August 20, 2008


A Vision for Energy Performance (Part 1 of 3)
By Thomas Hartman, PE
Integrating performance-monitoring initiatives to improve building sustainability...MORE

Green Health-Care Buildings
By Jerry Yudelson, PE, MBA, LEED AP
Drivers and barriers to making health-care facilities green...MORE


College Campuses Incorporating Green Design
East Los Angeles College unveiled 5,952 solar panels that generate nearly half of the college's energy. Other colleges have added raised floor designs, vertical perforated solar fins, and geothermal wells...MORE

City of Genoa, Italy, Develops Sustainable Plan
Bentley Systems is the exclusive technology sponsor of the new Genoa Urban Lab in Genoa, Italy. The mission of the lab, which was designed by 1998 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Renzo Piano, is to create a sustainable development plan for the city. The Urban Lab project team will use Bentley's software to help prepare new urban-planning regulations and to create a plan that will encompass Genoa's strategic city projects, infrastructure, seaport, surrounding natural environment, and cultural and historical asset improvements...MORE

Helping Green Beijing
Incorporating sustainability solutions into the 2008 Beijing Olympics is part of China's overall strategy to create a green Beijing. Johnson Controls installed sustainable building solutions in 18 Olympic stadiums and supporting facilities, covering 123 million sq ft. More than 58,000 points in stadiums and office buildings are being monitored. The solutions added are building-management systems, chillers, variable-speed drives, and ice thermal-storage systems...MORE


Green Engineering One-Stop
Check out HPAC Engineering's new Green Engineering One-Stop on our Website. Readers can find news, best-practices, case-studies, and an archive of published HPAC Engineering articles relating to engineering green buildings...MORE

USGBC Seeks Comments on LEED 2009
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has invited the public to comment on a draft of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 rating system. LEED 2009 includes LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors, LEED for Core and Shell, and LEED for Schools, with plans calling for the incorporation of other LEED rating systems in the future. Comments on changes to prerequisites, credit requirements, and the rating-system scorecards are welcome until Sept. 3...MORE

DOE to Pursue Zero-Net-Energy Commercial Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative (CBI), along with the National Laboratory Collaborative on Building Technologies (NLCBT). These two efforts focus on the DOE's ongoing efforts to develop marketable zero-net-energy commercial buildings--buildings that use cutting-edge efficiency technologies and on-site renewable-energy generation to offset energy usage--by 2025...MORE


EGB Early-Bird Registration Ends Next Week
HPAC Engineering's fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo, which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, is dedicated to the design of greener mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. EGB 2008 has an impressive line up of green experts who will be on hand for two days to provide information and guidance on your green-design and building projects: Jerry Yudelson, Valentine Lehr, Bill Swan, Kent Peterson, Mark Lentz, and Michael Zatz. Register by Aug. 31 and save $150 on a full conference registration and receive a FREE copy of keynote speaker Jerry Yudelson's book “The Green Building Revolution"...MORE