ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams Recognized

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Aug. 24, 2016
Contact: Jodi Scott
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ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams Recognized

ATLANTA – Eight teams in the second annual ASHRAE Lowdown Showdown worked to find the right dose of designing and modeling to get a health care facility to net zero or below.

The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference took place Aug. 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some 250 people attended the event, which featured more than 100 speakers presenting practical applications of tools, case studies and papers on simulation, research and a deeper dive into current technology.

Held in conjunction with the Conference was the 2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling challenge with eight teams and some 80 team members. The teams used currently available software to create their models for the baseline building, a 50,000 square foot, three-story outpatient health care facility in Omaha, Neb.

“The LowDown Showdown challenged teams to take their models to net zero,” Dru Crawley, a member of the Conference Steering Committee, said. “This building was particularly challenging because of its 24-hour-a-day operation and plug loads. But the teams were tremendously creative, resourceful and committed to drawing upon their team members’ strengths to create realistic solutions to the challenge.”

A list of participants and a summary of their projects can be found at www.ashrae.org/simbuild2016#lowdown.

Each team was required to present their results at the Conference. Recognition awards were presented to

  • Most Practical – Energy Derailment
  • Most Creative – The EUI Evangelists
  • Best Teamwork – Quest for Zero
  • Most Innovative Workflow – Insane Energy Savers
  • Best Energy Use – The DeeBees

Other participating teams were:

  • The BEM Bang Theory
  • Outpatient Zero
  • Newbie Energizers

“The ASHRAE LowDown Showdown seeks to broaden the industry’s ability to engage architects, engineers, designers and energy modelers to create an effective workflow and an outstanding design,” Dennis Knight, Conference chair, said. “The teams demonstrated beyond a doubt that better build models can be created more efficiency when drawing upon the experience and creativity of the various professionals working together.”

The larger challenge for the Showdown is to communicate these experiences to the industry at large to others can learn and improve their professional development, he said. Each team was required to produce a results spreadsheet, a poster and a one-page narrative. These items are posted on the challenge’s Webpage along with the names of the team members.

In addition to the Lowdown Showdown, the Conference itself featured some 100 presentations, which are available in the on-demand Virtual Conference. To register for the Virtual Conference, visit https://www.ashrae.org/virtualconferences. The cost is $129, ASHRAE members ($179, non-members).

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 56,000 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.

IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States.

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2016 Region IX CRC

The Nebraska Chapter would like to welcome you to attend 2016 ASHRAE Region IX Chapter Regional Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. This will be held August 3rd through August 6th. Omaha is the most centrally located city in the U.S. For all that you will get to do and experience at this year’s CRC, it will be well worth the travel.

The conference is open to all ASHRAE members. It’s a valuable chance to network with regional and society officers that you may never get a chance to see at national summer and winter meetings. Committee chairs will have access to specialized training seminars. All attendees will have free access the 2016 Nebraska Architectural Engineering Conference technical sessions and expo!

The Nebraska Architectural Engineering Conference (NAEC) is a one day event. The event consists of a 20 technical sessions on different building systems, technologies and applications. In addition to the technical presentations throughout the day, there will be a large central exposition with product representatives and their products and services for a wide variety of building materials and technologies. Continuing education credits are available to session attendees.

And this year we will have a special welcome for Tim Wentz, our new society president who will be giving his presidential address.  He is bringing friends including past presidents and vice presidents who have heard the rumors of Region IX’s legendary CRCs and wanted to see for themselves.  We may also have special visits from local political leaders and industry celebrities.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!!  BOOK BEFORE JUNE 24TH TO RECEIVE A DISCOUNT.  WWW.NEASHRAE.ORG

Thank you and hope to see you there!

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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