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ATLANTA—When the first edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how to practice green building design was not so readily available. “Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs—from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as being mandatory in jurisdictions that adopted these for their building codes,” said Tom Lawrence, a member of ASHRAE’s technical committee (TC 2.8).
NEW YORK—The Coca-Cola Company announced that it has installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler using natural refrigerant in the marketplace, preventing the emission of 5.25 million metric tons of CO2 over 10 years. This milestone marks significant progress in the company’s effort to phase out the use of HFC refrigerant—a well-known contributor to climate change—in Coca-Cola dispensers, vending machines and coolers globally.
ROSWELL, GA.—For the millions of Americans who work in commercial and institutional buildings, winter is the harshest season. Not so much for the ice and snow outside, but for the storm brewing inside. That’s because 30 percent of commercial buildings in the United States have poor indoor air quality (IAQ), a condition linked to respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma, and Sick Building Syndrome.
LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y.—The Berkeley Lab (LBNL) has produced a monitored evaluation study on The New York Times Building. The study shows that the innovations that lowered energy use by 24 percent are attainable, as MechoSystems has been promoting for several years.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have reached an agreement on a landmark proposal to save energy and water in new buildings. The two organizations jointly submitted a proposal to the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to require the insulation of hot water piping in new buildings. Today, many Americans waste millions of gallons of water by letting water run until it’s hot enough for use in showers and sinks. To curtail this waste in new buildings, NRDC and the UA proposed that the 2015 edition of IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code require insulation of all hot water piping systems such as those serving lavatories, showers, dishwashers, and kitchen sinks. The Uniform Plumbing Code is the model for local and state plumbing codes now in force in at least 19 states. “We recommend insulating hot water piping to reduce the waste of energy and water in hot water systems,” said William P. Hite, General President of the United Association.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.—International Environmental Corp. (IEC), a leading manufacturer of hydronic fan coil units, introduces the Restora Mod modular hi-rise replacement fan coil series. Designed to streamline HVAC renovations in hospitality and other hi-rise environments, the Restora Mod can be installed with minimal disturbance to existing wall and room finishes in as little as a few hours.
WILSONVILLE, ORE.—FLIR Systems, Inc., a leader in thermal imaging technology, announces the launch of FLIR ONE, the first personal thermal imaging device especially targeted at the consumer market. Unveiled at CES 2014, FLIR ONE places powerful thermal imaging technology in the hands of consumers, dramatically extending the limits of human vision and unlocking a full spectrum of practical applications.
MANKATO, MINN.—All that’s left is the waiting for the official plaque from the U.S. Green Building Council. When it arrives the Courtyard Mankato Minnesota will become the first hotel in the Gopher State to receive LEED certification. Considering all of the property’s green features, the honor will be well deserved. The 93-room property, about a year old, is owned by Mercury Investments L.P. Preston Lougheed is the general manager. “As far as we know we are the first Marriott in the United States to have solar panels,” Lougheed says. “It was a big investment.” The 40 kW, 192 panel system on the roof of the hotel supplies about 3 percent of the property’s electricity. Including a monitor in the lobby that provides daily, weekly, monthly and annual savings information, the solar system cost $279,182. With state, federal and utility credits, the return on investment is expected to be about 10 years.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Telkonet, Inc., whose complementary business divisions include EcoSmart, an energy management technology platform featuring Recovery Time technology and EthoStream, one of the largest high-speed Internet access providers in the world, announced a strategic partnership with GSE Management and Energy Solutions, a leading energy management solutions provider in Mexico.
ATLANTA—Major revisions for design and measurement of comfortable spaces are included in a newly published 2013 standard from ASHRAE. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2013, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, combines the 2010 standard and 18 published addenda into a consolidated standard.
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