EGB News

ASHRAE Announces Call for Papers for 2010 Annual Conference
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced a call for papers for its 2010 Annual Conference, which will be held June 26-30 in Albuquerque, N.M. The theme of the event is “Raising Efficiency to New Levels.” [More]


ASHRAE Introduces Prototype of Building Energy Label
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) moved one step closer to introducing its building-energy labeling program with the release of a prototype label during its 2009 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 20-24. [More]


Cost-Benefit Analysis of Monitoring-Based Commissioning
A new report titled “Monitoring-Based Commissioning: Benchmarking Analysis of 24 UC/CSU/IOU Projects” is available. Authored by Evan Mills, PhD, and Paul Mathew, PhD, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and sponsored by the buildings- and industrial-sector units of the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, the report documents an in-depth benchmarking analysis of energy savings from a portfolio of 24 monitoring-based-commissioning (MBCx) projects designed to achieve energy and peak power savings in University of California and California State University buildings. [More]


Report Provides Insight Into how Global Economic Downturn Affecting Data-Center Management
The slowing economy is having little effect on demand for information-technology (IT) services, while driving improvements in energy efficiency and resource utilization, a recently released report from The Aperture Research Institute (ARI), a research organization established by Aperture Technologies Inc., says. [More]


EGB Calendar

Autodesk Named Elite Host Sponsor of EGB 2009
Autodesk, Inc., has been designated the Elite Host Sponsor of the 2009 Engineering Green Buildings Conference & Expo, which will be one of three components of HVACR Week, September 21 – 26 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

As Elite Host Sponsor, Autodesk will have a significant and unique role in the EGB event: featuring an exhibit to meet face-to-face with attendees, as well as sponsoring an hour-long presentation on Sustainable Design and Energy Retrofits.

The addition of Autodesk as a key sponsor significantly enhances the value of the EGB Conference & Expo. Autodesk is a pioneer in the world of computer-aided design (CAD) for architects, engineers and contractors. Attendees will now have the opportunity to meet with company representatives to learn more about its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) solutions, including building information modeling (BIM).

In addition, the bonus Autodesk-sponsored session will provide invaluable education on how to use conceptual design modeling and analysis tools to make better decisions earlier in the design process. The session, titled “Sustainable Design and Energy Retrofits: A Collaborative Digital Workflow,” will convene from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 24. Presenter Robert E. Middlebrooks, AIA, an Autodesk Industry Programs Manager with extensive experience in digital design and BIM implementation, will outline how the collaborative process combined with the latest design and modeling technology, can aid in the design of more efficient sustainable buildings.

The EGB Conference & Expo is the only green-design event focused on green engineering
practices as they apply to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of mechanical systems for non-residential buildings. The event offers specialized training sessions as well as an exposition of related products and services.

For complete details on the EGB Conference & Expo and Autodesk’s participation, visit www.egbconference.com.







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July 22, 2009
EGB Features

Converting From Primary/Secondary to All-Variable Flow
By GIL AVERY
The control of all-variable-flow chilled-water systems is thought to be so complicated and, thus, difficult for operators to understand that many engineers and designers resist converting their primary/secondary systems, even though the return on investment of such a conversion is measured in weeks, rather than years, with chilled-water-plant energy consumption reduced by at least 10 percent and often by 20 percent or more. [More]