Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency June 12, 2001

Survey Says … Senior Facilities Will Grow

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...

By Staff
Energy Efficiency June 1, 2001

DOE Funding Spurs Superconductor Advance

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency May 1, 2001

Blending Project Design and the Internet

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...

By ROBERT L. DEFEO, Manager of CAD Operations, MICHAEL R. LORENZ, P.E., Director of Engineering, Kling Linduist, Philadelphia
Energy Efficiency May 1, 2001

Specifier’s Notebook: Blending Project Design and the Internet

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...

By Robert Defeo and Michael Lorenz, P.E., Kling Lindquist, Philadelphia
Energy Efficiency April 6, 2001

Hydronic Systems: Are Air and Noise Problems Necessary?

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.

By Staff
Energy Efficiency March 1, 2001

Creating Value in Engineering Firms

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.

By STEVEN V. SCHEFF Stephen V. Scheff Associates, Evanston, Ill. and ELISABETH G. HOUSTON Greenway Consulting, Chicago
Energy Efficiency March 1, 2001

Top Energy Innovations By 2010

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

By Staff
Energy Efficiency 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 Efficiency 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 Efficiency 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