Smart Grid is an international phenomenon that is mostly about upgrading the energy infrastructure—from how energy is produced, transmitted, and distributed to how it's used. The "smart" part is the use of intelligent devices that allow utilities to manage the grid more efficiently.
From Manhattan to San Francisco, the commercial building infrastructure is aging and many building owners wrestle with how they will maintain them. They’re trying to spend dollars carefully in an effort to balance profits with tenant retention and property value.
Excellence in engineering—a concept that isn't new, not by a long shot, but something that rarely is recognized outside of academic and association/society circles. And though many engineers remain tied to societies and universities, the work they do every day for clients rarely is recognized in a national forum.
I suppose the key to all of this is the energy plan. In a nutshell, isn’t that exactly what we do in the commercial marketplace everyday? And the minute we, as an industry, think we have it all figured out, something changes: the law, the economy, the technology, the tools, the processes we use, everything.
Happy New Year, everyone. The doors have closed on 2010, and by all accounts, we've ended in a somewhat up mode. Economic pundits say that the economy is recovering slowly, the world financial markets are beginning to stabilize, and manufacturers in the HVAC industry have seen shipment improvements over the previous two years.
The energy-conservation movement revolves around everything from carbon footprint to the energy efficiency of comfort systems for the home and workplace. It isn't only product-focused, but process-focused—from the types of raw materials used to build buildings, equipment, and tools to how waste is recycled and reused. And it includes the concept of a "smart grid" electrical-delivery system.
As I write this, the polls are closed and the Republicans managed to stage a political comeback. But here's the question: Was it just me, or did anyone else feel like this was the ugliest election year in memory? I'm certainly old enough to know that every election year has negative campaigning, but to me, this probably was one of the worst.
Heating in cold climates has put industry professionals to the test. Many heating systems don’t perform as the temperature drops, causing end users to rely on auxiliary heat, and often on fossil fuels. Advanced heating technology was developed to address these very issues, and heat pumps can now offer impressive performance in even the coldest climates – with no need for auxiliary heat....More
An evolving regulatory landscape will be ushering in major changes for HVAC equipment in the coming years. The transition from UL 1995 to UL 60335-2-40 will bring about more rigorous testing requirements in a variety of areas for HVAC equipment....More
Attend this webinar: The Cutting Edge: New Cooling Approaches for Small IT Spaces to learn about new approaches to edge cooling and monitoring and recent research into small space computing needs and trends....More
The Internet is this generation’s industrial revolution. It continuously creates new opportunities and impacts our facilities across every industry. One important example is how IoT has impacted facility operations through integration and accessibility of many of the building systems. Much like the convergence of IT and Telecom into VoIP, the internet has the capability to align facilities and IT to create a Smart Facility....More