ASHRAE Takes its Annual Conference to Historical HVAC&R City

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ATLANTA – In 1904, at the World’s Fair held in St. Louis, Missouri, the general population was introduced for the first time to the comfort of air conditioning.

One hundred and twelve years later, ASHRAE is taking its Annual Conference to the city to discuss the latest in built environment technology. The Conference takes place June 25-29, Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel and America’s Center Convention Complex.

To register or for complete information, visit www.ashrae.org/stlouis.

The Conference Technical program features a track on Smart Building Systems, which addresses the revolution in information technology applied to the built environment. Weather and time of day utility rate forecasting, distributed sensors and remote monitoring and control are all included. Also taking place is the fourth annual Research Summit, which reports results on many aspects of ASHRAE-related research.

Tracks are:

  • Advances in Refrigeration Systems and Alternative Refrigerants
  • Fundamentals and Applications
  • HVAC Systems and Equipment
  • Smart Building Systems/Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics
  • Indoor Environment: Health, Comfort, Productivity
  • Professional Skills Beyond Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Systems and Net Zero Buildings

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers two full-day seminars and eight half-day courses. New courses include Variable Refrigerant Flow System Design & Applications; Standard 188-2015 – Successfully Managing the Risk of Legionellosis; and Designing Tall, Supertall and Megatall Building Systems. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/stlouiscourses.

Apply by June 6 to sit for one of six ASHRAE certification exams:  Energy Assessment, Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Healthcare Facility Design, High- Performance Building Design and Building Operations. Apply at www.ashrae.org/stlouisexams.

Technical tours include the Center Ethanol Co., the America’s Center chiller plant and the St. Louis Sheet Metal Workers Apprentice and Training School. General tours include a taste of local culinary delights, a look at facilities related to the city’s baseball history, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the botanical gardens and historical homes, microbreweries, architecture, and a visit to historical areas of interest.

Jeff Henderson is the keynote speaker at the opening Plenary Session, held Saturday, June 25. Henderson discovered his passion and gift for cooking in a most unlikely place—prison. He is now an award-winning chef, bestselling author and Food Network television star.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 54,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

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ASHRAE Congratulates Senate on Passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

ATLANTA – ASHRAE is pleased to see the passage on Wednesday by the U.S. Senate of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, marking an important step toward making buildings in all sectors more energy efficient.

The Senate passed the Act by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill contains numerous building energy code provisions that were supported by ASHRAE.

“The passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act demonstrates the power of persistent bipartisan leadership by many leaders throughout the Senate. Each of these senators understands the need for reform and the dangers that lie ahead if we do not change,” ASHRAE President David Underwood said. “This accomplishment is shared by hundreds of stakeholders who have connected with members of Congress, helping them understand the complexities and likely impacts of legislation on the building and many other industries. ASHRAE congratulates the Senate on this accomplishment and stands ready to assist as leaders in both chambers work to produce a final bill that the President can sign, and which truly advances the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

 

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An Efficient Future for Buildings of the Past Proposed Under ASHRAE Guideline

ATLANTA – Historical buildings – from those on the local Main Street to world-renowned structures – could be brought from the past into an energy reduced future under a proposed guideline from ASHRAE.

ASHRAE Guideline 34P, Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings, provides advice for energy efficiency and energy conservation improvements involving historic structures. These improvements would seek to minimize disturbances to the historic character, characteristics and materials (significance, value and qualities).

The proposed standard is open for a second public comment until May 2, 2016. To comment or learn more, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.

“The worldwide preservation community recognizes the importance of reducing the consumption of fuels,” William Rose, a member of the Guideline 34P committee, said. “Many codes and standards exempt such buildings from energy conservation requirements, based on an assumption that imposition of energy-saving measures may compete with preservation requirements. Nevertheless, preservationists generally wish to balance the mandate to maintain the integrity and authenticity of their buildings with growing needs for energy conservation. And some codes, notably the recent International Energy Conservation Code, have moved from a blanket exemption to a narrower provision-by-provision basis.”

Guideline 34P, which offers assistance for the range of historic buildings, will help those engaged in preservation to design and provide energy conservation measures. Rose said it also will help those engaged in energy conservation to propose and adopt measures consistent with preservation practice. The guideline addresses planning and operation, mechanical systems, building envelopes and lighting.

The guideline was the idea of Presidential Member Tom Watson for whom historical buildings are a pet project.

“We just can’t give up on using historic buildings,” he said. “They are too valuable and leave too large an environmental footprint to be neglected or abandoned.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news. 

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ASHRAE, AIA Look to Future of Energy Efficiency with Signing of New MOU

ATLANTA – Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas.

The MOU recently was signed by ASHRAE President David Underwood and AIA President Russ Davidson. The agreement states the two organizations will work jointly in areas related to development of young professionals, advocacy and public outreach, publications, education, technical activities and research.

“ASHRAE and AIA share many common technical interests, including health and safety, energy efficiency, and resilience,” David Underwood, ASHRAE president, said. “This agreement formalizes our plans to foster technical cooperation in these areas, providing needed guidance to the industry.”

“We are at a pivotal juncture as an industry to address the growing number of design challenges,” said AIA President, Russ Davidson, FAIA.  “The extension of this agreement is important for our organizations to continue to work together to further sustainable design strategies, to be active on building codes related issues, as well as for providing tangible resources that are useful for our respective members in their daily practice.”

In past projects with a focus on improving energy efficiency of buildings and systems, ASHRAE and AIA are part of a group that is developing a new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) sponsored by the International Code Council (ICC), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The code, scheduled to be released in 2018, will be powered by ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings developed using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved ASHRAE consensus process.

ASHRAE and AIA also joined together with IES, USGBC and the Department of Energy (DOE) in developing the Advanced Energy Design Guide series. The nine books in the series provide recommendations for achieving 50% and 30% energy savings over the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

 

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Making Net Zero Net Positive: Solving the Efficiency & Cost Paradox

Making Net Zero

April 21, 2016 │1:00PM – 4:00PM EDT

Participate in the upcoming FREE interactive ASHRAE Webcast to hear industry experts who will define the importance of, and why we should strive for, net zero in the built environment. Viewers will be able to identify behaviors that create more effective ownership, design and construction teams, and will recognize the value of a collaborative process in building design and the impact on costs. With a strong emphasis on real-world applications, the program will also discuss the primary technical and financial challenges in achieving net zero buildings, and where this design approach can best be applied.

This webcast program is brought to you by the ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee.

How to Participate:

  • Host a webcast site for your colleagues.
  • Register to view with others at a site near you.
  • Register to view the live webcast on your PC.
  • Register to view the On Demand webcast.

Registration

Online registration begins March 21, 2016 at www.ashrae.org/webcastThere is no fee for registration.

Earn Continuing Education Credits

Three (3) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) may be awarded to participants who complete the Participant Reaction Form online by May 6, 2016.

The webcast program has been approved for three (3) HSW Learning Units (LUs) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as three (3) Continuing Education Hours by GBCI.  The state of New York also recognizes AIA course approval.

Additional Information and Questions

For more information about the presenters, continuing education credits, and ASHRAE net zero resources, please visit www.ashrae.org/webcast. If you have questions, call (678) 539-1200 or email ashrae-webcast@ashrae.org.

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Webinars

In addition to our regularly scheduled meeting on March 17, 2016, two ASHRAE distinguished lecturer webinar programs hosted by the South Dakota Chapter of ASHRAE will occur March 9, 2016. Both AIA South Dakota and the Black Hills Chapter of ASHRAE have been invited to attend these informational distinguished lecturer webinar programs on “Acoustics That Make the Grade: Improving Sound Performance in Classroom Environments” and “How Does HVAC Noise Affect Worker Comfort And Performance”.  We will host one site at the O’Connor Company, 1221 Concourse Drive, Rapid City, SD 57703 on March 9, 2016 starting at 10:45 AM MST.  For more information regarding these programs, please visit www.sdashrae.org (refer to the March 2016 South Dakota Chapter Newsletter).

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UK BIM Requirement Pushes Industry Forward: ASHRAE Winter Conference Features BIM Sessions for Practitioners

Jan. 13, 2016

Contact: Jodi Scott

Public Relations

678-539-1140

jscott@ashrae.org

ATLANTA – While the United Kingdom’s Government Construction Strategy mandated use of Level 2 building information modeling (BIM) on all public sector projects by 2016, recent surveys show that fewer than 15 percent of firms are fully prepared to do so.

“There is a very strong push for BIM in the UK,” Tim Dwyer said. “While the majority of firms have indicated they are not ready for the mandate (84 percent), nearly two-thirds have indicated it will be good for the building industry and is the future for building services.”

Successful collaborative efforts within firms and between firms for BIM are presented in a session Dwyer is chairing at the ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference, which takes place Jan. 23-27, Orlando, Fla. The ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is being held Jan. 25-27, next door at the Orange County Convention Center. To register for the ASHRAE Conference, which includes free access to the Expo, visit www.ashrae.org/orlando.

The Technical Program features eight tracks, some 100 sessions and more than 300 speakers. It runs Sunday, Jan. 24, through Wednesday, Jan. 27, and offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license in many states, including the state of Florida.

Dwyer’s seminar focuses on “Delivering Building Performance through Collaboration and Integration.” He notes that with an ever-increasing demand for more stringent building environmental requirements, collaboration across the building ‘team’ is critical to deliver effective buildings that meet standards and performance metrics.

“Successful projects do not come from ‘silo’ working practices, and increasingly the engineer will be the lead for interdisciplinary design solutions that benefit from the integrating tools, which include BIM, and technologies as well as timely, and properly informed, client communication and interaction,” he said. The seminar takes place Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Other sessions that incorporate BIM are:

  • Do Tall, Super Tall and Mega Tall Buildings Consume More Energy than Conventional Buildings or Do They Conserve More Energy?
  • New CFD Techniques for Design of Air Distribution Systems
  • BIM Strategies for Energy Modeling and MEP Design Consulting
  • Improving the Design and Performance of Ground Source Heat Pump Systems
  • Building Modeling Simulation
  • Building Modeling and Optimization
  • Advancements in Energy Modeling
  • Strategies to Improve Building Models and Operation
  • Simulation for Cutting-Edge Building Design

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 54,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

 

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New Residential IAQ Guideline Contains Changes Regarding Use of High Efficiency Filters

ATLANTA – With recent research showing that ultrafine particles are more hazardous to human health than originally thought, higher-efficiency filters should be used, according to the newly published 2015 version of ASHRAE’s residential indoor air quality guideline.

Guideline 24-2015, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides information on achieving good IAQ that goes beyond the requirements contained in Standard 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, by providing explanatory and educational material not included in the code-intended standard. Guideline 24 is the companion document to Standard 62.2.

“In the 2008 version, we indicated that if a lot of ultrafine particles were expected, higher-efficiency filters should be considered. Period,” Paul Francisco, chair of the Guideline 62.2 committee, said. “Now we say a lot more. We cite research that shows that ultrafine particles are a much more significant concern, and we state explicitly that higher-efficiency filters mean MERV 13 or higher.”

Rick Karg, a member of the Guideline 24 committee who oversaw the revision of the section, notes that particle filters with minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings below 6 are poor at filtering out respirable particulates (typically below 2.5 microns), but can do an acceptable job at removing the large visible particles such as fibers, insects, or large dusts or pollens. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2, Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size, specifies removal efficiency values for particulate filters.

“Recent research suggests that mass of particles below 2.5 microns (PM2.5) may be one of the most significant indoor airborne contaminants in terms of chronic health impact in residences of those that have been well studied,” Karg said. “PM2.5 is also the most straightforward contaminant to remove from indoor environments through filtration. MERV 10 rated filters and higher are preferred for removing smaller airborne allergens and PM2.5 particles.”

As such, Guideline 24 recommends that higher-efficiency (MERV 13 and higher) filters should be considered.  Multistage particle filtration (a relatively coarse filter followed by a high-efficiency filter) can help filter out different sized particles without overloading the higher-efficiency filters. When selecting filters, consideration should be given to the effects of the filter’s pressure drop on delivered airflow, fan capacity and energy use, according to Karg.

Other significant changes to Guideline 24 are:

  • Important new definitions, which align the guideline with Standard 62.2.
  • Section 4.3.7 Estimating Health Impacts of Contaminant Exposure.  Discusses the new methods for quantifying the impact of contaminant exposure, including Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY).
  • Section 5.4.5 Interplay of Mechanical Ventilation and Infiltration. Addresses the important differences between the manner in which balanced and unbalanced mechanical ventilation impact infiltration (natural air leakage). This difference can significantly impact the total ventilation available (mechanical plus infiltration) in a dwelling.

In addition, several other updates were made. Among these are:

  • Tables 4.1, Comparison of Regulations and Guidelines Pertinent to Indoor Environments, and Concentration of Interest for Selected Contaminates. Both of these tables were vetted by a number of experts to bring the data up to date.
  • Significant updates and expansion to Sections 7 Moisture; 8.6,Combustion Appliances; 12, Verification of Equipment Performance; and 13, Ventilation Controls Significant updates and expansion.
  • Section 10 Mechanical Ventilation Systems Design includes significant updates and expansion A new subsection now includes range hoods and the related discussion of the new metric, capture efficiency.
  • References. Approximately 20 references were added and all previous ones were vetted for needed updates.

The cost of Guideline 24-2015, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is $58 ($48, ASHRAE members). To order, visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore or contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide) or fax 678-539-2129.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 54,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

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ASHRAE bEQ Program Qualifies for Florida Rating System under Energy Bill

Contact: Jodi Scott

Public Relations

678-539-1140

jscott@ashrae.org

 

ASHRAE bEQ Program Qualifies for Florida Rating System under Energy Bill

ATLANTA – Under amended legislation recently signed, the building energy rating and labeling program known as Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) now qualifies as an energy rating option for buildings in the state of Florida.

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 7147, which qualifies the bEQ program as an approved system, on Friday, June 13. The provisions in the bill amend a 2013 Florida law specifying requirements for energy ratings for all residential, commercial and state-owned buildings.

“ASHRAE commends the state of Florida for recognizing the importance of requiring collection of the information necessary for making informed decisions about the energy use of buildings where we live, work and play,” ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth said. “The ultimate goal of the bEQ program is to promote more energy efficient buildings and give owners more control over rising energy costs, Understanding a building’s energy use characteristics is the critical first step in identifying and implementing measures that will economically and responsibly reduce energy use and costs.”

ASHRAE felt interpretations of the original 2013 law were incorrect, raising questions about how a person or company becomes qualified or approved to provide this rating.

In recent months, ASHRAE worked on an amendment to better define what constitutes an approved building energy efficiency rating system. Under the change, the bEQ program qualifies as an approved system. The bill becomes effective July 1, 2014.

bEQ is a building energy rating and labeling program, offering two labels: an As Designed label that rates the building design’s potential energy use under standardized conditions—independent of the building’s occupancy and usage—and an In Operation label that rates the building’s actual measured metered energy use as influenced by the building’s occupancy, operation and usage.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.

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