HPAC Fastrack
hpac.comNovember 25, 2008

Commissioning Life-Safety Systems

By Mark A. Leafstedt, PE, CCP, CxA
Roles and responsibilities, phases of this critical-path event...MORE

EGB Conference 'Enlightening'
By Megan White, Associate Editor
Keynote speaker predicts United States to follow Europe's green-building lead...MORE


Challenges of Meeting Energy Targets for Federal Buildings

A new report, "High-Performance Federal Buildings: Meeting EISA Requirements Through 2030," details the challenges federal buildings will encounter when attempting to meet the requirements of the Energy Independence</ and Security Act (EISA). The report was written by representatives of the Federal Facilities Council and private-sector organizations, who convened at a workshop on July 22 and 23 in Washington, D.C...MORE

Current State of Facility Management
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation recently released the "FM Technology Update," a detailed report on the current state and future outlook of technology in facility management. The report has 10 chapters, each written by a facility manager with extensive experience on the subject. "FM Technology Update" focuses on the evolution of traditional technologies, such as computer-aided facility management, and explores other technologies, such as sustainability, security and emergency preparedness, building automation, and life-cycle analysis...MORE


New Application Approved for Damper Products

Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International approved AMCA 503-08, Application Manual for Fire, Ceiling (Radiation), Smoke and Fire/Smoke Dampers. This application manual serves as a guide to understanding various types of fire-, ceiling- (radiation), smoke-, and fire/smoke-damper products so they are properly selected, applied, installed, inspected, and maintained...MORE

LEED for Retail Now Open for Public Comment
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently opened the public-comment period for its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Retail rating system, both for new construction and commercial interiors. LEED for Retail offers a certification system that addresses the various types of retail spaces available, such as grocery stores, big-box retailers, restaurants, and banks. The public-comment period will end Nov. 27...MORE