Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency March 1, 2002

Design-Build Contracts: Which is Right for You?

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...

By Susan L. McGreevy, Partner, Husch & Eppenberger, LLC, Kansas City, Mo.
Energy Efficiency March 1, 2002

Conditioned Power for ‘Hogs’

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency March 1, 2002

Circuit Integrity Cable Re-examined

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency February 4, 2002

High Performance Buildings (Johnson Controls)

A compilation of articles and case studies focusing on building controls and their important role in facility performance.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency January 17, 2002

ASHRAE Research Revisited

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2002

TIA and ATIS at Odds Over Standards Committees

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency January 1, 2002

Professional Practices: Computer-Generated Liability

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...

By Paul M. Lurie, Esq., Schiff Hardin & Waite, Chicago
Energy Efficiency December 31, 2001

ASHRAE Release New IAQ Position Document

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2001

Public-Private CHP Team-Up

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency December 1, 2001

Renewable Briefs

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.

By Staff