FASTRACK News

ASHRAE Conference to Focus on School Facilities
Maximizing facility performance and students’ potential is at the heart of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) High Performance K-12 School Facilities conference, to be held March 1 and 2 in Atlanta. The conference will present an integrated approach to complying with codes and standards while achieving a cost-effective, high-performance solution to K-12 facility design, construction, and operation. Its goal is to bring together administrators, design professionals, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn ways to improve these facilities on operational, fiscal, engineering, and administrative levels. [MORE]


BACnet Adds Language Options
During the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) 2010 Winter Conference held in January in Orlando, Fla., the BACnet committee approved the publication of eight addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135, BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. [MORE]


ASHRAE Receives NIST Grant to Study IAQ in Retail Stores
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been awarded $1.5 million in grant money from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct a three-year research project on ventilation and indoor-air quality (IAQ) in retail stores. [MORE]


DOE Webinar to Focus on Designing High-Performance Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Building Technologies Program will offer a Webinar on Feb. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. EST titled "Going With the Flow: Designing High-Performance Buildings with EnergyPlus." [MORE]


February 10, 2010
FASTRACK Features

European Technology Taking Hold in the U.S.: Chilled Beams
By PETER RUMSEY, PE, CEM, FASHRAE, FRMI, Rumsey Engineers/Integral Group, Oakland, Calif.
The last five years have seen a steady increase in the rate of adoption of chilled beams in the United States, as designers and facility owners have become more aware of the many benefits this energy-efficient technology, popular in Europe, provides: improved indoor-air quality, low operating costs, thermal comfort, flexibility in unit design, ability to deliver multiple services with a single unit, low operating noise, adaptability where floor-to-slab height is minimal, reduced (by as much as 40 percent) outside-air-handler and ductwork size, and elimination of reheat, among others. [MORE]



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