encourages manufacturers, owners and system designers to invest in those technologies that provide the highest efficiency and lowest emissions on a sustainable basis and where performance can be documented on an on-going basis. • Dranetz-BMI, Edison, N.J., has been notified today by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) that the agency had approved three additional product families for sale under contract GS-24F-1129B: PowerXplorer PX5, PowerXplorer PX5-400 and PowerGuide 4400. • KMC Controls, New Paris, Ind., has been informed by the BACnet Testing Laboratory (BTL) that all of its current BACnet advanced-application controllers have become BTL Listed products.
Schneider Electric has acquired Canadian-based Power Measurement, Inc. Power Measurement is a leading designer, manufacturer and provider of enterprise energy management systems for energy suppliers, service providers and energy consumers, and helps these customers optimize the delivery, measurement and consumption of electricity and electrically powered equipment and systems. The transaction will significantly expand Schneider Electric's capabilities in the growing power monitoring and energy efficiency fields. Since its founding in 1983, Power Measurement has developed a solid reputation as a pioneer in energy technology, winning numerous awards including the Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation and a Red Herring Top 100 Innovator award in 2004.
A U.S. Dept. of Energy green building database has reached a milestone. The High-Performance Buildings Case Studies database, developed and maintained by BuildingGreen, Inc.
The March 2005 issue of the SullivanKreiss “It's understandable when a recruit gets cold feet in the latter stages of the process,” says Roy. “After all, changing jobs does carry risk, particularly if it means moving to another part of the country. Sometimes a recruit decides that while the new position is enticing, the risk that it might not turn out to be what's promised or that moving away from friends, family and a familiar lifestyle is too great.” Consequently, Roy argues, that's why closing well is so important.
Pluses of UVC emitters: • Easy to install, maintain and operate. • Stop mold growth on coils and eliminates the spread of mold spores and mycotoxins in the occupied space by the air-handling system. • Clean coils by constantly killing mold; manual cleaning or chemical processing is only a temporary solution to mold growth on coils. • Does not produce ozone, and eliminates the need to use coil cleaning chemicals, which are released into the airstream. • Improves airflow, reducing energy costs via reduced fan energy. • Cleans coils so that they perform better, resulting in energy savings. • Coil cleaning is substantially reduced or eliminated saving labor and chemical costs. • Occupant health may improve resulting in less sick time and increased productivity. Minuses of UVC emitters: • There are many anecdotal stories supporting the use of UVC in mold prevention, but scientific cause and affect data has not been made available yet. • UVC users may not replace lamps at end-of-life resulting in loss of protection. • UVC emitters are not required by code or law.
Dallas played host once again to BuilConn last month, a show geared toward the proliferation of intelligent, interoperable buildings. Last year, one of the main questions was what role M/E/P engineers should play in guiding the overall building-automation process. In talking to Paul Ehrlich, president of the Building Intelligence Group and a program manager with Clasma, Inc.
Last month we looked at the financial benefits of commissioning for building owners. These were in two main areas: by virtue of lower change orders during construction and the payback in operating costs during the buildings life cycle. This month, let’s examine other benefits of commissioning for building owners and for contractors and subcontractor members of the project team. Because of the increasing sophistication and interfacing of individual systems in modern buildings, when a building reaches permanent operation, there may be situations that will occur that require multiple building systems to interact. But an owner or operator may not know whether these interface properly or not until an emergency or unusual operating situation arises. Perhaps there is a power failure, a fairly common, and unfortunately, more frequent, occurrence over the last few years.
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a regular monthly column that covers significant new issues raised by the 2005 Edition of the National Electrical Code. Over the past two code cycles, Article 250 of the 2005 NEC was extensively revised to make it better organized and easier to implement. Article 250 further clarifies the requirements for an electrical distribution system grounding system, including: requirements for providing paths to divert high voltage to the earth; requirements for the low-impedance fault current path to facilitate the operation of overcurrent protection devices; and how to remove dangerous voltage potentials between conductive parts of building components and electrical systems.
Two years after being assigned to determine whether there was a reasonable case to establish LEED credits for excluding PVC and vinyl products, the U.S. Green Build Council's (USGBC) PVC Task Group concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to support the idea that PVC is "consistently worse than alternative materials on a life-cycle, environmental and health basis.
Does this sound familiar? A circuit board mysteriously fails on a production line. The maintenance staff troubleshoots the problem, and then, what seems like forever, waits while the computer searches the network to locate the part. Finally, the part is replaced and the production line is reset, but the cause of the board failure may never be known, and the productivity loss is significant and ...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer ( CSE ) has partnered with NXTbooks to convert its print edition into a digital format. The digital edition is an interactive format that will be delivered via the Internet and can be read on your desktop or laptop computers. There is no software installation required and the download time is just seconds.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program is offering a database with sustainable information on government facilities.
Many engineers, architects and designers perceive energy codes as complex and, with ever-tighter budgets, find it challenging to commit the resources required to perform compliance calculations. To simplify the code compliance process, the U.S. Dept.
By Barbara Hemphill Are your filing cabinets stuffed so full that it’s difficult to retrieve and file papers? If you’re like 80% of the people in the audiences to whom I speak, your answer is, “Yes.” Are there things in your filing cabinet you could probably throw out? Again, the answer is usually, “Yes.” So what’s the problem? Certainly a major stumbling block is time. Some may say that cleaning out the filing cabinet won’t make money. But research shows the average person spends 150 hours each year looking for misplaced information.
Nova is a cool show. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it's a TV science series on PBS that tackles all kinds of questions about our planet, our universe and ourselves. A recent episode, "The Elegant Universe," explored something called string theory. For the sake of brevity, the theory has to do with subatomic particles beyond even quarks.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently issued an executive order committing his state to a Green Building Action Plan based on the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system. The order specifically calls for action to reduce electricity usage by constructing and operating highly energy-efficient buildings. The National Electrical Contractors Assn.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is soliciting comments on the first draft of the LEED for New Construction Rating System (LEED-NC), version 2.2. The first public comment period will be open until Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. The previous revision, 2.1, addressed only process and documentation issues and was not required to be balloted by the USGBC bylaws and LEED Foundations Document.
With attendees from more than 22 countries attending this year's Greenbuild conference in Portland, Ore. this past Nov., one thing is clear: Sustainable design is fast becoming a worldwide movement—and not just in developed countries. Two new key members joining the World Green Building Council this year—Mexico and China—attest to the fact that rapidly developing countries wan...
Breaking on series-rated breaker analysis Regarding the Specifier's Notebook on series-rated breakers "Comparing Series-Rated and Fully Rated Electrical Systems" (CSE 11/04 p. 62), I don't think it tells the full story. I especially take issue with the idea that the only way to provide selective coordination is by using fuses.
Leading HVAC manufacturers are adopting and deploying Green Building XML (gbXML), according to GeoPraxis, an A/E software developer. The hope is that it will lead to a streamlining of the building design process, providing interoperability for architects and building design teams. This critical breakthrough by the AEC industry could speed building design and drive down the costs by making possible the seamless sharing of building design information between architects, building engineers, HVAC systems designers and sales teams.
Once again, I'm pleased to announce the winners of our annual ARC Awards competition, now in its third year. For a refresher, the program, short for Advancing, Reinvigorating and Cultivating excellence in engineering, is a competition not about the "best" buildings or designs, but about designs and designers that find the right solutions, which often necessitates going outside the box.
Anticipated improvement in construction spending next year is not likely to happen now that oil prices have risen so high, according to Reed Construction Data. The Nov. 2004 issue of its Construction Forecast Monthly newsletter reports that the U.S.
A major new book on marketing green buildings predicts that the number of LEED-registered buildings will grow more than five-fold over the next five years. Author Jerry Yudelson, P.E., chair of the steering committee for this year’s Greenbuild conference in Portland, Ore., predicts that the total number of LEED registered projects will grow from about 1,760 at the end of 2004 to nearly 10,000 at the end of 2009. “I’ve used classical models of adoption of new technologies to make this prediction,” says Yudelson, “and I’m confident that green building growth will follow these models.” The Insider’s Guide to Marketing Green Buildings is based on the last seven years of Yudelson’s experience. Nearly 200 pages, it contains more than 50 charts, graphs, project photos, figures and tables, charting the past growth and future direction of the green building industry.
By John Graham President Graham Communications Quincy, Mass What’s so special about January 1 of a new year? While one year flows into the next without regard to a calendar change, the start of a new year is still very much of what can be called a refocus event. There are “the business planners,” those who feel that they need a road map for the upcoming 12 months. For weeks, everyone is engaged at updating last year’s plan——which was also the plan for five years earlier! Then, after the “big meeting,” the plans are put away and it’s business as usual. All the phony pronouncements, useless posturing and hollow promises to reach unrealistic goals only obscure the annual opportunity to focus on what can be accomplished with sufficient effort. Putting all the nonsense aside, here’s an 11-point business plan that focuses on task-driven strategies that make a difference. Focus on the client’s experience.
By Chris Tapas, P.E. President, Tapas Engineering Services PC Chicago Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a regular monthly column that will cover significant new issues raised by the 2005 Edition of the National Electrical Code. More than 3,580 proposed changes were submitted to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to amend the 2002 National Electrical Code ( NEC ). What drives these changes are three concerns: life safety conditions, protection of property and important changes in technology.
Editor's note: In the July Letters (CSE 07/04 p. 9) William Fell wrote in response to my May "Ah, Ute!" column in which I encouraged readers to reach out to kids at the high school level to get young people like my engineering-curious son interested in careers in the professsion. Mr. Fell argued there was no future in engineering for young people due to offshoring and other business trends, and...
Insulation is available in numerous materials suitable for various applications. Many variables play a part in selecting the insulation for a specific application. When selecting insulation, review the following questions:
Using ASHRAE Standard 90.1, with supporting educational and compliance materials, is the best way to ensure that commercial and high-rise residential buildings meet model building codes and the professional standard of care, ASHRAE officials emphatically state. Most consulting engineers are probably already well aware that under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.
A recently completed industry survey of CAD use in building design practice updates results from previous surveys conducted in 1999 and 2000. The new survey was expanded to address the movement to building information modeling (BIM) and 3D-CAD tools, data exchange between design team members and applications, as well as green building design and LEED rating. The survey was sponsored by GeoPraxis, an architectural, engineering and construction software and services company, and Pacific Gas & Electric, in conjunction with McGraw-Hill Construction, Autodesk, Inc., and Bentley Systems. According to the AEC Design Practice Survey, which included 585 architects and engineers, the use of next generation 3D-CAD and BIM building design software is happening more rapidly than originally thought, and will accelerate with the release of a wider range of engineering analysis tools that can interact and share data across design teams. Of the CAD using respondents, 52% percent indicated they produce a 3D model on 75% or more of their projects.
BY JOHN GRAHAM, PRESIDENTGraham Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Companies today face the same daunting problem that confounds so many job seekers. It’s the high hurdle of transferable experience. Whether it’s an individual attempting to get a job or a company trying to break into a new market, both are faced with the identical difficulty of having someone recognize the value of their knowledge and experience, even though these qualities may not be directly related to a new field or industry. Even when applicants offer skills, a proven track record and experience that is an ideal match for a particular position, they’re passed over. Why? The individual has worked in a different field. Or consider how companies often use the Internet and other techniques for locating consultants and other vendors.
The power lines that electrified rural America in the 1930s, via Franklin Roosevelt's Rural Electrification Act, could soon be bringing the Internet to those same locations, if a test program based in Nelson County, Va. proves successful. The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative is partnering with Huntsville, Ala.
Editor's note: Wisdom says never discuss religion or politics at a party. In the past two Viewpoints, I'm guilty of both, noting the Kyoto Protocol last month and the Boy Scout Oath in the previous issue. I don't bring politics into my editorials lightly, but only when I feel there is some timely event or issue the community needs its attention drawn to.
Skyrocketing energy prices, resulting from the 2000 crash of the California power market, were sapping profit margins at RMC Pacific Materials Cement Division of Davenport, Calif. The plant, which produces, grinds and ships cement to locations throughout California, faced a pressing need to lower its energy consumption and to update its facility's efficiency to remain profitable in the state's ...
Battery Buzz In "Battery Life" (Spring 2004), Dennis DeCoster recommends that in a multiple battery string system of N+1 type, we should maintain different life batteries for reliability. A few months ago, when I was in the process of changing the batteries in more than 10 systems, I recommended the same thing.
Community leaders interested in implementing energy-efficiency programs now have a new tool to help calculate possible benefits. The "Community Energy Opportunity Finder" provides a framework for communities to both gather information about current energy use and help determine which efficiency programs might be most suitable for their particular climate and development goals, all via a Web-bas...
Changes in one type of technology often make changes in related technologies necessary. For example, about a half-decade ago, facilities began running their chilled-water systems colder in an effort to reduce piping size and the required pumping power. While many engineers embraced this philosophy, it presented a new problem—condensation, especially in places like the southeastern United ...
U.S. laboratories have an opportunity to make a significant impact on this country—and that's not a reference to the discoveries made within their walls. According to ASHRAE, if half of all U.S. laboratories reduced their energy use by 30%, national energy consumption would be reduced by 84 trillion BTU.
Who should lead a construction project? For many centuries, the answer was a simple one: the Master Builder, i.e., the architect. Then, for much of the 20th century, the answer became "the general contractor." For the past decade or so, however, that question has become a bit more difficult to answer, as the master builder concept resurfaced in the form of multiple design-build schemes.
In an effort to educate plumbing manufacturers on the codes and standards that affect their industry, the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, in February, held its second Codes and Standards Workshop. Approximately 60 PMI members and nonmembers from 25 plumbing manufacturers attended the workshop, which is part of a larger initiative to provide the industry with current information on issues and ...
At the closing of a merger or acquisition, after several months of identifying your partner, structuring the consolidation to minimize adverse tax consequences, negotiating the Letter of Intent, completing due diligence, finalizing transaction documents and planning the post-transaction integration, the parties sign definitive documents, exchange financial consideration, announce the deal publi...
A study conducted by 40 California agencies suggests that investments into green building technologies pay for themselves 10 times over. The study, conducted by the Capital E Group, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and multiple California state agencies, is said to be the most comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of building green to date.
Transmission capacity is strained in numerous areas across the United States, but there are two states in particular—Connecticut and Wisconsin —that appear to face especially acute problems, according to recent reports. Transmission-line congestion in both states is limiting access to cheaper out-of-state power.
Data center power systems are constructed for premium reliability at a significant cost. Achieving an adequate return on such an investment requires that the system provides many years of trouble-free operation. Power system protection is designed to assure two seemingly contradictory purposes: maintaining a continuous (uninterrupted) flow of power; and acting rapidly to isolate power system f...
Greater Responsibility ... But Not More Money Your recent columns, "Shop Drawing Review" (CSE 12/02 p. 13) and "Guide to Shop Drawings" (CSE 01/03 p. 15), struck home for me. Where is the split in responsibility among engineer, owner and contractor? Over the years greater responsibility has been placed on the engineer—with no improvement in compensation.
The 2003 Winter Meeting in Chicago can be dubbed a success, as almost 40,000 attendees were able to view nearly 2,000 exhibits at the AHR Expo; both were show records. The big news, of course, was the announcement that BACnet has become an international standard (see p. 16). Furthermore, ASHRAE officials announced they have established a liaison with the Russian Association of Engineers for H...
Editor's Note: In this issue, we begin a new approach to our "Professional Practices" column. The topic addressed each month will be rotated within four broad categories of coverage: management and engineering practices; information technology; legal issues; and commissioning. Commissioning is a vital part of all building systems design.
January’s issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer, in it’s virtual M/E Roundtable, discusses the subject of clean agents and halon alternatives.
Striving to promote and increase the number of energy-efficient, high performance buildings, the U.S. Dept. of Energy recently signed an agreement to more formally partner with the American Institute of Architects in this effort.
It's a drive … way back … it might be, it could be, it is! A home run, holy cow!" Echoing the renown words of the now departed voice of the Chicago Cubs' announcer Harry Carey, an afternoon at Wrigley Field can be an enjoyable recreational outing, especially if the Cubs win. But win or lose, once that final out is made, it's time to hit the showers.
Engineering needs to evolve into an approach that considers everyday design decisions more holistically—with less focus on capacity, and more on performance. And with the advent of computer-driven applications, a range of calculation methodologies can be applied on a given project, each appropriate for certain projects or stages of design.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) are thermoplastic products that have quickly become the material of choice for pipe and fittings commonly used for drainage, waste and venting, as well as domestic water applications. The advantages, when compared to traditional metal pipe, include immunity to microbiologically influenced corrosion, easier and less costly instal...
To assist the nation’s schools with saving energy and money, the U.S. Dept. of Energy has released a series of publications offering design guidelines for energy-efficient schools.
Valuable Internet resources for engineers. BetterBricks.com http://builditworldwide.com/ An initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the site promotes energy-efficient buildings by offering resources—articles, case studies and advisory services to—designers, building owners and operators.
A new thermal-energy storage (TES) installation in Orlando is expected to cool a 1-million sq.-ft. addition to the Orange County Convention Center for 50% the cost of a new chilled water facility, reports the Orlando Utilities Commission and Trigen-Cinergy Solutions.
In a recent ruling, the U.S. Department of Energy decided to mandate that state energy codes meet the requirements of the Association of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ 1999 energy conservation standard.
As the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon approaches, it's ironic that security upgrades have seemingly been pushed to the back of many building owners' "to do" lists. In assembling our annual "Giants" survey (p. 28), one of the questions we asked the more than 125 respondents was what significant items their clients asked for in the wake of 9...
Although the goal of the recently released NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code—issued by the National Fire Protection Association (see "Consensus for the Built Environment," CSE, 05/02, p. 33)—is to provide an alternative to the offerings of the International Code Council, it hasn't exactly received a warm reception from some groups in the building and construction indu...
Consulting engineers might think that intellectual property (IP) law only applies to corporate giants, but nothing could be further from the truth. In any size firm, engineers who take the time to educate themselves on the basics will be able to avoid common pitfalls and take full advantage of IP law.
The nation's electrical power grid has been assessed as a weak link in homeland security due to its vulnerability to terrorist attacks, according to a recent report commissioned by the U.S. Congress.
It's been a year now since I've taken the helm of this publication, and upon reflection I took a look back at my predecessor's final column. In his parting editorial, my former colleague challenged engineers to step up to the plate as far as voicing their opinions about what he dubbed the erosion of the built environment.
A monthly compendium of facts and figures Based upon the current number of chiller units where CFCs have been replaced with HFCs and HCFCs, the amount, in tons, of carbon dioxide that is avoided annually: 4 million http://www.ari.org/consumer/speeches/2001/02-holmes-india.html As CFCs are replaced with HFCs and HCFCs, projected percentage of greenhouse gas emissions that flourocarbons will acco...
With the recent launch of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED-EB for Existing Buildings pilot (www.usgbc.org), the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program is no longer limited to just new construction.Since its inception in 2000, only newly constructed buildings—approximately 250,000 each year—have been eligible to participate in this environmental performance...
For designers who are accustomed to the design-bid-build system, many features of the design-build format may come as a surprise. One of the first issues that the potential design-builder has to confront is which contract to use."Standard form" contracts developed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the Engineers Joint Cont...
Editor's note: The following comments by September circuit integrity cable author Dean Wilson are regarding a video produced by mineral insulated cable manufacturer Pyrotenax warning of potential fire and smoke hazards associated with ceramifiable silicone cable. The video was brought up in a letter to the editor in the December 2001 issue, and again last month.
Harley-Davidson's Capitol Drive plant is one of the firm's two engine manufacturing plants. The 455,000-sq.-ft. facility machines heads, gear covers, rocker arms and pistons for 833- and 1200-cc engines. It's a remarkably clean and efficient plant, featuring some of the most modern equipment in manufacturing.
A compilation of articles and case studies focusing on building controls and their important role in facility performance.
Among the dozens of technical seminars available to the thousands of building professionals attending the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) meeting and concurrent International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo in Atlantic City, NJ, Jan. 13-16 was a presentation on ASHRAE HVAC&R research.
When the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Arlington, Va., started seriously considering separating its engineering standards committees from its trade association operations, TIA members began dialogue with the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), about combining efforts.
Under the banner of progress, those involved in funding the construction of buildings push for projects to be built bigger, faster and less expensively. Designers typically meet this demand by maximizing production capabilities through the latest technology. However, when the technology fails...
Even though energy efficiency and indoor air quality (IAQ) may at times have competing agendas, they can be compatible and should be considered simultaneously, asserts a new American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) IAQ position document.
Working with 17 Fortune 500 companies and other entities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formed the Combined Heat and Power Partnership to promote cogeneration. Companies such as Bethlehem Steel, Caterpillar, ExxonMobil and General Motors will work with the EPA to promote the use of CHP technologies.
AEP and TXU are expanding the size of a wind-power generation facility under construction near Abilene, Tex., from an original 130 mW to 150 mW. AEP is the builder, owner and operator; TXU is power buyer. Akzo Nobel and Shell have agreed to develop a pilot project that will seek to mass-produce flexible solar photovoltaic panels at a low cost.
In October and November, CSE shared discussion from a roundtable discussion held in New York City in August. Here is the first of three extra installments from those discussions, focusing on the use of technology at engineering firms.
As part of an effort to promote an awareness of energy consumption and the use of energy-efficient products, Natural Resources Canada will launch its own Energy Star program.
Until an extensive analysis is conducted, it's difficult to fully anticipate how much building design will change in the aftermath of the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, engineers are reporting that their clients have begun driving change in the building industry.
The M/E Roundtable for September focused on cogeneration, and one of the most innovative projects of the year involves the construction of a combined cogeneration power plant and wastewater treatment plant in Klamath Falls, Ore.
In response to the International Code Council's announcement "that it has no plans for the development of an electrical code that would duplicate the purpose and then compete with the National Electrical Code (NEC)," a coalition of electrical industry organizations has called for the ICC to formally rescind its ICC electrical code.
With the merger of Montgomery Watson, Inc., Broomfield, Colo., and Harza Engineering Company, Chicago, the new firm—Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) Global, Inc.—now employs 5,500 professionals in 30 countries. Last year the two companies generated revenues in excess of $700 million.
In response to the International Code Council's (ICC) announcement "that it has no plans for the development of an electrical code that would duplicate the purpose and then compete with the National Electrical Code (NEC)," a coalition of electrical industry organizations has called for the ICC to formally rescind its ICC Electrical Code.
Back to 'Build it Green' Numerous 'green building' periodicals (popular magazines, newsletters, and peer-reviewed journals) can be found online. In general these online versions of the hard-copy version include searchable archives of past issues and often free downloads of selected articles. Some of the most popular include the following. Building & Environment This peer-reviewed journal publishes original papers and review articles on building research and its applications, and on the social, cultural and technological contexts of building research and architectural science.
In an attempt show a correlation between efficient building systems and workplace performance, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has commissioned a new research project.
The U.S. Department of Energy has reconsidered its decision to propose a 30-percent increase in the minimum energy-efficiency standard for air conditioners and heat pumps, opting instead for a 20-percent efficiency increase.
Despite the nation's economic slowdown and a fair amount of market saturation, health-care, residential and commercial facilities designed for seniors are still projected to grow this year, according to a recent Consulting-Specifying Engineer-conducted survey...
Funds from the U.S. Department of Energy over the last decade have helped spur the possible coming boom in superconducting devices, according to Gregory Yurek, CEO and founder of American Superconductor Corp., Westborough, Mass. DOE funding "allowed us to explore things we just couldn't do otherwise," Yurek told The Chicago Tribune.
Computer-aided design (CAD) can range from simply creating two-dimensional documents for engineering deliverables to generating complete three-dimensional (3D) computational database models of design intent. In either case, the Internet can increase the usability of CAD information in a variety of ways, from making documentation more interactive to sharing intelligent information among project...
Computer-aided design (CAD) can range from simply creating two-dimensional documents for engineering deliverables to generating complete three-dimensional (3D) computational database models of design intent. In either case, the Internet can increase the usability of CAD information in a variety of ways...
March Deep Links: Many engineers have come to believe in the need for constant venting and are aware of the noise problems quite often associated with hydronic systems. This has resulted in purging high points and fan coil units, repairing corrosion damage and fixing circulators just to try to keep things quiet. Fortunately, there is now a solution to these problems.
Professional engineering firms traditionally have had difficulties in transitioning their firms. When the originating generation wishes to retire, three options frequently taken are:If the plan is to sell, the eventual price is largely determined by the final buyer's perceived value.
A panel of energy experts from Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio, and various national laboratories owned by the U.S. Department of Energy has come up with the "top ten most economically impactful energy innovations by the year 2010." They are: From Pure Power, Spring 2001
Six companies have won a total of $40 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants for research, development and testing of "next generation" microturbine systems:From Pure Power, Spring 2001
Integrated service firms have a number of challenges when trying to combine design-build strategies with utility and maintenance services.To begin with, these firms look to fix energy cost for extended periods of time. Energy being a commodity, it is sometimes a risky venture for the building service provider.
In an attempt to curb the tremendous amounts of energy that laboratories typically use, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have kicked off Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21)—a voluntary initiative designed to promote better environmental performance among public- and private-sector labs.
To help professionals keep up with new and upgraded energy web sites, a listing of the top ten sites has been released by Galaxy.com, a large multi-topic Internet directory.
Value engineering: Both the term and the concept are the roots of most evil in building design, I believe. Before you turn the page, please allow me to explain.First of all, "value engineering" is a misleading misnomer. It is rarely undertaken by an actual, licensed engineer, and the fancy-sounding endeavor is often little more than an exercise in cheapening a well-designed project.
T he following is a list of organizations involved in the development of building codes and standards. If you know of other organizations that should be included, send the URL to Geoff Weisenberger at email@example.com . To get information on the prevailing codes, standards and authorities-having-jurisdiction in any city around the U.S., visit Buildingteam.com's exclusive code-information database . Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page American Institute of Architects American National Standards Institute American Society for Testing and Materials American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers American Society of Mechanical Engineers Building Codes Assistance Project Building Officials and Code Administrators International Canadian Standards Association Factory Mutual International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials International Code Council International Conference of Building Code Officials International Fire Code Institute International Organization for Standardization (ISO) National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards National Institute of Standards and Technology National Fire Protection Association National Electrical Manufacturers Association Southern Building Code Congress Standards Engineering Society U.S. DOE Office of Building, Technology, State and Community Programs Underwriters Laboratories.
When ViaSat, Inc., planned its new headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., the company-which designs and produces digital communication products-needed a strong telecommunications infrastructure to support its needs.According to ViaSat network administrator Brent Barker, the company was looking for a cabling system that could offer maximum transmission efficiency, easy installation and easy management.
Designing a lighting system for industrial facilities has become a practice in using the right tools. Our panel of lighting designers discusses innovations and best practices as they tackle new fixtures, better controls, retrofits and energy efficiency in this month's M/E Roundtable.
High-efficiency transformers are optimized to meet NEMA TP-1 limits, which specify maximum losses at an average calculated load of 35 percent of the nameplate rating. Compliance with the EPA Energy Star program allows U.S. customers to meet standards with E-versions of low-voltage, general-purpose transformers.
Precision air-conditioning systems in air-cooled, water-cooled and chilled-water versions are offered in cooling capacities of 1.5 tons to 7 tons to fit in small spaces. All service is from the front of the units, which can be configured for upflow or downflow air discharge. Microprocessor control allows easy setting of temperature and humidity parameters.