Energy Efficiency

Energy, Power March 1, 2001

‘Next Generation’ Microturbine Grants

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

By Staff
Energy, Power February 1, 2001

Facing Down the Challenges

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.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Energy, Power January 25, 2001

Labs for the 21st Century

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.

By Staff
Energy, Power January 25, 2001

Top Ten Energy Web Sites

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.

By Staff
Energy, Power December 1, 2000

Value(-free) Engineering

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.

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Energy, Power November 29, 2000

Codes & Standards Links

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 gweisenberger@reedbusiness.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.

By Staff
Energy, Power November 1, 2000

Shedding Light on Industrial Facilities

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.

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Energy, Power November 1, 2000

Cabling Infrastructure Supports Mission-Critical Center

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.

By Staff
Energy, Power October 1, 2000

Precision air-conditioning systems

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.

By Staff
Energy, Power October 1, 2000

High-efficiency transformers

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.

By Staff