Megan Spencer

Online Tool for LEED-Professional-Credential Holders Launched
The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has launched CMP Wizard, an interactive online tool to help LEED professionals understand credential-maintenance-program (CMP) requirements and explore continuing-education options.
USGBC, GBCI Release Revised Agreements for LEED Online
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) have announced the release of revised agreements that are available on LEED Online. The agreements were revised to provide an enhanced level of legal guidance for organizations that pursue LEED certification.
AHRI Releases December Heating- and Cooling-Equipment Shipment Data
According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), shipments of commercial gas storage water heaters increased 8 percent in December 2010 to 6,798 units, up from 6,279 units shipped in December 2009. Shipments of commercial electric storage water heaters increased 15 percent in December 2010 to 4,659 units, up from 4,053 units shipped in December 2009.
Danfoss Announces 2011 EnVisioneer of the Year Competition
Danfoss, a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, and motion systems, has announced its second annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition.
DOE Announces Public Meetings on Energy Literacy
As part of an effort to improve energy education, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking information to develop an energy-literacy framework. The goal of this initiative is to compile a set of national standards for energy literacy, which then can be used to improve understanding of energy, energy sources, generation, use, and conservation.
DOE to Help Develop High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners
Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is joining the private sector to support market-based efforts to develop and deploy next-generation high-efficiency air conditioners for commercial buildings. As part of a voluntary program, the DOE worked with members of the DOE Commercial Building Energy Alliances to develop new performance criteria for 10-ton-capacity rooftop units (RTUs). When built according to the requirements of the new specifications, the high-efficiency rooftop units are expected to reduce energy use by as much as 50 to 60 percent more than current equipment.
Yokogawa Names New President of North American Operations
Yokogawa Corp. of America has announced that Chet Mroz has been named president and chief operating officer of Yokogawa’s North American operations. Based in Yokogawa’s Sugar Land, Texas, office, Mroz is responsible for all day-to-day operations in North America.
My "A-Ha!" Moment
I find clarity in the strangest places. Attempting to find my way home post-Snowmageddoen, I was cooling my heels in an airport terminal, pondering the never-ending wonders I had witnessed during three days of excitement at the 2011 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Tired, hungry, and irritated, I suddenly found my “a-ha!” moment, and my view of the buildings industry snapped into focus in one golden moment of lucidity.
ASHRAE Announces Updated Energy-Savings Figures for Standard 90.1-2010
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), more than 30-percent energy savings can be achieved using the recently published ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, vs. the 2004 version.
ASHRAE Recognizes HVACR-Industry Achievements
Thirty-six people were recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for their contributions to the society as well as the building industry during ASHRAE’s 2011 Winter Conference, held Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.
Obama Plans to Make U.S. Businesses More Energy-Efficient
In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out his vision for investing in innovative clean-energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean-energy sources by 2035. Additionally, President Obama is proposing new efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings across the country. Last year, commercial buildings consumed approximately 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. economy. President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative will make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient over the next decade by catalyzing private-sector investment through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, and commercial buildings.
Mitsubishi Electric Awarded AHR Expo Product of the Year
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating Solutions’ CITY MULTI VRF Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) won the 2011 AHR Expo Innovation Award for Product of the Year. Designed to supply outdoor ventilation air to a building independent of an HVAC air-distribution or conditioning system, the product originally was named first-place winner in the ventilation category and later was chosen as the best product among all 10 individual category winners. Chosen from more than 170 entries, which were reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the product excelled in the criteria areas of innovation, application, value to the user, and market impact.
USGBC Announces Support for Better Buildings Initiative
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its support for President Obama’s plan to help make U.S. commercial buildings more energy- and resource-efficient over the next decade. President Obama’s plan, called the Better Buildings Initiative, catalyzes private-sector investment through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and universities, hospitals, and other commercial and municipal buildings.
Las Vegas AHR Expo Sets New Attendance Record
More than 54,000 registered HVACR professionals (34,000 attendees and 20,000 exhibitor personnel) filled the aisles of the 2011 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas to see all of the latest products and innovations on display from 1,938 exhibiting companies.
Emerson Launches On-Board Compressor Technology at AHR Expo
Emerson Climate Technologies Inc., a business of Emerson, launched its new compressor electronics platform, CoreSense technology, during the 2011 AHR Expo in Las Vegas. The launch of CoreSense technology advances the company’s "smart compressor" strategy using the compressor as a sensor, which includes on-board modules for select new compressor lines. Found in Copeland compressors, this electronics platform enhances compressor and system performance by sensing and interpreting information found inside a compressor, providing new levels of diagnostics, protection, and communication.
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