January 28 , 2009


Regenerative Dual Duct: A Case Study
By Mark S. Lentz, PE
Wisconsin school district saves energy with 100-percent outside air...MORE

2009 State-of-the-Society Address
By William A. Harrison, 2008-2009 ASHRAE President

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE's) President William A. Harrison gave his state-of-the-society address on Monday, updating initiatives outlined in his presidential theme, "Maintain to Sustain - Delivering ASHRAE's Promise of Sustainability"...MORE


Renewable Energy Technology Conference

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) will present the Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition (RETECH), which is taking place Feb. 25 - 27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. RETECH 2009 offers an educational program for professionals wanting to stay current on the renewable-energy industry. Sessions offered will address President Obama's call to double the production of renewable energy within the next three years. At RETECH, industry leaders will begin to discuss how to achieve President Obama's goal...MORE

Builders and Developers Seek Green Future
According to Turner Construction Co.'s "2008 Green Building Market Barometer" survey, builders and developers are 83 percent more likely to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for building projects in the next three years because of long-term financial savings and profitability...MORE




Vanderbilt University Builds Greener Campus
Vanderbilt University's three new residence halls achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. The college now has seven LEED-certified buildings at The Commons, the university's new campus for first-year students. Vanderbilt achieved Innovation in Design points by creating a free ride-to-work program with Nashville's Metro Transit Authority, using on-campus biodiesel vehicles, starting a green-housekeeping program, the utilization of 26.4-percent recycled content in construction, the diversion of converting more than 74 percent of demolition and construction waste from landfills, and by purchasing 53 percent of building materials regionally...MORE

ASHRAE Technology Awards Highlight Outstanding Building Projects
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recognized five technology-award winners of its Technology Awards this week at its winter conference in Chicago. The recipients have applied ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor-air quality while designing a community center, a school, an office building, or a governmental building. Some of the winners applied elements of innovative building design to their projects by applying a heat recovery apparatus to preheat fresh air, using an HVAC system comprised of heat pumps connected to a geothermal loop to heat an ice rink, and utilizing a ground-water system used as a geothermal heating source and cooling sink...MORE

Consortium to Advise DOE on High-Performance Green-Building Issues
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and nine other organizations, formed the High-Performance Commercial Green Building Partnership (HPCGBP). This partnership brings together organizations in the building community to provide guidance and technical expertise on key sustainability issues to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Building Technologies Program...MORE