January 23, 2008



The Green-Building Revolution

By Jerry Yudelson, PE, MBA, LEED AP
How building-industry professionals can begin their "green" journey...[MORE]



ASHRAE Publishes Updated Version of Energy-Efficiency Standard
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) published the 2007 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This standard provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings. The new version contains changes made through 47 addenda to the 2004 standard. It also addresses reduction of electrical and cooling loads and thus electricity by allowing less power for lighting...[MORE]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Keynote Greenbuild
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, will be the opening keynote speaker for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo, which will be held Nov. 17-19 in Boston. Bishop Tutu lead a crusade for social justice and racial conciliation in South Africa as then-General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches.

"Bishop Tutu's life, work, and message demonstrate the power of transformational change," Rick Fedrizzi, President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Founding Chairman of USGBC, commented. "Bishop Tutu's role in ending Apartheid in South Africa and bringing reconciliation to its people will inspire us toward the transformation of our buildings to a sustainable future and will give us an extraordinary example of social justice in action."...[MORE]

New HFC 427A Refrigerant 'SNAP' Approved for HCFC 22 Retrofit Use
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to grant Arkema's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) petition to allow Arkema's new HFC, Forane 427A commercial refrigerant, to be used in a broad array of refrigeration systems as a retrofit for HCFC-22. Forane 427A is a non-toxic, non-flammable refrigerant that has zero ozone-depletion potential (ODP), with performance comparable to HCFC-22...[MORE]

Arkema Joins U.S. EPA's GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Program
Arkema's Fluorochemicals Business has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, which includes refrigerant manufacturers, supermarket chains, and refrigeration-systems manufacturers. The GreenChill partnership works to promote green technologies, strategies, and practices that protect the stratospheric ozone layer and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions...[MORE]


What Does Green Really Cost?
In the report "What Does Green Really Cost?", a report published by PREA Quarterly, it states that reasonable levels of sustainable design can be incorporated into most building types at little or no additional cost...[MORE]

Innovation & Design Points Catalog Online
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) published its Innovation & Design Points Catalog online. Building project teams pursuing certification under the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green-Building Rating System can log on to USGBC's Website and view the Innovation & Design Credit Catalog--a listing of green-building strategies that have been submitted and utilized by LEED-certified projects...[MORE]

Green Tips for HVAC&R Designers
A revised edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' GreenGuide serves as a reference manual for HVAC&R designers. The book provides guidance on green design from project design through construction, operation, and maintenance, to demolition. The guide also features ASHRAE GreenTips, which are sidebars containing information on techniques, processes, measures, and/or systems...[MORE]



EGB to Return to Vegas in 2008!

Renowned green-building-industry leader and author Jerry Yudelson will present the keynote address for HPAC Engineering's fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo, which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The EGB Conference and Expo is the only green-design event focused on green engineering applications as they apply to mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. The 2007 event attracted more than 300 participants, including mechanical-system designers and specifiers and manufacturers demonstrating the green characteristics and applications of their mechanical systems, components, equipment, products, technology, and services.

Individuals interested in attending or exhibiting at EGB 2008 should contact Jeff Ferenc, conference manager, at 312-848-8405 or jeff.ferenc@penton.com...[MORE]

HPAC Engineering Co-Sponsor of Global Engineering Conference

Designed for global consulting and design engineers, Carrier Corp.'s 10th Global Engineering Conference, co-sponsored by HPAC Engineering, will feature new technology and engineering topics in the HVAC industry. The event will focus on designing and building for sustainability and will take place April 9-11 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas...[MORE]